Zoltán Szarka (football player, 1942)

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Zoltán Szarka (born August 12, 1942 in Csorna ; † April 18, 2016 ) was a Hungarian football player and coach . The goalkeeper won the gold medal with the Hungarian national team at the 1968 Olympic Games .

Athletic career

Szarka played 244 games for Haladás Szombathely between 1961 and 1980 . He remained loyal to the club, which was repeatedly relegated from the Nemzeti Bajnokság . In 1962, 1966 and 1973 he celebrated the promotion to the top class with the team, the greatest success was also reaching the cup final in 1975. Although the team lost to Újpest Budapest at the time , the series champions won the double and Haladás VSE moved into the European Cup Cup winner 1975/76 . After a first round success against the Maltese representative FC Valletta , Szarka and the team were eliminated from SK Sturm Graz in the second round.

Szarka recommended himself for the Hungarian national team, with which he took part in the 1968 Olympic Games as a substitute goalkeeper. In the semi-final game against Japan he was substituted on shortly after the goal to make it 5-0 in the 77th minute of the game for Károly Fatér , who was back between the posts in the final against Bulgaria with 4-1.

After the end of his career, Szarka worked as a goalkeeping coach . He died in April 2016 after a serious illness.

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Individual evidence

  1. Gyász: elhunyt Szarka Zoltán, olimpiai Bajnok Labdarúgó
  2. Meghalt a Haladás egykori kapusa, Szarka Zoltán