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Author: Isaque Argolo | Creation Date: 2022-11-14 18:15:56

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Due to the fact that the site has a greater focus on old football from Central Europe, mainly Hungary, because I am more adept in that region from the pre-World War II period, some readers send questions regarding some rather interesting subjects, in fact. However, some of the questions I receive are not related to the pre-World War II period, but to Aranycsapat of players like Ferenc Puskás, Nándor Hidegkuti, Sándor Kocsis and József Bozsik. As interesting as this period is, I am more adept to the ancient period. Well, back to the subject. Perhaps, the most asked question is about the system that Aranycsapat played, especially the tactical role of Nándor Hidegkuti, as there are more recent media that claim one thing; other recent media claim otherwise; others say Hidegkuti was the first false 9, etc...
Well, in the future I will write exactly how that team played, the main phases and the tactical evolution of the team and the Hungarian soil at that time. Directly answering the question regarding Nándor Hidegkuti: no, he wasn't the first false 9. The false 9 — and all of its strands — is almost as old as football. Furthermore, Hidegkuti was also called hátravont középcsatár — withdrawn centre-forward. Therefore, Hidegkuti also played behind both insiders. These questions will be detailed briefly in the article I will write specifically for this.