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Alfréd Schaffer returns to A.C. Sparta
Author: Isaque Argolo | Creation Date: 2022-09-12 18:14:34
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A.C. SPARTA — SIMMERINGER 2:1 (1:1)
Schaffer played his last match for Wiener Amateur S.V. on 15/03/1925, in a match which ended 1:1 against First Vienna. With his departure, not only Die Violetten lost one part of their soul but also the entire Vienna. They clearly loved him more than the people from Budapest or any other nation — even the Germans! Articles were made about him regarding him importance to the development of Austrian football. A few days later, the public from Prague was still in doubt whether Alfréd Schaffer would return against the friendly match against 1. Simmeringer S.C. or whether he would make his return in the next league match. A week after his last match for Wiener Amateur S.V., it was confirmed that the Hungarian star would return against Simmeringer.
GOODBYE, MASTER SCHAFFER!
Alfréd Schaffer retornou para o A.C. Sparta em março de 1925, pouco antes de encerrar Wiener Liga I., portanto deixando uma certa saudade não apenas para os torcedores do Wiener Amateur S.V., porém para todo o público austríaco que ia aos estádios apenas para ver aquela figura húngaro, prima-donna e estoica.
Many people did not take Schaffer's transfer very well, as many considered him a mercenary, as well as not wanting foreigners representing the colors of a Czechoslovakia team. For instance, one journalist wrote about Schaffer:
— So the Prague spectators will come to see a foreigner playing for the colors of a Czech club. It's a really tough case. Then if someone talks about national sports, about defending the honor and colors of our state, when a foreign mercenary should defend that honor? Or what is a professional footballer? Day laborer and nothing else! The only difference is that by the expression day laborer we mean a person who works with his hands, whereas this one works with his feet.
» There were times when we enjoyed every success of our footballers at home and abroad as children, when we considered any defeat of our players as a national failure, but now we are deprived of that feeling and we can really care if such a club gets, which pays foreign players, chopped for example every week. And we'll admit that we would like Sparta to be disappointed in their expectations again, to learn a lesson.
» Sparta's actions are significant. It means the end of the sports idyll and the beginning of the international sports craft. The fact that Sparta was the first to resort to this measure does not surprise anyone: their relationship with other Czech clubs has been known for a long time.
Nevertheless, a return match against Simmeringer S.C. was scheduled, a friendly that would serve as a test for Schaffer. Many were dubious about the Hungarian, as he failed to reflect his reputation as an exceptional footballer in his first spell with the red team in Prague. However, curiosity was in the air in Prague, as it was completely understandable that Schaffer's popularity, owing to his success across the continent, would eventually attract audiences.
Friendly match: 21/03/1925, Saturday, 16:30.
This match was a big attraction for the Prague public, mainly because it was the return of Alfréd Schaffer. For some, a more grandiose result was expected, as the difference between the teams was immense; others believed that Schaffer had yet to adapt to the red team's offensive style.
As expected, the game had the A.C. Sparta with wide technical domain, mainly in its famous half-back line, with its artistic game and full of tricks. Simmeringer S.C. were a team with a modern game of ground passing and its athletes demonstrated greatness with their fair play and gentlemanly performance.
As much as many have pointed out that Antonín Hojer's fail gave away a goal to Simmeringer, he was still the best of the defense. Karel Steiner remained behind his fellow full-back. Hochmann defended with confidence.
As usual, the half-back line was the team's main line. They even abused the amount of artistic tricks, mainly Jaroslav Červený. In addition, not only the the kept feeding the forwards with balls
brilliantly supplied, but also closed all attacks with power and confidence.
Apart from Schaffer and Meduna, not one of the Spartan forwards was in form, Otto Šimonek and Josef Sedláček made the same mistakes by stopping the ball instead of hitting the center on the run and thus allowing the opponent's defense to withdraw in time and recover the ball a few times, not to mention the fact that, in the meantime, the inside forwards were often inadvertently caught offside. Regarding Jan Dvořáček, he struggled on his own in previous matches, it could be excused by a bad centre-forward, but after this match, when this position was occupied by a player so great — and what is surely more important — so selfless, staying in the old system cannot be called anything other than selfishness. The individuality of Dvořáček was starting to attack him back. In the end, not only those around him suffered, but first of all he himself, because success cannot be achieved in this way.
