Fradi joins the 30-plus club

FERENCVAROS, Hungary’s most popular club, have just clinched their 30th Hungarian championship, thanks to MOL Vidi drawing with Puskas Academia and therefore unable to overtake Fradi regardless of the outcome of the Budapest derby against Honved. Ferencvaros, in winning their latest prize, join a band of 13 clubs in Europe that have won their domestic title 30 or more times. The European club with the … Continue reading Fradi joins the 30-plus club

Bread and circuses for the people: Hungary’s stadium project

ONE OF the most fascinating weekends I’ve spent in recent years was a couple of days walking around Budapest in search of traces of the famous Hungarian “golden team” of the 1950s. You have to look hard and you won’t find much evidence, especially as there’s a big stadium rebuilding programme going on, but any visit to Budapest is always worthwhile. Budapest is a real … Continue reading Bread and circuses for the people: Hungary’s stadium project

In 1968, these were Europe’s finest players…

LESLIE VERNON was football journalism’s European expert in the 1960s and early 1970s. Information on this gentleman is scarce, but for some reason I assumed he had some sort of link with Hungary. Somebody told me he had come to England in the mid-1950s during the Hungarian uprising. I had an image of this pencil-bearded academic schooled in the football wisdom of Ferenc Puskas, Willie … Continue reading In 1968, these were Europe’s finest players…

100% Fradi on their way back

Budapest’s most popular club could be on their way back if the first few weeks of the Hungarian football season are any indication. Ferencvaros have a 100% record after nine games and lead the 12-team competition by an astonishing 11 points already. Fradi haven’t won the Hungarian League since 2004, although they did win the Cup in 2015. They also finished runners-up in 2014-15 to … Continue reading 100% Fradi on their way back

Calling in on….Ferencvaros, where the world is green and white

One of my earliest football memories is seeing Leeds United’s Mick Jones bundling the ball over the line for what proved to be his club’s winning goal in the 1968 Inter Cities Fairs Cup final. Leeds won 1-0 on aggregate against Ferencvaros of Hungary. Since then, whenever I have pondered on the romance of European football, Ferencvaros – however mediocre they may have been down … Continue reading Calling in on….Ferencvaros, where the world is green and white

Whatever happened to fearsome Fradi?

Mention Hungarian football and inevitably the name Ferenc Puskas will be the first on anyone’s lips. Then ask about the modern game in Hungary and people will be hard-pressed to come up with the name of a player or even a club, such has been the fall from grace for a once mighty footballing nation. There was a time when Magyar teams such as Ujpest … Continue reading Whatever happened to fearsome Fradi?