“World Champions”


first_imgDAILY AS ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Puskas and Wright, leading Wembley’s England-Hungary that locals ‘avenged’ through Wolverhampton.DAILY AS Never the premiere of some light panels gave as much of himself as it happened in 1954 to Wolverhampton Wanderers. For this reason he invited countless teams to play at night at Molineux Stadium. And thus was born the legend of the English club, now rival of Espanyol, as inspiring European Cup and later Champions League.The story has two aspects. On the one hand he was Gabriel Hanot, editor of L’Equipe and France Football, and French coach, a charge he had to leave after falling 5-1 to Spain and published in one of his media, and in a mysterious unsigned article, a harsh criticism of his figure. Hanot, already focused on his journalistic work, he traveled to Wolverhampton, where in a short time the Wanderers had faced South Africa, Celtic of Glasgow, Racing of Avellaneda, First Vienna, Macabi of Tel Aviv and Spartak of Moscow. And that December 13 would receive the almighty Honvéd from Budapest, with icons between their rows like Zoltán Czibor, Sándor Kocsis and Ferenc Puskás, and directed by János Kalmár, who in the 60 would end up training Espanyol. ‘The invincibles’ was his nickname, with that is almost all said.DAILY AS & nbsp; (DAILY AS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Program of that Wolverhampton-Honved.DAILY AS (DAILY AS) The other aspect is the context of a soccer depressed England after in November 1953 he had suffered his selection lat the first defeat at home in its history, in Wembley, precisely against Hungary. A 3-6 that did not improve in the return, six months later, with a 6-1 for the Magyars. The Molineux game was a friendly, and between clubs, but a certain rematch halo had when 55,000 spectators congregated.At 14 minutes, Honvéd already sent 0-2, with the goals of Kocsis leading in a foul executed by Puskas, and Ferenc Machos. Only the countless stops of Bert Williams avoided a thrashing of scandal. But everything varied in the resumption, when they began to accuse the consequences of four days followed by rains on a heavy pitch. And there the Wolverhampton was handled, never better, like a fish in the water. He imposed his direct style the current champion of the English League until tracing, with a bit of Johnny Hancocks, a penalty, and the double by Roy Swinbourne. And with an immeasurable Billy Wright cutting off every Hungarian attack. Not only did the euphoria burst at Molineux Stadium and across the island, as the second part was broadcast by the BBC, something unusual at the time, but the legendary Stan Cullis hastened to affirm after that 3-2 a phrase that would bring tail: “We are the world champions”. He emulated it Daily Mail in its headline the next day: “Hail, Wolves, Champions of the World now”. And he picked up the glove that fancy spectator that was Gabriel Hanot.Back to his native France, Hanot went around the concept. He believed that teams like Milan or Madrid were superior to Wolverhampton. But there was no way to find out. So it occurred to him that you had to create an official competition. Only two days later, L’Equipe proposed in its pages the creation of a European super league. And Santiago Bernabéu, white president, sent a letter to the newspaper showing his support. The first of many clubs.DAILY AS ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>This is how the Daily Mirror reported the game.DAILY AS The idea was adding meaning and adherents to the point that, a few months later, Hanot was planted in Vienna, at the first UEFA congress, to explain his concept. Although the employer tried to create a similar league, but between nations, finally accepted. And it developed. So quickly that on September 4, 1955, it began to be disputed. Just nine months after that historic meeting between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Honvéd, which 40 years later, in 1994, it was repeated, with the presence in the stands of the protagonists who were still alive, including Puskas. And the Molineux, where the European Cup was born, will be the scene this Thursday of a continental clash between the Wolves and Espanyol.last_img

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