As we reported yesterday, the brand new Puskás Ferenc Stadium will be inaugurated tonight with a friendly match between the Hungarian national football team and Uruguay. For the occasion, the government published a new, spectacular video spot which follows the path of a football through time and space to the Puskás Stadium and was shared this morning on Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s official Facebook page.
The more than one-and-a-half-minute video reveals that Hungary has the most athletic leaders as the ball, starting its way from a team of kids, arrives to Secretary of State Balázs Fürjes, who was responsible for the construction of the stadium. Judit Varga, Minister of Justice also appears in the film, showing off her football skills on Kossuth Square.
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Then Sándor Csányi, president of the Hungarian Football Association throws the ball – which is taken down by the legendary Ferenc Puskás in an archive footage. Finally, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán gets the ball on the balcony of the Carmelite Monastery, while reading Nemzeti Sport, and kicks it all the way to Puskás Stadium to the other side of the city. Although it is not known exactly when the film was shot, it features Viktor Orbán with this morning’s Nemzeti Sport.
More information on tonight’s match can be found in our article from yesterday:
Brand New Puskás Arena Opens on Friday with Prestigious Inauguration Match
The kick-off will be done by Nikita Simonjan, Vice President of the Russian Football Association, Spartak Moscow’s four-time champion and 20-time Soviet national team member, and former striker of the Olympic team. The footballer scored a goal in the opening match of the National Stadium ‘Népstadion’ in 1953 and today he returns at age 93 to open the match in the brand-new stadium.
The athlete was interviewed by Nemzeti Sport, in which he said with his opening kick, “I would like to pay my respects to my former opponents, who not only formed a team, but they were the Golden Team.” Finally, he added, “I wish the stadium to be the lucky sanctuary of the Hungarian national team.”