The Hungarian prime minister has been lavishing public money on his favourite sport for years. Could it be his undoing?
By Dan Nolan, David Goldblatt
“‘This is my land, which I donated to the club,’ he said, motioning toward the horizon. In fact, the land officially belongs to his wife. ‘Here, here and here, there is room for expansion, there are plans,’ Orbán added. We marked the moment with a selfie.” – Dan Nolan and David Goldblatt with Viktor Orbán at the Felcsut stadium.
With one main street and a couple of grocery shops, Felcsút looks like any other sleepy Hungarian village. That is until you catch sight of the football stadium, which dwarfs the other buildings in this town of 1,800 people, about 25 miles west of Budapest. The Pancho Arena, completed in 2014, is surely among the world’s most striking football grounds, more cathedral than stadium, with a swooping shingled roof, copper turrets and ornate wooden vaults thrusting upward around the interior.