Budapest’s Rumbach Sebestyén street is a narrow thoroughfare in the Hungarian capital’s Jewish quarter. It’s a pretty out-of-the-way place to stumble across a celebration of what is arguably the biggest moment in the country’s sporting history.
A mural entitled “6:3” depicts the victory of the Aranycsapat (“Golden Team”) over England at Wembley in November 1953. The “Match of the Century” was the first home defeat for England of any continental side, and was in many ways a watershed for English football, tactically, especially when in a return fixture in Budapest six months later the Golden Team dispatched an England team featuring Billy Wright and Tom Finney 7-1 in front of around 100,000 people. The FA could no longer view the 6-3 as a one-off, England was way behind the best, and this record defeat
Depicting the ‘6:3’
It was completed on the 60th anniversary of the match and its creator, Hungarian serial mural creator Neopaint, took three weeks and 400 litres of paint to complete. I stumbled across it quite by chance while on a stag do to the Hungarian capital and was captivated.
Alongside Puskás, that Aranycsapat team – also known as the “Mighty Magyars” in English – included Sandor Kocsis, József Bozsik, Zoltán Czibor and Nándor Hidegkuti. They had won gold at the Helsinki Olympics in 1952 and should really have won the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland, but fell short to Sepp Herberger’s West Germany in the final. The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 pretty much signalled the end of Hungarian footballing dominance, with some of the team moving abroad. Puskás famously went onto win three European Cups at Real Madrid, while Czibor and Kocsis signed for FC Barcelona.
Hungarian football nostalgia
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Though Puskás became remembered widely for this game – and watch the highlights of the game below, his drag-back for Hungary’s third is