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The football World Cup as an immigration test

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

Commentators on both sides of the political divide excoriate their rivals for using the most popular sporting event of the year to underpin their own stance on migration. READ MORE

Football as a metaphor of politics

Saturday, July 14th, 2018

A pro-government columnist claims that the World Cup shows that national feeling is an inherent part of human nature, and those politicians who choose to ignore this are making a huge mistake. A left-wing columnist criticizes the Hungarian football funding system. READ MORE

Returning national football team hailed despite defeat

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Pundits try to untangle why Hungarians rejoice after the national squad was crushed by Belgium on Sunday. READ MORE

Hungary beats Austria

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Hungary’s victory against the favourite in the first match the Hungarian side has played in an important international football championship for 44 years fills the cover pages of Wednesday’s dailies. Commentators ponder the political implications. READ MORE

EURO 16 battlefield

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

Commentators  are baffled by the spectacle of violence surrounding the first days of the European Football Championship.

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Hungary in Europe 2016

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Hungarian pundits are overwhelmed by football fever, as Hungary makes it into the European Championships for the first time in 44 years. READ MORE

Controversies over investments in the PM’s birthplace

Monday, May 9th, 2016

The poor performance this season of Puskás Akadémia FC is burdened with heavy political undertones. This prompts several Hungarian weeklies to add their pennyworth to the debate.  READ MORE

New football stadium, PM whistled

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

A conservative writes that those who whistled during the Prime Minister’s speech at the opening ceremony of the new Ferencváros stadium can only make news for a few days, while the stadium is a long term investment. READ MORE

The PM’s son withdraws, tired of media attention

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

The stepdaughter of a former Socialist Prime Minister lambasts journalists for “ruining a young man’s dream”, as the media buzzes with comments on the younger Orbán’s presence at his father’s side in the VIP box of the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, watching the World Cup final. READ MORE

Germany’s World Cup victory – the lessons

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
Political commentators think there is a lesson to be learnt from the way Germany goes about football. They agree in finding the German approach something more than just a game. It is also long term planning, tact, business and political marketing. READ MORE