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Lajos Mariássy: 1927 Continental team
Author: Isaque Argolo | Creation Date: 2021-07-04 17:49:30
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At the 1927 FIFA Congress, Helsinki, Mr. Pickford gave the board a very intersinf idea: a confront between England and Continental Europe. The match would be played on Continental soil. Dr. Paco Bauwens, did not hesitate to give his own opinion on it; he wanted the match to be played on Germany, precisely at Grunewald Stadium. The offer was accepeted, yet financial and technical discussions had to be made. Austria - though most authorities -, moreover, would give away Hugo Meisl to be the coach of the Continental team.
On 09/06/1927, the old coach of Magyarország and leader of the Professional Association, Lajos Máriássy, choose two European – Continental – teams which he considered the best ones to face England. Mariássy gave his own point of view on everything regarding the best Continental footballers. First, of course, Mariássy chose the goalkeeper, who, according to him, was considered an easy first choice: Ricardo Zamora. Then, he aimed directly to both defenders:
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Blum – Fogl II.
The first team defense was a mix of Hungary and Austria. Károly Fogl was considered the best defender in Europe - Continental. On the other hand, Josef Blum was by far the best Austrian defender.
Káďa – Bukovi – Kolenatý
Máriássy choose an untypical cover line. Back in the day, most authorities would place Karel "Káďa" Pešek as the centerhalf, yet Mariássy placed Káďa as left half-back. Before being an extraklassisz centerhalf, Káďa exceeled as a great left half-back.
Kolenatý was, in fact, the easiest pick of the three. Márton Bukovi, who was in great form, was selected as the centre half-back. Even though it was unusual to see Káďa as a left half-back, Máriássy though that Europe had no other which was on Káďa’s class.
Wesely – Johansson – Orth – Silný(Konrád II.) – Braun
In excelent conditions, Braun would tower abovel all. Although the right winger did not play many matchs in 1927, he was Máriássy’s first choice. Braun “Csibi” in great form would be far ahead from the others. According to Mariássy himself, the trio Silný - Orth - Johanson was undisputed.
The reserve team
Choosing the second goalkeeper was an easy task. Seen as the second goalkeeper in the world by most of the football authorities, František Plánička was world class and above others. Only Zamora was considered to be better than Plánička.
Hojer – Dudás
The reserve team had another Hungarian, Gyula Dudás, from Kispest FC, and the veteran Antonín Hojer who was known for his great game knowledge.
Schneider – Gamborena – Samitier
Máriássy choose a untypical cover line. Frantisek Kolenatý was, for sure, the first choice. Márton Bukovi, who was in great form, was selected as the centre half-back. Even though it was unusual to see Káďa as a left half-back, Máriássy though that Europe had no other which was on Káďa’s class.
Kohut – Cevenini III. – Sindelar(Silný) – Rydell – Bobor(Cutti)
For the reserve forward line, if Sindelar was not in great condition, Silný could also be centered. Kálmán Konrád would be Máriássy’s first choice on the right side, but he did not know yet whether Konrád would come back to Europe. On the left wing, only Kohut, in excellent condition, could rival Wesely, with his great knowledge and tremendous routine.