The Hungary side of the early fifties is widely regarded as having been one of the greatest of all time.  They went almost four years unbeaten from 1950, winning gold at the 1952 Olympics and losing to West Germany in the final of the 1954 World Cup, but beyond that, they helped transform the game. Their 6-3 victory over England at Wembley in November 1953 was the first England had ever suffered at home against continental European opposition, and shattered the complacent myth that England remained the world’s great footballing power, provoking a wave of self-recrimination and tactical experiment.

The photographer Lajos Kozák spent some time with what became known as the Golden Squad and, using a modified film camera, took phase photos of them in training. In total he produced more than 100 rolls of negatives which lay undeveloped for 60 years before being bought by István Bujáki. 

Bujáki had the whole collection catalogued and digitised. A part of it was restored in high resolution and images were edited and printed in exhibition quality. Thanks to the unusually good quality, 10 of the best phases were enhanced by modern techniques and were interlaced to create 3D-like super slow motion full HD films. Bujáki has already staged one exhibition in Budapest and hopes to take the whole collection to display in other venues.

Gyula Grosics

Gyula Grosics

Gyula Grosics

Gyula Grosics

Gyula Grosics

Sándor Mátrai

Sándor Mátrai

Sándor Mátrai

Sándor Kocsis

Ferenc Szusza

Mihály Kispéter

Ferenc Puskás

Nandor Hidegkuti