(Queue Darth Vader music). The MLSZ has spoken again. And once again to the detriment of Hungarian football. Fortunately, the MLSZ announcement has not disrupted the organisation of the piss-up that I asked them to organise for me. Apparently, they have found a good place in Riyadh.
Caption competition could be a good one – Csanyi (left) seems smug.
Photo: Móricz-Sabján Simon
So five NB1 teams have been stripped of their licences to compete in the top league next season. The offenders/victims are Gyor, Kecskemet, Nyiregyhaza, Papa and Pecs. Poor Gyor were already gone following the bankruptcy of brokerage firm Quasetor (a company from which the government divested of all their investments on the back of inside information thereby screwing any Hungarian private investors of their hard-earned, but ill-invested savings). The rest have been dumped out of the top division on fairly spurious financial reasons.For example, Nyiregyhaza have been punished for financial irregularities connected to the signing of Brazilian Diego Balbinot in 2010. Yep, 2010. Perhaps it would have been more appropriate to raise this issue prior to the club’s promotion this time last year. OR indeed in 2010.
The stripping of NB1 licences from these teams has led to the announcement that the 2016/17 NB1 season will only consist of 12 top flight clubs. Ominously, the identity of those teams is dependent on which clubs will receive licences in a year. In other words, tow the line or you are out.
Other important announcements include the scrapping of the League Cup (not a huge surprise as it was a reserve team tournament until the final stage and without European entry), permitting reserve teams to compete Spanish style in the lower leagues, a restriction of the number of foreigners permitted in each team (with increased allowances for teams in Europe i.e. Orban’s Vidi and the “people’s” Ferencvaros and best of all a new and exclusive TV channel for broadcasting the games.
I could pick apart each of these announcements and maybe I will a little.
- Interesting how Fradi’s recruitment policy in the last 12 months has focussed almost exclusively on Hungarians whereas previously Hungarian signings (for the “people’s” club) were about as welcome as syphilis for a 19th century literary figure – seems like Kubatov (Ferencvaros chairman and close friend of Orban (and the convicted murderer who heads up security at Ulloi Uti Stadion)) has been given the heads up.
You broke my heart; I love to hate you (boom Erasure)
Photo: Toth Gyongyi
- Not sure how this rule will be compliant with EU law, although at least MTK will be ok until the squad is cherry-picked for the promising youngsters.
- As for the exclusive TV channel…fucking wow (I typed that slowly and deliberately if you can go back and read that with sound effects). Sport 1 already served that purpose with the occasional handball match from Szeged. I can only imagine that Hungarians will suddenly be inspired to tune in.
The whole thing is a mess. Hungarian football seems to find itself deeper in a barrel of Fidesz produced shit. It comes out of their mouths as well as their arses. Hungarians deserve better…