Match Report: Loki v Kisvárda

By @Charlie_Barca

The game kicked off at just gone 6pm local time on what had been a very warm day. Lucky we sat on the shaded side of the stadium in the most expensive seats (3000 forints/£9). The game started off fairly even, but it wasn’t long before Loki began to press more. The first goal came on the 13th minute when a shot came off a defender only to fall to an unlikely goal scorer Szatmári Csaba.

By this time the over officious referee, Andó-Szabó Sándor, had booked new Loki forward Garba on 8 minutes and Kisvarda player Melnyl on 12 minutes.

Loki kept up the pressure with Kisvarda only having a few breakaway chances. This pressure paid off on 25 minutes as Loki win a free kick just outside the area. Varga Kevin hits a beauty into the top of the net.

Then the old saying “you’re never more vulnerable than when you’re just scored” Came true, as Kisvarda catch Loki on a counterattack resulting in a Grozav goal. Nagy Sándor got a hand to it but couldn’t prevent the goal.

The attendance was given as 4,540.

I don’t know what the manager said to his Kisvarda players, but they came out a little more determined to give Loki a run for their money at the start of the second half. Loki were being pushed back into their own half. This only lasted a little less than 10 minutes before the familiar pattern of play of the first half resumed.

Loki’s second yellow on 56 minutes came for Ferenczi when he questioned a decision by the ref.

Then a very nice moment in the 62 minute when Garba got his first Liga goal for his new club after signing from Djurgaardens. Garba shot from the right of the goal, it hit the keepers left arm and went in.

On the 70th minute Kisvarda made their second substitution, Seco off Sassá on, and both teams took advantage of the stoppage to have water break.

Kisvarda final substitution came on 76 minute.

Loki were mostly in control of the game but Kisvarda weren’t without any chances. 79th minute Nagy Sándor had to get down to his left to stop a good shot following a free kick which was nodded on. Then on the 85th minute the was headed into the crossbar from a Kisvarda corner

4 minutes of added time, which was just enough for another defender, Pávkovics Bence to head home to make the score 4-1.

I was mostly impressed by Loki’s pressing and winning the ball back.

In total 7 yellow cards were shown.

Referee Appointments for the NBI Match Day 2

Kaposvári Rákóczi v Mezőkövesd Zsóry
2019.08.10 - 17:00
Kaposvár, Kaposvári Rákóczi Stadion (Rákóczi Stadion)
Ref: Berke Balázs
4O: Vígh-Tarsonyi Gergő
AR: Kóbor Péter, Farkas Balázs
AAR: Erdős József, Pintér Csaba

DVTK v Újpest
2019.08.10 - 19:30
Miskolc, DVTK Stadion
Ref: Farkas Ádám
4O: Horváth Róbert
AR: Ring György, Szalai Balázs
AAR: Solymosi Péter, Takács János

Paks v Budapest Honvéd
2019.08.11 - 18:00
Paks, Paksi Fc Stadion
Ref: Karakó Ferenc
4O: Bornemissza Norbert
AR: Albert István, Georgiou Theodoros
AAR: Solymosi Péter, Zierkelbach Péter

Puskás Akadémia v Mol Fehérvár
2019.08.11 - 18:00
Felcsút, Puskás Akadémia Pancho Aréna
Ref: Kassai Viktor
4O: Vígh-Tarsonyi Gergő
AR: Tóth II. Vencel, Berettyán Péter
AAR: Pintér Csaba, Szilasi Szabolcs

DVSC v Kisvárda Master Good
2019.08.11 - 18:00
Debrecen, Debreceni Nagyerdei Stadion (Nagyerdei Stadion)
Ref: Andó-Szabó Sándor
4O: Varga Zsolt
AR: Buzás Balázs, Szert Balázs
AAR: Iványi Zoltán, Erdős József

Referee Appointments for the NBI Match Day 1

Mezőkövesd Zsóry v ZTE
2019.08.03 - 19:30
Mezőkövesd, Mezőkövesd Városi Stadion
Referee: Erdős József
4O: Szalai Balázs
AR: Albert István, Buzás Balázs
AAR: Takács János, Szőts Gergely

Újpest v Puskás Akadémia
2019.08.03 - 19:30
Budapest, Illovszky Rudolf Stadion (Illovszky Rudolf Stadion )
Referee: Vad II. István
4O: Horváth Róbert
AR: Berettyán Péter, Georgiou Theodoros
AAR: Karakó Ferenc, Szilasi Szabolcs

Kisvárda Master Good v Paks
2019.08.03 - 19:30
Kisvárda, Kisvárdai Várkerti Stadion (Várkerti Stadion)
Referee: Bogár Gergő
4O: Márkus Tamás
AR: Ring György, Szert Balázs
AAR: Farkas Ádám, Csonka Bence

