18 May 2012

Unanimous tributes to Kubala on 10th anniversary of his death

FC Barcelona made a floral offering at the statue to Kubala at the Camp Nou to mark the tenth anniversary of his passing on May 17th 2002.

At the same time the Espai Kubala in the Museum, dedicated to the Hungarian, opened.

Club President Sandro Rosell led the tributes at the statue to Kubala at the Camp Nou to mark the tenth anniversary of his death and stressed three important things the Hungarian is remembered for: “the Camp Nou – it was him who made the Les Corts too small for all our fans – his generosity and the universal admiration he inspired”.

“Everyone spoke well of him - he was a Barça legend and thanks to him Barça took a gigantic step forward. We will come together to remember him whenever we can because it’s down to people like him that this is one of the most important clubs in the world”.

Alongside the President were various board members headed by vice-president Jordi Cardoner, the president of the Agrupació Barça Jugadors, Ramon Alfonseda, family members such as his son Ladislau and many ex-teammates and ex-players. Alfonseda summed up the general feeling when he spoke, explaining: “we are proud to celebrate this anniversary. Kubala brought so much to our Club”.

Alongside the tribute, the Club Museum opened the Espai Kubala, which boasts a host of photos of the Hungarian, who played for the Club from 1951 till 1961, as well as texts explaining his importance to the team and the Club as a whole.

The space also contains a frame split into two parts: on the one there are the four most important events of his time at the Club – his arrival , his footballing art, his leaving and his farewell. Below that are his honours won over 345 games in which he scored 280 goals.

His boots, his shirt and even a Barça dressing gown, the contract he signed to join the Club, his passport, awards and a number of his coaching badges are also on show in what is a very special space. (via FCBarcelona.com)