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PM Orbán In Zurich For FIFA’s Puskás Award Gala

By Ferenc Sullivan // 2015.01.11.

Having been invited by the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA), Prime Minister Viktor Orbán travelled from Paris to Zurich on Sunday evening to take part at the Federation’s gala on Friday, Bertalan Havasi, leader of the Prime Minister’s press office, has disclosed. Also invited by FIFA President Sepp Blatter to the ceremony were the widow of the legendary Hungarian footballer Ferenc Puskás and Sándor Csányi, chairman of the Hungarian football federation.

In connection with the Puskás Award, which is awarded since 2009 by FIFA for the most beautiful goal of the year, Puskás’s widow told the Spanish news agency EFE in a lengthy interview that she would grant the acknowledgement to Colombian James Rodriguez, if only for the reason that, similarly to her late husband, he plays for Real Madrid and in a number “10” shirt. She emphasised that the family feels honoured to have a prize named after her late husband for which she expressed her gratitude to FIFA President Blatter and spoke of her anguish and loneliness of nine years since losing her husband.

The Puskás Award will be handed over for the sixth time at FIFA’s gala in Zurich on Monday, which will also see the Ballon d’Or being handed to its lucky winner. The runners-up for the award for the previous year’s most beautiful goal are Colombian James Rodriguez, Dutchman Robin van Persie and Irish female footballer Stephanie Roche. The gala will also see the male and female player of the year being named, as well as the coach of the year for male and female teams and the football team of the year in exact composition.