Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Viva España!

Congratulations to the Spanish national football team for winning the Euro 2012 competition. The Spanish were crowned champions after defeating Italy 4-0 in the final game on Sunday. Spain has now made football history by winning three major competitions in a row (European Cup 2008, World Cup 2010, European Cup 2012). Spain like Hungary, used to be a very dominant force in world football decades ago. We can only hope that the Hungarian national football team takes note, that it is possible to to reclaim your spot on the world stage of football.

Hungary was a very dominant force in the 1930s and 1950s in football internationally. Many Hungarians coached in many different European countries. The great Hungarian footballer Ferenc Puskás, left Hungary during the Hungarian Revolution in 1956. He would be welcomed into Spain and lived most of the rest of his life there. Puskás would play for Real Madrid and guide them to many victories in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He also played a few games in his mature years for the Spanish national team. It has only been since 1990, that Hungarian football has taken a severe downturn. Since then, Hungary has been unable to qualify for any major football competitions. We hope that Spain's recent victories will inspire young Hungarian football players to do the same.

Spain like Hungary as well, has a strong Catholic Christian heritage for many centuries. Both countries have seen the evil face of communism and have suffered greatly because of it in the 20th century. During the tournament, it was also good to see that the Spanish team didn't bow down to pressure to be politically correct to put non-Spanish faces on their team. Unfortunately, many other teams in Euro 2012 did. Viva España! Good luck in World Cup 2014!