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Istvan Kozma

Istvan Kozma

Birthdate: 3 December 1964
Birthplace: Paszto, Hungary
Other clubs: Újpesti Dózsa (1982-89), Dunfermilne Athletic (1989-92), Újpesti Torna Egylet (2 / 1993-95), APOEL (1995-97), Újpest (3 / 1997-98), Videoton (1998-99), Lombard FC Tatabánya (1999-2000), Újpest (4 (2000-01)
Bought from: Dunfermilne
Signed for LFC: £300,000, 10.02.1992
International debut: 09.09.1986 vs. Norway
International caps: 40/1 - 06.09.1995
Liverpool debut: 16.02.1992
Last appearance: 26.09.1992
Contract expiry: 01.06.1993
Win ratio: 20% W:2 D:3 L:5
LFC league games/goals: 6 / 0
Total LFC games/goals: 10 / 0

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Graeme Souness could have been a more successful manager at Liverpool if he had taken the advice of one Michel Platini, who dropped in at his office after Liverpool’s victory over Auxerre in November 1991. “Michel Platini said he had a player for me, a player who’d had some problems back in France but who would love to come and play for Liverpool," Souness said. "That player was Eric Cantona. But at that time we didn’t really need any more problems, so that was one that got away.” The Frenchman joined Leeds the following February while at the same time Souness was more than ready to take a chance on Istvan Kozma! The Hungarian's ball-juggling skills were not suited to the pace and competitiveness of the English Premiership. His only shining moment came in the second half of the second round of the League Cup when he turned around a 3-0 half-time deficit into a 4-4 draw against third division newcomers Chesterfield. He had two assists against a side that was closer to his level of talent. Completely out of his depth in the top-flight Kozma didn't play enough games to be granted a new work permit and returned to Hungary after only two seasons at Liverpool. Kozma is though considered a Dunfermilne Athletic legend and made 267 league appearances for Újpesti in four different spells at the club when it was known under various names. Kozma also played in Cyprus and after retiring went into coaching in his native Hungary.

Appearances per season

Please note

Újpesti Dózsa Sport Club changed their name to Újpesti Torna Egylet and then to Újpest FC.

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 6 2 1 0 1 10
1991-1992 5 2 0 0 0 7
1992-1993 1 0 1 0 1 3

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
2 Ipswich Town
1 Leeds United
1 Southampton
1 Norwich City
1 Crystal Palace
1 Wimbledon
1 Chesterfield
1 Notts County
1 Aston Villa
Total Started/substitutions
3 Started
6 On the bench
7 Substitute
1 Substituted
Total Competition
5 League
2 FA Cup
1 League Cup
1 Premier League
1 Charity Shield

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 16.02.1992 Ipswich Town Portman Road FA Cup

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Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Újpesti Dozsa 1982-1989 Hungary 1 156 10 162 10
Dunfermilne 1989-1990 Scotland Premier League 33 6 38 6
Dunfermilne 1990-1991 Scotland Premier League 34 2 37 2
Dunfermilne 1991-1992 Scotland Premier League 23 0 27 1
Újpesti Torna Egylet 1993-1995 Hungary 1 58 15 58 15
APOEL 1995-1997 Greece 1 40 5 44 5
Ujpest 1997-1998 Hungary 1 33 0 33 0
Videoton 1998-1999 Hungary 1 14 1 14 1
Tatabánya 1999-2000 Hungary 1 11 0 11 0
Ujpest 2000-2001 Hungary 1 20 3 20 3
Total 422 42 444 43
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