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Dr. György Sárosi - Mitropa Cup 1935
Author: Isaque Argolo | Creation Date: 2022-11-14 14:51:20
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The eighth edition began with György Sárosi returning to his original position: centre-half. Thus, the first match against Roma was played with the Hungarian star playing a good game away from home, but not as impressive as the performance of the already veteran Fulvio Bernardini, who at that time was playing for for A.S. Roma.
The second match had one of the greatest results in the history of the Mitropa Cup. Sárosi had returned to the position of leader of the attacks, the centre-forward. Ferencváros needed three goals to advance. They impressively scored eight goals with four goals being scored by Sárosi. Not only was there a great number of goals scored, but Sárosi's performance proved to be different due to the fact that he was fighting more vigorously than usual. He was very energetic and overflowed with actions of very high intelligence.
In the next phase, against the emerging Czech team SK Židenice, Ferencváros lost the first match by the same goal difference as the first match against Roma. It looked like the Hungarian team was consistently failing to get good results away from home. Even so, Sárosi was considered the best player of the green and white team. He played a first class game and if he had a little more luck in his shots, the Hungarian team would not have lost. Once again, the return match would be played on Hungarian soil, in Üllői út.
The match on Hungarian soil would be another test of determination for the Hungarian team, in addition to facing a team that would be aggressive. Despite being constantly tagged and kicked, Sárosi performed brilliantly against the Czechs. Sárosi's great skill and great drive this time again brought out the best in this forward line. Gyurka scored two goals for his team in another impressive result: 6-1. Sárosi was widely considered – and once again – the best of the match.
In addition to the match report, Alfréd Schaffer, the new coach of Hungária, had this to say about Sárosi's impressive performance.
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Alfréd Schaffer: Sárosi is extra class.
MATCH REPORT: The outstanding best man of this great Fradi was Sárosi. Not only did he direct, with unmatched flair and great technique, but he was so dangerous as an individual that almost every move he made in front of goal was a goal, and the crowd greeted with thunderous joy Sárosi's strong, manly play, which, when necessary, took the ball from the opponent and sent it towards the goal. Great was Sárosi, the hero of the match.
The next match would be against one of the best teams in the tournament, the team led by one of Sárosi's great friends: Matthias Sindelar.
This time, the first match was played on Hungarian soil, in Üllői út precisely. Sárosi scored two goals in a 4:2 win against Die Violetten. As much as the defense of F.K. Austria was considered solid and had given the Hungarian a lot of work, he showed that he was up to the task. Sárosi was considered the best of the match.
MATCH REPORT: The Hungarians had the impression that they were better in technique and tactics. This was Sárosi's play. The Hungarian centre-forward has mastered the attack in a masterly manner, and especially the young Kiss has achieved quite unexpected effects. Sárosi is one of those forwards who really have extraordinary abilities. He is unique! In this match, Sárosi defeated Sindelar.
The second match represented a real spectacle played in Praterstadion. Sárosi played enthusiastically and was very selfless. Even though his shots didn't turn into goals, Sárosi did very well participating in both goals scored by Géza Toldi. On Austrian soil, he was considered the best player of the match. At that time, he and the Belgian Raymond Braine, of A.C. Sparta, were considered the two main players in the tournament. Sárosi, at that time of the edition, was the top scorer with 9 goals in 6 matches, having played the first match as a centre-half.
The finals were played against A.C. Sparta, which had regained its strength over the course of the tournament. Sparta, moreover, had achieved an exceptional result against Juventus, thus giving even more confidence to the team. Sárosi did not play well in the first final on Hungarian soil, he was unable to demonstrate the very high level he reached in previous matches, in addition to having been injured in a clash with Jaroslav Burgr. On that occasion, Sárosi was doubtful for the second match.
As the days went by, Sárosi got better. He, however, was still doubtful for the second final; Gyula Polgár was constantly mentioned as the replacement for the center of the attack. Even so, Sárosi played the match against A.C. Sparta and, once again, failed to perform as expected, due to the fact that at that time the Hungarian had not yet fully recovered.
Sárosi finished the 1935 Mitropa Cup with exceptional performances before the final, especially when he was tested against F.K. Austria and when his team needed the results at home. He scored 9 goals in 8 matches, with many of Ferencváros' goals being works planned by Sárosi.