Hungary vs. England: League of Nations – long live! | League of Nations

Hungary make the ball … and so much for the formerly respectful atmosphere, which is somewhat curdled, for the kneeling of England receives the undoubted bird. Bah. There is no room for racism.

… but before it started, a minute of applause in memory of a former Hungary midfielder István Szőke, who died earlier this week at the age of 75. Szőke’s goals helped Hungary reach the Euro 72 semi-final.

The teams are out! A fantasy atmosphere at the Puskás Arena in Budapest, as the 30,000-odd young fans let in with their guards. many. A signal and a total lack of unpleasant nonsense, with both hymns respected. I believe children are our future, as Whitney once sang. We’ll be gone in a minute!

Pupils shout for joy before they start.
Pupils shout for joy before they start. Photo: Attila Kisbenedek / AFP / Getty Images

Hungary will wear its famous cherry red shirts. That allows England exhausted in their first-choice white, all nicely arranged here by the kitman. Note the rainbow captain’s armband that Harry Kane will wear to celebrate Proud Month.

Gear and cable.
Gear and cable. Photo: Eddie Keogh / The FA / Getty Images

Gareth Southgate speaks with New England rights owner Channel 4. After suffering some torturous forced mockery of her famous dress in Russia 2018 and various subsequent touchline fashion choices – including du Questions about today’s navy suit, both met with slightly confused pregnancy breaks – the very patient and polite English boss finally started talking about the match itself: “We’re looking forward to the game. It’s a very different kind of atmosphere, it was very nice to contain all the schoolchildren. previous League of Nations events – one very successful, the other not so successful – we both learned so much from the matches. You have to test yourself against the best teams. These next four games in particular have very different tests and tactical challenges. We need to find out about one or two players. We tried to choose a team with a few guys who have the motivation to prove something, but also some experience around them so that they can perform best. “

Hungary may have some glorious history against England * But they had nothing to brag about since a 2-1 win at the 1962 World Cup in Chile. The two countries have played each other 15 times since then, with England winning on 12 occasions and the other three matches ending in draws. If the Three Lions roar again tonight, Gareth Southgate will become the first England manager to win consecutive matches in Hungary. Walter Winterbottom’s head would turn at the same thought. This is how this fixture was last developed when it was played …

… and this is what happened the last time the teams met.

You heard there was some ticket brouhaha. The Hungarian FA has exploited a number of loopholes in Uefa regulations, inviting 36,000 fans to a game nominally playing behind closed doors as punishment for discriminatory behavior. Nick Ames has the details …

… Although present failures are nothing new when it comes to this fix. Back in 1954, more than 800,000 applications were made for tickets, with the Népstadion’s capacity only 80,000. The Manchester Guardian picks up the story:

A number of factories, mines and construction sites with good production results were allocated a number of paid tickets to be drawn for manual workers. As this left the intellectuals in the cold, one of them wrote to the Minister of Sports:

– While warmly approving the concession to Stakhanovans, I suggest that some encouragement be given to brain workers who are passionate about football. Although I can’t prove that gaming is my passion, I’m showing remarkable brain activity here.

‘The crowd at major matches at the leading Budapest stadium is invariably declared to be 80,000. This news has been ignored for years. If you were to direct that, at the next match between Hungary and England, the crowd would have to number 80,001, the news would be published all over the world, resulting in excellent propaganda for our country. I hardly need to say that I would gladly be the 80,001th spectator, and that I am at your disposal to collect the ticket. ‘

The turnout was later reported to be 92,000. The Guardian did not record whether this high-ranking chancellor was one of the extra 12,000.

The teams

Jarrod Bowen and James Justin do theirs England debuts on a side showing eight changes from the correct win over Ivory Coast in March. Harry Kane and Mason Mount return, Jordan Pickford pulls the gloves back on, and Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kyle Walker and Conor Coady come into the defense. Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham keep their places in midfield, as does Harry Maguire at the back.


On November 25, 1953, Ferenc Puskás, Sándor Kocsis, Nándor Hidegkuti, Zoltán Czibor, József Bozsik, Gyula Grosics et al rocked to Wembley, where they began to put English football firmly in its place. You would have thought that the 6-3 humiliation visited by Walter Winterbottom’s team would lead to a period of reflection, regrouping and harmonization … but no. England happily put the thrashing to a bad day at the office, and few lessons were learned. Off to the Népstadion they went, six months later, to play the return fixture on May 23, 1954 with almost exactly the same tactical plan. That’s how it happened, then, in the words of the pre-MBM-era Manchester Guardian.

CELO! Hungary 1-0 England (Lantos 8): “Lantos fired a free kick ten yards out of the penalty area and with a drive that was to be seen to be believed, put the ball high into the corner of the net. It crashed like a bullet.”

CELO! Hungary 2-0 England (Puskás 22): “Continued pressure from the faster and more dangerous Hungarians brought a second goal when Puskás netted after the ball bounced off a defender. At this stage the home players now did almost as they liked.”

CELO! Hungary 3-0 England (Kocsis 31): “After several dangerous moves on both sides, Hungary increased three when Kocsis won from close range. The English defense was all six and seven against the accurate passing and beautiful positional play of the Hungarians.”

CELO! Hungary 4-0 England (Koscis 56): “Then came a brilliant period during which Hungary scored three goals in four minutes. The man who did all the damage was Czibor, the cunning, quick out-left, although he didn’t get one of them. Czibor first threw a proper pass to Kocsis and the inside right scored after a beautiful run on the left … “

CELO! Hungary 5-0 England (Tóth 60): “… Czibor then placed Tóth for fifth …”

CELO! Hungary 6-0 England (Hidegkuti 62): “… and at last Hidegkuti sent a terrible shot just inside the vertical of a perfect Czibor pass from his outer left.”

CELO! Hungary 6-1 England (Broadis 69): “England did not give up the fight and Broadis got a nice target from the edge of the area with a hard shot wide from the keeper.”

CELO! Hungary 7-1 England (Puskás 73): “The captain of Hungary broke free in the center and fired past Merrick after removing the rest of the English defense.”

FULL TIME: Hungary 7-1 England. Ho Walter! The result stands as England’s biggest defeat ever, though: Hungary’s golden team somehow conspired to lose that year’s World Cup final; England went on to win the World Cup a dozen years later; the English are firm favorites to come away with all three points from Budapest tonight. But a few stains never wash away, and good luck avoiding a 1954 talk whenever this fixture is played over the next few centuries. It’s exactly the way things should be. Start at Puskás Aréna Park is at 5pm BST. It’s on!

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