Why I don’t watch Hungarian football

Mostly because I am fed up. Like hell.

Hungarian football is very much the same as Hungarian economy – at least economy presented by the bloody government. Unorthodox policies led us to a corner where there’s no exit – only the nice picture the leaders and the Hungarian National Bank show us.

But behind, behind it’s rotten to the roots.

What can you see? New stadiums and new academies everywhere. Stadiums built from the taxpayers money – instead of building hospitals. New stadiums for third level teams where there are no more than 150 (!) visitors per matchday. It is not really better in the first division either: the newly built stadium of Debrecen is mostly empty week by week. Just like the FTC one.

A good choice, Dardai
A good choice, Dardai

The stadium of Felcsút invites 3500 to every match – and something like 100 turns up. Nevermind, the prime minister lives next to it. Precisely. On the other side of the road.

Academies? A recent research into the Hungarian youth academy system shows that these simply cannot live up to the requirements. They are nowhere near to the European examples. Our prime oligarch, Orban said that the Academy of Felcsút is in the first ten in Europe. That research shows that it’s not even in the first eight in Hungary…

It’s beautiful but if you scrape the surface – you can’t find anything. And the results show that. There are only a couple of Hungarian players in the top leagues of Europe, but no one in a top team. No Hungarian manager or trainer in top leagues (and not one even close to that). Our teams are beaten by almost anyone in international cups.

Very rarely I sit down to watch a match in the first league – but I mostly give it up after less than ten minutes. The speed is very slow, it’s really like slow motion. Funny, in a way.

The crown on this whole thing was a year ago, when the Hungarian FA chose Mr. Pinter as the manager of the national team. After communicating for weeks that they were in talks with respected big-name managers. The guy won the Championship and the cup with three teams but couldn’t drive them into international cups. He can barely speak. After some weeks into the job, ha was sent to a communication training. (That helped a bit, but didn’t save him from being fired. Fortunately.)

Now, the HFA is actively looking for a big name, while they named Pal Dardai as caretaker manager for 2014’s remaining games.

Which proved to be a good decision – he’s respected among the fans, he can push his ideas through, he can handle the pressure – and although he hasn’t had the chance to manage an a-team so far, he seems to have the knowledge it requires.

And he managed to draw in Romania, a win in the Faroe Islands, and more importantly, produced a team in a couple of days that weren’t taken apart in minutes, had a plan, could change the plan – and almost won the game in Bucharest.

Which is good, but still, I won’t watch any of it. I wish them success, but feel like it won’t change anything here, and it will only postpone the complete disaster of the system.

Postpone for a couple of years. Just like in the economy.

(Picture: wikipedia)

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