Monday, July 18, 2011

Rest in Peace, Mr Bicskei


The footballing world mourns the demise of Bertalan Bicskei, Malaysian national coach from July 2004 to September 2005...

Hakim Amir alerted me to the reports on the internet saying the Hungarian had passed away under mysterious circumstances...read here

Also read some of the stories I had written on Bicskei here and here and here


Bicskei was a graduate of the renowned Cologne sportschule and authored this book (pic).

When he reached our shores in July 2004, he did not waste any time to take a closer look at the grassroots...within hours he was at the Padang C of the NSC in Bukit Jalil accompanied by his wife Anna.

As the only journalist there, I took the opportunity to introduce myself, which marked the start of a very cordial relationship between us. He was tasked to take over from Allan Harris to prepare for the AFF Cup in late 2004 and the 2005 SEA Games.

Unlike Harris who was fond of fielding players loyal to him, Bicskei selected his players based on current form. He gave Liew Kit Kong the chance to prosper, also Khalid Jamlus and Amri Yahyah by giving them an extended run in the senior team...all three were instrumental in Malaysia's first ever victory over Indonesia at the Gelora Bung Karno in December 2004 after 25 years...

But his stint ended in September 2005 when FAM decided to reassign him to take charge of development after Malaysia lost 7-0 to Thailand in the pre-SEA Games, with newly-appointed technical adviser Mohammad Bakar lurking behind his shadows. Read here

My daughter was born on Sept 16, on Malaysian Day, a day ahead of Bicskei's birthday...he sent me an SMS congratulating me...asking me to come back to work quickly to discuss football...He liked to sign off his text messages as BB...

When Julie from the New Straits Times wanted to visit Budapest, I took her to see Bicskei and wife Anna for dinner at PJ Hilton so that they could make arrangements.

When I discovered he was on Facebook, I immediately added him as friend...we kept in touch occasionally. Time did not permit of regular correspondence, much to my regret...

BB, you will be missed.

8 comments:

Hakim Amir said...

Rest in peace, Mister Bicskei ... antara yg pernah berjasa kepada bolasepak negara, albeit for a short period of time ...

saiful said...

RIP Mr. Bisckei...

MENJ said...

R.I.P. Bicksei, although as I recall he was responsible for that humiliating defeat on home ground against Indonesia 1 - 4. He wasn't a very good coach in my opinion.

Anonymous said...

R-I-P Mr Bisckei...
Sempat mengenali BB ketika Piala Tiger (separuh akhir, Jakarta 2004). Seorang jurulatih yang serius dengan persiapan dan disiplin pasukannya. Sayang sekali, FAM telah menyalahtafsir setiap gerak dan keputusannya yang dilakukan demi bolasepak Malaysia sewaktu itu. Bisckei bercakap cara begitu gentleman dan sopan sekali kepada aku ketika menjelaskan kedatangan crew televisyen Danube TV yang datang dari Budapest, Hungary (negara asalnya). Bisckei orangnya serius tetapi sebenarnya begitu komited terhadap perancangan pasukannya. Aksinya bangun masuk ke padang menjerkah pemain Singapura juga telah disalah tafsir. Dia sangat sayangkan pemainnya, apatah lagi tackle jahat dan hina pemain Singapura ke atas pemain Malaysia dalam perlawanan itu, berlaku di depan matanya. Bisckei tahu tackle pemain Spura itu boleh menjahanamkan karier pemain kita. Sudah tentu dia hilang sabar (cuma menolak pemain Spura). Bagaimanapun, orang dalaman FAM ketika itu menggunakan insiden perlawanan itu untuk memburukkan Bisckei dan kemudian memecatnya. Saya tahu, Bisckei adalah seorang jurulatih dan perancang yang sangat profesional.

ABA.

Hafizal hamad said...

Mengenali bicskie memang Susah Pada awalnya.tapi ada satu peristiwa bila rtm nak buat live game tmfc main di Melaka..bicskie call saya dan minta tolong bawa dia sebab tak tau Melaka kat mana....jumpa di rtm Dan kami bergerak 2 keta.....selesai game pun sama blk sekali...Ucapan yng masih saya ingat......Hafiz....I will never forget this moment....tq my fren...Rest in Peace Coach

Andrew Gopal said...

Rest in peace Sir.

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CoolMan said...

Bisckei dah banyak merubah style skuad malaysia pada piala tiger dulu.. thanks