Well-known footballer Flórián Albert’s statue was unveiled on Thursday at the main entrance of the brand new Groupama Arena of Ferencváros F.C., reported news agency MTI. President of the club Gábor Kubatov, mayor of Budapest István Tarlós, Secretary of State for Sport and Youth István Simicskó, director of the club Pál Orosz and Attila Pintér coach of the national team were all present at the ceremony.
Besides state and club officials, family members of the late Flórián Albert, friends and former players were there to unveil the statue. Máté Fenyvesi, former teammate of Flórián, said that Albert was a master of ball control and dribbling, it was impossible to tackle him. Fenyvesi also praised the late striker’s ability of learning quickly and his quirky humor.
The daughter of Flórián Albert, Magdolna, in a speech expressed her gratitude to Gábor Kubatov for the idea and Sándor Kligl for the execution of the statue. Made of bronze, the statue of Flórián Albert was unveiled by Magdolna Albert and Flórián Albert Jr. The statue depicts the late footballer in a standing pose, hands on hips.
After the unveiling the Ferencváros Museum was also opened, where president Gábor Kubatov hailed the museum as the country’s most modern such institution. Kubatov thanked news agency MTI, the national radio and television for their archive recordings. The museum is filled with relics, trophies, jerseys and balls, all telling the rich story of Ferencváros F.C. (MTI)
MTI photo László Beliczay