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Austria vs Hungary, 1902

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Hungary had fielded a national selection 3 times in 1901. Their opponents had been the English sides  Richmond and Surrey Wanderers (twice) over the course of 3 days in April (11th, 12th and 13th). The  tourists  had proved too strong for the Hungarians, winning 4-0, 5-1 and 6-1. The Hungarian XI for the first match featured an English player (Windett).
Whereas the Hungarian governing body, Magyar Labdarúgó Szövetség, had been founded in 1901, football in Austria at this time was organised on a city by city basis. 
A national governing body (Österreichischer Fußball-Bund) was not established  until 1904. 
On October 12th 1902 a match was played at WAC Platz, Vienna between teams representing Vienna and Budapest: 

Vienna Selection
Budapest Selection
Philipp Nauß  
Wiener A.C

GK
Bádonyi Gyula  
Budapesti T.C

'Eipel'-Wilhelm Eipeldauer  
First Vienna

FB
Berán József  
Ferencváros

‘Omlady- Emil Wachuda
Wiener A.C

FB
Gabrovitz Emil  
Postások

Felix Hüttl  
Vienna Cricket and F.C.

HB
Koltai József  
Ferencváros

Rudolf Blässy  
S.C. Graphia

HB
Pozsonyi Imre  
M.Ú.E.

Quick’- Raimund Mössmer  
D.J. Währing

HB
Bayer Jenő  
M.A.C.

Julius Wiesner  
Wiener A.C

F
Buda István  
Budapesti T.C

Gustav Huber  
Wiener A.C

F
Steiner Bertalan  
33 F.C.
Engelbert Schrammel  
Wiener A.C

F
Pokorny József  
Ferencváros

Jan Studnicka  
Wiener A.C

F
Hajós Alfréd
Budapesti T.C

Josef Taurer  
Wiener A.C

F
Oláh Károly  
Budapesti S.C.


The Viennese controlled the game, placing the Hungarian goal under relentless pressure.  Josef Taurer put the hosts in front in the 5th minute and Studnicka got a second after 10. Gustav Huber made it 3 before half time and in the second half Studnicka completed his hat trick for a 5-0 win to Vienna. 
It was agreed during the course of  the after match celebrations to hold this fixture on an annual basis.
Hajós Alfréd* wrote in Sport Világ magazine that the Austrian advantage had been to have the core of the team made from the players of one club (WAC), whereas the Budapest players were relatively unfamiliar with each others' play
In 1907 Austria,Hungary  and Czechoslovakia (Bohemia) were all admitted separately to FIFA.
In 1908 the Austrian  and Hungarian Associations agreed to retrospectively designate the 1902 match  an official international. 


*The Hungary captain was a fascinating man. Hajós, the Hungarian for sailor, was a psuedonym- he was originally called Guttmann Arnold. Hajós was a double gold medal winner in swimming at the Athens Olympics in 1896. He was also a top class runner and discuss thrower. It wasn't all about sport though, he was also an architect of considerable renown. He was responsible for designing part of the Millenáris Sporttelep stadium in which Hungary played their matches. This must have given him considerable satisfaction when he was later coach of the national team.




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