FC Barcelona host screening of film honouring Kocsis, Kubala and Czibor

FC Barcelona host screening of film honouring Kocsis, Kubala and Czibor

Vice president Carles Vilarrubí and director Silvio Elías speak of the Hungarian’s influence at the 1899 Auditorium

The 1899 Auditorium on Monday hosted the screening of the film which pays tribute to FC Barcelona’s special Hungarian trio of Kocsis, Kubala and Czibor.

The event, which was organised in collaboration with the Consulate of Hungary, gathered a huge crowd inside the auditorium.

In attendance were a number of important figures; Club vice president Carles Vilarrubí and directors Silvio Elías and Pau Vilanova; Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, László Szabó; Hungary's ambassador in Madrid, Enikő Győri; the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Institutional Relations and Transparency, Raul Romeva; Consulate General of Hungary in Barcelona, Barnabás Kovács; director of the film Tibor Kocsis and relatives of Kocsis, Kubala and Czibor themselves.

A number of Hungarian media channels were also present, such as Sport 1TV, Magyar Idők and M4. They all met before the event to visit the club museum and the Espai Barça Exhibition as well as taking a photo together in front of Kubala’s statue in the Camp Nou courtyard.

In this film by Tibor Kocsis, the star trio of Kubala, Czibor and Kocsis are remembered, among others, by their children and former colleagues, as well as highlights of key moments and matches.

During the 1950s, FC Barcelona had a dream team spearheaded by a supremely talented Hungarian by the name of Lászlo Kubala, who had it all. The team of the five cups (1951-53), led by Kubala, made a new stadium an absolute must.

Later, in 1958, the club signed another two Hungarian geniuses: Sándor Kocsis and Zoltán Czibor, who quickly earned a place in the hearts of the Barça faithful.

Carles Vilarrubí, FC Barcelona vice-president:

"In these moments of success and worldwide recognition of our club, it is only fair that we pay tribute to those who have helped us get to where we are today. Kubala, Czibor and Kocsis, in their time, were essential in increasing the fans’ love for our team. They came from Hungary, fought with pride and commitment for Barça and were loved by the fans."

Sílvio Elías, FC Barcelona director:

“It has now been over 60 years since the Messi of that time arrived at Barça, Kubala. And later, with Kocsis and Czibor, came the trident of the 1950s. They were difficult years both here and in Hungary, but we welcomed them and we were rewarded in a sporting and human aspect. They were good people and they wanted to integrate. They stayed with us and now here are their descendants. "

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