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Left Turn at Albuquerque

Left Turn at Albuquerque

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Published by Jude Ellery
Left Turn At Albuquerque -- originally appearing in Man and Ball Issue One
Left Turn At Albuquerque -- originally appearing in Man and Ball Issue One

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Published by: Jude Ellery on Oct 04, 2011
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 As the 1966 World Cup approaches,we at the BBC have decided to pro-duce a special mulmedia supple-ment, looking back on Hungary’sgreat successes from the past four-teen years. We will aempt to piecetogether what has made the Mag-yars so successful, not just on the in-ternaonal stage, but also in club football. We’ll also try to predict how they’ll fare at this year’s com- peon, at last taking place in thecradle of the game, England, and whether the more distant future isas bright for the World Cup holders.The upcoming bale for the JulesRimet Cup cannot come soon
enough for the English populaon,but as you dust down your Union Jacks and polish your rales, pause for a moment to think what thistournament means to the people of Hungary. Runners-up in 1954, and winners in 1958 and 1962, the na-on at the centre of the fledglingEastern European Union is looking toset an incredible record, by reaching four World Cup finals in a row.Moreover, they could become the first team to win three world tles insuccession, as incomprehensible asthat sounds. Such an achievement could not be exaggerated. Real Madrid and Budapest Honvéd’sthree European Cups in three yearsis a triumph for all to behold, as wewill discuss later, but to be able todominate the world for more than adecade would be truly remarkable!Can they do it and at the expense of the country which gave birth to thesport? This supplement will also be the first of its kind; a feast for all the senses.You will be guided through our mini history lesson with a combinaon of the wrien word, radio commen-taries and television footage. There- fore, to fully enjoy the experienceyou will need access to the follow-ing:Videotape player: Ampex 2-inchQuadruplex VR1000, VR1200 or VR2000Cassee player: Philips EL 3300 or similar 
1952: Olympics
The journey started in 1952. Na-onal team coach Gustav Sebes hadset up a scoung network whichscoured the country for the best tal-ent available ahead of the upcomingOlympics in Helsinki, Finland. Differ-ent taccs were tried and tested,but thanks to the pioneering meth-ods of Englishman Jimmy Hogan, al-most 40 years earlier, Hungaryalready knew the way they weregoing to play.Their system was completely differ-ent to anything that had ever beenseen before and their fluidity, bothwith and without the ball, con-founded everyone they came upagainst. For the most part, the starsof the team hailed from Budapest
Honvéd, the dominant club in theElit Bajnoki. There was Zoltán Czi-bor, Ferenc Puskás and Sándor Koc-sis, with other superb talents likeNándor Hidegku thrown in forgood measure.Hungary easily beat Italy 3-0, Turkey7-1 and Sweden 6-0 before comingup against friendly rivals Yugoslaviain the Olympic Final. The Magyarswon it at a canter, with the 2-0 scorevery flaering to the Slavs. TheHungarians were happy just to re-turn home with gold medals, how-ever – much to the delight of friends, family, and an adoring pub-lic. The world had been given theirfirst glimpse of the ‘Mighty Mag-yars’. Much more was to come.
1953: Match of the Century
A year later, Hungary lined upagainst England at Wembley, on acold November night. It was a gamereaders will no doubt remember,and probably never forget.Since the formaon of the FA, Eng-land had been comfortable in its su-periority with regards to the game itinvented. Its governors saw no needto become too involved in any foot-ball affairs beyond the home na-ons. Nor did the FA or clubchairmen see any need to evolveour basic taccs or training meth-ods. Our posion as founders wouldcarry us through any challenge. Asa result, innovave thinkers, such asJimmy Hogan, were more welcomein the cafes of Budapest and Viennathan they were at the local pub.The Three Lions had never beenbeaten at Wembley by a foreignteam, but nothing lasts forever.Sebes’ men relished the chance of becoming the first visitors to comeaway from the cradle of the game asvictors.
[Play first video reel]
BBC video transmission.First aired 14.12 – 16.04 GMT,Wednesday 25 November 1953.England versus Hungary.Empire Stadium, Wembley,London. Attendance: 105,000.Commentator:Kenneth Wolstenholme.© Broadcasting House.

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