Mol Fehérvár v Kaposvári Rákóczi
2019.08.04 - 18:00
Székesfehérvár, Mol Aréna Sóstó
Referee: Solymosi Péter
4O: Huszár Balázs
AR: Kóbor Péter, Király Krisztián
AAR: Iványi Zoltán, Pintér Csaba

DVTK v Budapest Honvéd
2019.08.04 - 18:00
Miskolc, Dvtk Stadion
Referee: Bognár Tamás
4O: Farkas Balázs
AR: Tóth II. Vencel, Vígh-Tarsonyi Gergő
AAR: Berke Balázs, Andó-Szabó Sándor

IFAB Law Changes 2019/2020

The following summarises the main Law changes for 2019/20 with an explanation for the changes (in alphabetical order). Information obtained from IFAB.

Dropped ball - Laws 8 & 9


  • If play is stopped inside the penalty area, the ball will be dropped for the goalkeeper
  • If play is stopped outside the penalty area, the ball will be dropped for one player of the team that last touched the ball at the point of the last touch
  • In all cases, all the other players (of both teams) must be at least 4m (4.5yds) away
  • If the ball touches the referee (or another match official) and goes into the goal, team possession changes or a promising attack starts, a dropped ball is awarded


  • The current dropped ball procedure often leads to a ‘manufactured’ restart which is ‘exploited’ unfairly (e.g. kicking the ball out for a throw-in deep in the opponents’ half) or an aggressive confrontation. Returning the ball to the team that last played it restores what was ‘lost’ when play was stopped, except in the penalty area where it is simpler to return the ball to the goalkeeper. To prevent that team gaining an unfair advantage, all players of both teams, except the player receiving the ball, must be at least 4m (4.5 yds) away.
  • It can be very unfair if a team gains an advantage or scores a goal because the ball has hit a match official, especially the referee.

Free Kicks - Law 13


  • When there is a ‘wall’ of three or more defenders, the attackers are not allowed within 1m (1 yd) of the wall; an attacker less than 1m (1yd) from the ‘wall’ when the•kick is taken will be penalised with an indirect free kick
  • When the defending team takes a free kick in their own penalty area, the ball is in play once the kick is taken; it does not have to leave the penalty area before it can be played


  • Attackers standing very close to, or in, the defensive ‘wall’ at a free kick often cause management problems and waste time. There is no legitimate tactical justication for attackers to be in the ‘wall’ and their presence is against the ‘spirit of the game’•and often damages the image of the game.
  • The experiment where, at a defending team free kick in the penalty area, the ball is in play once it is kicked and does not have to leave the penalty area, has produced a faster and more constructive restart. Opponents must remain outside the penalty area and at least 9.15m away until the ball is in play. The same change has been made to the goal kick (see Law 16).

Goal Celebrations - Law 12


  • A YC for an ‘illegal’ celebration (e.g. removing the shirt) remains even if the goal is disallowed


  • Cautions for inappropriate goal celebrations apply even if the goal is disallowed as the impact (safety, image of the game etc.) is the same as if the goal was awarded.

Goal Kick - Law 16


  • The ball is in play once the kick is taken; it can be played before leaving the penalty area


The experiment that at a goal kick the ball is in play once it is kicked, and does not have to leave the penalty area, has created a faster and more dynamic/constructive restart to the game. It has reduced the time ‘lost/wasted’ including stopping the tactic of ‘wasting’ time when a defender deliberately plays the ball before it leaves the penalty area knowing that all that will happen is the goal kick will be retaken. Opponents must remain outside the penalty area until the ball is in play.

Handball - Law 12


  • Deliberate handball remains an offence

  • The following ‘handball’ situations, even if accidental, will be a free kick:
    • The ball goes into the goal after touching an attacking player’s hand/arm
    • A player gains control/possession of the ball after it has touches their hand/arm•and then scores, or creates a goal-scoring opportunity
    • The ball touches a player’s hand/arm which has made their body unnaturally bigger
    • The ball touches a player’s hand/arm when it is above their shoulder (unless the player has deliberately played the ball which then touches their hand/arm)

  • The following will not usually be a free kick, unless they are one of the above situations:
    • The ball touches a player’s hand/arm directly from their own head/body/foot or the head/body/foot of another player who is close/near
    • The ball touches a player’s hand/arm which is close to their body and has not made their body unnaturally bigger
    • If a player is falling and the ball touches their hand/arm when it is between their body and the ground to support the body (but not extended to make the body bigger)
    • If the goalkeeper attempts to ‘clear’ (release into play) a throw-in or deliberate kick from a team-mate but the ‘clearance’ fails, the goalkeeper can then handle the ball


