The Names Heard Long Ago

Sports Book Awards Football

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. How come the ideas from this team spread around the world? Fifteen years in the making, this book is the missing piece of the jigsaw; the forgotten story in football’s history, lost in war, in revolution, in death and tragedy.