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25 November 1953

The Hungarian National Football Team Defeats Great Britain at Wembley, 6:3

In the interwar period as well as throughout the 1950s, sports victories contained enormous social and psychological significance for Hungary, particularly after the many traumatic events the nation had undergone. During Rákosi’s dictatorship, soccer represented one of the most important areas in which repressed national feelings could be expressed without being overseen by official powers. At the ‘match of the century’ Great Britain was defeated for the first time in ninety years by Hungary’s Golden Team, a victory that later took on legendary proportions in Hungarian society.

04 July 1953

Prime Minister Imre Nagy Calls for 'New Stage' Politics

04 June 1954

4 July: Germany becomes football world champion for the first time