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

David Bolchover Interviewed by Matthew Stadlen

Sunday, 15 October 2017

4:00pm

1 hour

Blenheim Palace: The Indian Room

£6 - £12

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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Blenheim Palace HSBC In partnership with HSBC Desmond and Fiona Heyward Lady Hatch Jill Dunsmore Mary and Cecil Quillen Italian Cultural Institute Owen Mumford Schools programme partner HM Government of Gibraltar Sponsor of festival green room Gibunco Group Hedges Law Lawyers to the festival Seabourn Luxury Cruises Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller European Commission Schools and colleges programme The Oxford Times Regional media partner Bear Ram Elk Digital Strategy and Web Design Eynsham Hall Floris of London Oxford Cultural Collective Macdonald Bear Hotel Festival hotel Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner Lord’s Taverners Festival sports charity partner The Feathers Hotel The King’s Arms The Sloane Club Literary Review Liaison Financial Services OX magazine K T Bruce Photography Save the Children Bookshop Experience Oxfordshire Wake up to Woodstock