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The Names Heard Long Ago: How the Golden Age of Hungarian Football Shaped the Modern Game

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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published August 8th 2019 by Blink Publishing
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Geoff
A deep, deep, deep dive into the Hungarian influence into the development of soccer across the world. Suited best for passionate fans of soccer and soccer history.

Positives: there is a ton of research distilled into this book and it covers the Hungarian influence in Austria, Italy, Brazil, Argentina, France, Uruguay, Germany, and even the USA. It gives a good picture about the immigration patterns and opportunities in the early twentieth century and how ideas diffused from place to place. And it
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Zarsmuseshtern  Ya
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
While this is a book about football and how a congregation of exceptional players and coaches all came together in the coffee houses and otherwises of Budapest at the turn of the 19th and start of the 20th century who had a profound impact on how football was and is played today, it is also fundamentally an immensely human story of nomad coaches and players who have gone all over Europe and South America and the US, some with tragic consequences due to WW2 (and later, communism) tearing families ...more
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Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Names Heard Long Ago: How the Golden Age of Hungarian Soccer Shaped the Modern Game by Jonathan Wilson recounts how the Hungary’s changed soccer and became a powerhouse exporting players and coaches to the world. Mr. Wilson the Football Correspondent of the Financial Times and author of other books on the subject.

One of my favorite memories is going to the 1994 quarter-finals for the FIFA World Cup with my father. We
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Thomas
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A very enjoyable and interesting read, interesting to see the influence of Jimmy Hogan on MTK and Hugarian football.

Lots of names new and familiar from Bela Guttmann to Erno Erbstein and Imre Hirschl to name a few. Such a huge number of Hungarian managers bringing the school of MTK around the World of football.

This book is also very sombre and sobering, with the advent of anti-semitism and Nazi persecution of Hungarian Jews and the fall of the Hungarian national team with the rise of
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Filip Olšovský
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
The research that went into this is just fascinating. Re-creating such fascinating stories out of all these 100-years-old sources written in all the different languages and created in an environment which loved to exaggerate and fictionalize everything seem like one of the toughest writing jobs one can imagine. Wilson manages perfectly and if his work has any flaws it is the opposite – he is fascinated by so many characters the reader often gets lost in between their stories. The focus shifts ...more
Vuk Trifkovic
My first Jonathan Wilson that DNFed. Maybe tells more about my reading frame of mind, but he just went soo deep and detailed this time around that I've just kind of got lost in it. I'm still in the 1930s and we're nowhere Aranycsapat, that I just flaked out.

I guess the problem could be that some of the main characters and intriguing storylines were already in his other books. Also, there feels to be lacking of a stronger overarching narrative or structural tension a-la that one in the Argentina
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Daniel Thunell
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I knew a few of these coaches and players but had no idea about the scope of Hungary’s involvement in the worlds game from Italy to Sweden to Iberia to South America and beyond. Wow. What a fascinating and often heartbreaking story. Great read.
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Jonathan Wilson is a British-born writer and professor who lives in Newton, Massachusetts.

Jonathan Wilson is the author of seven books: the novels The Hiding Room and A Palestine Affair, a finalist for the 2004 National Jewish Book Award, two collections of short stories Schoom and An Ambulance is on the Way: Stories of Men in Trouble, two critical works on the fiction of Saul Bellow and most
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