05/18/2018 (Fri) 19:50:51
The seed of the sport was planted in the late 19th century, they called it "kicker" (rugdaló), "kickball" or "English kickball" at first, then used the English football expression, then Magyarized to futball but also used the term "ballkicking" (labdarúgás) in parallel and both remained up to this date. It's nickname is foci (pronounced something like fozi and not foki).
In the beginning it was all but one sport of many practiced by athletic clubs with mostly members of noble birth, and the footballers excelled and competed in other sports like swimming, boxing or fencing. It wasn't a spectator sport either. The first "training match" was played about two decades after the arrival of football, in 1897, by two teams of the Budapesti Torna Club (BTC), the blues beat the reds by 5-0 in front of an audience of one hundred people. The same teams performed an exhibition game in a small town few months later, then in October the first international match was played by the BTC against the Cricketers, i.e. the Vieanna Cricket and Football Club. Englishmen were very influential and essential in the football world of Austria-Hungary: the BTC sported two gentlemen from the UK, while the Cricketers had 7 or 9(!) such players. The BTC was defeated: 0-2 was the result.
Many amateur clubs formed quickly. By 1901 these clubs were all over the country but only the capital had real football, in that year members of 13 clubs - all from Budapest - formed the Magyar Labdarúgó Szövetség (MLSZ = Hungarian Football Federation) and organized the first football tournament ever in the country. They created two leagues, English style: the 1st and 2nd Divisions with 5 and 8 teams. They divided the clubs by their previous results played with other Hungarian and foreign opponents. The two last of the 1st Division could be relegated to the 2nd and the two first of the 2nd Division had the opportunity to rise into the 1st. The clubs played two games with every other club (home and away), they got 2 points for a win and 1 for a draw.
A new age started.
First pic is the team of Budapest Torna Club (BTC), the second is the Cricketers.
The dude with the many medals is Hajós Alfréd, a player of BTC, later referee, international as well, coach of the national football team in 1906. During the 1896 Summer Olympics (the first modern Olympics) he won the 100 and 1200 m freestyle swimming contests.