Ujpest Football Club is a Hungarian football club based in Ujpest, Budapest. They currently feature in the Hungarian first division and are one of the most successful Hungarian clubs, having won 20 league titles.
Ujpest were established on June 16,1885 by school teacher Janos Goll under the name Ujpesti Torna Egylet (Ujpesti TE) and was formed as a general athletic club. In 1899 a football club was founded under the name Ujpesti FC. They played their first official match on April 29,1900 against III Keruleti TVE wihich ended in a 1-1 draw.
Ujpest FC and Ujpesti TE merged together in 1901 and the club then joined the second division of the Hungarian League. They gained promotion to the first division in 1904 and have featured in the Hungarian top flight since, except during the 1911-1912 season. They won the chamionship five times in the late 1920s and 1930s and also won two Mitropa Cup titles and the Cup of Nations title. After World War II, they won the championship three tmes in a row.
In 1950, they were chosen by the communist government as the official club of the police and were rechristened Budapest Dozra. During the 1956 Revolution, they renamed themselves as Ujpesti TE but after the revolution they had to assume the name Ujpesti Dozra.
Ujpesti won the Hungarian league in the 1959-1960 season after 13 years. They won the league again in 1969 and featured in the final of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup the same year. They then won the championships between 1969 and 1975 and scored exactly 500 goals in those seven seasons. They won the Hungarian Cup for the first time in 1969 and won the competition again in 1970 and 1975. They also reached the semi-finals of the European Cup in 1974.
Ujpesti won the Hungarian Cup again in 1982,1983 and 1987. They then changed their name to Ujpest TE and won the title in the 1989-1990 season and won the Hungarian Cup in 1992. They also won the first ever edition of the Hungarian Super Cup in 1992. They won the league again in 1997-1998.
In 1998 the club reverted to the name Ujpest FC but were hit by financial problems. But at the start of the new century they became great once again and are now one of the biggest clubs in Hungary.
Ujpesti play their home matches at the Szusza Ferenc Stadium that can accomodate 13,501 spectators. They bear the nickname the “Purples”.