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Gyula Grosics

Gyula Grosics
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Date of birth4 February 1926(age 90)
Place of birthDorog, Hungary
Playing positionGoalkeeper

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Gyula Grosics (-huˈɟulɒ ˈɡroʃitʃ; born 4 February 1926 in Dorog) is a Hungarian former football goalkeeper who played 86 times for the Hungarian national football team and was part of the legendary Golden Team of the 1950s. He was nicknamed the Black Panther ( ).

He is credited with developing the "sweeper-keeper" style of play, whereby the goalkeeper can act as an extra defender when needed. He was a participant at three consecutive World Cups, 1954 FIFA World Cup, 1958 FIFA World Cup and 1962 FIFA World Cup, and was selected as the goalkeeper of the 1954 World Cup's All Star Team after winning the silver medal with his team. In his club career, he played for Hungarian clubs MATEOSZ, Budapest Honvéd FC and Tatabányai Bányász, where he retired in 1962.

In 2008 he was given the opportunity to play for his favourite club, Ferencvárosi Torna Club 46 years after the Communist regime refused to allow him to sign for them. The 82 year old Grosics performed the kick off for Ferencváros in a friendly match against Sheffield United and stood in goal for a few minutes before being substituted.

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