"In the mid-fifties the Hungarian football [soccer] team came over to England for that famous encounter labelled later 'the match of the century'," Hungarian author George Mikes recalled years later. "Arthur Koestler was a great football fan. 'Which side are you going to support?' he asked me a few days before the match. I was taken aback. 'I am a British subject now,' I replied. 'My loyalties belong to Britain. Naturally I shall support England.' He shook his head. 'Patriotism is one thing, football-patriotism quite another!'"