Tamás Hajnal

The native form of this personal name is Hajnal Tamás. This article uses the Western name order.
Tamás Hajnal
Personal information
Date of birth (1981-03-15) 15 March 1981
Place of birth Esztergom, Hungary
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 15
Youth career
1985–1993 Zoltek SE Nyergesujfalu
1993–1997 Ferencváros
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997 Ferencváros 2 (0)
1997 Dunakanyar-Vác FC 0 (0)
1998–2004 FC Schalke 04 8 (0)
1999–2002FC Schalke 04 II 72 (28)
2004–2006 Sint-Truiden 50 (11)
2006–2007 1. FC Kaiserslautern 32 (7)
2007–2008 Karlsruher SC 32 (8)
2008–2010 Borussia Dortmund 51 (5)
2009–2010Borussia Dortmund II 2 (0)
2011–2013 VfB Stuttgart 58 (4)
2013–2014 FC Ingolstadt 04 9 (1)
2015– Ferencváros 27 (4)
National team
1996–1997 Hungary U16 18 (4)
1998–1999 Hungary U17 2 (1)
1998–2000 Hungary U18 6 (1)
1999–2000 Hungary U21 4 (0)
2004–2013 Hungary 59 (7)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:11, 30 April 2016 (UTC).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 October 2013

Tamás Hajnal (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈtɒmaːʃ ˈhɒjnɒl]; born 15 March 1981 in Esztergom, Hungary) is a Hungarian football midfielder currently playing for Hungarian League club Ferencváros.


Hajnal started playing football at the local Zoltek SE in his hometown Nyergesújfalu.

Ferencvárosi TC and Dunakanyar Vác FC

At the age of nine, the very gifted young lad was swooped by one of Hungary's most famous clubs Ferencvárosi TC. He played two matches in the Hungarian National Championship I for Ferencvárosi TC. In the same year, he moved to Dunakanyar-Vác FC as part of an exchange deal. Actually he did not play any matches in the Dunakanyar-Vác FC. Next year he headed for the German Bundesliga.

FC Schalke 04

Then Dunakanyar-Vác FC made a lot of money by quickly selling him to FC Schalke 04. He found it hard to make the breakthrough with the Royal Blues, and after a mere seven Bundesliga appearances he moved to Belgium in 2004.

Sint-Truidense V.V.

He joined K Sint-Truidense V.V. in 2004. In the 2004–05 Belgian First Division season he scorend six goals in 29 matches. In the next season he played 20 matches and scored five goals.

1.FC Kaiserlautern

In 2006, Hajnal moved to the Bundesliga to join 1. FC Kaiserslautern. He played 32 matches and scored seven goals in the 2006–07 2. Bundesliga season.

Karlsruher SC

Hajnal Tamás wearing the Karlsruher SC's shirt

In 2007, Hajnal transferred to Karlsruher SC. He played 32 matches and scored eight goals in the 2007–08 Bundesliga season.

Borussia Dortmund

In July 2008, he moved to Borussia Dortmund for a fixed transfer fee of €1.3m.[1]

His performance in Dortumnd's 4–0 win against Frankfurt on 15 November 2008—scoring once and assists for three goals—earned him a place in the Bundesliga Team of the Week and made Hajnal Man of The Match. In the next round, Hajnal was again in the Team of the Week.[2] He played 30 matches and scored five goals during the 2008–09 Bundesliga season. In the 2009–10 Bundesliga season he played 21 matches. He was injured in 2010, therefore he could not play in the 2010–11 Bundesliga season for Borussia Dortmund.

VfB Stuttgart

On 31 January 2011, Hajnal was loaned out to VfB Stuttgart.[3] He scored his first goal against Eintracht Frankfurt on 27 February 2011. The final result was 2–0 for Stuttgart. On 7 May 2011, Hajnal moved permanently to VfB Stuttgart because the club avoided relegation.[4]

Hajnal extended his contract with VfB Stuttgart on 7 January 2013 until June 2014 with an option for a further year.[5]

FC Ingolstadt

On 1 August 2013, he moved to FC Ingolstadt 04.[6] He made his debut in the 2. Bundesliga against Karlsruhe. In September 2014 he announced he would be leaving the club, and likely returning to his native Hungary.[7]


