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György Hlavay's Best Hungarian eleven of all-time II.
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This is the second part of György Hlavay's dissertation. In the first article, he spoke about the multiple national goalkeepers, defenders and half-backs. Furthermore, Hlavay comments are also a very interesting reflection of the different developmental phases of the Hungarian striker style and his opinion on each line of strikers.
Best Hungarian eleven of all-time II.
György Hlavay | 23/01/1929
In our three-decade football sport, we encounter three rows of strikers that blend new character, new shapes, new colors into our always-famous offensive style. During the years of Hungarian football's children's shoes, only soloists played in the teams and everyone blew their own voice. In the first 6-7 years, the striker game is completely individual, even in ideas.
The MAC's 1905-1906 strike line is the first in which all five members - Niessner, Krempels, Kelemen, Vángel, Borbás - are taking part in the structure of the attacks.
The strikers running without the ball are already in front and the passes go not only to the side of the old handrail, but also forward, perpendicular to the opponent's goal line. There had been escapes before, but they were all still stationary. The strikers would not have dared to move from the place where they were placed at the beginning of the match either, but waited patiently until the ball came to them. It was always the only one who played the ball.
The new MAC passes also revolutionized the curiosity and agility of the game.
New versions of this MAC line of five strikers appeared. The striker does not stick to his place until exhaustion, but is placed sideways or forward where he can wait uncovered for the ball. And the striker who drives the ball monitors his partner's movements so that by the time the striker reaches the clear area, he will already receive the clear ball.
This great line of strike is due to the great work of the very first Hungarian coach, Ferenc Gillemot, as Krempels was individually a great player in this team Yet, as a team, this quintet was awesome, there was a time when they didn’t even score less than ten goals. But when a wheel fell out, the machine stopped.
The next large ensemble is the 1912-1914 striker of Ferencváros, which, in my opinion, beat both the style and the efficiency, as well as all the Hungarian ranks so far, not only for the club, but also for the national team.
In this great five — Weisz Feri, Potya, Pataki, Slózi, Dr. Borbás — each person is a teacher in both technique and tactics. They stop and rarely break their momentum, they like to pass by a bite and they don't give the opponent a moment to intervene. Pataki had more simplicity and tactical sense in his shoelaces than he did today in an entire league line. I'll talk about Slózi and Borbás later. Feri Weisz is the biggest routine who has always done what went worst for his opponent, was quick and shot dangerously with both feet. What about Potya? Can anyone tell me a position in the strike line where Potya would have been weaker than the best?
The third line of attack is MTK's war and post-war offensive line:
A) Winkler, Konrád, Schlosser, Schaffer, Szabó.
B) Braun, Molnár, Orth, Schlosser, Jeny.
I think the last line was the better. In the first, Schaffer and Konrád represented art, the others were auxiliaries. Schlosser is repainted, he's out of place, he doesn't find himself there. You can see the resemblance in it, the insiders don't always involve him in the game. And Petár Szabó? Schaffer, as a inside left, could get as much out of every worthy extreme as Szabó, who was a Czétényi-genre player. Winkler knew everything there was to learn at MTK Academy.
In strike line B), Jeny was worth more than Szabó. Schlosser is back in his original place, and along with Orth, he's going to have a second peak, if he's not going to be what he was in Fradi's old team. Orth will once again be team-centric, and even at the highest caliber he's ever had. Molnár has Konrád's class, Braun is much better than Winkler.
These two MTK striker lines revealed all the beauty of the game of football, stacking tricks, amazing the audience again and again with a plethora of masterful, eye-catching moviments, and the savvy felt they were so confident in their game, that the goal is not urgent for them. They'll get to the gate anyway, if they're not in a hurry. But should the main objective be to accumulate so much splendor in order to score and always choose the most difficult, paradoxical solution in situations?
The great striker line of Ferencváros proved irrefutably that — no.
Because more nice things could be seen in the field from the MTK strikers, more balls at the goal from the FTC. And this is more important.
I will now list the candidates for each post:
Braun leads four candidates.
Braun, Sebestyén, Feri Weisz, Ströck — these four of our wingers are above average.
Feri Weisz was like Ströck, but he had a greater tactical sense. Sebestyén is quite different. He didn't do much tactics. He took the ball off and put it in. He didn't consider it his job to shoot. I don’t even remember any other goal he scored except the one against German national team in Munich.
Braun combined the virtues of all this and even made up for it, as few Hungarian strikers developed like Csibi. In addition to his perfect technique, his speed is also impressive, which is why he often does the action and scores the goal on his own. He alternates the manner of his opponent according to his opponent's abilities. Deceive or center, even at the halfway line, if he sees that the position on the left is more advantageous. I give him the first place because he did his job most scientifically and precisely.
Takács II. combines the virtues of Konrád II. and Bodnár.
Bodnár, Konrád, Takács II. or Mészáros? When viewed through Italian or Spanish glasses, Bodnár takes precedence. Ideal football figure, fearless fighting spirit, first-class dribler, terribly strong shooter with both feet, fast as Hirzer, but his tactical sense is few. How many times did he fight from the midfield to the last quarterback, where he could have put his partner in a safe goal with a small pass, but he even took on the last man, there was a big clash and the great situation there, He could only sell himself, not his partners. He won as many matches as he lost. Just the opposite of Konrád. Slow, considerate, a master of tactics. He creates great situations for his comrades, selling himself only in the rarest of cases.
Fortunately, we also have Takács II, who was able to bring the benefits of the two high-caliber players to a common denominator. You can not only start the dams, but they also have a record finisher. He is passionately searching for the gate, but he can still be selfless if the situation commands it.
Mészáros also has a lot of the virtues of Takács, but his performance is primarily a matter of mood.
Schaffer or Pataki?
I did not choose Orth because I set him up as left half-back.
Until the appearance of Pataki, we did not know what the ideal center was like. He gave a stream sample. He played centre-half in the front line, he was the real leader of the team. He took the wings into one body, and under his leadership the harmony was perfect.
I only put Schaffer ahead of him because of his tall stature he was able to do more with his head, which can’t be ignored as centre-forward. I feel that Schaffer was also a stronger shooter, and also tougher in the melee, who did not earn the name football king unworthily abroad.
Slózi cannot have an opponent. He wouldn't even mention a tenth of his blood battles. He had the qualities of all good footballers, and he had a Hungarian heart that could fight heroically and honestly. He sacrifices the lion's share of the job itself, leaving only easy tasks for his teammates, the winger has a brilliant job beside him. He is never satisfied with the number of goals, despite him producing more than one national district. I don't even remember his bad qualities.
Borbás is Potya's great rival.
In fact, Borbás cannot be imagined without Slózi. We did not have the opportunity to be convinced of his independence, because during their seven years of cooperation, Slózi was never injured, he was not ill, he was not sent by the referee, so he never missed Borbás. In fact, Slózi had Borbás in his savings bank, where he placed his balls to collect interest in front of the gate. This 11-mp, infinitely selfless player was a worthy companion to Slózi’s great victories.
It is this inextricability that motivates me to vote for him. Otherwise, I would choose Potya. Potya was already a high caliber left winger in the NSC but after moving to the FTC he left his place to be a successful inside right for the greatest Hungarian forward. Perhaps he is compensated for by the knowledge that he has achieved more success and glory in the five offensive positions than any other thousand players in their one place.
This is how the team was formed, which I think:
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Dr. Borbás Schaffer Braun
Schlosser Takács II.
Orth Bukovi Biró
Hlavay's ideal Hungarian XI.