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Alfréd Brüll, 13/10/1932: The state of Hungarian football

Author: Isaque Argolo | Creation Date: 2022-11-09 20:21:32

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Hungária's 5:1 win over Nemzeti was greeted with mixed emotions by the camp close to the club, despite the high goal difference. The supporters of the blue and whites were dissatisfied not only with the poor form of individual players, but also with the performance of the team as a whole. They said that the team had not played in a coherent manner compared to their previous form and lacked the goal-scoring, intelligent attacking play that had been so effective in previous matches.
We spoke about this issue with Alfréd Brüll, the illustrious president of Hungária, who made the following interesting statement about the team and other current issues in Hungarian football:
Alfréd Brüll: It is a fact that Kalmár and Cseh showed a weaker form again on Saturday, but this should not be taken as a reason to write off the two otherwise excellent players. A player can and does have weak days, which of course has a detrimental effect on the performance of the whole team. This was also the case in the recent Austria-Hungary match, where the team's three outstanding players, Sárosi, Kalmár and Cseh II., did not even come close to their usual form. This was an irrecoverable disadvantage and was largely responsible for the one-goal defeat to the Austrians. On this basis, however, it cannot be said that Hungarian football is in a major decline. True, there are periods of weakness, but it is precisely on the basis of this one-goal Austrian victory that I can say that the Austrian team in Budapest can be beaten by the eleven Hungarian boys who played last time out.
» I find it a regrettable phenomenon that some Hungarian newspapers proclaim the Austrians demigods and at the same time run the Hungarian boys into the ground. This is unfair and does not serve the interests of sport. I do not want to diminish the undoubted great class of Austrian football, but it is still wrong that some people only whip the Hungarian team's faults and at the same time fail to recognise its virtues. It is also outdated to constantly use the excellence of Orth as a yardstick for Hungarian football. In this respect, I would like to point out that a player of Orth's calibre only comes along every fifty years, a player like him is born every fifty years. This statement applies not only to us, but to the whole world. I repeat, therefore, that the general decline of Hungarian football should not and cannot be put down to a few poor performances, and it is quite certain that the current footballing tradition will soon be revived. and take the place it deserves through its class.