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Csaba László
Personal information
Date of birth (1964-02-13) 13 February 1964 (age 57)
Place of birth Odorheiu Secuiesc,[1] Romania
Height 1,85 m
Position(s) midfielder
Teams managed
Years Team
2004–2005 Ferencváros
2006 FC Sopron
2006–2008 Uganda
2008–2010 Heart of Midlothian
2010–2011 Charleroi
2012–2013 Lithuania
2015–2016 MTK Budapest
2016–2017 Dunajská Streda
2017–2018 Dundee United
2019 Sepsi OSK
2020–2021 Chennaiyin FC

Csaba László (born 13 February 1964) is a Romanian–Hungarian[1][2] professional football manager and a former midfielder who last worked as the head coach of Indian Super League club Chennaiyin FC.[1]

He worked as the manager of Hungarian Nemzeti Bajnokság I club MTK Budapest, Belgian Pro League club Charleroi SC and of Scottish Premier League club Heart of Midlothian.[1] Previously, he spent his time in managing career at Ferencvárosi TC, FC Sopron and the Ugandan and Lithuanian national team and Slovak First Division club Dunajská Streda.

Club career

László played for a number of clubs in Romania, Hungary and West Germany including Bayer 05 Uerdingen, Volán FC and BVSC Budapest but has never played at the highest level. He was forced to retire at age 27 due to a knee injury.

Managerial career

László started coaching in Germany with BW Kerpen. He then coached at Tus Grevenbroich and Borussia Mönchengladbach's B team. He discovered players of the calibre of Marcell Jansen, Eugen Polanski and Tobias Levels during his spell as Borussia's Youth Coach.

Hungarian National Team

László joined the coaching staff at the Hungarian national football team, where he was assistant coach to Lothar Matthäus in January 2004. He was instrumental for Matthäus as he did not have any knowledge of Hungarian football. The Hungarian national team played the World Cup qualifications games for Germany 2006. During his time, the national team achieved good results and showed signs of improvement.


In June 2004 he was appointed as the manager of Hungarian league side Ferencvárosi TC where he defeated Albanian side KF Tirana in the Champions League in 2004 before being eliminated by Sparta Prague. Ferencváros were then dropped into the UEFA Cup, where they defeated Millwall and Heart of Midlothian, and earned a respectable 1–1 draw with Feyenoord. His success in Europe earned him the 2005 Hungarian Coach of the Year award.[1] When Ferencváros ran into financial trouble in 2006, he left to join FC Sopron. He lasted only a matter of months at Sopron and left to become manager of the Uganda national squad later that year.


After his appointment as a Head Coach of Uganda, they missed out on qualification for the African Cup of Nations in Ghana 2008, on goal difference, in favour of Sudan. Under László's guidance, Uganda jumped from 181 to 91 in the FIFA ranking, after a year in charge. Uganda beat rivals Nigeria and Angola for the first time in history and in December 2007, they finished third in the CECAFA Cup.

During his reign as Uganda national coach, players such Ibrahim Sekagya, Noah Kasule and David Obua managed to sign lucrative contracts abroad. Csaba became a cult hero in Uganda. He was nicknamed "The Miracle Man" by the African press.


He was appointed as manager of Scottish Premier League side Heart of Midlothian on 11 July 2008.[3] His first signing came on 20 July 2008 when he signed David Obua, who was a vital member of his Uganda side, on a free transfer from South African club Kaizer Chiefs.

In his first season with Hearts, Laszlo guided the team to a third-place finish in the Scottish Premier League and qualification for the inaugural Europa League.[4] Laszlo was subsequently named 'Manager of the Year' by both the Scottish Football Writers' Association and the Scottish Premier League itself. Surprisingly, László was sacked as Hearts manager on 29 January 2010.[4] Even though he was Hearts manager for only 18 months, László held the position longer than any other coach during Vladimir Romanov's ownership of the club.[4]

On 23 September 2010, Laszlo was confirmed as coach of Belgian Pro League team R. Charleroi S.C..[5] In 2012 he was appointed as head coach of the Lithuanian national football team.[6] In September 2013, László resigned after poor results.

MTK Budapest

MTK Budapest appointed László as head coach in 2015. Under his guidance, MTK led the Hungarian league for several weeks despite having one of the lowest budgets and youngest squads in the league. During the winter break in Turkey, several disagreements about the transfer policy with the club's board led to László being let go by the club. MTK went on to qualify for European competition at the end of the season.

