Over the years there have been a lot of football still spoken of with great admiration. One of these groups is the Hungarian team of the 50th century under the direction of star players Ferenc Puskas seemed Hungarian football team unbeatable. Six years lost “Magical Magyars” only one race: the World Cup final against West Germany in 1954. This race went down in history as “The Miracle of Bern”. Despite this loss is still spoken admiringly now.
Gusztav Sebes was appointed in 1949 to the new new coach of the Hungarian national team. Sebes had access to an exceptional group of talented young players. Among his predecessors were in before the top talents Hidegkuti and Puskas in 1945, Bozsik and Grosics Kocsis in 1947 and 1948 the team debuted in Hungary.During Sebes self Czibor made his debut in the national team. This group of players would form the basis of the best Hungarian team ever and one of the best soccer team ever in the world. After a difficult early period starting in 1950, the team finished with rookies and Buzansky Lantos, who became the full-backs. The habituation process went quite smoothly, as Puskas, Kocsis, Grosics, Bozsik and Czibor all played for Honved Budapest. This club won in 1950, 1952, 1954 and 1955, the national championship and was arguably the best club in Europe in the early 50s.
Outside the enormous individual qualities of the players was also a way to play a key success factor. In the 50s it was 3-2-5 stopperspil system most played system. In this system, players played in some retired and covered by the two midfielders. The two backs and stopperspil played against wingers and center forward. All ten outfield players were responsible ?? ?? for their own direct opponent. Almost all the teams played at the time, and so was unfamiliar with tactical variations. The Hungarians played here on hand at just that by playing in a different way. A traditional five-a-side tip played in a W formation. Hungarians reflected???? on their attack and thus both were players in front attacker.
This variant was also inspired by the characteristics of the two best footballers in the team; namely, left and right within Puskas and Sándor Kocsis. Puskas Ferenc considered one of the largest ever football players. He had a masterful left leg, where he could shoot it incredibly difficult. Just his attitude seemed to put a football player, but nothing could be true. He was the absolute star in Hungary, but less athletic build, is not enough for a classic player that within half a player in the defensive aspect of his time. Puskas by sliding forward line solve this problem. The second single player Sándor Kocsis therefore slightly forward and then shoved his qualities better utilized. Kocsis was just like a real scorer Puskas thief, but where Puskas made several remote Kocsis was the man goal with his head. Now he is closer to the goal he played got more chance to utilize their specialty.
In order to defend not to get into trouble in the center forward Nándor Hidegkuti had to let drop back to midfield. In possession, he could be called in to take care of the building. For both wingers do not change much if only they had drawn on paper than a traditional winger. Hungary was usually so strong that in practice there was nothing to notice. If the remaining eight positions were established were frequent changes in these three states. Hidegkuti and Czibor had indeed assured of a starting point, but the situation changed quite often. Hidegkuti not only played center forward, but was also a regular right winger. Two-legged Zoltán Czibor played alternately on both wings. The eleventh???? position usually supplemented with Péter Palotas i.e. center forward, to the left or right outside József Tóth striker László Budai.
The division of labor in midfield was evident. Rechtshalf József Bozsik was the playmaker of the Hungarians and get even 100 matches. The left half was far less talented József Zakariás. He interfered little with the installation, but played entirely in the service team. Zakariás consists holes and was defensive midfielder or a vacuum???? the Hungarian team. In the back was stopperspil Gyula Lorant, Jeno Buzansky back and left back Mihály Lantos their male without really excelling. Would really need to get the man was still goalkeeper Gyula Grosics, the goalie European class. Hungarian golden team???? was born.
Many people see this tactical variant actually when the first 4-2-4 system. They find Zakariás a central defender and a midfielder Hidegkuti. In fact, in 1958 Brazil was the first team that played in the 4-2-4 system. The Hungarian system is best described as the MM system, while the classic stopperspil system also known as the WM system mentioned. The fact that most opponents had difficulty with this system was demonstrated by its results.
The first real test for the Hungarian team was the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki. The Olympic football tournament can best be described as a world championship for amateurs. This meant that the professionals were not allowed to do in the games. For the Hungarian state amateurs this had no consequences. So players of Honved military official.Puskas example, made it big and therefore he was nicknamed Galloping Major????. Other countries, however, had to do without their top players. For many countries, this was already the case, that sloughs their professional players still on their national team. In the Dutch national team played only in 1954 the first professional in Orange began when the professional league in the Netherlands itself. When the Swedes was in Italy playing Nordahl, Gren and Liedholm not welcome in the national team. Only those with a professional league had in fact weakened; All other countries had no professional football player or if they repelled the pros out of their national team. At the Olympics, Hungarians showed their best side. Through a difficult qualifying round against the Romanians that they were in the main tournament top. Italy, Turkey and in the semifinals the strong Sweden were simply set aside. In the final, took the master himself, the Puskas, for a 1-0 lead against Yugoslavia. Shortly before Czibor passed the legendary goalkeeper Beara for the second time and the gold medal went to Budapest.
