Attila FerencziGábor Becht

About Attila Ferenczi


Coaching certification level:  UEFA – A license

Career history:

  • Researcher, instructor for the Hungarian Football Federation’s Coaching Training Center
  • Head Publisher and Owner of the Futball Tréner ((Trainer) magazine
  • President of the Sport Science Association’s Theory of Play Commission


  • Theory of Play researcher and developer
  • Manager of knowledge bases
  • Football culture creator/promoter


  • Over a 1000 technical articles


The theory of football systems, ie. Examining football via a new concept

The Ajax system of play

Diagonal defending with chains of four

The Barcelona system of play

The goalkeeper as team player

Football-controlling, ie. The inspection built into football processes

Football philosophies

The fundamental principles of traditional Hungarian football

The basic football learning concepts for children

The destruction of Hungarian football culture

A 4-2-3-1 formation and system in a variety of styles of play, ie. How can we become coaches of styles?


  • The construction of football territorial and time models

About Gábor Becht…

Author & Translator

Instructor certification: Level 2 BFUT (Brazilian Football Institute)

Career history/Roles/Responsibilities:

  • Amateur football player (Brazil, Europe, USA)
  • Sportswriter and author (in English, Hungarian, Portuguese)
  • Press credential: AIPS international member
  • FIFA Fair Play volunteer representative and promoter at youth tourneys internationally
  • International translator and interpreter over three decades (five languages)
  • Volunteer advisor to the public at World Cup 1994 in USA (via Brazilian community)

Articles (Published in Futball Trener magazine):

Rio de Janeiro 1957

The BFUT philosophy (Brazilian Football Institute)

Reflections on the direction of Brazilian and Hungarian football

Zoli Varga and Ayrton Senna – what they had in common?

Media appearances:

  • TV live interviews on ReggeliStart, professional sport daily program of DigiTV Hungary
    • Related to football culture, Hungary, Brazil, USA: 4 interviews between 2013-2016
    • Live interview with host in September 2016, from site of Rio Olympic Games
    • Various interviews with sport personalities, blogs, including on site of Ferencváros TC new stadium construction and review

I have studied and followed the styles and display of Hungarian and Brazilian football for decades, and based on my observations from the 50s (as a child) through adulthood, I have come to realize some remarkable parallels between both styles of play. Some research has also shown that dating back to the 30s and 40s of the previous century Hungarian coaches have had significant influence on the development of Brazilian football in its early years, eventually blooming into a significantly different form of play, differentiating it from the dominant (until the 50s) European styles. With the exception of the Hungarian golden eleven of the 50s, when the Magyars were called by some as the “Brazilians of Europe”, the characteristics of Brazilian play were marked by certain traits that were quite different from the other European styles:

Outstanding individual technical skills
Innovative (for that time) dribbling skills to gain advantage (some feints were invented by Puskás, others by Brazilians, which are used to this day)
Style of play that adapted automatically to the opponents’ tactics
Remarkable creativity and flexibility
Joy of play that reflected strongly, the cultural traits of the nation (both have strong, vibrant musical styles and temperament, and this is somehow reflected in how the players conduct themselves)
The importance of playing “beautifully”, not just mechanically and methodically
Playing into spaces and thinking of two or more steps ahead into variant attacking maneuvers.

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