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Memorial Year of Golden Team Member and Barcelona Star Czibor Opens

MTI-Hungary Today 2019.09.02.

Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó on Friday evening opened the Czibor 90 Memorial Year, marking the 90th birthday of Zoltán Czibor, a member of Hungary’s legendary national football team known as the Golden Team.

Former Barcelona player Ramón Alfonseda with the daughters of Zoltán Czibor. Photo by Csaba Krizsán/MTI

At the opening event in Komárom, the northern Hungarian town where the player started his carrier, Szijjártó noted that the government is providing 50 million forints (EUR 151,000) to fund the memorial year. The money will be used to erect a statue of Czibor in Komárom, fund an exhibition of his life, the staging of a musical and other cultural events, he said.

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Czibor played 43 matches and scored 17 goals between 1949 and 1956. He was a member of the only Hungarian football team to win an Olympic Gold. He died in 1997 in Győr, north-western Hungary.

Featured photo by Csaba Krizsán/MTI