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Mészöly moving mountains at Vasas

Published: Wednesday 5 November 2008, 10.18CET
Géza Mészöly is doing his father proud at Vasas SC with the Budapest side still surprisingly in the hunt for the title after 13 games in Hungary as the coach watches his players "inspire each other during training and in matches".
by Márton Dinnyés
from Budapest
Mészöly moving mountains at Vasas
Vasas have put in some great performances this season ©Getty Images
Published: Wednesday 5 November 2008, 10.18CET

Mészöly moving mountains at Vasas

Géza Mészöly is doing his father proud at Vasas SC with the Budapest side still surprisingly in the hunt for the title after 13 games in Hungary as the coach watches his players "inspire each other during training and in matches".
Géza Mészöly is doing his father proud at Vasas SC with the Budapest side still surprisingly in the hunt for the title after 13 games in Hungary as the coach watches his players "inspire each other during training and in matches".

Family tradition
The 41-year-old Mészöly has Vasas in his blood. His father Kálmán – one of Hungary's greatest players of the 1960s – spent several seasons as a defender for the club from the Angyalfold district prior to moving to France. However, the coach's success with them has surprised many, although he is discovering that it is based upon some kind of Vasas tradition.

Historic parallels
"My intention was to create a real team spirit and for our players to inspire each other during training and in matches," he told uefa.com. "I am always glad to hear them saying to each other: 'You can hit it with your left, you can shoot from there'. It is weird and wonderful because my father said that when they had a successful spell with Vasas they inspired each other exactly the same way."

Steely resolve
The team founded by Hungary's Union of Ironworkers in 1911 are one of five big clubs in the capital, along with Ferencvárosi TC, Újpest FC, Budapest Honvéd FC, and MTK Budapest, but their local rivals are enjoying some mixed fortunes. Ferencváros are in the second division, champions MTK are ninth in the 16-team table and are doing little better than Honvéd.

Capital giants
Historically, Ferencváros and MTK are the capital's most successful sides, but this time around it is second-placed Újpest and Vasas, a spot further back, who are leading the Budapest bid. European Champion Clubs' Cup semi-finalists in 1957/58, Vasas won the last of their six league titles in 1977, but are showing a hunger that belies their relatively modest budget this time around. "The core of the team has been together for two and a half years but we have gained a lot from our Serbian guys," said Mészöly. "Petar Divić and Saša Dobrić are great players and you can see their Serbian spirit – they want to win all the time."

Centenary coming
Now Mészöly is hoping that a good season can start the excitement building towards the club's centenary. "I hope one successful season can change a lot in Angyalfold and the club can improve in the lead up to 2011, when Vasas will be 100 years old." The dream is that success will bring in new investment, so that the famous terrace chant of 'Hajrá Vasas!' might be heard in a new stadium one day.

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