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And once upon a time, Austria and Hungary belonged to the same country. In 1950's, Hungary's football was at its peak. Between 1950 and 1956, Mighty Magyars recorded 42 victories, 7 draws and just one defeat, in the 1954 World Cup final against West Germany. Their team in that World Cup was considered among the greatest ever team that had never won the World Cup. In 1954, Austria finished third right behind Hungary. Imagine the two nations were still one nation in 1954. I am using the map of Austrian-Hungary Empire at the beginning of the First World War as the team selection's criteria. Players for Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, parts of Italy, Romania, etc are considered.
In 1954, both Austria and Hungary had better football reputation than West Germany. In Germany, the 1954 final is known as the Miracle of Bern (German: Wunder von Bern) because the victory was considered a "miracle". They lost to the West Germans in because of a combination bad luck, refereeing decisions, poor weather, an injury to Ferenc Puskas, etc. Most football experts considered Hungary a better team than West Germany. They would have easily beaten the Germans in a rematch without any reinforcement. So it was easy to say that Austria-Hungary could have won the World Cup, but in actuality, Hungary was beaten by factors not related to the quality of players on their team. Could this team overcome bad luck, poor weather, etc?
Team(only 22 players in 1954)
GK: Gyula Grosics (Hungary)
Gyula Grosics was part of the legendary Golden Team of the 1950s. He was nicknamed "Black Panther". He played in three World Cup Finals: 1954, 1958 and 1962. He won the Olympic Gold medal in 1952. He was the starting keeper when Hungary beat England in the historical match in 1952. At the club level, he played for the legendary Honved FC, but transferred to FC Tatabánya after the 1956 Revolution.
Vladimir Beara played on three World Cups; 1950, 1954 and 1958. He was considered one of the greatest keepers from the Warsaw Pact. With Hajduk Split , he won the Yugoslav league title in 1950, 1952 and 1955. In 1955, he moved to Belgrade's Red Star, where he won even more Yugoslav league titles, in 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960, and won the Yugoslav Cup in 1958 and 1959. He ended his career in German clubs Alemannia Aachen and Viktoria Köln.
GK: Walter Zeman (Austria)
Walter Zeman won 41 caps for Austria and went to the 1954 World Cup Finals, where Austria reached the semifinal before being defeated by the eventual champion West Germany. Zeman began his youth career at local club SV Wienerberger, but he soon moved on to FC Vienna. In 1945 Zeman joined Rapid Vienna and also won his first cap for the Austria national football team. With Rapid Zeman won 8 Austrian league championships and one Austrian cup.
RB: Branko Stanković (Yugoslavia)
Branko Stanković was best remembered for his career with Red Star Belgrade, where he won 4 league titles and established himself as one of the best defender in Yugoslavian football history. He participated at two World Cups(1950 and 1954) and twice at Olympic Games. Stanković is one of the most elegant defense players of his time. Because of his playing style, he earned his nickname Ambassador.
RB: Jenő Buzánszky (Hungary)
During the 1950s, Jenő Buzánszky was a member of the legendary Hungarian national team known as the Mighty Magyars that won the Olympic Gold Medal in 1952 and beat England in the same year. For club football, he played for Dorogi FC. He was the only member of the team not to play for either Honvéd or MTK Hungária FC.
CM/SW: Ernst Happel (Austria)
Ernst Happel was better known for coaching two European Cup winners and the Dutch national team in the 1978 World Cup Finals. As a player, he played 14 years for Rapid Vienna, from 1943 till 1954 and 1956 till 1959, winning the Austrian Bundesliga 6 times. He was chosen in Rapid's Team of the Century in 1999. He had 47 caps. He played in both 1954 and 1958 WC Finals.
After the War, Gyula Lorant tried to escape to the West, but was captured by the Communists. He was released from detention so that he could represent Hungary. He held 37 caps from 1949 to 1955. He was a member of the Mighty Magyars that won the Olympic Gold Medal in 1952, beat England twice in 1952 and went the World Cup Final in 1954. He was one of Hungary's most famous defender. At the club level, he also joined the super team Honved during the early 1950's.
Karl Stotz was captured as a soldier in the Battle of Stalingrad and spent 4 years as a POW in the Soviet Union. On his return to his homeland, Stotz played three years for FC Wien before joining Austria Wien in 1951. In his 12 years with the Vienna giants he won 4 league titles and 2 domestic cups. He earned 42 caps between 1950 and 1962. He was a participant at the 1954 World Cup and 1958 World Cup.
LW/LB/CB: Branko Zebec (Yugoslavia)
Zebec was one of the greatest players ever from Yugoslavia. In his heyday the player from FK Partizan and Red Star Belgrade fascinated the world with his performances at the World Cups in 1954 and 1958. With Partizan he won 3 Yugoslav Cups (1952, 1954, 1957). With Red Star Belgrade he won the national championship in 1960. He led Yugoslavia to second-place at Euro 1960.
