Sultry bullfighting, or How we meet Bobrova with Streltsov in other people’s ranks


On Sunday, July 3, 1960, in Marseille the routine of the USSR national team scheduled one event that needs to lose a bit of voltage to expectations. Someone meets you in the newspaper announcement of bullfighting in the town of Arles, or Marseille not more than a hundred kilometers, and the guys want to watch. Besides, on the same day in Arles friendly match with a local team to play our rivals, the national team of Czechoslovakia. The coincidence seems to be very successful and the captain of the team Andrey Starostin orders the bus. But at the last moment intervenes the head of delegation Dmitry Vasilyevich Postnikov, Deputy chief of the chief sports of the country Nikolay Nikolaevich Romanov. Intervenes in the strongest places on the trip of veto players. Motive – a terrible heat. The sun pushes the temperature well over thirty, and if on the coast some relief at least brings the proximity of the sea, in Arles, where no sea, in an open amphitheatre remaining from Roman times, in the afternoon, when assigned to the bulls, the heat is just radiant. So says the authorities, and – a rare event – his ban becomes a boon. Convinced of this Kachalin with Starostin, who from the planned voyage after all did not refuse.

Hand takes already a long way to the sandy desert. And bullfighting produces unaccustomed impression just depressing. When the sixth bull stabbed and our delegates, tired morally and physically, you begin to get to the exit, they discover the Czechoslovak team which at full strength is present here. Her game begins in 17 hours, and rivals barely drag his feet. Kachalin with Starostin get to my hotel late in the evening just alive, raises their fresh players. “They will not have time to recover,” says Kachalin at the evening planning meeting. Really, two days remaining before the semi-finals, to compensate for all the consequences of such a draining day Czechoslovak players will be extremely difficult.

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In General, the lot we like. With Yugoslavia the relationship we have is complex, with the French, since they are the owners, also better to play not at once, but the Czechs – the most it. Three times crossed our path, and every time we won. For the first time in 1952, when we just convened a team after the war. Then, however, in preparation for the Olympics the team played under the guise of CDSA, but in fact it didn’t change anything. We have since in part there was one, Igor Netto, and they have three left-back Ladislav Novak, now he is the captain and midfielder of the Svatopluk was Pluskal and forward Anton Moravcsik. Then we won 2:1, the same was the result in the Prague meeting of August 1958, and last September in Moscow our advantage was even more convincing – 3:1.

As you can guess, rivals unlike us, the prospect of a new meeting like not really, they would prefer Yugoslavia, where history inspires more. However, to removed eyes the favourite in our pair looks more Czechoslovakia. If the Russians got to the final stage as something incomprehensible, as a result of the merrymaking politicians, believe outside observers, the Czechs bombed Romania – 2:0 and 3:0. And at the previous stage did not regret Danes – 2:2 and 5:1. And in the beginning, and even the Irish – 0:2, 4:0. One defeat in the first match, one draw and four wins with a total score of 14:1 – really, what is not a favorite?

Nobody, in General, and doesn’t mind while some originality, let’s say, the Czechoslovak football is slightly puzzling. He clearly inherent oddities, obscure from the outside.

Well, at least in the national team there is no one national champion. The winner of the regular season, which ended in may was the Spartak Hradec Kralove, but this fact coach Rudolf Vytlacil not touched. It is not excluded, it considered the winner upstart: before the season actually was the first after returning in League of the strongest. Interestingly, by the way, that other alien from the bottom, Slovan Nitra, gave the championship top scorer: Michal Pucher scored 18 goals. But neither he nor the most successful player champion Milos Kvacekhit the target 15 times in France, do not come. But come Andrew Kwasniak with Joseph Boytoy (3 and 4 goals in the League respectively), forwards the Prague club “Spartak-Sokolovo”, which barely escaped relegation – kept by only the extra points. Can such intricacies to understand from the outside?

And the right to such stress for logic exercises Vytlacil dabbled for the first time – far from it. He is not interested and the best scorer of four other seasons, including the previous two, Miroslav Vacek of Ostrava “banika”. People in 1958, scored 25 times, in 1959-m – 20, but chance in the team and has not received. Despite the fact that – and it asserts itself Vytlacil – the main problem of the team is the attack. As one consistent with the others? From our distance it was unclear.

It is not clear in the Czechoslovak football and something else. It is unclear, though, of course, and the name of one of the Prague club: “Spartak Stalingrad”. In fact, before it was “Bohemians”, and now for some reason so. It is unclear how the base club team can have the most modest audience. Of course, the army “Dukla” appeared only in 1948, but she already has enough success to collect your round, the benefit from wins friends always enough. However, in the matches of this team as the joke of her players heard a buzz of a fly while abroad, she applauds louder than at home. Finally, it is unclear how the still may be relevant athletic combination, and this example is evident.

