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David Bolchover
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Matthew Stadlen

The Greatest Comeback, From Genocide to Football Glory, the Story of Béla Guttmann

David Bolchover Interviewed by Matthew Stadlen

Sunday, 18 March 2018

4:00pm

1 hour

St Cross College

£7 - £12.50

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Author and commentator David Bolchover tells the story of Europe’s first superstar football coach Béla Guttman, a survivor of the Holocaust who rose to twice lead the great Benfica team of the 1960s to the European Cup.

Bolchover tells how Guttmann hid for months in an attic near Budapest while thousands of Jews were taken away to be murdered and how he later escaped from a labour camp. Only 16 years on, he had risen to become coach of Benfica and lifted the greatest football prize in Europe. Bolchover contrasts the grim reality of a continent shattered by genocide with exhilarating encounters on football fields and asks which vision of Europe will win out in our times.

Bolchover is author of three previous books including the bestselling 90-Minute Manager. He has written for The Times, Telegraph and Financial Times and is often seen on television, including on the BBC and Sky.
Here he talks to journalist and LBC radio presenter Matthew Stadlen, a former BBC producer who is a regular interviewer for the Daily Telegraph and has interviewed for the BBC.

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FT Weekend Title partner University of Oxford HSBC Global banking partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Worcester College Worcester College: Festival college partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner BBC World Service International radio partner BBC Four Television Broadcast media partner British Academy HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Gibunco Group Sponsor of Gibraltar Lecture Galileo Foundation Italian Cultural Institute Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Ian and Carol Sellars allmanhall Jane and Roderick Gibbs Lady Hatch Emily Rose and James Marrow George Warren Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design Marshall Maserati Festival courtesy cars The Macdonald Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Eynsham Hall Royds Withy King Lawyers to the festival Intesa Sanpaolo Said Business School Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies New College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College Corpus Christi College The Queen’s College The Queen's College St John’s College St John's College Jesus College Hertford College Exeter College Exeter College St Hilda’s College Keble College Keble College Oxford University Press Princeton University Press Oxford Brookes University Oxford Cultural Collective K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography Ashmolean Museum Floris of London University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office The Oxford Times Regional media partner BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner Macdonald Bear Hotel Mary and Cecil Quillen The Oxford Artisan Distillery Conference Oxford Critchleys Liaison Financial Services The Litmus Partnership British Humanist Association The Sheldonian Theatre Felicity Bryan Associates The Royal Society of Literature Oxford University Museum of Natural History The Story Museum Oxford City Council City Audio Visual OX magazine