World Cup Tales – Magyarország! The Greatest Team Never To Win A World Cup? Hungary, 1954


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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4 Responses

  1. betsymartian says:

    The thing about me is that I have totally read and understood this entire post.

  2. MisoSoup says:

    I would really like to watch the whole 1953 England Hungary game – there must be extant film of it because Andy Gray describes it in detail in his “Flat Back Four”. And he isn’t old enough to have watched it live (surely?).

  3. Roy Ebsary says:

    “The Hungarian team would never reach anything like those heights again.

    That’s a little harsh, Ian. They were one of the best teams at the 1966 World Cup & gave Brazil a thrashing in a group match in probably the most entertaining game in 1966. If they had had a half-decent goalkeeper, they might have gone all the way. They used 2 goalkeepers & both of them made mistakes which cost them goals, 2 conceded against Portugal at the group stage & the opener v. the USSR in the Quarter-Final.

    Also, they weren’t too bad in 1962 when they beat England again & tore Bulgaria apart with 4 goals in the first 12 minutes. They were unlucky to lose to the Czechs in the QFs again.

    Even in the 70s & 80s, they weren’t that bad. They were unlucky to have to play both Argentina & the referee in their opening match in 1978 when 2 Hungarians were sent off near the end after Argentina had spent a good part of the game kicking lumps out of them without punishment. Unfortunately, the 2 sent off were probably their best players & were suspended for the remaining matches.

    They were unlucky again in 1982 when they finished 3rd in their group after they should’ve beaten Belgium in the last match, but a 1-1 draw wasn’t enough.

  1. March 1, 2011

    […] stage the whole world turns out to watch. Many have commented on the best sides who never made it, the Hungarians in 1954, the Dutch in 1974, or the Brazilians of 1982. At international level the brevity of the […]

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