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Author: Isaque Argolo | Creation Date: 2023-02-06 18:36:16

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When you look at lists of the best goal-scorers of all-time, you notice a huge amount of Hungarian footballers. Yes, the scoring quality was inherent in the main Hungarian forwards in the history of football. However, a player who had impressive shooting accuracy and was at the highest level of scoring potential was Alfréd Schaffer.
Schaffer had a shot completely different from the others. The precision, the strength, the punctuality, the reading of when or not to shoot were splendid. Schaffer could put the ball wherever he wanted with both feet. However, why does such a player — for many the best shooter Hungary has ever produced — not appear on lists of best goal-scorers of all-time?
Well, Schaffer gave up his main characteristics to become an English orthodox centre-forward. That is, he had changed his style of play from a break-through to a playmaker, a thinking agent, the axis that architected his teams' offensive actions. Even when he had clear chances to score, Schaffer tended to pass the ball to a teammate.
It is also worth noting that in Schaffer's day not as many games were played as in later eras. Also, mention that Schaffer reached his peak and changed his style of play when more defensive systems, as was the case with the One-back system, were gaining much more space. It was much more difficult to score goals in the second half of the 1910s and first half of the 1920s than it was, in particular, in the second half of the 1920s, due to, of course, changing the offside rule.