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Monday, 25 February 2013

Hungary 1953 - No.10 Puskas.


The headline in The Times said it all: 'A new conception of football'. England, the inventors of the game, had never seen anything like it.
Hungary's 6-3 destruction of Walter Winterbottom's shell-shocked team at Wembley Stadium on 25 November 1953 was not only a defining moment in English football history but arguably the moment the baton passed from one sporting age to another.

Ferenc Puskas the captain, was the inspiration. He was short, stocky, barrel-chested, overweight, couldn't head and only used one foot yet no one in Britain had seen ball skills like his before, and along with Nandor Hidegkuti and Sandor Kocsis, the Magnificent Magyars passed devastating patterns around a dumbstruck England side, playing a style of 'total' football that the Dutch teams of the seventies would later adopt. But at the time it was incomparable to any era, it was football from another planet.

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It is difficult to exaggerate the impact this team had on world football. The Hungarians based their success on tactical sophistication - the revolutionary use of a fluid interchangeable front three - and they had coaches all over the world rewriting their manuals.

The only blip in a six year, 50 game period from 1950, that saw 42 wins and 7 draws, was a defeat to Germany in the 1954 World Cup final.
One of the greatest European players of all time, Pusk√°s wreaked havoc in this golden era, with his powerful left foot, scoring 83 goals in 84 international appearances.

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