  • Greater clarity is needed for handball, especially on those occasions when ‘non- deliberate’ handball is an offence. The re-wording follows a number of principles: Football does not accept a goal being scored by a hand/arm (even if accidental)
  • Football expects a player to be penalised for handball if they gain possession/control of the ball from their hand/arm and gain a major advantage e.g. score or create a goal-scoring opportunity
  • It is natural for a player to put their arm between their body and the ground for support when falling.
  • Having the hand/arm above shoulder height is rarely a ‘natural’ position and a player is ‘taking a risk’ by having the hand/arm in that position, including when sliding
  • If the ball comes off the player’s body, or off another player (of either team) who is close by, onto the hands/arms it is often impossible to avoid contact with the ball
  • When the GK clearly kicks or tries to kick the ball into play, this shows no intention to handle the ball so, if the ‘clearance’ attempt is unsuccessful, the goalkeeper can then handle the ball without committing an offence

Kick-Off - Law 8


  • The team that wins the toss can now choose to take the kick-off or which goal to attack (previously they only had the choice of which goal to attack)


  • Recent Law changes have made the kick-off more dynamic (e.g. a goal can be scored directly from the kick-off) so captains winning the toss often ask to take the kick-off.

Medical Breaks - Law 7


  • Difference between ‘cooling’ breaks (90 secs – 3 mins) and ‘drinks’ breaks (max 1 min)


  • In the interests of player safety, competition rules may allow, in certain weather conditions (e.g. high humidity and temperatures), ‘cooling’ breaks (from ninety seconds to three minutes) to allow the body’s temperature to fall; they are different from ‘drinks’ breaks (maximum one minute) which are for rehydration.

Penalty Kick - Law 14


  • The team’s penalty taker can have (quick) treatment/assessment and then take the kick
  • The goalkeeper must not be touching the goalposts/crossbar/nets; they must not be moving
  • The goalkeeper must have at least part of one foot on/in line with the goal line when the kick is taken; cannot stand behind the line


  • It is unfair if the kicker needs assessment/treatment and then has to leave the eld and cannot take the penalty kick.
  • The referee must not signal for the penalty kick to be taken if the goalkeeper is touching the goalposts, crossbar or net, or if they are moving e.g. the goalkeeper has kicked/shaken them
  • Goalkeepers are not permitted to stand in front of or behind the line. Allowing the goalkeeper to have only one foot touching the goal line (or, if jumping, in line with the goal line) when the penalty kick is taken is a more practical approach as it is easier to identify if both feet are not on the line. As the kicker can ‘stutter’ in the run, it is reasonable that the goalkeeper can take one step in anticipation of the kick.

Players' Equipment - Law 4


  • Multi-coloured/patterned undershirts are allowed if they are the same as the sleeve of the main shirt


  • Manufacturers now make patterned undershirts whose sleeves are the same as the main shirt sleeve; these should be allowed as they help match ofcials’ decision-making.

Quick free kick and YC/RC - Law 12


  • If the referee is about to issue a YC/RC but the non-offending team takes the free kick quickly and creates a goal-scoring opportunity, the referee can delay the YC/RC until the next stoppage if the offending team was not distracted by the referee.


  • Occasionally, an attack is stopped by a cautionable (YC) or sending-off (RC) offence and the attacking team takes a quick free kick which restores the ‘lost’ attack; it is clearly ‘unfair’ if this ‘new’ attack is stopped to issue the YC/RC. However, if the referee has distracted the offending team by starting the YC/RC procedure, the quick free kick is not allowed. For a DOGSO offence, the player will be cautioned (YC) and not sent-off (RC) because the attack was re-started (as when advantage is applied for a DOGSO offence).

Substitutes - Law 3


  • A player who is being substituted must leave the field by the nearest point on the touchline/goal line (unless the referee indicates the player can leave quickly/immediately at the halfway line or a different point because of safety, injury etc.)


  • To stop a player who is being substituted ‘wasting’ time by leaving slowly at the halfway line (which is not a Law requirement) the player must leave at the nearest point (as with an injury) unless the referee indicates otherwise, e.g. if the player can leave quickly at the halfway line, there is a safety/security issue or the player leaves on a stretcher. The player must go immediately to the technical area or dressing room to avoid problems with substitutes, spectators, or the match officials. A player who infringes the spirit of this Law should be sanctioned for unsporting behaviour i.e. delaying the restart of play.

Team Officials - Laws 5 & 12


  • A team official guilty of misconduct will be shown a YC (caution) or RC (sending-off)*; if the offender cannot be identified, the senior coach who is in the technical area at the time will receive the YC/RC * Law 12 will have a list of YC/RC offences


  • The experiment with YC/RC for misconduct by team officials has been successful and has revealed many benets at all levels, including for young referees dealing with ‘difficult’ adult coaches. If the offender cannot be identified, the senior team official (usually the main coach) in the technical area will receive the YC/RC (as the person responsible for the other team officials).

A full copy of the Laws of the Game 2019/2020 is available from IFAB.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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