Over the years I've owned a fair few football shirts (ever since getting the Evening Gazette Boro shirt for Christmas as a kid). When I started travelling and following other teams I resolved to collect at least one from each of them. So I thought it was time to start documenting them on here. Consider … Continue reading Shirt Story #1: Tokyo Verdy (1993 Home)
Due to an improbable series of events, I ended up being interviewed on Hungarian national media for creating an Instagram account about statues (@statuesofbudapest - should you be curious). The topic of the interview turned to football and I mentioned how I'd come to support Vasas since arriving in Budapest (namely - I like underdogs … Continue reading A Tour of the New Vasas Stadium (Illovszky Rudolf Stadium)
(*this pun only works if you know that Balajti rhymes with Delight-y in Hungarian, rendering it worse than useless) The winter break is almost upon us in Hungary and the cold nights are drawing in. To rubber-stamp this a blanketing of snow fell on the city last night, giving Budapest a festive air as I … Continue reading Afternoon Balajt-i* (Vasas FC vs. Budafoki MTE)
Before coming over to Hungary I lived in Tokyo and followed Verdy who - like Vasas FC - are another former championship-winning side fallen on hard times. Tokyo Verdy (formerly Yomiuri Verdy and Verdy Kawasaki) won Japan's top flight 7 times in the 80s and 90s, boasting players such as legendary goal-snaffler Kazu Miura and … Continue reading A Game Too Far (Jubilo Iwata vs. Tokyo Verdy – J1 Playoff Final)
With no league win in six and a managerial firing, I have to say I wasn't expecting much from the home team in this one. Ceglédi lay just a place and a few points below Vasas and had won two of their last three. They also have a kit that demostrates what an Ikea international … Continue reading Young Guns Go For It (Vasas FC vs. Ceglédi VSE)
It's 1949 and László Kubala is sitting in the back of a truck, speeding away from the Budapest and the country of his birth under cover of night. It's not the first time he's had to escape to a foreign land. Two years previously he'd decamped from Hungary to Czechoslovakia to play for Slovan Bratislava … Continue reading The Nomad in the Truck – Propaganda in the Storied Life of László Kubala.
So the Károly Kis reign of terror at Vasas FC ends after just a few months, the doughty veteran has been given the boot after proving unequal to the tasks of: A) motivating his players past the 45 minute mark, B) holding on to any sort of lead, and C) beating teams whose home crowds … Continue reading A Kis Goodbye