On 25th of November 1953, an international football match was played between Hungary and England, which has been regarded as the “match of the century” ever since. The previously underestimated “Mighty Magyars” won the game easily 6–3 in front of 105,000 crowd at Empire Wembley Stadium, teaching England a lesson about modern football, or at least what that term meant in the 1950s. Six months later the Hungarians beat England again, 7-1 in Budapest.
The famous clash of course was not only about football, from a political point of view it played important role in the symbolic showdown between Communist East and Capitalist West. From the people’s perspective, the Hungarian team became a symbol of the rebellion of an oppressed nation against their ruthless masters. As writer Péter Esterházy noted, for Hungary Ferenc Puskás and his teammates were the “heroes of the fairy-tale, who triumph where ordinary men cannot.” For England, the shocking result opened a new chapter in national football as English coaches started to look to the continent for tactical and training advances.
“We saw a style of play, a system of play that we had never seen before. None of these players meant anything to us. We didn’t know about Puskás. All these fantastic players, they were men from Mars as far as we were concerned. They were coming to England, England had never been beaten at Wembley – this would be a 3–0, 4–0 maybe even 5–0 demolition of a small country who were just coming into European football. They called Puskás the ‘Galloping Major’ because he was in the army – how could this guy serving for the Hungarian army come to Wembley and rifle us to defeat?” (Sir Bobby Robson)
The members of the Golden Team:
(first row) Lantos Mihály, Puskás Ferenc, Grosics Gyula
(back row) Lóránt Gyula, Buzánszky Jenő, Hidegkuti Nándor, Kocsis Sándor, Zakariás József, Czibor Zoltán, Bozsik József, Budai II. László
Hungary has a respectable football history, having won three Olympic titles, finishing runners-up in the 1938 and 1954 World Cups, and third in the 1964 European Football Championship. In the early 1950s Hungary revolutionised the international football, laying the tactical fundamentals of Total Football with the remarkable Golden Team, which included legendary striker Ferenc Puskás. The Hungarian Golden Team has one of the longest undefeated runs in football history, remaining unbeaten in 31 games, spanning over 4 years and including matches such as the Match of the Century.
sources and pictures: bbc.co.uk, mlsz.hu, Wikidépia and Hungary Today
A következőkben 8 futball mérkőzés közvetítése közben elhangozható érdekes kifejezést olvashattok, magyarázatukkal együtt. Próbáljátok megírni nekünk ezeknek a kifejezéseknek a magyar megfelelőit.
- to kick off: It is used to describe the start of the game and it can also be used when describing the start of a league campaign. But it can be used to describe the start of a violent situation between fans from opposing teams.
- nip and tuck: This expression means a game, or a race, or a competition is too close to call, it is difficult to decide who will win.
- streaky: It has two main meanings. It can mean lucky. But if a striker is described as ’streaky’ it means they score a lot of goals for a short period, then score none.
- to throw the book at someone: It is used when a team, player or manager is guilty or in trouble because they have broken the rules and then have to face a punishment of some sort.
- Sleeping Giant: This phrase refers to a big club that maybe has not performed as well as it used to do but has lots of potential to do so again in the future.
- flat-track bully: a sportsperson who dominates inferior opposition, but who cannot beat top-level opponents
- smash and grab: When one team dominates another but still does not get the victory, rather the team that has been under pressure all game breaks out from defence and scores a goal to secure an unlikely
- to have a low centre of gravity: It is used to describe a player that is rather small yet very difficult to push off the ball – mainly due to having good balance. This player invariably has very good close control but at the same time is also very strong.
source: Football phrases, languagecaster.com