When Hungary visited Wembley in 1953 to play a friendly game, some of the English players thought that they would take an easy game. This impression lasted for 45 seconds when the Hungarians scored their first goal in the famous 6-3 win. Hungary, led by the great Ferenc Puskás, confused and dominated England with its technique, teamwork and innovative tactics. Half a year later, Hungary defeated England 7-1 in Budapest, confirming that the first drubbing was no accident.
The Aranycsapat - Golden Squad - won the 1952 Olympic Games, remained undefeated for four years and narrowly lost the 1954 World Cup final. It was the culmination of the great age of Hungarian football, which dates back to the interwar period. In his new book, Jonathan Wilson argues that many of the ideas that shape fo
The succession of great cities that appeared in Justin Marozzi's superbly crafted book were all too often put together, designed, torn down, and rebuilt on the orders of one man. In most cases, fragments of their glorious days (the Great Mosque of Cordoba or Damascus) have been preserved as architectural memories. Or sometimes, in an astonishing miracle, entire medieval quarters with intact streets in cities like Cairo and Fes are preserved. But such sights are only memories. The Marozzi dynasties, founded in each of the 15 cities, report on 15 chapters that are rarely effective beyond three generations. The golden age darkens after a hundred years.
In this book, we encounter some of the most fascinating and disturbing personalities in Muslim history. Muawiya (founder of the Umayya...
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