Dr. Gero Cup
After the Olympics, Hungarians would prepare for the second international award; Dr. Gero Cup. This championship was a mutual tournament between Central European countries, which were spread over a number of years. The edition that started in 1953 was completed in 1948. On May 17, 1953 through the middle of yet another 3-0 victory over Italy results in the DR Gero Cup secured. But most people remember a game a few months later.
Matches against England
on November 25, 1953 led the Hungarian team for London for the friendly against the English pros. The arrogant Englishmen who, despite the debacle in the World Cup?? 50 still fancy the best in the world. The Hungarians were the fateful November 25 at the sacred grass of Wembley in a good shape. The Englishmen were dropped from the carpet and when Bozsik, Puskás twice and a hat-trick of Hidegkuti achieved a 3-6 final score. The British left the blush of shame to the field. After all, it was the first time England lost at Wembley a non-British opponent, and then with these shocking figures. British newspapers were talking about?? Magical Magyars?? and come short of superlatives for the game showed the Hungarians. Moreover, it was argued that it may have been a fluke of the Hungarians. This thought six months later disproved in Budapest. The Hungarians swept the floor with the British and won 7-1, both Kocsis and Puskas scored two goals.
World Cup 1954
Thanks to this victory, the Hungarians were absolute favorite for the world championship in 1954. The favorite status made them entirely true. In the first match South Korea defeated 9-0. In the other group match to qualify for the quarter-finals was achieved by the West Germans with crushing 8-3, Kocsis scored four times. The German defender Werner Liebrich crush something, but the knee Hungarian Ferenc Puskas number 10. It seemed like Puskas rest of the World Cup would not take action. But the Hungarians beat hardly upset and Zoltán Czibor advanced to the left of the courtyard. In the quarterfinals strong Brazil with ao Djalma Santos, Didi and Nilton Santos 4-2 and sent home in the semifinals was world champion Uruguay defeated with the same score. Hungary did however need an extension because Uruguay unexpectedly in the last quarter liberate 2-0. The extension makes Sándor Kocsis with his 10th and 11th World Cup goal for the final. Kocsis would scorer with 11 matches in the World Cup.
World Cup final; “Miracle of Bern”
In the final, they meet again the West Germans who had to put on a play-off game against Turkey in the quarterfinals. When the time had anticipated legal goal difference or goal average than the West Germans did not even survive the group stage matches. Fortunately for Hungary Ferenc Puskas seemed to fit for the final. The star player and captain had demanded at least their place in the final. The Hungarians shot really off the mark and after 8 minutes was already a 2-0 score on the board thanks to goals from Puskas and Czibor. Fate struck and hurt Puskás was not cured yet, besides the exchange is still prohibited and thus hobbled the Hungarian top players the rest of the game on the field. The Germans had taken out a tactical ploy to disrupt the Hungarian system. They played all over the field man-marking punishment. This anti-football resulted after fifteen minutes in a 2-2 tie.Despite the injury to Puskas dominated the remaining 10 Hungarians, 11 West Germans crossed completely only German goalkeeper Toni Turek in a good shape. To make matters worse, did just before Grosics a misjudgment and a goal from Rahn Germans took the lead 3-2. It started to rain more and harder, to the detriment was technically much stronger Hungarians and poor field also did not help either. Still, Puskas scored the equalizer, but it was called back for offside. West Germany became world champion, how injustice can be worthy football. The out of the tournament kicks a wonderful footballer and playing anti-football rewarded and the best football player until then to see what the world has been handed. If a voetbalgod is already there, he sleeps on July 4, 1954.
The end of an era
but the winning run was not over until the end of 1955 there were again no match lost. Between mid 1950 and the end of 1955 the play?? Magical Magyars?? 50 official games of which 42 are recovered and only one is lost, but it was the World Cup final. The target numbers 216 for, 50 against say enough. On November 8, 1956 withdrawal of Russian troops on the streets of Budapest. This policy is at the end of the golden team????. The Hungarian soccer team is currently on a foreign tour, many players like Puskas, Kocsis and Czibor decide not to return to their homeland. They are professional in ?? free ?? West and go to football to earn a living. Puskas suspended on the advice of the Hungarian league for 18 months, but after the suspension, he won several awards at Real Madrid.Kocsis and Czibor come to Barcelona and will visit the former Hungarian international Lazslo Kubala against. Kubala was already made in 1946 to Czechoslovakia in 1950 and fled to Spain. Kubala missed so golden age of Hungarian football. But he would have fitted perfectly in the Hungarian top team. Right winger place where many different players got to try, he had excellent fit. With Kubala had the Hungarians had a better team with it. It seems impossible, Hungarian law of 1954, which would be even better!
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