Balázs Dzsudzsák

Hungarian international footballer who currently plays as a left-winger for PSV in the Dutch Eredivisie.

Early life

Dzsudzsák was born in Nyírlugos in Hungary, and he was known among the villagers as "the kid who spends most of his time at the local football ground." His talents were discovered quite early, and was signed by Olasz Focisuli, a football academy for young talents and was a sure way towards Debreceni VSC. When he was 17 years old, he played for Létavértes on loan from Debrecen in NB3 (the Hungarian third division). Dzsudzsák made his debut for Debrecen in 2005.

Club career

PSV

The Hungarian international signed a five-year contract for PSV on 24 October 2007. The left winger was originally to make his transfer to PSV in the summer of 2008, although the departure of Kenneth Pérez from the PSV squad prompted PSV to speed up his transfer to January 2008. PSV scout Piet de Visser stated that Dzsudzsák "is an incredible talent. He is fast, good in the combination, can pass his man and give a good cross. You don't see them like this very often anymore. He is a modern left-winger."

Dzsudzsák made his Eredivisie debut on 12 January 2008. The match ended in a 1–0 win with Feyenoord. Dzsudzsák was in the starting XI in this match and recorded three shots on goal. In the next round, he scored his first league goal. That match ended in a 1–1 draw with VVV-Venlo. Dzsudzsák recorded his first assist on 23 January 2008 with the match ending in a 3–1 win over Sparta Rotterdam.

He managed to score three league goals in his first season, helping PSV win the Eredivisie title.

The 2008–2009 season saw a new team coach arrive in Huub Stevens. Defensive tactics didn't stop PSV finishing 4th in their Champions League group. The defensive tactics meant that Dzsudzsák didn't perform particularly well. Dzsudzsák scored his first hat trick in a game where PSV beat ADO Den Haag 6–0 at the Philips Stadion on 5 February 2009 in an Eredivisie match.He played a total of 32 league matches during the season, scoring 11 goals and 9 assists.

2009–2010 season Fred Rutten took over the team. He was named Man of the Match in a 4–3 victory over arch rivals AFC Ajax in the third Eredivisie round on 15 August 2009.Dzsudzsák scored two goals and one assist in the match. Dzsudzsák won the World Player of the Week title and named in the Team of the Week. Dzsudzsák finished the 2009/10 season with 14 goals and 16 assists. In an Europa League match between PSV and Hamburg, Dzsudzsák was shown a straight red card by English referee Mike Dean after the player pushed the match official.

National team

Dzsudzsák made his Hungarian national team debut on 2 June 2007 in Heraklion against Greece.

His first international goal came on 24 May 2008, incidentally in a match against Greece again.

Honours
Club

Debrecen

* Hungarian National Championship I:
o Winners (3): 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07
o Runners-up (1): 2007-08
* Hungarian Cup
o Runners-up (1): 2006–07
* Hungarian Super Cup:
o Winners (3): 2005, 2006, 2007

PSV

* Eredivisie:
o Winners (1): 2007–08
o Third place (1): 2009–10
* Johan Cruijff Shield:
o Winners (1): 2008

Individual

* Player of the Year in Hungary: 2007
* World Player of the Week: 17 August 2009
* Player of the Month in the Eredivise: January 2010
* Named in the Team of the Eredivise: November 2009
* Named in the 2009 Eredivise all-star team (votebal international.nl)
* PSV top scorer 2009–10 with 14 goals
* Best assister in the Eredivise: 2009 (32 appearances 15 assists)
* Best kick-tacker in the Eredivise: 2009 (four times)
* Best goalscorer in the Eredivise: Runner-up 2009 (32 appearances 17 goals)

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