The Names Heard Long Ago

How the Golden Age of Hungarian Football Shaped the Modern Game
Jonathan Wilson
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In 1953, the Mighty Magyars beat England 6-3 at Wembley, a result that echoes through the history of football. A year earlier, this Hungarian team had won Olympic gold. A year later, they lost agonisingly in the final of a World Cup that they dominated. This is the beginning, middle and end of Hungarian football in the popular imagination.

Only, how come the ideas from this team spread around the world? Why do Hungarian managers spring up in Italy, Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, across Europe and the Americas, bringing their secrets with them? And what are the incredible stories they have to tell, of escaping the Nazis and the Soviet communists?

How did the history of modern football come to be born in the Budapest coffeehouses of the early twentieth century?

Fifteen years in the making, this new book from bestselling football historian Jonathan Wilson is the missing piece of the jigsaw; the forgotten story in football's history, lost in war, in revolution, in death and tragedy.

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9781788702737 (08 Aug 2019)
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More about Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan Wilson is the editor of The Blizzard. He writes regularly for the Guardian, Sports Illustrated and World Soccer and his work also appears in the Independent and the New Statesman. He is the critically acclaimed author of a series of sports titles, including Inverting The Pyramid: A History Of Football Tactics, which was football book of the year in the UK and Italy and was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book Of The Year.


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