Zoltan Liptak

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Zoltan Liptak is a Hungarian defender who was born in Salgotarjan, Hungary on 10th December 1984. Liptak began his career Lombard-Papa TFC, before departing for England in 2007. The giant centre half had an unsuccessful trial with Huddersfield in January 2007, but eventually signed for League 1 outfit Southend in July 2007. Liptak failed to make a single first team appearance for The Shrimpers however and was loaned to Stevenage in November for a two match spell. The Hungarian did manage to win a trophy during his time at Roots Hall, even if it was only the Essex Senior Cup. Liptak scored a goal in the final against Chelmsford City.

In June 2008 Liptak returned to Hungary to join Ujpest FC. He joined Championship strugglers Southampton on loan in February 2009. All of Liptak's seven appearances for Saints came from the substitute's bench. The 6ft 4 Hungarian was usually brought on late to see the game out with his physical presence. He made his St Marys debut on 21st February in a 3-1 win over Preston.

Liptak joined Videoton FC in July 2009. He marked his debut for Vidi with a goal in a 6-3 win over Kecskemeti on 25th July 2009. Liptak helped Videoton to a 2nd place finish in his first season at the club. The Szekesfehervar based outfit had actually led the table for much of the campaign, but were pipped to the post by Debreceni in the end. A year later the club went one better, as Videoton lifted the 2011 Hungarian National Championship for the first time ever. Liptak was named in the divisional team of the year in both seasons. His form won him his first ever international call up on 11th August 2010. Liptak started the first 55 minutes of Hungary's 2-1 defeat to England at Wembley.

Liptak's 2011/12 season got off to a great start when he scored in a Champions League qualifier against Sturm Graz on 20th July. In September 2011 Liptak joined Swansea on trial after being released by Videoton.