1. SIMMERINGER S.C.
Simmeringer was a pleasant surprise for Prague, not only with his performance, but also with his fair play. Aigner and Musil were players of international class. Their game was mainly focused on the ground, with the half-back line always feeding the forwards. Against the famous opponents, they started very self-conscious, played faithfully and well-behaved as always.
Aigner was in a very special brilliant form not only mastered a myriad of heavy shots, but also intercepted many high center balls and corners safely. Musil was the best full-back in place.
Other things to mention would be: Riedl, Ehrlich and Kliwitsch, who play well throughout and a great job performed, as well as Jira, who was in the unfamiliar position of the centre-half did quite well.
The forward line had the absence of Horvath, as is Danis couldn't play at full condition because of a cold.
After this brilliant performance by the Hungarian in his debut, the columns highlight him:
I.: Schaffer has brought a calmness to the attack and it seems that the old fighting spirit has returned to the team.
II.: His tactics and technique are still the same, he only lost the infiltration that is sometimes always useful for a centre-forward. Otherwise, he fit in well in attack and his quick passing was accurate.
III.: Schaffer started in the middle of the attack and played simply great. Despite the fact that both wingers were weak yesterday, the play of Schaffer caused a revolution in the work of the entire offense. His precise passing and looping, alternating sending insiders and wingers to drag the attack was impeccable.
IV.: Sparta played, except for the weaker performance of Dvořáček and Sedláček, excellently in attack, brilliantly led by Schaffer, who was tactically excellent and passed precisely.
V.: His style is interesting. The majestic figure of the tall and robust goalkirály, as the Hungarians called him in his glory days, is always where the ball is, so Schaffer doesn't have to run too much, which he can't do. When he gets hold of the ball, there is often a pass, often accurate. Inside forwards play well next to him. His fault is that he avoids shooting. Sparta's attack was won by him, we should wait with judgment until Schaffer plays with the environment.
VI.: It is logical that he lacked cooperation with his teammates, but despite that he did well several times. He played very subtly: he didn't want to shoot often from an advanced position and for the whole match he sent three shots. He could only be criticized for passing into offside positions, which a player of his stature should not allow himself to do.
VII.: He showed these strengths: selflessness with which he passed to his players, calmness and accurate head play.
VIII.: He did not disappoint those football gourmands who see that the principle of the scientific game is the economy of forces and expediency, who do not dare to be blinded by a spectacular game for the gallery, which, although pleasing to the eye, rarely achieves the true purpose of the game — goals. The hungarian has lost none of his strengths. Every move, every step is calculated and has a purpose. He is technically perfect and yet he does not abuse these qualities for variety exhibitions à la Orth.
A.C. Sparta — 1. Simmeringer S.C. 2:1 (2:0)
Place: Stadion Letná, Prague — Referee: Hamral.
Attedance: about 5.000.
Coach: Václav Špindler.
XI: Hochmann — Hojer I., Steiner — Kolenatý
, Červený — Sedláček, Meduna, Schaffer, Dvořáček, Šimonek.
1. Simmeringer S.C.
Coach: Robert Lang.
XI: Aigner — Riedel, Musil — Ehrlich, Ira, Baumgartner — Urban, Kliwtsch, Danis, Dumser, Viertl.
Goals: Meduna(2, 8min; 43min) — Viertl(83min).
In the 8th minute, after a pass from Schaffer, Meduna scored the first goal with a hard shot.
In the 43rd minute, Meduna scored again from Schaffer's pass for the second goal.
In the 83rd minute, the Viertl wins the fight for the ball over Hojer and escapes to the goal, Steiner was no longer able to catch up with him. He scored the last goal of the match.
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