LB: Mihaly Lantos (Hungary)
Mihaly Lantos is also a member of the Mighty Magyars. He played for MTK Hungária FC and won three Hungarian titles, a Hungarian Cup and a Mitropa Cup. In 1955, as Vörös Lobogó SE, they also played in the first ever European Cup. Lantos, scoring three goals, including two penalties, helped the club reach the quarter-finals.. He was capped 52 times and scored 5 goals.
LM: József Zakariás
CM: Ernst Ocwirk (Austria)
Ernst Ocwirk is regarded as one of the greatest Austrian footballers of all time. He was probably the best centrehalf of his generation. Between 1945 and 1962, he played 62 times for Austria. He went to the World Cup Finals in 1954, where Austria finished 3rd. He spent the majority of his playing and coaching years between Austria Wien and Sampdoria in Italy. He was the second Austrian to play in Italy. He served as the captain of Sampdoria at one point.
Gerhard Hanappi is one of Austria's greatest players. He had 93 caps between 1948 and 1962. He captained the national team from 1955 onward. He was a participant at the 1954 World Cup Finals, where they reached 3rd place, and at the 1958 World Cup. He started his career with SC Wacker Wien, but moved to its rival Rapid Wien in 1950.
CM: Karl Koller (Austria)
Karl Koller was one of the best Austrian midfielders of all time and was rated as one of the best 100 European footballers of the 20th century by the IFFHS. He had 86 caps. He was a participant at the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland, where they reached 3rd place and 1958 World Cup. He earned 86 caps. He is a one club-player for First Vienna.
CM: Jozsef Bozsik (Hungary)
Jozsef Bozsik was considered the second best Hungarian player of all-time after his childhood friend Ferenc Puskus. He was one of the greatest central midfielders in world football history. He was also a member of the Mighty Magyars of the 1950's. At the club level, he played for Honved. After the Revolution of 1956, he returned to Hungary and continued to play for both Hungary and Honved. He picked up 101 caps for Hungary between 1947 and 1962.
He was considered one of the best Yugoslavian players ever. He played for FK Partizan before moving to play for Koln in Germany. Internationally, he played between 1942 and 1943 twice for the Independent State of Croatia, and between 1946 and 1955 he played 55 times for the Yugoslav national team scoring seven goals. Participating at the Olympic Games 1948 and 1952 he won the silver medal on both occasions. He also participated in the FIFA World Cups of 1950 and 1954.
FW: Mihály Tóth (Hungary)
Mihály Tóth played for Újpesti Dózsa as a left winger and helped the club win the Hungarian League in 1959/60. During his time the club was also known as Újpest TE and Budapest Dózsa. Between 1949 and 1957, Tóth played 6 times for Hungary and scored one goal in the process. The fringe member of the Mighty Magyars also took part in the 1954 World Cup and played in both, the infamous Battle of Berne quarter final against Brazil and in the final against Germany.
FW: Laszlo Kubala (Czechoslovakia/Hungary)
Born in Hungary of a multi-cultural background, Laszlo Kubala was known as one of the greatest Barcelona players ever. He still managed to win 4 Li Liga titles in the 1950's in an era dominated by Real Madrid. In 1961, Barcelona eliminated Real Madrid from the European Cup, the first ever loss by Real Madrid at the tournament. He was capped by Hungry, Spain and Czechoslovakia. He was a guest player for Catalonia national football team.
Nandor Hidegkuti was a key member of the Might Magyars of the 1950's. He was best remembered for the game vs England in 1953, where he scored a hat-trick. Playing as a "False 9", the English defenders did not know how to defend him. A new position was born and the game was revolutionized. Unlike some of his teammates from the Mighty "Mgyars", he stayed in Hungary after 1956 and went to the 1958 World Cup Finals as an aging player.At the club level, he played for MTK Budapest.
LW: Zoltan Czibor (Hungary)
Zoltan Czibor was widely considered to be one of the greatest left winger in history. He was also a member of the Mighty Magyars of the 1950's. After 1956. he fled to the West. He joined Ladislao Kubala and Sándor Kocsis to play for FC Barcelona. Together with Ramallets, Evaristo and Luis Suárez, they formed the great Barcelona team of the 1950's. He later played for Espanyol, t FC Basel, FK Austria Wien and Primo Hamilton FC.
Sandor Kocsis was a prolific goalscorer for the Mighty Magyars in the 1950's. He scored 75 goals in 68 appearances for Hungary. He scored 11 goals at the WC in 1954, the second highest for a single tournament. He played for Honved at home before he went to play for Barcelona after the Soviet invasion in 1956. With fellow Hungarian exiles Ladislao Kubala and Zoltan Czibor, Barcelona became a force in Europe.
