January 26, 2008 / 1:17 PM / 11 years ago

Soccer-Hungary Golden Team keeper Grosics has lung operation

BUDAPEST, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Gyula Grosics, the goalkeeper in Hungary’s 1950s Golden Team, has had a lung operation and is in intensive care, the daily Nemzeti Sport reported on Saturday.

Grosics, one of the two living members of the team regarded as the best in the world at the time, was admitted to hospital on Thursday and said a quick operation saved his life.

“Immediately after the operation I got better as I got to air,” he told the paper, adding that he would like to take part in the party organised for his 82nd birthday on Feb 4.

Grosics, who had recently been fitted with a pacemaker, and former defender Jeno Buzanszky are the only survivinng members of the team known as the Magical Magyars.

Reporting by Sandor Peto and Zoltan Fazekas; Editing by Ken Ferris

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