János Göröcs, legendary former football player of Újpest, died at the age of 81 in his home in Budapest yesterday, according to UTE (formerly known as Újpesti Dózsa) who announced the news on their official website. Andrea Göröcs, daughter of the footballer, confirmed the news to sports daily Nemzeti Sport.
One of the greatest Hungarian footballers ever, János Göröcs “Titi,” started his career at Jutagyár, then became a player of the Vasas Izzó, from where he continued his professional career to Újpesti Dózsa in 1957. With the purple and white team, he won the Hungarian championship 5 times and the Hungarian cup 2 times. Furthermore, he was a UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup top scorer (1962) and an Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (VVK) finalist.
At Tatabánya, where he took refuge and perhaps some “consolation” after leaving Újpest in an “unworthy way” following his injury, as Hungarian football expert Péter Malonyai writes, he won the Central European Cup twice “half-legged.” However, he later returned to Újpest as a head coach, where he stayed until 1988.
Göröcs became a member of the Hungarian national football team at the age of 19. He was one of the core players of Captain Lajos Baróti until he refused to play on the right wing. He played for the national team between 1958 and 1970, collecting 62 caps and scoring 19 goals. He also won a bronze medal at the Olympics (1960) and finished 5th at the World Championships in 1962.
According to another outstanding former Újpest player, Antal Dunai, today he would be playing for Bayern Munich or Barcelona.
Last May, on his 80th birthday, former colleagues from Újpest and Tatabánya, and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán greeted Göröcs.
UTE announced that they would be honoring János Göröcs and will arrange the funeral in consultation with the family. Újpest FC announced on their official website that on Monday at 6 pm they will commemorate the memory of the legendary football player by lighting candles at the entrance of Ferenc Szusza Stadium on Megyeri Street.
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