In the Czechoslovakia national team France comes 29-year-old Vlastimil Bubnik – you can say, Czech beavers. In the sense that it successfully combines football with hockey. And, perhaps, something our lump even superior. At least the international success he achieves in not one, but both, and besides, almost simultaneously. Now with the players Bubnik take bronze in the European grade, and even bronze will score a goal, and eight months later, with hockey players win silver in the world championship. It seems that the sport is already out of diapers, but because any kind requires complete immersion, however, the factor Bubnik this categorization denies.

Знойная коррида, или Как мы встречаем Боброва со Стрельцовым в чужих рядах

Captains prize-winners of the hockey tournament of the Olympic games 1964: bronze Vlastimil Bubnik (right), gold Boris Mayorov (center) and silver Sven Tumba-Johansson / Photo: © RIA Novosti / Yuriy Somov

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And even in the national team of Czechoslovakia has its own archers. Not so, thank God, fate, but with the same appreciation of beauty. Our genius authentic art considers those goals, when the goalie on his knees crawling for the ball and seems to be on the line pulls out, but he still rolled. The Czech genius formulated a little differently: above all, he puts goals when the ball touches the net barely. His name is Josef Masopust, he is 29, he is a midfielder “Dukla” and national team of Czechoslovakia. And the first person from Eastern Europe is France Football “Golden ball” best player of the year, it will happen in 1962.

Then the national team of Czechoslovakia to reach the final of the world Cup and only there, will give way to Brazil. And he, Masopust, open an account – as usual, due to the acute findings of the mind, which will baffle even magicians. But William Sroufe, actually the best goalkeeper of the world Cup 1962, the day is not rigorously specified, it openly a couple of times run, and it will only allow Brazilians to achieve confident on account (3:1) victory. Delighted with Masopust Pele then say: “He should not have been born in Europe. With such dribbling, jerks, strokes he had to be Brazilian!”

A partner in the “Dukla” and national team goalkeeper Ivo Viktor will give Pepa from the name of the Masopust family, this feature. “He appeared everywhere, played from one goal line to the other. Reserve force possessed inexhaustible, was always in the game with the ball or without it. Could play anywhere. Already at that time showed the game, later called total football. And in his thirty-five ran more teammates, younger than his fifteen years. It trumps the protection – the ability to unravel the enemy’s plan and move it to the place where he is going to take the maneuver. That’s why Papic took possession of the lot at the first glance of the lost balls. That is why to him these balls as if rolled themselves, and… after passing the opponent. Game it protection always left a feeling of lightness and ease. Had no equal either as a tactician or as a strategist. Knowing the game had a unique ability to see the field and make accurate passes. No wonder the scorers of the team was always interested in the question fielded Masopust. His playing is admired beauty. Everywhere abroad, where the fans were configured to discriminate, in his address rushed ovation. Of all players with whom I played, but he was not afraid to pick up the ball at any point in the field – whether in the Central circle to the corner flag, or on the line of the gate when he literally pushed two of the attackers. Never panic at any time and knew how to dispose of the ball. Had excellent peripheral vision. Claim that this is one of the rarities, which in football is impossible to learn – people have to be born with such inclinations. The player leads the ball blindly and with their head monitors the movements of the players on both sides. Or looking at the ball, but sees his comrades. Opponents and goalkeepers a player quite unnerving as no one knows what to expect from him. Well known to the enemy manipulasi slalom was possible because of Pepik… hypnotized opponent’s eyes. Prepared to one, and doing another. Looked at one way and went in the opposite direction. How many times have I thought that he had eyes before and behind”.

Знойная коррида, или Как мы встречаем Боброва со Стрельцовым в чужих рядах

Josef Masopust with the “Golden ball” / Photo by © FC “Dukla Prague”

The result of the world Cup 1962 will not only become the “Golden ball” Masopust, but another interesting, though not as popular fact. In that stately representation of the 100th anniversary of English football in October 1963 will give the Wembley team of founders and the rest of the world is the view that will attract the attention of the entire planet, not just football, all in the wider world team will be represented Czechoslovakia. Not “real” as the most titled club, not Brazil as world champion and not the Soviet Union as the champion of Europe and Czechoslovakia. In the starting lineup will be released just three: in addition to Masopust, the defenders of the Svatopluk was Pluskal and Yang Popluhar. Yes, the primacy of informal, but this is not to dismiss.

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Now, at the beginning of July 1960, this trio is decorated with the entry list of the national team, which is preparing in Marseille for semi-finals of the Cup of Europe against the Soviet Union. It seems that, despite some oddities, to win from Czechoslovakia has it all: your style, your beaver, your archers and even has its own Diaspora in the world team.

Almost all of them. Czechoslovakia no Postnikov…

All series of the project “in 1960. For the gold of Europe!”

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