Szombathelyi Haladas (Hungarian: [ˈsombɒthɛji ˈhɒlɒdaːʃ]), is a Hungarian football club based in Szombathely. Haladas is the Hungarian word for progress. The club, which was founded in 1919, plays its home games at Rohonci uti Stadion which has a capacity of 9,500 (5,430 seats). The club colours are green and white.
Haladas reached the Hungarian Cup final in the years 1975, 1993 and 2002. Since its first promotion in 1936 the club has spent 51 seasons in the first division of the Hungarian league, the Nemzeti Bajnoksag I (NB I).
The yoyo years
Since 1919 the club have been famous for their yoyo between the Hungarian First Division and the Hungarian Second Division. The club were unable to strengthen their stay in the first league which resulted a continuous yoyo effect.
In the 2001–02 season of the Hungarian Cup Haladas played in the final against Ujpest. The club lost 2–1 after extra time. In January 2002 Haladas appointed Lazar Szentes as the new coach of the club. In the 2001–02 season Haladas was facing relegation problems. In August 2003 Lajos Detari resigned as coach of the club. In October 2003 former Zalaegerszeg championship-winner coach Peter Bozsik was appointed as the coach of the club. In the 2006–07 season of the Hungarian Second Division the club missed out on promotion to the first division because of an 11 points deduction for the use of ineligible players. BFC Siofok was promoted in the place of Haladas.
In the 2008 Haladas won the Hungarian Second Division which resulted the promotion of the club to the first division. In 2008 Haladas played with Arsenal a pre-season friendly match in Szombathely. The match finished 1–1.
In the 2008–09 season Haladas reached the best rank ever in the history of the team. The club won the bronze medal and got the right to start the qualification rounds in the Europa League.
In the Europa League 2009–10 season Haladas played against Irtysh Pavlodar in the first round. The first leg finished 1–0 thanks to Krisztian Kenesei's goal in the 79th minute. In the second leg the result was 2–1 to Irtysh, which meant that Haladas could play in the second round. In the second round Haladas played the Swedish club Elfsborg. In the first leg Haladas lost 3–0, while at home. During the second leg, Haladas drew with Elfsborg which caused them to be knocked out of the tournament.
Szombathely were eliminated from the round of 16 of the 2018–19 Magyar Kupa by Mezokovesd SE on 0–1 aggregate.
In the 2018–19 Nemzeti Bajnoksag I season Haladas finished 12th and they were relegated to the Nemzeti Bajnoksag II to compete in the 2019–20 Nemzeti Bajnoksag II season.
The 2019–20 Nemzeti Bajnoksag II was abandoned due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Haladas finished the season on the 17th place thus avoiding relegation to the Nemzeti Bajnoksag III.
This page also has a version in other languages: Халадаш (русский)