Joan Huberg was unconscious on the grass at Stade de la Pontes in Lausanne. Pain seizes the audience waiting for the work of doctors. The striker, who was born in Córdoba and has a past scoring at Rosario Central, had just given Uruguay a painful draw. equal to his suffering. He was literally dead. But he rebounded, like his team. despite heavenly They fought with all their might, their huge heart was not enough to prevent the victory of Hungary, the brilliant team that revolutionized football in the World Cup that was held in Switzerland in 1954.
semi-final between Hungarian wizards And the heroes in the unforgettable Maracanazo 1950 was a hymn to emotional football, to the sport that makes fun of tactics and strategy and is played with heart. It was a match worthy of two great national teams rarely seen in a World Cup.
Hungary provoked an unprecedented revolution. In times when the Tactical WM was common currency, he introduced the variants that laid the foundations for the 4-2-4 popularized by Pele and Garrincha in Brazil in Sweden ’58. But other than distributing players on the field, he crushed any opponent that came his way with devastating offensive power.
Between 1950 and 1956 they won 42 matches, drew 7 and lost only one. That defeat was the only one he could not stand, because it happened in the final of the World Cup in Switzerland. Until then, they had smashed England with a 6-3 win which represented the hosts’ first setback at Wembley against opponents from outside the UK. It happened in 1953, a year after the Central European countries won the gold medal at the Helsinki Olympics. And in the year 54 they were humiliated Football Inventors With a resounding 7-1 in Budapest.
Ferenc Puskas and Sandor Kocice were the team’s top scorers collectively. The mastermind – aided by a phenomenon like Josef Buzek – was Nandor Hedijkote, an intelligent central defender who returned on the pitch and embodied to perfection. Error 9 Very respectable today. The Hungarian wizards Made lessons put into practice by the awesome mechanical orange The Dutch language in which Johan Cruyff, the creator of the world-renowned Barcelona School, excelled.
Hungary had dealt with South Korea daring 9-0 and then sent them 8-3 over West Germany, in a ploy of the losers, who put up an alternative lineup and sent defender Werner Liberec to injure Puskas. Those teams met in the final, known as brinj miracle for German success.
After a bloody battle with Brazil in the quarter-finals, Hungary found itself on the brink of the final match with Uruguay. The heavenly, the 1950 champion, never lost a match at the World Cup. They were still led by veteran Obdulio Varela, the black head Who won the psychological duel against the Brazilians in the Maracana torch. It was loaned by old comrades like baby Juan Schiavino, Roque Maspoli and Victor Rodriguez Andrade.
The hero of the 1950s, Alcides Ghiggia, and strong defenders such as Matías González and Schubert Gambetta were gone. Featured in the back-keeper Maspoli goalkeeper William Martinez and Jose Emilio Santamaria. Uruguay was a fearsome contender for anyone. In the quarter-finals, like England, but lost to captain Obdulio, torn. Rodriguez Andrade was also injured.
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On June 30, 1954, a high-flying show was taken for granted. Even without Puskas, Hungary were great actors. Coach Gustav Sebes had several phenomena at his disposal to cover up the absence of a key player in Alfredo Di Stefano’s future partner at Real Madrid who have dominated Europe for nearly a decade.
Juan Lopez, the Uruguay coach, did not have a player capable of exercising the talent for leadership that marked him. black head. Rodriguez Andrade, nephew of one of the 1930 champions, Jose Leandro Andrade, was in the match despite his lack of physical fitness. Right pointer Julio Cesar Abadi could not play either, and the coach chose to dispense with Omar Meguez, the central striker of the 50th Final. In his place appeared the rookie Hohberg, who waited for a heroic day.
The Hungarian wizards They were distinguished by starting matches at a devastating pace and used to make a difference on the scoreboard in the first minutes. This infallible formula did not seem to work in the face of a rival in Uruguay’s hierarchy and pride.
In fact, this statement is only half true, as Central Europe advanced just before the opening quarter-hour, but that was not the result of their dominance of the match, but the result of a serendipitous act. Pointer Zoltan Chibor – one of the mainstays of that formidable attacking power – opened the account after the ball rebounded from him after a poor clearance from Santamaria.
Uruguay did not consider the possibility of surrendering without a fight. He left with the few troops he had in the direction of the fence of Jeola Groxis. repeatedly attacked. Of course, he exposed himself to the cruelty of a stubborn opponent. However, although Maspoli and his fellow Hungarian worked hard, the result remained unchanged.
Once the second half started, Hidegkuti increased the difference with a goal from popcorn. The Hungarians persisted, but took some precautions. They were aware of their opponent’s class.
Minutes passed and fell light blue It looked sealed. hosts Lobicito They demonstrated that combination of daring, character and game that allowed them to achieve the unexpected feat by defeating Brazil in the Maracana four years ago.
With a quarter of an hour remaining, the hunt for the residents of River Plate was rewarded. Hohberg tied a pass from Javier Ambrois and an opponent. This greatly increased Uruguay’s hopes. Although there is only a little time left, heavenly They had a lot of faith. With barely four minutes left until the conclusion, baby Schiaffino enabled Hohberg, who established a painful 2-2.
Cordovan, who had adopted Uruguayan citizenship, collapsed into a coma. It looked dull. A moving silence fell on a rainy afternoon in Lausanne. Doctors came to treat him. The half-hour extension was about to begin. But all eyes were on the effort to revive the Kordofan striker. did not react. He suffered a heart attack. In desperation, the curamine was given and the 26-year-old striker stood up as if nothing had happened.
He went out to play overtime. Resist his heart. Uruguay legs did not do. Exhausted, the fifty heroes could not stand the renewed siege of Cebes. Rodriguez Andrade could no longer move. The Hungarian wizards They fled with a header from Kocsis and then lifted Hidegkuti.
Hungary, that soccer-playing machine, had left Uruguay out of the race, a team that had not known defeats until then. Magic was stronger than the heart.
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