INDEX / Hungarian News Service
17 November 2006, 15:50
The government declared that the funeral ceremony for Ferenc Puskás, who
passed away on Friday morning, would be a day for the nation to mourn.
Tribute will be paid the legendary footballer on 9 December.
afternoon, government spokesperson Emese Danks revealed that the burial
would mark a national day of mourning. Soon afterward, the Hungarian News
Service learned that the ceremony for the deceased, former world-class
football player would be on 9 December, a Saturday.
Schmitt, Chairman of the Hungarian Olympic Committee, who was appointed
President of the Ferenc Puskás Tribute Committee by the family, agreed
with family members as well as with other members of the Tribute Committee
in nominating the day for the legendary footballer's funeral ceremony.
of Defence Imre Szekeres declared Colonel Ferenc Puskás the Hungarian
Army's departed. The former athlete, deceased at 79, made his professional
debut on the Honvéd Team and was one of the league's players until 1956.
Example to Soldiers, Too
the basis of his decades-long life work as an athlete and sports leader -
which may serve as an example to all the Defence Ministry's soldiers as
well - the Defence Ministry has initiated Ferenc Puskás's posthumous
appointment to the rank of brigadier general," stated Szekeres's press
release, which recalled the legendary footballer's military career.
"Ferenc Puskás officially became a soldier on 1 December 1949. He
remained abroad at the time of the 1956 Revolution. After his absence, he
was placed in the reserves, and on 3 September 1992, he was reinstated. At
that time, he was given the rank of lieutenant colonel. In 1995, he was
promoted to colonel," stated the communiqué, which also stressed that "in
the name of the Defence Ministry and the Hungarian Army, we share our
sincere condolences over the loss of Colonel Ferenc Puskás."
Memorial Services on Friday and at the Weekend
ABudapest Honvéd, Puskás's
only Hungarian club, will hold a moment of silence in Bozsik Stadium on
Friday at 5 p.m. They also plan to organise a memorial tournament in the
spring in honour of the football legend.
With Honvéd, Puskás played 354 games and scored 357 goals, winning five
championships in the 50s.
Also on Friday, at 6:30 p.m., there will be a candlelight vigil at the
headquarters of the Hungarian Football Association (MLSZ) in order to
commemorate one of their most outstanding players, according to the
association's website. There will also be a tribute at the Puskás Memorial,
and all those who wish to express their regards by laying a single flower
or by lighting a votive candle may take part.
The Hungarian Football Association's Referee Committee informed the
Hungarian News Service that at the weekend all championship matches in
every division would begin with a moment of silence to mourn the death of
The referees were explicitly asked - as far as possible - to announce the
moment of silence with the moderators in advance, in order to inform the
fans, so they could commemorate the football legend everywhere in an