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Remember The Magnificent Magyars?

Remember The Magnificent Magyars?

Do you remember the fantastic Hungarian players during Argyle's Championship days?

For nearly six seasons a Hungarian player played for Argyle in what was an exciting time for the club.

Defender Krisztian Timar was the last Magyar to leave Argyle at the start of season 2011-2012 and brought a sad end to the Hungarian era at Home Park.

Midfielder Akos Buzsaky, defender Krisztian Timar and winger Peter Halmosi (pictured above) all made an important contribution during Argyle's Championship years and all represented their country while playing for Argyle.

Buzsaky was the first Hungarian to sign for Argyle in January 2005 and was soon followed by Timar and Halmosi.

The three Magical Magyars played key roles at the start of the 2007-2008 season when Argyle, under manager Ian Holloway, played exciting and attacking football that lifted them to the fringes of the play-off places and talk began of possible promotion to the Premier League.
At the time little did we know that the early months of that season were the glory days in Argyle's recent history, in stark contrast to the nightmare seasons we suffered in 2011 and 2012.

Timar was dominant at the back and formed an excellent centre-back partnership with Marcel Seip; Buzsaky weaved his magic in midfield while Halmosi was a wizard on the left wing.
In some games it seemed as though Buzsaky and Halmosi kept the ball between themselves!

Buzsaky was signed on-loan by manager Bobby Williamson from FC Porto in January 2005. The midfielder made an enormous impact in the remaining matches of that campaign and the season ended with fans holding placards at the final home game pleading with the directors to buy the Hungarian.

Argyle did indeed sign Buzsaky on a permanent deal, paying FC Porto £225,000.
In total, Buzsaky played in 106 games for Argyle, scoring nine goals before leaving to join Queens Park Rangers on-loan in October 2007, a move than many observers believe was the catalyst for Argyle's fall from grace.

QPR paid £500,000 in January 2008 to seal a permanent move for Buzsaky who became a star at Loftus Road before moving to Portsmouth and Barnsley. He returned to his native country in 2013 to play for Ferencvaros before retiring due to injury problems in 2015.

Halmosi and Timar both arrived at Home Park in January 2007.
Holloway managed to get the two Hungarians on-loan until the end of the season with Halmosi coming from Hungarian club Debrecen and Timar from Ferencvaros.

Both players initially struggled to adapt to life in a new country and in the Championship but by the end of the season the two Magyars became firm favourites with the Green Army.
At the end of the 2006-2007 season Holloway quickly set about signing Halmosi and Timar on permanent deals with Halmosi commanding a then record £400,000 transfer fee while Timar was a steal at £75,000.

Halmosi's displays for the Greens caught the eye of many scouts and he was destined for the top flight; sure enough he signed for Hull City in July 2008 for £2 million.
The winger never really cemented a first-team place for the Tigers and finally returned to Hungary in January 2011, signing a three and half year contract with Szombathelyi Haladás.
In total, Halmosi played 66 games for Argyle and scored six goals.

Halmosi, now 37, is still with Szombathelyi Haladás and made 27 appearances last season.

Timar became a terrace favourite and was nicknamed 'The Beast'; he picked up the Player of the Season award in 2007-2008 season but suffered a serious head injury in the last game of that season, an injury that meant the big centre-back never really regained his form.
A loan spell at Oldham in 2010 was cut short after he picked up a serious hamstring injury.
In total, Timar played 91 games for Argyle and scored five goals before being released in the summer of 2011.

In December 2011 Timar joined Vietnamese club SHB Da Nang who play in the Vietnam Super League, he then moved to Hungarian sides BFC Siofok and Szeged before retiring in 2015.

Will we ever see another Hungarian play for Argyle?

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Ian De-Lar
Date:Monday May 15 2017
Time: 10:01AM

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