On 12 December 2014, Hajnal returned to his former club Ferencvárosi TC after 17 years. Current manager of Ferencváros, Thomas Doll had been interested in signing Hajnal previously.[8] However, Hajnal was unaware that Ferencváros intended to sign him a couple of weeks before the offer was made.[9] When Hajnal was a free agent, he was training with Ferencváros. Therefore, it was obvious that he would join the club if he would return to Hungary.[10]

On 7 March 2015, Hajnal scored his first goal in the 57th minute in the 2014–15 season of the Hungarian League against Győr at the Groupama Arena in Budapest.[11]



As of 31 December 2013[12][13]
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Ferencváros 1996–97 20000020
Total 20000020
Vác 1997–98 00000000
Total 00000000
Schalke 04 1997–98 00000000
1998–99 00000000
1999–00 80000080
Total 80000080
Schalke 04 ll 2000–01 2890000289
2001–02 291110003011
2002–03 321300003213
2003–04 1580000158
Total 10441100010541
Sint Truidense 2004–05 3060000306
2005–06 2050000205
Total 501100005011
Kaiserslautern 2006–07 3272100348
Total 3272100348
Karlsruhe 2007–08 3282000348
Total 3282000348
Dortmund 2008–09 3053122358
2009–10 2102000230
2010–11 00000000
Total 5155122588
Stuttgart 2010–11 1230020143
2011–12 3313000361
2012–13 1302191242
Total 58451111746
FC Ingolstadt 04 2013–14 913200123
Total 913200123
Career totals 3467718513337785

International career

On 9 October 2004, Hajnal played his first match for Hungary in Solna against Sweden and on 17 October 2007, he scored his first international goal in a friendly match against Poland. The final result was 1–0 to Hungary. Hungary finished a disappointing sixth in their qualifying group for UEFA Euro 2008 and have been out of the running for a place in Austria and Switzerland next year since the beginning of the qualification period. The competition from Greece, Norway and Turkey was simply too strong for Hajnal and his team mates, who nevertheless beat Bosnia-Herzegovina home and away during the campaign. Hajnal scored twice against Montenegro in the Puskás Ferenc Stadium in a friendly match. The final result was 3–3. During the FIFA World Cup 2010 qualifying he scored against Malta in Budapest. The final result was 3–0. This goal was the first goal scored in a qualifier. During the management of Sándor Egervári (2010–present), Hajnal played his first match in the Wembley Stadium against England. Hajnal scored a goal against Azerbaijan on 9 February 2011. Hungary defeated Azerbaijan 2–0 in a friendly match.

International statistics

As of 9 September 2010.




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  2. "Die Top-Elf des 14. Spieltags!" [The Top Eleven of the 14th Matchday!] (in German). bundesliga.de. 24 November 2008. Retrieved 24 November 2008.
  3. "VfB sign Tamas Hajnal on loan". VfB Stuttgart. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2011.
  4. "Tamas Hajnal moves on loan to VfB Stuttgart". Borussia Dortmund. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2011.
  5. "Tamas Hajnal extends until 2014". vfb.de. VfB Stuttgart. 7 January 2013. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
  6. "Tamas Hajnal signs for FC Ingolstadt". vfb.de. VfB Stuttgart. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2013.
  7. "Hajnal a Szalai-ügyről: "Kicsit szerencsétlen az időpontválasztás"" (in Hungarian). csakfoci.hu. 6 September 2014. Retrieved 14 September 2014.
  8. "FTC: Hajnal Tamás aláírta a szerződését - hivatalos" (in Hungarian). Nemzeti Sport. 12 December 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  9. "FTC: Hajnal Tamás akár holnap aláírhatna, de nem kapkod" (in Hungarian). Nemzeti Sport. 4 November 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  10. "Ferencváros: Hajnal Tamás a zöld-fehérekkel edz" (in Hungarian). Nemzeti Sport. 3 November 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  11. "Kilencezer néző előtt nyert rangadót a Fradi" (in Hungarian). Nemzeti Sport. 3 November 2014. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  12. "Tamas Hajnal". footballdatabase.eu. Retrieved 22 June 2013.
  13. "Hajnal, Tamas" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 22 June 2013.
  14. "Hajnal retains Hungarian award". FIFA.com. 25 November 2008. Retrieved 22 June 2013.
  15. "Nyergesújfalu: Hajnal Tamás Pro Urbe Díjat kapott" (in Hungarian). nemzetisport.hu. 23 December 2008. Retrieved 22 June 2013.
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