Ladislao Kubala, one of the best players ever

Ladislao Kubala, one of the best players ever
Ladislao Kubala celebrating a goal in Les Corts. Photo: Sport

Ladislao Kubala was one of the best players in the history of Barcelona. A legend culé. Football, this wonderful sport that moves masses, often generates legendary players who become true heroes, players left in the memory of football fans. If there is a player, It is causing this effect, That was this great player with a great personal story .

International up to 3 different countries, It was an anthological player, different, the level of the greatest, what was that for, one of the greats of the sport. So he got a stadium built just because he filled the old, a player who changed the history of a club. If Real Madrid had to Alfredo Di Stefano, FC Barcelona had Kubala.

Kubala and Di Stefano, the first media history
Kubala and Di Stefano, the first media history. PHOTO:

Ladislao Kubala, the first great player who changed the history of FC Barcelona

The 10 June 1927, nation in Budapest, Hungary, Ladislao Kubala. That day without knowing, I was forever changing the history of FC Barcelona. Slovak Polish parents and grandparents, Kubala only spoke in the language of their grandparents to six years. At the end of his life he would eventually also speaking Slovak, hungaro, español, Italian and even Catalan.

powerful football player, with a lower rail prominent and well above the media players of the time, It had a technical quality with the ball that made him stand out in a time of exceedingly, where he met several football stars.

Mass idol, his dazzled football fans all the time and forever changed the history of FC Barcelona, contributing much to its present greatness. Thanks to him, Barcelona had to change his mythical stadium Les Corts by the construction of huge Camp Nou, by then, the largest in Europe. Y It is thanks to Kubala, the 45.000 Les Corts spectators remained very small.

A personal story about film

But Ladislao Kubala, the place and time where he was born was not an easy life. Up to the maximum level he had to undergo serious hardships to become who was. He started his career at Ferencvaros, club where his father had played and was a fervent fan. It debuted at 17 years with the first team and soon managed to become international with the first country with which it would be, Hungary.

debuts in 1944 with a 0-5 against Austria had been an old power, before World War II. The Hungarian team played 6 partidos.Con 18 years, Hungary decided to leave and went to the former Czechoslovakia, to play in Bratislava, place where their parents came.

There he would meet Fernando Daucik, who would become his teacher, mentor and brother. As his parents were Slovaks, Kubala, He also played for the Czechoslovak selection. He did it in 11 matches, thus it is one of the first players to play with multiple selections, It was his second choice, but not the last. As a curiosity, his debut was again against Austria, which he won again.

From there he returned to Ferencvaros, who by then he had changed his name and called Vasas. But at that time, the political situation in that part of Europe was very tense say. In the Iron Curtain, Hungary was perhaps not the best place to live, so Kubala, he decided to flee the country in search of a better destiny for him and his family.

The arrival of Ladislao Kubala Franco's Spain

In 1948, Kubala fled Hungary in a Russian truck to Austria in a move that could have cost the lives, He is leaving behind his wife who was in Czechoslovakia with his son. I would not see them until 1949, a fact that saved his life. Kubala, He managed to pass with a false passport to Italy, what did you spend some time there.

Torino, she noticed he, but that legendary team He died in a plane crash when they returned to play a friendly match in Lisbon and Kubala he was fought by very little. The Bianconeri invited the player to play this friendly, action refused to go to meet his wife and his son, with whom he reunited, They are arriving in another Italian city, Udine. This saved his life and allowed to enjoy one of the best players ever for many years.

Since it has been leaked and not fulfilling his contract, Vasas pressured FIFA, what made Ladislao Kubala I could not sign for any club and could only act in friendly matches. A) Yes, he joined Pro Patria, a team of that era with whom he played some friendlies to survive and stay in shape.

His brother-in-law, well as teacher and mentor, Fernando Daucick, He had also fled the Iron Curtain and decided by Kubala, form a team of players from that area exiles in Europe. A set that would call the Hungaria.

With this equipment, come blond footballer East, Sarria give an exhibition that would encourage hiring by the club, but it would not be so easy, Barca team, I had to fight very hard with FIFA to incorporate. further, Kubala meanwhile demanded the hiring of Daucick to sign for Barcelona and it was.

Kubala, he signed in 1950 by Barcelona but did not debut until 1951 after he nationalized Spanish and by then Spanish Football Federation to FIFA pressed. Finally, after years in the wilderness, finally he is going to show the player was carrying.

Kubala trying to be stopped by two rival
Kubala trying to be stopped by two rival. PHOTO: Sport

Ladislao Kubala, It marked an era with the shirt of Barcelona

He played 349 matches in all competitions since 1951 a 1961 scoring a whopping 272 goals. Also he won 5 Copas, 4 Suspenders, 2 Fairs Cups and 1 Copa America. After the final Berne 1961 and despite having deals, He decides to retire from football as a player and enters the school of Barcelona as coach. With the Spanish selection, He acted in 19 matches, That being the third pick with which played, a fact that still today is unprecedented.

As a coach he went to Barcelona in two stages but also acted as player-coach of Spanish at that time with ñ. He went through the Elche, Murcia, Málaga, Zurich and two teams from Toronto. The Spanish team he led for a time of record, since 1969 a 1980, and now when I started to have an age, He ended his tour of the dugout by Saudi Arabia.

Ladislao Kubala in his role as coach
Ladislao Kubala in his role as coach. PHOTO: Sport

End of life

The 17 May 2002, Ladislao Kubala, He died at the age of 74 years, thus leaving behind a long history and a deep admiration but also the feeling that it was not fair to him, not putting your name in the proper place. He did not win any World Cup but was a player who saw him play, place it between largest in history.

Something had to have, when with his football, He was able to leave small stadium Les Corts and promote the construction of the Camp Nou also vibrated with the quality of Kubala for a while. A legend, a myth, a man who made football his life.


Alberto Llopis

Alberto Llopis

Hanged for football fully. Attempt to gather letters and tell stories in Specialist retro football Current. Football Coach Level II. You can follow me on @AlbertiniLlopis @colgadosfutbol


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