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DR. GYORGY SZEPESI (FRIEDLANDER)
Country: Hungary
Born: 1922 in Budapest, Hungary

Gyorgy Szepesi has been a member of the Hungarian Olympic Committee from 1962 into the year 2000 and chairman of the Executive Committee of the Federation Internationale de Football (FIFA) 1982 to 1994. In 1994, Szepesi received the FIFA Medal, and in 1995, he was recipient of the Olympic Order from Juan Antonio Samaranch, president of the International Olympic Committee.

Szepesi has been a fixture at Hungarian Radio since 1945, when he was appointed editor-in-chief. He has covered Olympic Games since 1948, including the 2000 Games in Australia. Since 1954, he has covered every (soccer) Football World Cup.

It was during his term as chairman of the Hungarian Football Association (HFA), from 1978 to 1986 that contact was first made with the Israeli Football Association. He is now honorary chairman of the HFA and honorary member of FIFA’s Executive Committee.

Receiving his doctorate in sports history from the University of
Physical Education in Budapest, Szepesi played basketball for Hungary’s VAC until the Fascists disbanded the club in 1942.

 
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