Dropped in on Vasas again yesterday. Nearly went to Ujbuda, but having sat in the main stand at Vasas last time, the call of the old open terrace on the other side of the stadium was too great. Ujbuda will have to wait.
It was a good decision too. It was great fun on the terrace and considerably more sociable. Ended up regretting driving as would have been good to get stuck into the beers. There was a decent bar run by the club next to the terrace that everybody tumbled out of about 5 minutes before kick off.
The game itself was entertaining. It was largely dominated by Vasas, but they are so irratic in defence, you never quite know what is going to happen and the 1-0 win they got yesterday was never entirely secure until the final whistle. There is a constant feeling of events being entirely in the lap of the Gods. Even the goal itself had an element of luck, coming from a dubious penalty late in the first half, which was initially (brilliantly) saved by the keeper before being slotted in at a tight angle off the rebound.
Hard to argue with form though, and after their disastrous start to the season Vasas have now won the last 3 on the trot. There's still a long way to go though if they are to have aspirations for the 1st division again. Both Nyíregyháza and Siófok, who are occupying the two coveted promotion places, seem unstoppable, and only 7 games in are already 11 and 9 points ahead respectively.
Once i was partying with some guys in a presszo in Ferenc Korut and one of the guys told me he was supporting Vasas cause it was the only and truth left-handed supported team on Budapest.
żHow much truth there is on this?
them and MTK probably are the only teams in Hungary not supported by ultra-right ones. this alone makes them seem left-wing already. but seriously, there is something to it. formerly the club of the steel workers, they miraculously did not jump on the ultra-right bandwagon after 1990 like all the others. they are not like St Pauli or Livorno though as you surely noticed yourself.
Not much evidence of this from what I've seen, to be frank. They also have their own little group standing off to the side who seem to have the same phobia of hair that most Hungarian security staff appear to have too. There was also a Celtic Cross graffitied on a wall walking away from the stadium, although to be fair, it was was very old and right next to the away end, so could've been anyone.
The vast majority of fans though were the same quirky mix I saw in the main stand a fortnight ago. The atmosphere was very good natured, the odd chant, and regular and hugely entertaining rants at the opposition/referee/the world in general thrown in from old timers who looked liked they'd been going there for 50 years. Enjoyed it very much.
And my West Ham shirt went down a storm! Multiple West Ham paraphernalia on display, shirts, jackets, badges, lost count in the end. One guy even came over and showed me a picture of him standing next to the Bobby Moore statue outside Upton Park. Whilst he was talking to me, this old boy came over and asked him to translate that he'd been a Hammers fan since he was a child and that Vasas was the West Ham of Hungary! I still have Honved, REAC and a couple of other NBIII teams to check out, but looks like I may have already found a winner.