For the modern day football fan unless you are well versed in the game’s history the mention of Hungary and ‘The Magnificent Magyars’ would not even create a stir. For those entering their retirement years and beyond the reaction would be a raise of the eyebrows and a nod of the head to a national team that were once considered the greatest team on earth and arguably a rival to the Brazil teams of 1970 and even the modern day Spanish world beaters. From a promising early history to the peak of their powers in the 1950s, ironically post revolution followed an ever so gradual decline to mediocrity and an extended absence from the elite of world football. The domestic competition excelled on a similar timeline and pathway but with the fall of Communism in the 1990s came uncertainty and instability that has affected the national game but also seen largely continued dominance of a handful of clubs. Welcome to Hungarian football, where Ferenc Puskás may be the most popular figure but where many more legends were born.
Photo courtesy of http://www.fifa.com – ‘The Magnificent Magyars’