A monumental exhibition at the Institute of Physical Education at the University of Barcelona opened to commemorate Hungarian football’s golden age, the legendary Hungarian Golden Team and world-famous Hungarian football players like Ferenc Puskás, László Kubala, Sándor Kocsis and Zoltán Tiborcz.
According to magyaridok.hu, 200 guests were invited to the exhibition’s opening ceremony where, besides several speeches, archive shootings about the iconic Hungarian football players were seen, e.g. the legendary football game in Wembley Stadium, where our most successful national football team won against the British team.
Gerard Figueras, the Spanish Secretary of State of Sports of the Ministry of Human Resources, said at the opening ceremony:
“FC Barcelona and the history of Catalan sports had the great honour to have three excellent Hungarian football players in their team, and they did a lot to broaden the fanbase of the Spanish football team.”
The minister of State for Communication and Hungary’s International Image, Tamás Menczer, reported that:
“I am sure that the love for Hungarian football is in the blood and genes of Hungarian people, thanks to our legendary players Ferenc Puskás, Sándor Kocsis, and Zoltán Tiborcz. Despite playing for different teams, these people were good friends and loved each other. I am happy that we can commemorate their memory with our Spanish friends.”
Zoltán Tiborcz also emphasised that a nation’s strength lies in the tradition of celebrating and commemorating our heroes, and the three players of the Golden Team were truly Hungarian heroes.
György Szöllősi, director of the Puskás Institute, said:
“Puskás has a statue in Madrid and László Kubala in Barcelona. These children from Budapest indeed became the most influential and most famous football players.”
He also emphasised that our golden players were famous for their enormous hearts, too.
“We need to follow their example and strengthen the solidarity among Hungarian people, and spread and the greatness and positivity of Hungarian football.” – added the director.
The exhibition was created by the Hungarian Puskás Institute and showcases approximately 100 items in the museum of Barcelona. Besides several medals, trophies, articles, photographs and relics, several other iconic items can be seen, such as the trainers of Ferenc Puskás he wore in 1952 at the Olympic Games and also Sándor Kocsis’s gold medal. The Puskás Institute opened another exhibition in 2015 for the first time in the United Kingdom.
The exhibition can be visited until the 15th of December.
Featured image: Wikimedia Commons By Fortepan/Erky-Nagy Tibor