ST: Erich Probst (Austria)
Probst made his debut for Austria in 1951 against Scotland and was a participant at the 1954 World Cup tournament in Switzerland, where he was one of the foremost strikers. Austria reached third place and Probst ended second in the scorer list with six goals, behind the Hungarian Sandor Kocsis and jointly with Max Morlock of Germany and the Swiss Josef Hügi. Probst earned 19 caps, scoring 17 goals
Ferenc Puskas was one of the greatest footballers in history. He scored 84 goals in 85 international matches for Hungary, a team known as Mighty Magyars. He became Olympic champion in 1952 and led his nation to the final of the 1954 World Cup where he was named the tournament's best player. He played with Honved at home and went to Real Madrid in 1958 after the Soviet invasion. With Alfredo Di Stefano, Raymond Kapo, etc, Real Maadrid became the greatest club team in history.
Players consideredLászló Budai (Hungary), Péter Palotás (Hungary), Bernard Vukas (Yugoslavia), Stjepan Bobek (Yugoslavia), Zlatko Čajkovski (Yugoslavia), Alfred Körner (Austria).
-- Okay. I am running out of ideas to create super teams. I admitted this is a far fetched team. Austria-Hungary had been gone for 40 years at the time of the 1954 World Cup Finals.
-- Why Austria-Hungary? As you might have known, Hungary 1954 is considered to be the greatest ever team that never won the World Cup. They lost to West Germany in the Final match that is known as the "Miracle of Bern". Austria also finished third. Imagine this two teams combined. Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia were also in the World Cup Finals with Yugoslavia in the quarterfinal.
-- If nothing happened on 28 June 1914 in Sarajevo that started the First World War, the world would have been a different place. But even if nothing happened, Austria-Hungary Empire might not exist by 1954. Certainly, the map of the empire in 1954 won't be the same as the one in 1914. But I still based the team on the territory held by Austria-Hungary at the beginning of the First World War.
-- There was no FIFA All-Stars team was selected at the end of the tournament in 1954. However, a FIFA All-Star team added many years later. Ferenc Puskas (Hungary), Sandor Kocsis (Hungary), Zoltan Czibor (Hungary), Nandor Hidegkuti (Hungary), Jozsef Bozsik (Hungary), Ernst Ocwirk (Austria) and Gyula Grosics (Hungary) were selected on that team. Uruguay in 1930 and Italy in 2006 have the most players selected in the All-Star Team with 7 players each. So this Austria-Hungary team tied with Uruguay in 1930 and Italy in 2006 for the most numbers of All-Stars. However, the 1930 and 1954 selections only had 11 players overall, while the 2006 selection had 23.
-- In the actual World Cup, West Germany defeated Yugoslavia in quarter-final, Austria in the semi-final and finally, Hungary in the Final.
-- The team consisted 10 Hungarians, 7 Austrians and 4 Yugoslavians. The 22nd player was Laszlo Kubala who was of from mixed backgrounds.
-- Zlatko Čajkovski, Vladimir Beara and Branko Zebec was born in Croatia while Branko Stanković was born in Sarajevo. Those regions were a part of Austria-Hungary Empire in 1914.
-- Milos Milutinović was born in Serbia, which was not a part of Austria-Hungary empire.
-- Parts of Ukraine and Italy belonged to Austria-Hungary. I would have selected anyone who was born in the regions that belonged to the empire at the outbreak of the First World War.
-- Italy's football was at one of its darkest ages. From 1950 to 1968, Italy never went beyond the group stage of the World Cup Finals. They did win the 1968 European Championship, but that would be 14 years away from 1954. Giampiero Boniperti who was their 1954 World Cup captain was their only player of note, but he was not born in an area that belonged to Austria-Hungary Empire at the beginning the War. The same applied to Sergio Cervato.
-- Football in Romania and Poland were still relatively unknown in 1954. I did not do any research on their players.
-- Ladislav Novak (Czech Republic) later helped Czechoslovakia to finsih second in the 1962 World Cup Finals. I put him as honorable mention.
-- László Kubala did not play in the 1954 World Cup Finals. But in this alternative world without the same political events that affected the region, he might have probably stayed in Slovakia or Hungary. In 1954, he would have been in his prime.
-- Mihály Tóth and Erich Probst are the only member of the team who did not make the All-time team of his country respectively (Austria , Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Former Yugoslavia).
-- Erich Probst scored 6 goals in the actual 1954 World Cup Finals, but he was a relatively a forgotten player.
The frontline is similar to the formation Hungary used in 1954. Nandor Hidegkuti operates as the "false 9". At Barcelona FC, László Kubala also played with Sándor Kocsis and Zoltán Czibor in a similar formation. I believed Kubala on the right side. Ernst Happel on the right might be a question mark.