Dunajská Streda

On 20 October 2016, he was appointed as a head coach of Slovak Super Liga team Dunajská Streda[7] When László took over at the Slovak club, they were bottom of the league. He transformed Dunajská Streda into a winning team and managed to take them out of the relegation zone, in an incredible come back that saw them narrowly miss a place in the Europa League. He guided his team to a record-breaking 16 unbeaten games, which is a new record in the Slovak Super Liga.

Dundee United

László returned to Scottish football in November 2017 as Dundee United manager.[8] United finished third in the 2017–18 Scottish Championship, but then lost in the promotion playoffs to Livingston.[9] Following a 5–1 home defeat to Ross County, László left Dundee United on 30 September 2018.[9]

Sepsi OSK

On 29 May 2019, Csaba László appointed as the new head coach of Sepsi OSK.[10] Under his leadership, Sepsi was able to win only two of the 16 league matches, which led to his dismissal on 12 November 2019.[11]

Chennaiyin FC

On 29 August 2020, László appointed as manager of Indian Super League side Chennaiyin FC for 2020-21 season.[12] On He won his first game as manager of Chennaiyin FC against Jamshedpur FC.[13] He was sacked by the club on 10 April 2021[14] for the poor run.

Personal life

László is of Székely origin. He is married with two children and studied in the Public Secondary School in Odorheiu Secuiesc, Romania and in the University extension in Hoghia, Romania. He speaks four languages: English, German, Hungarian and Romanian.[1] Being part of an ethnic minority while growing up in Communist Romania, he was forced to listen to Hungarian football matches on the radio in secret as foreign radio broadcasts were banned.[15] He said, about this: "Life under the regime was brutal. It was especially hard on us Hungarians living there. We used to secretly listen to Ferencváros matches on the radio".[15]

Managerial statistics

As of 19 April 2021
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Heart of Midlothian 11 July 2008 29 January 2010 58 23 20 15 039.66
Dundee United 8 November 2017 30 September 2018 43 18 12 13 041.86
Sepsi OSK 29 May 2019 12 November 2019 18 4 10 4 022.22
Chennaiyin FC 30 August 2020 10

April 2021

20 3 11 6 015.00
Total 134 48 49 37 035.82


  • Manager of the Year in Hungary: 2003–04.[16] by the Hungarian Football Association
  • Manager of the Year in Scotland: 2008–09.[17] by the Scottish Football Writers' Association and the Scottish Premier League


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  2. ^ Érdekes ez a cikk? Igen Nem (31 January 1999). "Csaba László says in this interview, he considers himself a Hungarian". Origo.hu. Retrieved 20 September 2009.
  3. ^ "Romanov gets his man as Laszlo takes charge of Hearts". London: Guardian News and Media Limited. 11 July 2008. Retrieved 22 March 2009.
  4. ^ a b c "Hearts part company with manager Csaba Laszlo". BBC Sport. 29 January 2010.
  5. ^ https://www.scotsman.com/sport/csaba-laszlo-takes-up-new-role-as-coach-of-charleroi-1-811776
  6. ^ "Vengras Cs.Laszlo stoja už Lietuvos nacionalinės futbolo rinktinės vairo".
  7. ^ http://www.profutbal.sk/ligy/svk1/clanok214903-Nemeth_v_Dunajskej_Strede_skoncil_DAC_oznamil_meno_noveho_kouca_video.htm?&forum=show#diskusia
  8. ^ Lorimer, Scott (8 November 2017). "Confirmed: Dundee United announce Csaba Laszlo is new manager". Evening Telegraph. DC Thomson & Co Ltd. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Dundee United: Csaba Laszlo 'mutually agrees' to leave as manager". BBC Sport. 30 September 2018. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  10. ^ "László Csaba a Sepsi OSK új vezetőedzője". Sepsi OSK (in Hungarian). 29 May 2019. Retrieved 13 January 2021.
  11. ^ "Edzősors: a Sepsi OSK menesztette László Csabát – hivatalos" (in Hungarian). nso.hu. 12 November 2019. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  12. ^ "ISL: Chennaiyin FC appointed Csaba Laszlo as head coach". Sportstar. 30 August 2020. Retrieved 13 January 2021.
  13. ^ Rohan Philip (25 November 2020). "Csaba Laszlo reveals secret behind Jamshedpur FC win". Khelnow. Retrieved 13 January 2021.
  14. ^ "Chennaiyin FC Part Ways with Head Coach Csaba Laszlo After Just One Season".
  15. ^ a b "Edzőink voltak: Beszélgetés László Csabával". 5 June 2009.
  16. ^ "Geráé a magyar Aranylabda" (in Hungarian). origo.hu. Retrieved 6 December 2004.
  17. ^ "Caldwell named player of season". BBC. 11 May 2009. Retrieved 11 May 2009.
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