Hungarian football no longer enjoys the reputation it once did. Even now, its strongest association remains the Mighty Magyar side that humiliated England in 1953 and humbled the Three Lions into an ideological panic.
Hungarian football obviously hasn’t all been doom and gloom since that remarkable performance 66 years ago, the very next year they reached a World Cup final, but since the revolution of 1956, footballing high points have been few and far between.
And yet, football’s popularity within Hungary has never waned. That nostalgia, that willingness to do better and be good again, has great resonance in the Hungarian conscience and Viktor Orban, the country’s Prime Minister of the last nine years, knows that better than anyone.