Grosics, goalie of great 1950s Hungary sides, dies

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 13, 2014 at 10:24 am •  Published: June 13, 2014
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BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Gyula Grosics, the goalkeeper of Hungary's Golden Team of the 1950s, has died. He was 88.

Grosics' death on Friday was announced by his family and the Hungarian Football Federation.

He had suffered three heart attacks and other ailments in recent years and was hospitalized this week after a routine checkup.

He played 86 times for Hungary from 1947 to 1962, including in the famous 6-3 victory over England at Wembley Stadium in 1953 — the host team's first home loss to a non-British opponent. A few months later, Hungary beat England 7-1 in Budapest.

Also known as the "Magical Magyars," they hadn't lost in four years when they were upset in the 1954 World Cup final by West Germany.

Grosics also played in the 1958 and 1962 World Cups and won a gold medal at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki.

He was called the "Black Panther" because of his black jersey, and modernized his position by often coming far out of the goal to effectively act as another defender.

Grosics was born on Feb. 4, 1926, in Dorog, a town north of Budapest.

Grosics, whose mother wanted him to become a priest, made his professional debut at 17 for his hometown club in 1943.