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1959: Genilson Gonzaga interviews György Orth
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Orth: Simple, frank & philosopher
Genilson Gonzaga | 19/03/1959
György Orth dominates the general sympathy. He talks about all the problems of Peruvian football, narrating the battle for renewal. He had the cooperation and good will of all Inca players. He also analyzed the selections of Brazil and Argentina in this South American Championship that takes place in Buenors Aires. Everything with openness and personality.
György Orth — who is considered the second greatest football player in the world of all-time — has proven, once again, to be a capable and efficient coach. Peruvian team coach — which is the sensation of this championship, the most pleasant surprise of all — whatever his people's behavior in future appointments, the truth is only one: György Orth, Hungarian by birth, but South American by adoption , managed to form a truly magnificent team, implemented an amazing discipline in Inca football, gave it a fabulous team spirit, creating revolutionary tactical plans for them, psychologically preparing them for any and all battles, and achieving successes never achieved by a Peru selector in foreign courts. He is an old football fox. He understands the business, even underwater. He deserves the general applause, the sympathy from all of us, the hugs he has received, always with his air of modesty. And, under any circumstances, he is a philosopher.
Peruvians lacked confidence.
We met György Orth at the hotel where the Peruvian delegation is staying. We try to congratulate him on his achievements.
Orth: I am very happy that you Brazilian journalists liked my team. Good guys, you know!
— Pretty young, aren't they?
Orth: Yes. I was hired to train young people, train and direct the Peruvian team. I went to get a lot of unknown people. We work a lot. And the result has been rewarding.
— And how did you get these rewarding results?
Orth Changing the way of playing. I made radical changes. And psychologically, they lacked confidence.
— How difficult is this task?
Orth: Not a lot. I tried to gain their trust, which was not difficult. I had to demonstrate to them that I understood the matter. I acted on their behalf. I became their friend and they are my friends. Two and a half years ago.
Old fox, no contract.
For thirty-two years György Orth has been a trainer. For eighteen years, he's been across South America, jumping from branch to branch. In Buenos Aires, he has already coached Boca Juniors. the San Lorenzo, the Rosario Central. In Mexico he spent six years. In 1930, he prepared Chile for the first football World Championship, having defeated France (1 x 0) and Mexico (3 x 0), but lost to Argentina (3 x 1). He has been in Peru for two and a half years, and his contract will expire next April.
— Would you go to Brazil?
Orth: It all depends on what they pay me. I'm professional. I have no other livelihood.
György Orth was born on the afternoon of April 30th. Year: he says it was in 1901.
At 14, he officially debuted in the first division, in Budapest, as a right half. At the age of 16, he made his debut in the Hungarian national team. In 1929, he put on his boots, as he suffered from erysipelas and had "water" in his knees. He was the starting centre-forward for the national team, and played, throughout his life as an ace, for MTK, in Budapest.
Second in the World.
In the same year that he left the court, he was voted the best centre-forward of all-time in the world. Another title: in 1956 (not too long ago, therefore) "The World Sports" of London held a contest to elect the ten best players in the world of all times. It was a busy contest. And Orth had one of his greatest joys when he saw his name included in second place. The first was James from Arsenal.
Coach and the philosopher.
Orth: I'm a philosopher, — he says. I know that, in all professions, life is not always rosy. There are always bitterness, satisfaction and joy.
— And what is your greatest joy?
Orth: It was in 1923, when we defeated Ferencváros, our biggest rival, by 11-1. I scored five goals. I cried with emotion. But as a coach, I had the greatest emotion of my life, when the Peruvian scratch, which I was driving in 1957, defeated the Argentine national team 2-1.
Orth: But — he continues — I had a deep sadness when I stopped being active as a player. However, a Spanish proverb consoles me: "there is no harm that lasts a hundred years".
Brazil's judgment: Pelé missed.
Out of curiosity, we wanted to know about György Orth if he expected a tie with the Brazilians. And the answer came:
Orth: No. Personally, no. But I always said, to encourage my young people, that "you are doing very well; fight a lot and play within the system that we have adopted". And it worked. We managed to get the tie at the end of the game. A fair draw, by the way.
— And what did you think of our team?
Orth: I am a free admirer of Brazil. Your team really enchanted me. It is excellent. Extraordinary. But people always try to get the best result. The draw, which for us was a victory, was not due to our tactical plan. To some extent, yes. Because the departure of the fabulous Pelé influenced the result. He was constantly a scarecrow to us. When he left, we played more freely.
— Just this?
Orth: I'll tell you more. In the final twenty-five minutes, the Brazilians showed that they were tired, that they were not physically fit to support the "train" of the game. We put the tuning fork in our mouths and started blowing as if to say: "if you want to win, you'll have to run". And we started to deal the cards, more relaxed in defense. Your team couldn't handle running like us, who no longer cared about Pelé.
Defends and accuses Castilho.
On the other hand, in the Brazilian team, György Orth did not like Coronel, Paulinho de Dorval and Henrique. But he made a reservation against the latter: good player, then, tough, virile, active, runs and shoots very well, but he didn't seem to fit in with the team: besides, they don't take advantage of him better, nor do they take advantage of his qualities, his style; but he is a trailblazer".
But Orth emphasizes: "much had still been heard about this boy".
As for Castilho says he was not guilty of the goals he missed:
Orth: Those skewed and well kicked balls are always difficult to defend. But I want to believe he threw himself a little late. And as for Paulinho (Vasco) playing for Brazil, I've seen two of the best: Djalma Santos and De Sordi.
Peruvians will try championship.
Says György Orth, who does not aspire to the championship: "The Peruvians have come to compete" — he says to add that, however, "we will sell dearly the defeat":
Orth: In order for them to beat us, they will have to run, but run, the ninety minutes. We are ready for this. We come to fight and make a good figure. But if we are champions, so much the better, isn't it?
— You mean you are prepared for the world championship?
Orth: Until then, three years still lie ahead. I don't even know if the team will be the same. Other players may appear. Football evolves a lot. It has to evolve.
Orth: Argentina, in terms of football, seems to have evolved. In the current team none of the players would deserve to be selected in some time ago. This is the sad truth. None of them are classy, elegant, or finesse. It is a pity.
György Orth is like that. Franco, like him alone. Philosopher. He speaks five languages: Hungarian, German, English, Italian and Spanish. He does not intend to return to Hungary.
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