The team who beat Manchester United 11-3 were in Budapest – and we loved it!

Edited English translation of an article on Rangadó by Áron Aranyossy about the Egri-Erbstein Tournament. Click the link for the original article in Hungarian. The English version is produced with his permission and all credit goes to him for the article itself.

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A hundred and fifteen years - that’s
the amount of time England’s oldest amateur team, Corinthian Casuals took to return
to Budapest. In 1939 Corinthian FC and Casuals FC merged to form Corinthian
Casuals and by choice, they have remained an amateur club since. They wanted to start football as a movement, spreading
a message of fair play and enjoyment, they even had players appearing for the
English national team in the early days. It’s a club with a rich history that
continues to the present day. Currently they compete in the Bostik League along
with semi-professional clubs. Their achievements include:

  • Beating Manchester United 11-3, the biggest margin of
    the Red Devils’ history,
  • Real Madrid plays in full white in honour of them
  • One of Brazil’s most popular team, SC Corinthians was
    named after the Englishmen.

During the 1900’s the Corinthian “half” of this club
took several trips abroad, making friends through football, this included a
trip to Budapest in 1904. Meeting the Hungarians went so well that the English
club left a trophy, the Corinthian Cup, in honour of the meeting. After 115
years, Corinthian Casuals have now returned to Zugló, the exact district they
attended back then, only this time at BVSC’s stadium.

Credit for this historic moment in amateur football goes to Bertalan Molnár who brought Budapesti Atlétikai Klub back to life after 92 years. However, that itself wouldn’t have happened without a book written about Ernő Egri-Erbstein, BAK’s former player, by Dominic Bliss. Egri-Erbstein embodies everything Molnár and his club wishes to bring back to amateur football, his motto says it all: “Pass the ball around and play fairly with a smile on your face”. Reading the book inspired Molnár to bring BAK back to life.

After Bliss and Molnár found each other they quickly
reached out to Corinthian Casuals as well and there was no doubt that sooner or
later the team would meet BAK and the idea of the Egri-Erbstein tournament was
born. Not many thought that would happen within a year, however that’s exactly
what happened.

The Egri-Erbstein Tournament was held between 14th and
16th of July with BAK, BEAC, Testvériség SE and of course Corinthian Casuals
taking part. Saturday’s semis quickly became the centre of attention as the
organisers were drawn against the English side. This special and historic game
was very fittingly the tournament opener. Approximately 60 fans came from
England to support their team and they made the opening game’s atmosphere
amazing. It was very much needed though as the incredible heat unfortunately
took a toll on the football on display. The crowd had fun and one stand was
even coloured in the infamous pink and brown of Corinthian Casuals. Some of the
supporters put on the Brazilian Corinthian’s jersey. Friendship though
football.

I asked Dominic: “Corinthian Casuals should easily win
this trophy on paper but I’m wondering if this is your strongest team?”

He replied “That is
more or less the strongest line up with a few exceptions. That player there, for
example, is Jamie Byatt, he is a club icon” He certainly did not exaggerate his
statement!

The 37-year-old forward
has the honour of being one of the players who went to Brazil in 2015 to play
in a friendly between the two Casuals teams. As a gesture of friendship, the
sides swapped two players for the last ten minutes and Byatt was chosen to be
the English footballer to change places with Danilo, making him the first
Corinthian Casuals player to wear SC Corinthian’s jersey.

BAK fought well in the
heat, however the Hungarians quickly conceded in the second half. The
foreigners dominated the game even more from that point and the only question
was the margin of their victory. After missing a few clear-cut chances, the
match ended with a 3-0 victory. The second semi-final was an even more straight
forward game as Testvériség banged in eight goals against BEAC leaving no
questions as to which team was the better side. Some of the English supporters
attended this game as well, rooting for the underdogs to score a consolation
goal. Although that didn’t happen there was a great moment when a BEAC player
came to the crowd and he received a sip of beer from Casuals fans along with
the chant “we love you Soma (the players name) we do!”

