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
One of the unfair things about dipping into a team's story is that you don't get the whole sense of things. Take Tamás Vaskó for example. I'd never really given him a second thought before this season. I now know he was a Vasas youth product and played for Bristol City for a bit. I … Continue reading Vaskó da Gonners (Vasas FC vs. Gyirmot FC Gyor)
The stop-start nature of Vasas' season continues since my last blog entry. A couple of wins, a couple of draws and a continuing tendency to throw games away means Vasas remain stuck in sixth place in the NBii. They're also more than a clear win behind Zalaegerszeg and Gyor in the two promotion places. After … Continue reading Birthday Bumps (Vasas FC vs. Dorogi FC)
It's been a month since I've been to a Vasas game due to a combination of holidays and away games (I love you Nyíregyháza Spartacus, but I'm not travelling 142 miles to see you play), and things have been slowly grinding to a halt on the Vasas promotion train. A run of 4 straight draws … Continue reading In which I compare the US Open Final to a second division Hungarian football match (Vasas FC vs. Kaposvári Rákóczi)