Our opponent on the soccer discipline: Hungary | EUROtoday

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Hungary's historical past is changeable, particularly in relation to the nation's cultural orientation. Phases equivalent to the present one, characterised by defiance and rejection of the West, alternate with lengthy years during which Hungarians' gaze was directed in direction of Vienna and Paris – for the writers of the interwar interval, who gathered in Budapest across the nice journal with the programmatic title “Nyugat” (“West”), openness to cultural influences from this path was a matter after all and on the similar time the idea for the outline of the Hungarian provinces, for instance.

The nationalist regime of Hitler's ally Horthy and the communist takeover had been adopted by the failed rebellion of 1956 and the interval of “goulash communism”, which progressively allowed many Hungarians better freedom of their non-public lives than different inhabitants of the nations past the Iron Curtain. At the identical time, Hungarian soccer was having fun with success, for instance with victories on the 1954 World Cup in opposition to South Korea, Brazil, Uruguay and West Germany, which was crushed 8-3 within the preliminary spherical. But, as we all know, the ultimate was misplaced, once more to West Germany. And Péter Esterházy, who describes Hungarian historical past in his e-book “Deutschlandreise im Strafraum” as an “uninterrupted series of defeats”, sees his nation's soccer as “unreliable, unsound, dubious, even capricious”, “brilliant for a short time every thirty to forty years, sometimes this way, sometimes that way in between”.

In the a long time main as much as the autumn of the Berlin Wall, Hungary was the nation of eager for half of Europe, and the position it performed in the summertime of 1989 for hundreds of East Germans fleeing to the West is unforgettable. It is troublesome to reconcile the experiences and expectations of these years and people instantly following with present Hungarian politics. The undeniable fact that his nation's individualistic soccer, as Esterházy describes it, may affect society in its good moments provides hope.