Victor Igri and Giorgi Szolci annoyed each other at an evening of debate for sports journalists

Victor Igri and Giorgi Szolci annoyed each other at an evening of debate for sports journalists

The controversy never really took place, but it turns out that Sándorék Csányi set unrealistic goals for Hungarian football in 2011, even according to Gyorgy Zulusi, while the parties have radically different views of the TAO system.

There could have been a heated discussion between Viktor Igre, the Digi Sport reporter who is leaving within days, and György Szöllősi, Nemzeti Sport’s editor-in-chief and president of the Hungarian Sports Journalists’ Association, but the two media personalities apparently tried to spare each other this time. (We usually don’t do that).

Of course – at least in our opinion – only Giorgi Zulusi, who as a sports journalist makes no secret of it

He also considers the newspaper he runs as a tool to promote the Orban government,

If he feels the need, he publicly campaigns for her, and there is no such thing in the world for a sports newspaper in a monopoly position to express allegiance to a compulsive political party.

However, this aspect of György Szöllősi’s work was left almost completely unwritten by Victor Egre, so the discussion was more about the closure of football stadiums, the loss of spectators and the TAO.

Of course, the fact that György Szöllősi built his entire argument system on the argument that if the Orbán government did not start pumping billions into sports in 2010, either by building stadiums in small towns or by TAO, even with MLSZ support, then

“Football and sport in Hungary have now stopped.”

Among other things, this was built on the fact that in 2003, in the Hungarian-Estonian friendly match, barely a few hundred people were hanging out in the stands, even the television did not broadcast how we lost; And between 2006 and 2009, it was also a Fradi NB II.

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According to György Szöllősi, the Népstadion, left to rot, was a symbol of anti-sport socialist governments.

According to György Szöllősi, the Népstadion, left to rot, was a symbol of anti-sports socialist governments Image: VinceB, Wikimedia Commons

Compared to this, Hungarian football is now in a country where, according to him, we play whole European matches in the renovated Puskas Arena, there are new stadiums everywhere and 43,000 people attended the FTC-Paks Cup final, and Individuals reached the group stage One of the European Cups several times.

However, in recent decades, Hungarian sport, like the entire country, was not in its biggest crisis of the 2000s, but in the period immediately following the regime change. On the other hand, neighboring countries have followed the path of similar economic and social development.

However, neither football nor their sporting life in general did not stop.

In fact, there are clear success stories. All this while neither politics nor economic circles close to the government settled on sport in any of them, as they did under the Orban government.

In György Szöllősi’s view, almost everything of the government’s sports-related measures taken by the government in recent years has been permissible, as it serves this noble purpose. He went so far as to make a very mild criticism that perhaps TAO funds are not used in the best way and for purpose in one hundred percent of cases, or

MLSZ, and Sándor Csányi was personally “completely naive”,

When in 2011 he adopted a ten-year program according to which Hungarian club teams must regularly reach the spring semester in international cups, the backbone of the national team must be provided by members of the football academies and the average number of spectators. NBI matches should be 8000.

That’s right, even the editor-in-chief of Nemzeti Sport had a “call” for this: it was not fulfilled because

An anti-sports generation grew up under anti-sports leftist governments,

This is what we are complaining about now, and the number of spectators cannot be fully judged because for a long time not everyone could play in their stadium because of its new construction, then Covid arrived.

The famous Felixut - Kisvarda match 2018, in which there were 400 people according to MTI, according to Nemzeti Sport 589, but a member of the Facebook group Cities, Stadiums and Bars counted 60 spectators at the venue

The famous 2018 Felcsút-Kisvárda match, in which there were 400 according to MTI and according to Nemzeti Sport 589, but a member of the Cities, Stadiums, Pubs Facebook group counted 60 spectators at the venue Photo: Cities, Stadiums, Pubs Facebook group

On the other hand, Victor Igre tried to explain – when they allowed him – that the huge amount of resources invested in sports did not pay off well, because not only in football, but also in other spectator sports, we did not achieve qualitatively. Better results in the last 10 years than in previous years, perhaps the football matches and the European Championship, the victories of the Nations League, and the ice hockey team are the exception, but

In football, the Hungarian youth system is not good at the moment either,

But with players who have grown up and acquired citizenship abroad, a great national team captain achieves extraordinary results. In addition, he pointed out, volleyball was not originally included in the franchise circle, but it is starting to do well regardless, so there is certainly at least one example in this country that there will be an alternative to pouring tens of billions into the necks of the respective sports federations.

It is at least noticeable that

The private companies that pay TAO somehow feel they have to support a football club dear to the prime minister’s heart

At worst, while, for example, the number of spectators is low precisely because first-class football teams in small towns artificially created by politics will not have even several thousand in the stands.

From now on, of course, there was no opportunity for the participants to come to some kind of consensus, and let’s face it, the evening did not bring much new to the audience, who were somewhat interested in sports and public life – but at least in the end, when they had to decide Who hands it to the event income (the Foundation for Disadvantaged Athletes eventually became the runner-up), the discussion turned a bit into classic Hacsek-Sajó banter and here it turns out that even Gyorgy Zulusi has enough humor that they can honestly laugh at each other’s tax forints.

The Transparent Journalism Regulatory Foundation has promised to continue anyway.

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