60 years ago today in 1953, Hungary beat England 6-3 at Wembley.
England were (as per usual) considered to be one of the best teams in the world and lost only once at home (a defeat to Ireland in 1949) up until that point. Hungary were a rising power, carried by their star forward Ferenc Puskás, who had scored 59 goals in 33 national team appearances. They were also on a 24-game unbeaten streak that went all the way back to May 1950, including a win over Yugoslavia in the gold medal match at the 1952 Summer Olympics.
The match had an attendace of 105,000. England and their fans were stunned when Hungary took the lead in just the first minute with a goal from midfielder Nándor Hidegkuti. Jackie Sewell of the Three Lions equalized twelve minutes later, but Hungary pushed back ahead with another goal from Hidegkuti in the 20th minute and an impressive brace from who else but Puskás within a matter of 3 minutes (24th and 27th minutes).
The result prompted England to re-evaluate their tactics, while Hungary went on to extend their unbeaten streak to reach the final of the 1954 World Cup, where they eventually lost to West Germany.
NBC gears up it’s marketing efforts for the new EPL season which it now has the rights for with this fun commercial starring a very funny Jason Sudeikis. Fun ideas like this commercial are why we should all be excited for NBC’s coverage of the EPL.
*Fun fact his assistant coach in the video is the actual coach of the Tottenham Hotspurs, Andre-Villas-Boas.
Bob Bradley coaching the Egyptian National team absolutely fascinates me. He is literally taking on one of the toughest coaching jobs in the world and he is doing a fantastic job at it (Even if he misses the World Cup he still would have done a great job handling the team during these trying times). This interview shows how relaxed and accepting of the job he has in front of him. The USMNT may not have played the prettiest football when he was coaching but I always knew he was a coach worthy of representing America.
Cristiano Ronaldo has a reputation as being one of the best free-kick takers among active players. The power of his kicks can be lost on us because TV as a medium doesn’t accurately portray just how powerful his shot can be. This incident proves why his kicks are so difficult to save and also why a kid will gladly give up his arm just for a signed jersey.
The El Salvador fans were angry at the USMNT for their dominating performance in the second half so they decided to throw stuff at Landon. Donovan who is no stranger to vitriol from opposing fans responded in the best way possible. Between his brilliance this Gold cup and this trolling of the El Salvador fans I think it’s safe to say that Landon Donovan is back.