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Hungary mourns Gyorgy Szepesi, its most famous sports reporter

György Szepesi covered 15 Olympic Games and 13 World Cups, but became famous for his commentary on the 'Match of the Century.' (Photo by Nemzeti Sport)
by Zsuzsa Csisztu, EC Member of AIPS

Budapest, July 26, 2018 - The legendary Hungarian Sport Journalist György Szepesi, ‘the twelfth member of the Hungarian Golden Football Team,’ passed away at the age of 96 on Wednesday in the Hungarian capital.

The Hungarian Sport Journalist Association sends its condolences out to the family of the most well-known Hungarian Radio Sportscaster.

In 1945 Mr. Szepesi began work at the Hungarian National Radio Station’s sports department. Three years later, he covered the Olympic Games in London. He’d finish in the English capital 52 years later, having covered 15 Olympic Games and 13 FIFA World Cups as a radio reporter and commentator. He worked in the profession for over sixty years.

He had a successful career as a sports administrator as well. A distinguished sports journalist, Szepesi was at the helm of MLSZ from 1979 to 1986 and was a European member of the FIFA Executive Committee from 1980 to 1994. During his time as MLSZ president, Hungary qualified for the 1982 Spain and 1986 Mexico FIFA World Cups respectively. He was also a member of the Hungarian Olympic Committee.

Within UEFA, Szepesi served as a member of the Club Competitions Committee (1980-82), Media Committee (1992-98) and Committee for the European Championship (1994-96).

At home he became very famous by commentating on the celebrated 1953 match when Hungary’s fantastic team of the time memorably defeated England 6-3 at Wembley Stadium. He became known as the ‘The Magical Magyars’ or the so-called ‘Golden Team’s Twelfth Player.’ Szepesi received the FIFA Order Of Merit, the Olympic Order of Merit and the HSJA’s Lifetime Achievements Awards as well.

Hungary mourns its most famous sports reporter.

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