Post Tagged with: "Sports"

Amb. Szöllősi (far left), Amb. Ódor (far right), Consul General Palkovits (second from right) at Árpád Kupa, Toronto.

Soccer tournament highjacked by Orbán government politicians in Toronto

In the last couple of months Budapest has increased its lobby activities in North America and now not even a friendly soccer tournament is spared. This year’s Árpád Kupa in Toronto became a political propaganda show. Soccer is Hungary’s national pastime and many emigrants continue to play the game. There are Hungarian teams in several cities throughout Canada and the […]

by · October 4, 2018 · Diaspora
Joe Namath

Joe Namath – the story of the family name

Everybody recognizes 74-year-old Joe Namath, the retired American sport superstar, ex-football quarterback and actor. He played college football for the University of Alabama and became a sport icon while he played for the New York Jets. Namath was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985. In his 13-year professional sport career he played 143 games in the […]

by · April 17, 2018 · Diaspora
The Liu brothers with their family at Budapest Airport.

Ethnic homogeneity and the Liu brothers

In the last few years Viktor Orbán, Prime Minister of Hungary has talked about how Europe is being overrun by people from Asia and Africa and of the importance of “ethnic homogeneity.” Mr. Orbán says that Hungary is for Hungarians; the country doesn’t need foreigners or immigrants. According to him “Christianity is Europe’s last hope” and Hungary is the bastion […]

by · February 24, 2018 · Culture
Hungary's team wins gold at the Winter Olympics. Photo: MTI / Zsolt Czeglédi.

Chinese-Hungarian brothers win gold for Hungary at Winter Olympics

For the first time since 1980, Hungary has won a gold medal at the Winter Olympics, thanks to the performance of a four-man team in short track speed skating in Gangneung, South Korea. The team set an Olympic record of 6 minutes 31.971 seconds in the men’s 5,000 metre relay and its members included Viktor Knoch and Csaba Burján, as well as […]

by · February 22, 2018 · Culture
Nikolic is giving an interview to a Serbian TV station

Nemanja Nikolic and Orbán’s attack on “mixed marriages”

This past October Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, listed these mortal dangers facing the Hungarian nation: “assimilation, the adoption of other languages and mixed marriages.” (Read here.) Almost a century ago Hungarian nationalists thundered that Hungary was a lonely island in the “Slav Ocean” and warned that its unique language and culture would be swallowed by its neighbors. Now Budapest […]

by · November 14, 2017 · Culture
Gábor Boczkó blames poor performance on “migrants” and “colored people.”

Hungarian fencing team blames poor performance on “migrants” and “colored people” in Germany

Gábor Boczkó, the leader of the Hungarian Fencing Association and also an Olympic silver medalist, recently told viewers on Hungarian TV M1 that the “security situation” was despicable in Leipzig, Germany, where the his team participated in the World Fencing Championship. (Read in Hungarian here.) According to Boczkó, it was hard to focus to the competition because there were disturbances […]

by · July 31, 2017 · Politics
US Swim Team

US Swim team in Budapest gets taste of Hungary’s way of doing business

I visit Budapest every year and enjoy my stay there although the Hungarian way of doing business bothers me.   Here’s a story about the US Swim Team that illustrates how business is done in Budapest. (Read details here in Hungarian.) Small corruption was always part of life in Hungary.   In the old days when I bought produce at the market, I knew when […]

by · July 23, 2017 · Culture
The Dagály Complex in Budapest, purpose-built for the FINA Championships

Are Muslim, gay, black and Jewish swimmers safe at the FINA World Championship in Budapest?

As an American of Hungarian origin I hope that the USA Swim team will succeed in Budapest at the upcoming 2017 FINA World Aquatics Championships. The competition will start this weekend and lasts two weeks. I also wish good luck to the Hungarian team. To be honest I would have been happier if Hungarian-born Katinka Hosszú would compete in US […]

by · July 15, 2017 · Culture
Nemanja Nikolic. PHOTO PRZEMYSLAW SZYSZKA / SE / EAST NEWS POZNAN

Nemanja Nikolic Yugoslavia-born Hungarian soccer player signs with Chicago Fire

The Chicago Fire soccer team announced their acquisition of 28-year-old Hungarian international striker Nemanja Nikolic from the Polish club, Legia Warsaw. Nikolic is a super hot player. Chicago Fire beat out English Premier League club, Hull City, and several Chinese Super League teams to sign him. Nemanja Nikolic, a Hungarian soccer player? The 29 year-old has an interesting story. He […]

by · January 9, 2017 · Culture