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József Bozsik vs. Didi
Author: Isaque Argolo | Creation Date: 2021-09-23 20:02:06
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Two great players, both knowledgeable midfielders and tactical masters, József Bozsik & Didi, Hungarian and Brazilian respectively. Both are from the same era, with Bozsik acting having been the product of the halve's evolution to a more centralized player; Didi, former right insider, for a position later to midfield.
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Didi, in fact, in the early years of his career, was a more advanced player. Didi could act both in a more offensive block, as in a block further back. He, moreover, played more advanced when he played for Real Madrid, too. Bozsik, on the other hand, has always been a halve, a middle player.
Starting with Didi, the Príncipe Etíope, who was somewhat slower than Bozsik, a calmer player and who spent more time with the ball than the Hungarian. Didi had his calm, his certainty and his mastery very well pointed out. The brazilian had an unique elegance, always treating the ball correctly and schemming the best comrade to pass the ball. He was truly a scientific footballer.
Bozsik was also a maestro, an organizing player and midfield strategist, but with more dynamism than Didi — way more. Bozsik used to leverage the pace of play at a more dynamic level than Didi.
Both with immeasurable technical values, but Didi had more elegance and mastery with the ball. Bozsik, on the other hand, was more practical, more used to releasing the ball quickly.
On the one hand of tactical preference, Didi was more versatile. The Brazilian not only connected and matched the center of the attack, but launched - and much more often than Bozsik - the wings. Bozsik used to receive the ball and quickly connect it with the offensive inner trio.
Puskás Hidegkuti Kocsis
Hungary's inside trio & Bozsik vs. England, 25/11/1953.
Not only for club, but for National teams, too, Bozsik received the ball from the defensive line, and launched the ball always aiming at the inside trio. In an almost general perspective, Bozsik launched the attack with ample dynamism.
Although Bozsik possessed his incisiveness, Didi reached the front to score. Even before the Brazilian played for Real Madrid, he believed that Puskás would organize the plays, while Di Stéfano and Didi would be the team's top scorers. When asked about this, Didi assumed there would be no problems, and that he would play any way and anywhere.
A momentary inside formation of Fleitas Solich's 1959 Real Madrid.
Didi, the maestro of Brazil 1958.
The Brazilian was better suited to the team's forwards, as he was more attacking to help them strategically. It was common to see Didi blending in with the insiders and centre-forward. He, however, also had an immense characteristic in launching the wings - especially those on his side of the field, with passes of 40 or 45 meters.
Bozsik, the Cucu, didn't flutter his wings as much as Didi did. Didi, on the other hand, constantly sent balls sideways, long balls and always accurate.
The defensive side.
The Hungarian, in fact, was more defensive than the Brazilian. Bozsik didn't usually advance as far as Didi. Bozsik, moreover, also had better defensive characteristics than Didi, as is the case of intercepting the opponent's passes and tackles. The Hungarian, too, was better positioned to always read the offensive actions of the opponent's forwards.