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June of 1933: An interview with Jimmy Hogan regarding Hungarian football

Author: Isaque Argolo | Creation Date: 2021-03-30 11:25:39

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Kiss Tivadar,on June of 1933, had an opportunity of intervewing Jimmy Hogan, the former manager of MTK/Hungária, while Hungária faced Racing Club, from France. Back in the day, Jimmy Hogan was already coaching the club and did not hesitate on answering Tivadar's questions. The journalist began:
— Tell me, dear master Jimmy, what have you seen and experienced since you left us?
Hogan: I said goodbye to Hungary in 1926, - Jimmy Hogan began. - I took the position of coach of the Central German Association. I went from city to city in Central Germany. In the morning, in the afternoon I taught on the tracks, in the evening I gave a lecture in the clubs. This went on like this for three years without a break. I had 55,000 players under my hand. The alliance wanted to secure a perpetual job, but I didn’t take it because I was bored of the constant wandering. I became a coach on the DSC team in Dresden. I was in Dresden for four years. My association had 43 teams, all under my hands. Last year, I saw that the German conditions were not the most favorable, so, although my contract had not yet expired, I terminated it peacefully and went to Paris. In 24 hours I became a trainer for the Racing Club. The Racing Club in Paris is actually a professional formation of the French Racing Club, which is one of the most powerful, exclusive associations in France. It deals with all branches of sport. The most famous French tennis players, Cochet, Borotra and Langlen, are all members of the club. Our stadium is Colombes Stadium. The Racing Club has 7,000 paying members, 14-15 football pitches and a tennis stadium in the Bois de Boulogne.
After this first question, Tivadar asked Jimmy Hogan what were his thoughts on Hungarian football since he left them.
Hogan: I see more signs of relapse. The case is different with Austria. I have never seen better football than the Austrians and especially First Vienna play. Austrian football comes first. They play better football than the English. The games and tactics of the English did not keep pace with life. I don’t consider the exaggerated W formation to be lucky. Time has shown that the English, if they want to keep up with the others, have to break with the training system so far, which is nothing more than striving to achieve superiority in condition. Perhaps the fault here is in Hungary and Czechoslovakia as well. More care is taken to condition than to make the player the supreme lord of the ball. I don’t even teach today’s English football, but the old one that was played by the big MTK at the time and is played by Viennese today. This is why Hungarian football today does not produce as many talents as it did in its days, because the emphasis is on the general condition and they do not train the players technically.
— What is your opinion about the Hungarian leading teams?
Hogan: They do not represent the playing power as they did when Orth, Schaffer, Pataki, Konrád, Molnár played.
— What about Sárosi?
Hogan: That's right, — Jimmy says. — Sárosi is the only one who can fall into this category. In general, I see the biggest trouble in the fact that intelligent youth are involved in football in smaller proportions than they were then. Hungarian teams do not play tough enough football. I saw this in Dresden at the time. I saw this in Berkessy anyway. When it fell under my hand, he played soft, overly subtle. I got used to it. I taught you how to play hard, but still fairly. The troops in Paris complained to Berkessy for no reason. How overwhelming. It never exceeds the allowable limit. (By the way, I really like this boy who lives smart and with a schedule, sober.)
Hogan: I am always happy when a Hungarian player falls under my hands abroad, because he leans to the word and encouragement. I always tell the Hungarian boys before the match that now they are not primarily fighting for the colors of the club, but for the honor of the Hungarian colors. I also said this to the Hungária team in Bratislava when it stood in the final match against Sparta.
— Speaking of Bratislava! How are your thoughts on Hungária?
Hogan: All right. I was most impressed by Sebes' smart and intelligent play and, above all, his work ethic in this match.
— How do you see the future of Hungarian football?
Hogan: Hungarian talents are not extinct, they just have to be mined from this rich soil. It is my firm belief that Hungary is still struggling for the first place as it once was.
— God save Hungary!
Jimmy Hogan, a true friend of the Hungarians, and the tear that flowed out of Jimmy Hogan's eyes was the greatest proof that everything he said about us, Hungarians, with true conviction and heart He told. So it is all the more valuable to us.
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