1950s Hungary great Jeno Buzanszky buried in Budapest
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Jeno Buzanszky, a defender on Hungary’s Golden Team of the 1950s, was laid to rest in St. Stephen’s Basilica on Friday.
Prime Minister Viktor Orban called Buzanszky a “national legend” at the funeral, and quoted his words proclaiming that the Golden Team’s success showed the world “it is worth being Hungarian.”
Buzanszky’s remains were placed in the basilica’s crypt, near the graves of other members of the Golden Team, such as Ferenc Puskas, Sandor Kocsis and Gyula Grosics.
Buzanszky died on Jan. 11 aged 89. He was the last surviving member of the team which won the gold medal at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, and was runner-up to West Germany at the 1954 World Cup.
Buzanszky played 49 times for Hungary from 1950-56, including the team’s most famous victory, a 6-3 defeat of England at Wembley Stadium in 1954, the host team’s first home loss to an opponent from continental Europe.
Buzanszky was born in 1925, in the southern town of Ujdombovar. He spent most of his professional career with Dorogi FC, scoring 25 goals and retiring from the mining town team in 1960.
After his playing career, he coached Dorogi and others until 1972, and was later a board member of the Hungarian Football Federation.