József Kiprich (1963)

József Kiprich (September 6, 1963), aka the Wizard of Tatabanya, played for Feyenoord in the 1990s and is one of the club's most popular players ever. Even years after his departure, his name was still chanted in De Kuip.

Feyenoord attracted Kiprich from FC Tatabánya in 1989. With the arrival of the striker, a successful period began for Feyenoord.  The club won the cup four times in those years and became national champion in 1993. With Regi Blinker and Gaston Taument as swinging wing tips, the Hungarian had the ideal handlers at his side and scored regularly.
In addition, Kiprich was an ultimate penalty specialist who invariably sent the keeper in the wrong direction and then sent the ball into the right corner with a soft but clean slide.

After 128 games and 53 goals for the team from Rotterdam, Kiprich left for Apoel Nicosia in 1995. He then played another season for FC Den Bosch, before ending his active career in 2001 at FC Tatabánya, the club where his son Dániel would later also play.

Kiprich has played a total of 70 caps for Hungary, in which he scored 28 times. He made his debut on September 26, 1984 in the 3-1 European Championship qualifying match in Budapest against Austria. The attacker played his 70th and last international match against Turkey on September 6, 1995 in Istanbul.

As mentioned, József Kiprich was incredibly popular in De Kuip. Not even because he was a perfect striker, his goal average is not above average. No, the anti-hero Kiprich was a team player who particularly stood out for his modesty and sympathetic demeanor. And that in a successful time in which the club won many prizes with an excellent team.

(Photo: ANP – Marcel Antonisse)

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