The surprises came on
Sunday. The first thing a spectator would notice were the trophies next to the
stands. Part of the collection was a replica of the original Corinthian Cup
from 1904. Then the weather changed drastically, it was raining heavily during
the BAK-BEAC match, which was also forced into a delay due to lightning. Interestingly
this was handy for the organisers since they were 1-0 down at the time having
conceded due to a penalty. BAK hadn’t looked like scoring before the unplanned
break however once the game continued, BAK equalised and with the very last
kick of the ball Barnabás Kántor scored the winning goal with an astonishing
strike.

The rain was still pouring down and I encouraged the
English fans by saying this weather fits them better anyway. Finally,
Corinthian Casuals walked onto the pitch wearing the names of Grande Torino – the magical team which
Egri-Erbstein managed in Italy before his tragic death.

The final had some amazing
honorary guests such as Egri-Erbstein’s daughters, Susanna and Marta, and his
grandson, Stefano, as well as Iain Lindsay, the British ambassador to Hungary
and Torino’s general manager Antonio Comi who gifted BAK a shirt with
Erbstein’s name on it.

While
all this has happened in the stands, an enjoyable, competitive football match
was played on the pitch. Testvériség SE made Corinthian Casuals work hard for
the trophy, they even had a few chances to win the final themselves. In the end
the English team’s physicality tired the Hungarians out, leading to a late
winner scored by Harry Ottaway. Corinthian Casuals won the trophy and can add
being the winners of the first ever Egri-Erbstein Tournament to their list of
achievements.

It
should be mentioned that Hungary’s top referee, Viktor Kassai, who was in
charge of the Champions League final in 2011, was the referee for the final. He
put in a great performance himself, although he didn’t really have too much to
do as the final was played in a very friendly manner, just as the entire
tournament had been.

All
that was left was the awards ceremony with the crowd cheering for all of the
teams. By the looks of it the guests enjoyed their time in Hungary, even though
some of them lost their voice after Saturday. You could hear them doing the
Icelandic clapping celebration as well as shouting B-A-K for the rest of the
evening.

A hundred and fifteen years ago Corinthian Casuals brought a trophy to Hungary and in 2019 they took one home from Hungary. We cannot wait for the second Egri-Erbstein Tournament and we probably don’t need to wait too long either.


Referee Appointments for the NB1 Match Day 31

Puskás Akadémia v Budapest Honvéd
2019.05.04 - 17:00
Felcsút, Puskás Akadémia Pancho Aréna
Ref: Solymosi Péter
4O: Király Krisztián
AR: Albert István, Buzás Balázs
AAR: Erdős József, Csonka Bence

Szombathelyi Haladás v Paks
2019.05.04 - 17:00
Szombathely, Szombathelyi Haladás Stadion
Ref: Berke Balázs
4O: Becséri Gergely
AR: Ring György, Georgiou Theodoros
AAR: Szilasi Szabolcs, Németh Ádám

MTK Budapest v Mezőkövesd Zsóry
2019.05.04 - 17:00
Budapest, Új Hidegkuti Nándor Stadion
Ref: Iványi Zoltán
4O: Huszár Balázs
AR: Berettyán Péter, Lémon Oszkár
AAR: Karakó Ferenc, Pillók Ádám

DVTK v Mol Vidi
2019.05.04 - 17:00
Miskolc, Dvtk Stadion
Ref: Vad II. István
4O: Szécsényi István
AR: Medovarszki János, Bornemissza Norbert
AAR: Bognár Tamás, Szőts Gergely

DVSC v Kisvárda Master Good
2019.05.04 - 17:00
Debrecen, Debreceni Nagyerdei Stadion (Nagyerdei Stadion)
Ref: Bogár Gergő
4O: Csatári Tibor
AR: Tóth II. Vencel, Garai Péter
AAR: Pintér Csaba, Zierkelbach Péter

Ferencváros v Újpest
2019.05.04 - 19:30
Budapest, Groupama Aréna
Ref: Andó-Szabó Sándor
4O: Vígh-Tarsonyi Gergő
AR: Szert Balázs, Szalai Balázs
AAR: Farkas Ádám, Takács János

Békéscsaba 1912 Előre v Soroksár SC - NBII
2019.05.05 - 17:00
Békéscsaba, Békéscsabai Kórház Utcai Stadion
Ref: Kassai Viktor
4O: Berényi Tamás
AR: Szalai Dániel, Baghy Csaba


