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Törökbálint Hosts Sports Day for Seriously Injured Former Footballer

Fanni Kaszás 2019.08.22.

An entire city, several football teams, and football fans will gather on August 31st in Törökbálint for a family sports day to support a great cause: the rehabilitation of Csaba Csintalan, a football player who was injured in a major accident last summer in which he lost his leg. In addition to football events and a gala match, concerts and children’s programs will be on offer.

Csaba Csintalan was raised in Honvéd, later played in MTK-VM, then continued in the III. District TVE, Stadler, Baja, Budaörs and Törökbálint FC. He was involved in an accident with his lorry during work on August 13, 2018 on the motorway near Diósd. The former striker suffered severe injuries, was in an induced coma for several days, and then 17 days later had to have his right leg amputated.

After months of hospital attendance, he was finally released from medical care, but a long rehabilitation process is still ahead of him. A year after the accident, his hometown, Törökbálint, childhood friends, and former football teammates and coaches joined together and organized a family sports day to support his rehabilitation.

I first met Csabi at the Honvéd U13 age group. We were raised there together, and although life later took us separate ways, I always knew that he scored a lot and was loved and appreciated by all,

said the 17-times national team footballer Ferenc Orosz to Nemzeti Sport, who used to play football with Csaba as a kid.

Besides a team of Csaba’s childhood friends and his former football teammates, an incredible number of people also joined and took part in the organization of the event, and on Saturday, August 31st, a full-day event will take place, featuring football matches, concerts, and a gala match, where the Hungarian Old Boys National Team will play against the Honvéd 1968-70 age group.

The owner of the Törökbálint Arena Sportcentrum provides the facility free of charge and the Hungarian Football Federation (MLSZ) also helped in organizing the Gala Match. Ministerial Commissioner Pál Szekeres will be the main patron of the event, besides Törökbálint mayor Sándor Elek. According to Orosz, former NB I footballer László Varga, Sándor Varga, Ágnes Horváth, and Attila Kaszás have also contributed to the realization of the event.

The revenue is based on the purchase of wristbands, food and drink sales, and proceeds from raffle tickets, as well as the entry fees for soccer tournaments and various corporate and institutional offerings. A detailed program and the modes of support can be found on the official website of the Mozdulj meg! sport day.