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Orbán: Football ‘Consolation, Gratification’ for Hungarians

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.05.30.

Football has “always been consolation and gratification” for the people of Hungary, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in his address at a book launching ceremony in Felcsút, on Saturday.

The prime minister, who is also the founder of his native Felcsút’s Puskás Ferenc Football Academy, mentioned the 1950s as a golden age for Hungarian football, and said that “on the lawn you could even defeat the team of an occupying power, therefore football should be treated as a part of culture and history”.

Orbán went on to say that “Hungarian football is basically a story of ingenious presentiments and motivation… art itself”. “Football is life itself, a fair and open game,” he added.

Orbán spoke highly of Hungary’s football academies as a system “serving the whole of Hungarian football society”. “We are looking forward to this book becoming reality and truly good soccer players graduating from these academies,” he said.

The book, a collection of studies entitled Football and Science by Mihály Takács and István Csáki, both employees of the Felcsút academy, will be used as a university textbook.