Szepesi (left) interviewing bantamweight boxing champion Tibor Csík, 1949
February 5, 1922
|Alma mater||University of Physical Education, Budapest|
|Occupation||Radio personality, journalist, and sports executive|
Szepesi was born György Friedländer into a Jewish family in Budapest, Hungary. His father, Miklós Friedländer, died in the Buchenwald concentration camp in 1945. Szepesi himself was forced into a labor battalion in Ukraine, which was disbanded in October 1944. Szepesi then returned to Budapest and lived with Gábor Kocsis, a fellow battalion survivor, Kocsis' wife, and their four children, until mid-January 1945, when the German troops retreated from Hungary.
Szepesi received his doctorate in sports history from the University of Physical Education in Budapest. He played basketball for Hungary’s Vác-Újbuda LTC until the Fascists disbanded the club in 1942.
Szepesi was a Hungarian Olympic Committee member from 1962 to 2000, and was the Executive Committee Chairman for the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) from 1982 to 1994. He was Chairman of the Hungarian Football Association (HFA) from 1978 to 1986. He is honorary chairman of the HFA, and an honorary member of FIFA’s Executive Committee.
Szepesi received the FIFA Medal in 1994, and the Olympic Order from the International Olympic Committee in 1995. He received the Pillar of Achievement Award from the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.
In 2004, Szepesi was given the Prima Primissa Award in the Hungarian Electronic Press category. In 2005, Szepesi became an honorary citizen of Budapest. That same year, he was decorated with the Middle Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary.
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