Bela Guttmann's curse still resonates in Lisbon
If you, assiduous reader who follows football is hung by superstitious, He understood perfectly the following article. If it is not, perhaps it is done after reading. The protagonist of this story, He swore today, still ongoing and seeing the circumstances of this day, makes more sense if it fits. Today Colgados for football we want to tell the curse of Bela Guttmann. You know her?, If you're still with us what you have.
Bela Guttmann was a successful Hungarian coach born in Budapest in 1900. He played professional football between 1919 Y 1932 getting to participate in the Olympic Games 1924 representing the Hungarian national team. In a time when professional football was still in its infancy, He had a modest career as a footballer, nothing to do with what later would coach.
He developed an extensive career as coach throughout the planeta.Entre 1933 Y 1974, He directed in Hungary, Romania, Italy, Brazil, Argentina, Cyprus, Uruguay, Greece, Austria and Switzerland among many sites but it was in Portugal where it reached glory, more specifically addressing one of the greats of Portuguese football, Benfica, after passing through Porto with whom he also won a Portuguese league.
In the Lisbon team, counted in its ranks one of the best players in the history of the sport and which is arguably the best player in the history of Portugal with Cristiano Ronaldo permit. We speak as Eusebio, the “Black Panther” sadly disappeared in early 2014.
Benfica, He managed to win two European Cups of the season. The first, the famous end of Bern that ended with square poles won in Barcelona 1961 and the next year 1962, in which they beat Real Madrid. Precisely, after winning that championship, in the early summer 60, He came the controversy that led to the famous curse of Bela Guttmann.
Perhaps uploaded success, the coach threw a directive órdago the Lisbon team. He asked for a pay rise that ended a tense controversy and a bitter argument. This, It led to the dismissal of coach who had managed to bring Benfica to the top of European football.
Coach, indignant and outraged let the words more than half a century after the company still tormented Lisbon. “Without me, Benfica will not win a European Cup in 100 years or more”. The truth is that the thing could not go more seriously after those words 1962 that many of them sounded derisively.
Benfica have played eight European finals since 1962 and he has lost eight. Five of the old European Cup (1963,65,68,88 Y 90) and two UEFA / Europa League (1983, 2013 Y 2014). To make matters worse for , the final against Sevilla on penalties without losing a game in the tournament, the penultimate in the last minute and in the most painful way. The thing take it so seriously by Portuguese lands that have the legendary Eusebio was on more than one occasion to visit the tomb was his coach to apologize. The truth is that quedacasi another five decades before the term expires curse. At the moment they are already 52 years and 8 straight finals. At least I think I'm going to start doing Superstitious.