So long Kispest…

Oh yikes.  After last week’s torture, a trip to tabletopping(!) Honved is probably about as bad as it can get.  It also bids a final farewell from me to the Bozsik Jozsef Stadion, a ground that I became familiar and fond of when MTK made this there home for the 2014/15 season.  It probably represents the last of the old school stadium’s anywhere near the top flight as the government’s cultural genocide of classic football stadiums nears completion.  We have bid farewell to Ferencvaros, MTK, Vasas, Debrecen, Diosgyor, Videoton and Haladas’ stadiums already.  Shame.

SEC  boys look like friendly paramilitary types.

Potentially it represents my last derby in Budapest for a long time as well.  An MTK relegation combined with a promotion for Soroksar from the deep south of the city will mean no more derbies.  From 12 per season to 0.   Alas we are not down yet and a win today would go a long way to saving us.  Ignoring the aberration of last week, MTK have been in good form of late so it is with some hope (and not expectation) that I think the team can put it behind them and focus on the first of three cup finals (cliché).  Unfortunately, Honved have been on fire of late including eight (8) consecutive home wins in the league.  We are buggered.  They go into this game knowing a win followed by a win away at strugglers Debrecen will mean that a home draw against other title chasers Videoton at the last game at the stadium will see them lift the title for the first time since 1992/93 and trigger the mother of all parties.  This final game is one I would very much like to go to except I suspect I will be dragged to pick over the bones of the season in Paks.  If MTK could get themselves safe before the last game of the season, I would be happy to avoid the trip to Paks.

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Wife dressed as Korean border guard meets Hungary’s greatest player (arguably)

My wife bumped into Torghelle Sandor during the week posing up for this selfie which is the best I have ever seen. He was eating an egg and bacon bagel, which does not strike me a hugely healthy, but Sanyi knows best.  Sanyi started his career at Kispest and based on his biography retains a soft spot for the club.  Why do I have horrible flashbacks to Teddy Sheringham trying his best to lose a game for West Ham up against Spurs.  (The flashbacks are joyous, but the potential for sabotage not so much).

Facilities.  Should really take more game pics.

The manager has seemed reluctant to change beyond the 4-2-3-1, but the players do not suit the system.  Torghelle needs the ball on his head or somewhere near  the goal, but our wide men in the three are not really wide men and both would be far happier playing through the middle.  Our CM 3 are Vass, Kanta and a young ‘un and is all too easy to be overrun.  Boy we miss Thiam who could put in a shift and was strong with it.  The defence is fine.  Last week a horrible deflection and a couple of brain freezes can be forgiven.  We still have the third best defence in the league.  How do we win this one?  Some luck  (a deflection, a dodgy penalty) and some heroic defending.  Fuck it.  I am going for a 2-0 win.

I was wrong.  So brutally wrong.  MTK came for the draw (which although not what any of us wanted to see was probably acceptably pragmatic).  Apart from a shot curled just wide by Italian match fixer, Lanzafame, Honved did not really threaten to do much.  MTK probably threatened slightly less with a couple of semi-chances on the break, the best to write about.  Halftime came and went.  60 minutes came and went.  It was getting to the point when you began to start to think about smelling an away point.  Then they scored.  A decent finish from the edge of the area arrowed past Petkovics and the sigh from the away fans was almost audible above the raptures of those in the home parts of the stadium.  No chance of getting anything from this game.  The other games were not going our way.  Hard to see us picking up anything against in-form Diosgyor next week.  If we don’t do that, we will need a miracle in the final game.  Football doesn’t do miracles for me.  NBII next year. Do I want to?  Do I actually care that much?  I hate the government. 

Goal.  Clearly the MTK were not caught in the same soul destroying monologue and had bucked their ideas up.  Korozman made space on the right and pulled the ball across to a sliding/flying Ramos to prod home.  Maybe football does do miracles?  If we can score one, then why not two or three. 

Of course, football does not do miracles.  Honved went after the game and some 10 minutes later scored what looked like an own goal that went high, looping over Petko’s head.  This time there was no way back into the game.  Honved recorded their ninth home league win on the trot and MTK are looking in a whole world of trouble.

It is still in our hands although if Debrecen match our result next week then they are safe.  Debrecen play Honved at home.  MTK face Diosgyor at home in an ultimate six pointer.  MTK will go into the last game in the relegation spot unless they win due to inferior games won.  A win may be enough for safety with Debrecen travelling to Diosgyor on the last game of the season.  On the other hand, a Mezokovesd win and an MTK defeat will mean relegation for MTK.  Mezokovesd play in-form Paks at home.  An MTK draw and Debrecen defeat will mean a win on the last game of the season will see MTK safe.  Basically, it could go either way except it is not possible for MTK to guarantee safety before the final whistle of the final game.  I hitchhiked home in a Trabant though.

 

8

Debrecen

31

10

8

13

-3

38

D W L W D

9

Diósgyőr

31

9

9

13

-17

36

D D W W L

10

Mezőkövesd-Zsóry

31

9

9

13

-16

36

D L L L D

11

MTK

31

8

11

12

-10

35

L L W D D

12

Gyirmót

31

4

9

18

-30

21

L D L L D

And I chose next weekend to go to the Czech Republic to run a half marathon that guns off 30 minutes before the MTK match.  If ever there was incentive to get a PB…. 

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