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Mar 24 15 8:17 PM

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Ladies and gentlemen, the pictures I want to share below can be considered, in my opinion, legendary.
They refer to the two games between Hungary and Italy at the 1948-1953 Central European International Cup, a prestigious competition won by Hungary.


Budapest 12/06/1949 Hungary-Italy 1-1 (Source: Il Calcio Illustrato 24 from 1949).


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Rome 17/05/1953 Italy-Hungary 0-3 (Source: Il Calcio E Il Ciclismo Illustrato 21 from 1953).

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The report from L'Unità from 14/12/1953 celebrating the Hungarian success.


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The Mighty Magyars were almost unstoppable at that time. In 1952 they won the Olympic Games (with their full National team, although FIFA officially doesn't regard Helsinki '52 as a tournament for "A" teams). Then they conquered the 1948-1953 Central European International Cup. If they had won also the 1954 World Cup, they would have achieved a great slam, but were beat by West Germany in final.

Only Italy, in Europe, conquered the treble: 1934 World Cup, 1933-1935 Central European International Cup; 1936 Olympic Games (even if not fielding their best team).
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