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László Kubala was born on June 10th 1927, in Budapest. He died on May 17th 2002, in Barcelona.
He began his sporting career in the youth team of Ganz, where at the age of 11 he was already playing alongside 14-16 year olds. At 18, he moved to Ferencváros, where he met Sándor Kocsis, who would later be his teammate at FC Barcelona as well.
Kubala and Puskás in the Budapest Kids Selection Squad
From 1946 to 1948, he played for ŠK Slovan Bratislava. He married Anna Viola Daucik, who was the sister of his coach there. He was selected for the Czechoslovakian National Team, but moved back home to elude the Czechoslovakian military draft.
From 1948 to 1949, he played for Vasas SC, also playing three times for the Hungarian National Team.
In 1949-50, he fled the Rákosi Dictatorship to Italy. There he played gala matches, playing in a team with other Hungarian footballers living in the area, beating Espanyol, the Spanish National team preparing for the World Championship, and also Real Madrid, the latter by a score of 4-2.
From 1950 to 1961, he played for FC Barcelona, launching a new career in a different country for the third time in his life. With his outstanding play, he quickly became a fan favorite. Due to the increase in interest, the capacity of the Blaugrana’s stadium had to be expanded manifold.
All told, he appeared seven times for Czechoslovakia, three times for Hungary, and 19 times for Spain. The decade spent at Barcelona was highlighted by four Liga trophies (1952, 1953, 1959 and 1960), five Copa triumphs (1951, 1952, 1953, 1957, and 1959), two Spanish Supercups (1952 and 1953), as well as two Inter-Cities Fairs Cup Final victories (1958 and 1960). In addition, in 1952 the club also won the Copa Latina and the Copa Eva Duerte.
During his career, he notched an innumerable amount of braces, and also scored 16 hat tricks. In addition he also had matches of four, five, and seven goals, respectively. On February 10th in 1952, he put seven past Gijón during the course of a 9-2 victory.
In total, he scored 270 goals for FC Barcelona in 349 appearances. His La Liga tally is 131 goals in 186 matches. According to other sources, the final count is 274 in 345. In his 19 appearances for the Spanish National Team, he totaled 11 goals for La Furia Roja.
Kubala, Barca Legend
From 1963 to 1965, he played for RCD Espanyol.
FC Barcelona, RCD Espanyol, FC Zürich, and the Toronto Falcons were the most important stops along his career. He would go on to a player-coach role, then on to focusing solely on coaching. He would lead the Spanish National Team for 11 years. In addition, he would also occupy the manager’s seat at Espanyol (1963-66), Cordóba (1968-69), Real Murcia (1986-87), Málaga (1987-88), and Elche (1988-89). He also led the Paraguay National Team for 12 matches, and had two stints in this role at FC Barcelona as well: 1961-63, then 1980-82.
He was employed twice by the Spanish Football Federation. During his first stint, between 1969 and 1980 as coach of the men’s national side, he succeeded in taking his team to the World Cup in Argentina in 1978, as well as the 1980 Euro Tournament in Italy. In his second stint, he was named as an assistant in 1991 next to Vicente Meira with the Olympic squad, so he was part of the team’s subsequent gold-medal success in Barcelona.
In 1999, the year of the club’s centenary, he was voted as best Barcelona player of the 20th century. Sports writers voted him the second best Spanish player of the century. The Spanish government rewarded him with the Great Cross.
In 2009, on the 52nd anniversary of the opening of Camp Nou, there was a ceremony to celebrate the inauguration of a trophy measuring almost two meters in size to honor Kubala in front of the stadium. The commemoration was highlighted by speeches by Joan Laporta, Ramon Alfonsera, László Kubala Jr., and Antal Dunai.
László Kubala’s trophy was inaugurated on the 52nd anniversary of the construction of the 100 000 seat capacity Camp Nou, at a central location by the Catalan club’s stadium. The trophy was made by famous Spanish sculptor Montserrat García, and was inaugurated on September 24th, 2009. The nearly two meter tall piece of art was unveiled in front of more than 20 000 fans by FC Barcelona top brass at the conclusion of a grand ceremony. The Hungarian Association was represented by two Vice-Presidents, Antal Dunai and Ferenc Nemes. Erik Bánki, The Head of the Parliamentary Commission for Sports and Tourism was also present.
Kubala Trophy in front of Camp Nou
To commemorate the 85-year anniversary of his birth, the owners of Vasas Kubala Academy erected a bronze statue of the man the institution is named after inside the training center. The sculpture was made by Ravenna Dante-biennial international jury member and Wiesenthal Prize winning sculptor and coin artist László Kutas. The ceremonious inauguration of the trophy took place on June 15th, 2012, exactly 52 years after the day that László Kubala signed for FC Barcelona. Witnessed by numerous politicians and Vasas legends, the unveiling of the trophy was performed by Carlos Kubala, son of László Kubala, and Enrique Pastor de Gana, Special Ambassador for the Kingdom of Spain.
LÁSZLÓ KUBALA PARK WILL BE WONDERFUL
As a sign of respect and appreciation, in the summer of 2017 the city of Budapest named a park after László Kubala, the footballing great who our Academy is also named after. To celebrate the event, there was a ceremonious laying of the foundation stone along with a wreath, as well as a reception at Vasas Kubala Academy.
László Kubala Park was inaugurated this morning on the area lying between Béke Street and Tahi Street in the 13th District, followed by a wreath ceremony at Kubala’s statue in the Fáy Street Sports Complex. Finally, those on hand had a chance to see the film Hungarians for Barca at the City Mayor’s office. Those present included City Mayor István Tarlós, 13th District Mayor Dr. József Tóth, Consul General Barnabás Kovács, László Kubala’s two sons, Carlos Kubala and Ladislao Kubala, leading representatives of FC Barcelona, FTC Labdarúgó Zrt.’s President Gábor Kubatov, FTC Labdarúgó Zrt.’s General Manager Pál Orosz, as well as Vasas Kubala Academy’s Managing Director Tamás Szekeres, Vasas Kubala Academy’s part-owner József Rabatin, Vasas SC President László Markovits and Vasas Legends Lajos Puskás and Kálmán Ihász.
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Vasas Kubala Akadémia (Vasas Akadémia Kft.)
H-1139 Budapest, Fáy utca 58.