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Gyula Lóránt

Gyula Lóránt
Lóránt in 1953
Personal information
Birth name Gyula Lipovics
Date of birth (1923-02-06)6 February 1923
Place of birth Kőszeg, Hungary[1]
Date of death 31 May 1981(1981-05-31) (aged 58)
Place of death Thessaloniki, Greece[2]
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Position(s) Defender / midfielder
Youth career
1939–1941 Kõszeg SE
1941–1942 Szombathelyi Haladás
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1942–1943 Szombathelyi Haladás
1943–1944 Nagyváradi AC 28 (11)
1944 Nemzeti Vasas 7 (0)
1945 Libertatea Oradea 9 (1)
1946–1947 ITA Arad 20 (0)
1947–1950 Vasas 82 (1)
1951–1956 Honvéd 85 (0)
1956 Budapest Spartacus
1956–1957 Váci Vasas
Total 231 (13)
International career
1949–1955 Hungary 37 (0)
Managerial career
1962–1963 Honvéd
1963 Debrecen
1964 SV Rheydt
1965–1967 1. FC Kaiserslautern
1967–1968 MSV Duisburg
1968–1969 Tasmania Berlin
1969–1971 1. FC Kaiserslautern
1971–1972 1. FC Köln
1972–1974 Kickers Offenbach
1974 Freiburger FC
1975–1976 PAOK
1976–1977 Eintracht Frankfurt
1977–1978 Bayern Munich
1979 Schalke 04
1980–1981 PAOK
Medal record
Representing  Hungary
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1952 Helsinki
FIFA World Cup
Runner-up 1954 Switzerland
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Gyula Lóránt (born Gyula Lipovics, 6 February 1923 – 31 May 1981) was a Hungarian footballer and manager of Croatian descent. He played as a defender and midfielder for, among others, UTA Arad, Vasas SC, Honvéd and Hungary.[3]

During the 1950s, he was a prominent member of the legendary Hungarian national team known as the Mighty Magyars, which also included Ferenc Puskás, Zoltán Czibor, Sándor Kocsis, József Bozsik and Nándor Hidegkuti.

After retiring as a player, Lóránt became a coach, most notably with Honvéd, FC Bayern Munich and PAOK Thessaloniki FC. While at PAOK, he guided them to a Greek Championship title in 1976. On 31 May 1981, while still working as coach, he suffered a heart attack, watching PAOK play Olympiacos CFP and died at the game, aged 58.

Early life

The son of a policeman, who fought as a volunteer in World War II on the German side, Lóránt turned professional footballer at the age of 16; in parallel, he then also studied economics at university in the 1950s.[4]

Gyula Lóránt began his career as a youth with his hometown club, Kõszeg SE, after encouragement from a local trainer. He then played for Nagyváradi AC and UT Arad in Romania. It was while at Vasas SC, where his teammates included Ladislao Kubala, that his career prospered. However, in January 1949, as Hungary became a communist state, Kubala fled the country in the back of a truck and formed his own team Hungaria to play exhibition friendlies. The team was made up of fellow refugees fleeing Eastern Europe. Lóránt also attempted to escape and follow Kubala, but was captured and ended up in a detention camp.

Hungarian international

Lóránt was released from detention after the intervention of Gusztáv Sebes, the national team coach, who regarded him as pivotal to his plans. Lóránt then made his debut for Hungary on 19 October 1949 in an away game against Austria. Sebes personally guaranteed the country's Interior Minister and future Prime Minister, János Kádár, that Lóránt would not abscond while in Vienna. Kádár agreed and Lóránt responded with a superb performance as Hungary won 4–3. He subsequently joined Honvéd where together with six of his fellow internationals, he helped the team win three Hungarian League titles. As one of the legendary Mighty Magyars, he helped Hungary become Olympic Champions[5] in 1952, Central European Champions in 1953, defeat England twice and reach the 1954 World Cup final.

Death

Lóránt died on 31 May 1981, while working as a trainer of PAOK, during a game against Olympiacos CFP. He suffered a heart attack in the 16th minute of the match after PAOK's Giorgos Koudas headed a cross into the side of the net from close range. He was tried to be resuscitated on the spot and then moved to the club doctor's room but died before the ambulance arrived. PAOK players were told in the break that he had to be transported to the hospital and his death was revealed only after the game. PAOK eventually won the match 1–0 with the goal of the substitute Vassilis Vasilakos who sat next to Lóránt on the bench when he collapsed. The autopsy revealed that he had at least two more previous heart attacks, the second one at longest one week before his death.

Lóránt was buried in Endingen, Germany, but in 2011 at the request of his widow, his ashes were transported to Hungary and reburied in his birth town, Kőszeg.[6]

Honours

Player

Hungary

Nagyváradi AC

UTA Arad

Honvéd

Manager

PAOK Thessaloniki FC

References

  1. ^ "Aranycsapat: eltemették Lóránt Gyula hamvait Kőszegen" (in Hungarian). www.nemzetisport.hu. 13 May 2011. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
  2. ^ "SZABÓ Róbert: Győztesek és vesztesek" (in Hungarian). www.historia.hu. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Gyula Lóránt". Olympedia. Retrieved 5 November 2021.
  4. ^ "Gestorben Gyula Lorant" (in German). Der Spiegel. Archived from the original on 21 October 2020. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
  5. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Gyula Lóránt". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 3 December 2016. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  6. ^ Jávor, Bence (25 October 2018). "A PAOK magyar legendája a kispadon kapott szívrohamot" (in Hungarian). index.hu. Retrieved 26 October 2018.

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