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 ﬂaering 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 formaon 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 taccs or training meth-ods. Our posion as founders wouldcarry us through any challenge. Asa result, innovave 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.
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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.