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Rankings: Central Europe 1920s II.
Author: Isaque Argolo | Creation Date: 2022-12-29 15:58:56
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This is an article about the best teams from the former football block of Central Europe — Austria, Hungary and Czechoslovakia. To see the basic article, just click here.
THE BEST CLUB TEAMS
Starting with Austria, which had a notable development during the 1920s, largely due to the Hungarian rise on its soil. Teams such as First Vienna and Wiener A.C. were no longer the main ones. but S.K. Rapid and Wiener Amateur S.V.
After the arrival of Jenő Konrád and Kálmán Konrád, especially the latter, the team leveraged its football, in addition to already having big names in Austrian football. They reached their peak in the mid-1920s, largely due to the arrival of great names, such as Alfréd Schaffer, Gustav Wieser — this one coming from S.K. Rapid — Ferdinand Swatosch, Viktor Hierländer and others. It was a very strong team and dominated Austrian football between 1921 and 1926. After the mentioned period, the team of Wiener Amateur S.V., which had changed its name to F.K. Austria Wien, did not achieve prominence in Central Europe until Matthias Sindelar reached his peak, more precisely in the first half of the 1930s.
The S.K. Rapid was different. There were names already enshrined in Austrian territory, as was the case with Josef Brandstetter, Josef Uridil, Richard Kuthan and others. Later, with the arrival of Josef Smistik and Johann Horvath, the team still remained among Austria's main forces. However, its main period was in the first half of the 1920s, when the Kuthan-Uridil duo was a tremendous success.
As much as S.K. Rapid reached a high level of performance, in addition, of course, to its outstanding achievements and campaigns during the decade, the period from 1923 to 1926 of the Wiener Amateur S.V. was the most sovereign in Austrian football. Consequently, their 1923/24 season is largely highlighted.
BETWEEN MTK AND FERENCVÁROS.
In Hungary, MTK continued their victorious history, even losing Kálmán Konrád and Alfréd Schaffer. However, with the placement of György Orth as centre-forward, and the rise of György Molnár, the team soon regained its strength, although the 1916-19 team was still superior. As the seasons went by, MTK lost strength. When the decade reached the middle, MTK already had difficulties in playing matches against Austrian teams and holding on to the domestic titles. Constant injuries to József Braun and György Orth compounded the team's slump. Already in 1925/26 MTK lost the title to rivals Ferencváros.
After the period of dominance of MTK, which had become Hungária, Ferencváros shared the standards with Újpest, which was already an emerging force in Hungarian football since the beginning of the decade. The 1928 and 1929 achievements of the then new Central European competition, the Mitropa Cup, were a reflection of the superiority of Ferencváros and Újpest.
However, as much as Ferencváros of 1927/28 had been a dominant team, Hungária of the first half of the decade — MTK —, mainly with József Braun being in conditions to play, was a superior team.
Of the main MTK seasons, the one that best reflects the performances was MTK 1920/21, when the team still had full superiority on Hungarian soil and constantly beat Austrian teams.
A.C. SPARTA CLEARLY AHEAD.
The peak of Czech football is befitting the period in which the A.C. Sparta shone more, especially when its offensive line was led by Václav Pilát. Not much disputed here, as the A.C. Sparta was far superior to S.K. Slavia and the emerging S.K. Viktoria Žižkov, which reached a high level already at the end of the decade. Železná Sparta reached its peak at the beginning of the decade, although they had conquered everything in 1927, mainly the first edition of the Mitropa Cup. They, moreover, due to the easy transfer regulation, had the inclusion of other big names, as was the case of Karel Steiner, Alfréd Schaffer, Jan Dvořáček and among others several outstanding names that came to be important for the team during the decade.
Pospíšil A. Hojer
This team dominated Czechoslovakia for many seasons, and they were considered the best team in the world by many experts. Led by captain Karel Pešek-Káďa, with a very well-structured and specific attacking style; with a truly balanced team, based on the half-back line, Železná Sparta was scaring more and more opposing teams in its first versions of the decade. Other names, such as Antonín Hojer, František Kolenatý, Antonín Janda and among others, were among the best in Europe and the world in their respective positions.
The teams formed at the beginning of the decade, mainly in 1920 and 1921, are among the strongest in the history of Central European football. The AC Sparta of 1922, due to the inclusion of Ferdinand Hajný and the aforementioned Schaffer and Dvořáček, was also a great team, but not as outstanding as its previous versions and without longevity, as Schaffer remained very little time in the team in his first spell.
|BEST CLUB TEAMS(SEASON)|
|1# A.C. SPARTA PRAHA 1921 | CZECHOSLOVAKIA|
|2# MTK 1920/21 | HUNGARY|
|OVERALL BEST CLUB TEAMS|
|1# A.C. SPARTA PRAHA | CZECHOSLOVAKIA|
|2# MTK | HUNGARY|
|3# S.K. RAPID WIEN | AUSTRIA|
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