Referee Appointments for the NB1 Match Day 30

Újpest v DVSC
2019.04.27 - 17:00
Budapest, Szusza Ferenc Stadion
Ref: Berke Balázs
4O: Garai Péter
AR: Huszár Balázs, Becséri Gergely
AAR: Karakó Ferenc, Takács János

Mol Vidi v Puskás Akadémia
2019.04.27 - 17:00
Székesfehérvár, Mol Aréna Sóstó
Ref: Kassai Viktor
4O: Kepe Arnold
AR: Szalai Balázs, Horváth Róbert
AAR: Bogár Gergő, Szilasi Szabolcs

Mezőkövesd Zsóry v DVTK
2019.04.27 - 17:00
Mezőkövesd, Mezőkövesd Városi Stadion
Ref: Andó-Szabó Sándor
4O: Csatári Tibor
AR: Albert István, Buzás Balázs
AAR: Farkas Ádám, Csonka Bence

Paks v MTK Budapest
2019.04.27 - 17:00
Paks, Paksi Fc Stadion
Ref: Vad II. István
4O: Tóth II. Vencel
AR: Szécsényi István, Lémon Oszkár
AAR: Bognár Tamás, Kulcsár Katalin

Kisvárda Master Good v Szombathelyi Haladás
2019.04.27 - 17:00
Kisvárda, Kisvárda Várkerti Sporttelep (Várkert Sportpálya)
Ref: Erdős József
4O: Georgiou Theodoros
AR: Szert Balázs, Vígh-Tarsonyi Gergő
AAR: Szőts Gergely, Pillók Ádám

Budapest Honvéd v Ferencváros
2019.04.27 - 19:30
Budapest, Új Hidegkuti Nándor Stadion
Ref: Iványi Zoltán
4O: Kóbor Péter
AR: Ring György, Berettyán Péter
AAR: Pintér Csaba, Lovas László


Katalin Kulcsár with Champions League Semi Final

Katalin Kulcsár has been appointed to a Women's Champions League semi final match, ahead of her heading out to France in June for the Women's World Cup. As she has already refereed a final previously, a semi-final appointment is the highest she can get and is a sign that she has had another great season. This will be Katalin's 30th Champions League game and her 90th UEFA match Official Appointment.

UEFA Women's Champions League - Semi Final 1st Leg
Sunday 21 April 2019 17.00CET
Olympique Lyonnais v Chelsea
Referee: Katalin Kulcsár (HUN)
Assistant referees: Katalin Török (HUN) , Katrin Rafalski (GER)
Fourth official: Riem Hussein (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Teresa Romao (POR)
UEFA Referee observer: Snjezana Focic (CRO)

Good Luck Katalin.


Referee Appointments for the NB1 Match Day 29

Puskás Akadémia v Mezőkövesd Zsóry
2019.04.20 - 17:00
Felcsút, Puskás Akadémia Pancho Aréna
Ref: Vad II. István
4O: Kepe Arnold
AR: Vígh-Tarsonyi Gergő, Lémon Oszkár
AAR: Szőts Gergely, Zierkelbach Péter

Újpest v Budapest Honvéd
2019.04.20 - 17:00
Budapest, Szusza Ferenc Stadion
Ref: Andó-Szabó Sándor
4O: Király Krisztián
AR: Horváth Róbert, Márkus Tamás
AAR: Pintér Csaba, Karakó Ferenc

MTK Budapest v Kisvárda Master Good
2019.04.20 - 17:00
Budapest, Új Hidegkuti Nándor Stadion
Ref: Solymosi Péter
4O: Becséri Gergely
AR: Buzás Balázs, Varga Gábor
AAR: Farkas Ádám, Szilágyi Sándor

DVTK v Paks
2019.04.20 - 17:00
Miskolc, Dvtk Stadion
Ref: Iványi Zoltán
4O: Garai Péter
AR: Berettyán Péter, Szalai Balázs
AAR: Pillók Ádám, Lovas László

DVSC v Szombathelyi Haladás
2019.04.20 - 17:00
Debrecen, Debreceni Nagyerdei Stadion
Ref: Bogár Gergő
4O: Szalai Dániel
AR: Albert István, Farkas Balázs
AAR: Szilasi Szabolcs, Csonka Bence

Ferencváros v Mol Vidi
2019.04.20 - 19:30
Budapest, Groupama Aréna
Ref: Berke Balázs
4O: Huszár Balázs
AR: Szert Balázs, Kóbor Péter
AAR: Bognár Tamás, Takács János

Mr Kassai has been in Saudi Arabia again gaining further valuable VAR experience for UEFA/FIFA appointments.

