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The Magical Magyars and their considerable influence on European football

Football writer Jonathan Wilson reminds us of a time when the Magical Magyars shaped the world of football

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Dhruv Munjal 

The Magical Magyars in 1953
The Magical Magyars in 1953. Photos: Wikimedia Commons

Just past 5 pm London time on November 25, 1953, Ferenc Puskás, hair slicked back like a Sicilian don and oak tree-like legs pounding the pristine Wembley turf, collected a low cross from Zoltán Czibor on the right. Sensing danger, England captain Billy Wright, widely rated as one of the best defenders in the world, rushed to close down his opposite number. Unfazed, Puskás, visibly overweight but blessed with the silkiest of feet, dragged the ball back with his left foot, sending Wright in the opposite direction, very much like someone headed for the men’s room but accidentally ending up in the ladies’ instead. Before Wright realised where he was, Puskás, like a ballerina, pirouetted and hit the roof of the net with a thunderous shot.

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First Published: Fri, December 06 2019. 22:13 IST