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Our Coaches

About us

Buda Juniors is an English-language, multi-national football club in Budapest, Hungary for children aged 4 to 19 years old. Run by Janos Banfi, a former Hungarian national team captain with 14 years experience of playing professional football and qualified with the UEFA coaching license, we play at Csilleberc in the Buda hills of the 12th district.

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Our coaches are carefully chosen for their skills and abilities not only for football but also for working with children. Character and personality are as equally important as their ability to play and teach football.

We ensure that as many of our coaching staff are trained in first aid as possible by enrolling them in courses. 

Janos Banfi

János Bánfi János played professional football for 14 years, appearing 25 times with the Hungarian national team, 8 of those times as captain. He played for Kispest Honved F.C. before signing with Belgian first division football team, Eendracht Aalst in January 1996. Following an injury in 1998, he retired from professional football in November 2000. He is qualified with a UEFA coaching licence. János regularly appears on television as a football commentator and speaks Hungarian and English.

Balázs Veress

Balazs Veress

Balázs started playing football at the age of 10 for Ferencváros Budapest and he is currently playing in the Hungarian 4th division. He has been at Buda Juniors since summer 2008. Balázs is qualified with UEFA 'A' coaching licence and graduated from Károli Gáspár University (law) in Budapest. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in European Business Law degree in May 2010 at Abertay University of Dundee, Scotland. He speaks Hungarian, English and German.

Anthony Leach

Tony

Tony is a native of Liverpool, England and was a member of the Liverpool FC youth academy and after being released went on to have spells at Tranmere, Oldham and Wrexham. Tony has been coaching since 1989 and holds coaching qualifications from the FA and United States Soccer Federation. Tony has worked for the FA, the US Olympic development programme, Everton FC, Oakland University(Michigan) and Flint Steelers Soccer Club. 

Mate Heller

Mate

Máté has been playing football more since he was 5,he was part of our club as a player between 2009-2010 and in 2014 he rejoined the club as a trainer. He's currently playing in the Hungarian 4th division. He also played in 3rd division for 2 years. Mate is qualified with a UEFA grassroots level license, he studies as a PE teacher and football coach at Testnevelèsi Egyetem and speaks English and Hungarian.

Tamas Marczinka

Tamas Tamas (Tomi) has been playing football at a competitive level since he was 5, he is currently playing for Budafoki MTE, in the Hungarian 2nd division. Tomi attends the University of Physical Education here in Budapest, studying to gain his masters in teaching physical education and coaching football. He acquired his Grassroots "C" licence in 2015 and plans to complete UEFA "B" in the near future. He speaks English, Italian and Hungarian.

Fruzsi Martonffy

Fruzsi  Fruzsi played football at Buda Juniors during the 2003-2004 seasons and has rejoined the club now as trainer. She studied at Anderson University in the United States where she received her bachelor’s degree in Physical Education K-12. Fruzsi also played on the university women’s football team, qualifying as a Division 3 team. Currently she is teaching elementary physical education at Greater Grace International School. Having worked previously in Kindergarten, she is experienced with the little ones; constituting for her main role to be coaching our youngest players in Group 1 and 2.

Duncan Shoebridge

  Duncan played football in Sussex and in Southampton, but a knee injury made him finish football at age 17. He moved to Hungary in May 2012 but before that he had plenty of experience training children in England.  He worked as an assistant coach and goalkeeper trainer in youth football. Currently coach at Bat & Ball and Hungarian women’s and men’s cricket teams too.  You see him with our youngest ones the most, but Duncan takes part in our older groups and trains our goalies. He speaks English.

John Murphy

John has been with Buda Juniors since the club began in September 2001. Born in Dublin, Ireland, he visited Budapest while backpacking around Europe in 2000 and is still here! John is a level 1 football coach and has experience coaching in the USA and Ireland besides his years with Buda Juniors. He speaks English and after more than ten years is reasonably adept in Hungarian!

Andrew Leckonby

Andrew is a level 1 football coach and has been living in Budapest since 1999. Andrew was involved with setting up Buda Juniors and has been with us since the very start, September 2001. Originating from Adelaide, Australia, Andrew is a qualified pre-school teacher who has worked with young children in Australia, England, Italy and Hungary. He recently started a junior cricket club in Budapest called Bat and Ball. He speaks English and Hungarian. 

 

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