From Bournemouth to Bekescsaba to Bordeaux – An Adopted Magyar Speaks on Her New Love for Hungary post-Euro 2016
Jul08

From Bournemouth to Bekescsaba to Bordeaux – An Adopted Magyar Speaks on Her New Love for Hungary post-Euro 2016

Gayle Hope speaks on her new obsession with Hungarian football which all stemmed from her love for refereeing, and her love of the strangely halcyon days in League Two with her club side AFC Bournemouth You don’t have to be Hungarian to have grown up hearing stories about the mighty Magyars; Ferenc Puskás, the galloping major wowed many a football fan of several nationalities. The famous team of the 50’s went on an unbeaten run of 31...

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Communism, politics and football – the short story of Hungarian football’s dramatic fall
Jul06

Communism, politics and football – the short story of Hungarian football’s dramatic fall

This article first appeared in June’s Libero magazine which you can subscribe to here Hungary are finally getting ready for their first major tournament in 30 years this summer, but once the world leader in football innovation on and off the pitch, Hungarian football has desperately struggled both at club and international level ever since that last great side in the 1950’s. How did such a drastic fall occur? Hungary’s most...

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Hungary vs Croatia Preview – International Friendly – 26th March 2016
Mar25

Hungary vs Croatia Preview – International Friendly – 26th March 2016

Tomasz Mortimer previews Saturday’s friendly between Croatia and Hungary Hungary return to the stadium where their dream became reality last November when they face a star-studded Croatia side at the Groupama Stadion on Saturday evening. Croatia, who will be without their star man Ivan Rakitic and bombing full back Darijo Srna for the tie, still boast a impressively strong squad which includes the likes of Real Madrid’s Luka...

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Hungarian Football Roundup – January in Focus
Jan20

Hungarian Football Roundup – January in Focus

In a new monthly column, Tomasz Mortimer will guide us through the events that have taken place in Hungarian football throughout the month. With the transfer window reopening, and Hungarian league football currently in a winter break, transfers are at the forefront of this month’s issue. Kleinheisler joins Werder What a year it’s been for Laszlo Kleinheisler! Shipped out this time last year on loan to Puskas FC after struggling...

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A nation rejoices
Jan04

A nation rejoices

The final whistle in the Groupama Arena against Norway heralded a sense of euphoria that has been forgotten in Hungary for a generation. After a 44 year absence the nation will once again compete amongst Europe’s elite at this summer’s Euro 2016 in France. And while it has been a long and arduous wait, ravaged by adversity and disappointment, the nation can once again rejoice at the country’s success. Following the...

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Bonjour France!
Nov19

Bonjour France!

Written by Gaby Kovács In 1986 I was 12 years old. My Panini World Cup sticker book lay mostly empty other than a couple of pages, Hungary’s. Unsurprisingly, these pages filled pretty quickly as by playground swaps value, the entire team could be had for as little as Gary Lineker or the shiny Brazil badge. As a family, we sat round the television to watch our national team in Mexico whilst the adult males swore, waved their arms...

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