Hungarian football great Buzanszky laid to rest

Budapest, Jan 31 (IANS) Jeno Buzanszky, last of the ‘Mighty Magyars’ football team that dominated the sport in the 1950s, was laid to rest in a ceremony here at the St. Stephen’s Basilica attended by Prime Minister Viktor Orban and many legendary footballers from later years.

Buzanszky died Jan 11, at the age of 89. He had played right-back in 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, reports Xinhua.
He was also on the team that lost the 1954 world championship finals to West Germany, interrupting the team’s winning streak, which then picked up and continued until 1956.
Buzanszky had been the last surviving member of the team following the death of star striker Ferenc Puskas in 2006 and goalkeeper Gyula Grosics in June of 2014.
Addressing the gathering Friday, Orban called Buzanszky one of those rare Hungarians, whom everyone accepted and respected, a national legend.
Orban said the ‘Golden Team’ “had left posterity with two legacies: its performance, which would be near impossible to surpass, and the example of how one needed to combat the impossible”.
Representing the Hungarian Football Federation, its president, Sandor Csanyi, said they were bidding adieu not only to Buzanszky but to “a portion of our past”, to the most outstanding period in Hungarian football history.
Buzanszky was laid to rest in the basilica’s crypt.