Al Nassr v Al Fateh
Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Stadium (Ar-Riyāḍ (Riyadh))
Ref: Viktor Kassai
AR: György Ring, Vencel Tóth
4O: József Erdős


Referee Appointments for the NB1 Match Day 28

Budapest Honvéd v DVSC
2019.04.13 - 17:00
Budapest, Új Hidegkuti Nándor Stadion
Ref: Karakó Ferenc
4O: Becséri Gergely
AR: Ring György, Szert Balázs
AAR: Berke Balázs, Bognár Tamás

Mezőkövesd Zsóry v Ferencváros
2019.04.13 - 17:00
Mezőkövesd, Mezőkövesd Városi Stadion
Ref: Farkas Ádám
4O: Varga Gábor
AR: Király Krisztián, Huszár Balázs
AAR: Pintér Csaba, Lovas László

Paks v Puskás Akadémia
2019.04.13 - 17:00
Paks, Paksi Fc Stadion
Ref: Kassai Viktor
4O: Márkus Tamás
AR: Varga Zsolt, Király Zsolt
AAR: Szilasi Szabolcs, Takács János

Kisvárda Master Good v DVTK
2019.04.13 - 17:00
Kisvárda, Kisvárda Várkerti Sporttelep (Várkert Sportpálya)
Ref: Vad II. István
4O: Horváth Róbert
AR: Albert István, Vígh-Tarsonyi Gergő
AAR: Bogár Gergő, Csonka Bence

Szombathelyi Haladás v MTK Budapest
2019.04.13 - 17:00
Szombathely, Szombathelyi Haladás Stadion
Ref: Szőts Gergely
4O: Farkas Balázs
AR: Szalai Balázs, Lémon Oszkár
AAR: Erdős József, Kulcsár Katalin

Mol Vidi v Újpest
2019.04.13 - 19:30
Székesfehérvár, Mol Aréna Sóstó
Ref: Iványi Zoltán
4O: Medovarszki János
AR: Tóth II. Vencel, Berettyán Péter
AAR: Solymosi Péter, Pillók Ádám

As for some bizarre reason I forgot to put them up last week, the appointments for MD27 were:

Puskás Akadémia v Kisvárda Master Good
2019.04.06 - 17:00
Felcsút, Puskás Akadémia Pancho Aréna
Ref: Andó-Szabó Sándor
4O: Kóbor Péter
AR: Tóth II. Vencel, Berettyán Péter
AAR: Pintér Csaba, Zierkelbach Péter

Ferencváros v Paks
2019.04.06 - 17:00
Budapest, Groupama Aréna
Ref: Bogár Gergő
4O: Huszár Balázs
AR: Szert Balázs, Farkas Balázs
AAR: Szőts Gergely, Pillók Ádám

Újpest v Mezőkövesd Zsóry
2019.04.06 - 17:00
Budapest, Szusza Ferenc Stadion
Ref: Solymosi Péter
4O: Kepe Arnold
AR: Albert István, Medovarszki János
AAR: Karakó Ferenc, Kovács Gábor Péter

DVTK v Szombathelyi Haladás
2019.04.06 - 17:00
Miskolc, DVTK Stadion
Ref: Farkas Ádám
4O: Horváth Róbert
AR: Ring György, Buzás Balázs
AAR: Erdős József, Lovas László

DVSC v MTK Budapest
2019.04.06 - 17:00
Debrecen, Debreceni Nagyerdei Stadion (Nagyerdei Stadion)
Ref: Kassai Viktor
4O: Varga Gábor
AR: Vígh-Tarsonyi Gergő, Szalai Dániel
AAR: Iványi Zoltán, Csonka Bence

Budapest Honvéd v Mol Vidi
2019.04.06 - 19:30
Budapest, Új Hidegkuti Nándor Stadion
Ref: Vad II. István
4O: Varga Zsolt
AR: Szalai Balázs, Márkus Tamás
AAR: Szilasi Szabolcs, Takács János