Hungarian football legend Jeno Buzanszky dead

Defender Jeno Buzanszky, the last surviving member of Hungary’s golden team that dominated world football through the first half of the 1950s, has died at the age of 89.

Buzanszky was hospitalised Dec 12 and was reported in critical condition after undergoing repeated surgeries. His son announced his father’s demise Sunday evening, reports Xinhua.

Buzanszky played right back on the 1952 Olympic gold medallist team and in the match dubbed “The Game of the Century,” in 1953 when Hungary beat England 6-3 at Wembley Stadium.

He was also on the team that lost the 1954 World Championship final to West Germany 2-3, bringing the team’s five-year winning streak to a screeching halt.

Buzanszky was the last surviving member of the team following the death of star striker Ferenc Puskas in 2006 and goalkeeper Gyula Grosics in June last year. In all, Buzanszky had played 49 games for Hungary’s national team.

His home team was the Dorog Miners, for which he began playing in 1947, and started coaching in 1960. He quit the Dorog team in 1965 but returned two years later. From 1972 to 1985 he was Dorog’s technical manager. The Dorog stadium was re-named in his honour in 2010.

Buzanszky became a member of the presidium of the Hungarian Football Federation in 1993.

Buzanszky’s wife Lenke died three years ago.(IANS)

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