THE FORGOTTEN CUP: THE HISTORY OF THE MITROPA CUP, THE MOTHER OF THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE (1927-1940) by Jo Araf
The Forgotten Cup tells the colourful story of the Mitropa Cup, the inter-war equivalent of today’s Champions League.
One of the most prestigious football stages of the era – along with the World Cup, which was first played in 1930 – it was a tournament to determine the kings of Europe at the end of a round-robin competition.
European football at the highest level was dominated by Italian and Danubian teams – Austrian, Hungarian and Czechoslovakian – and would remain so until the end of the Second World War. The top teams of the time have now fallen into oblivion, and the exploits of Europe’s football stars are largely forgotten.
Matthias Sindelar, Karel Pesek ‘Kad’a, Giuseppe Meazza, Gyorgy Sarosi and Josef Bican along with a few others were the icons of a sport that had just turned professional, born out of the frictions of a politically heated era with an atmosphere that reverberated on the pitch. The Forgotten Cup takes us back to that lost age.
(Publisher: Pitch Publishing Ltd. May 2023. Hardcover: 256 pages)
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