György Szepesi

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György Szepesi
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Szepesi (left) interviewing bantamweight boxing champion Tibor Csík, 1949
Born György Friedländer
(1922-02-05) February 5, 1922 (age 96)
Budapest, Hungary
Nationality Hungarian
Alma mater University of Physical Education, Budapest
Occupation Radio personality, journalist, and sports executive

György Szepesi (born February 5, 1922) is a Hungarian radio personality, journalist and sports executive.[1][2][3]

Early life[edit]

Szepesi was born György Friedländer into a Jewish family in Budapest, Hungary.[1][4] His father, Miklós Friedländer, died in the Buchenwald concentration camp in 1945.[4] Szepesi himself was forced into a labor battalion in Ukraine, which was disbanded in October 1944.[4] 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.[5]

Szepesi received his doctorate in sports history from the University of Physical Education in Budapest.[1] He played basketball for Hungary’s Vác-Újbuda LTC until the Fascists disbanded the club in 1942.[1]


Szepesi has been on Hungarian radio since April 1945.[1][2][6][7][8] He has covered Olympic Games since 1948, and the Football World Cup since 1954.[1]

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.[1] He was Chairman of the Hungarian Football Association (HFA) from 1978 to 1986.[1] He is honorary chairman of the HFA, and an honorary member of FIFA’s Executive Committee.[1]


Szepesi received the FIFA Medal in 1994, and the Olympic Order from the International Olympic Committee in 1995.[1][3] He received the Pillar of Achievement Award from the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.[1][2][6]

In 2004, Szepesi was given the Prima Primissa Award in the Hungarian Electronic Press category.[9] In 2005, Szepesi became an honorary citizen of Budapest.[10] That same year, he was decorated with the Middle Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Dr. Gyorgy Szepesi". Archived from the original on August 18, 2011. Retrieved November 3, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Tom Tugend (December 1, 1997). "Paralympic volleyball star made Hall-of-Famer". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved November 3, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Records". Guinness World Records. Retrieved November 3, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Szegedkurir – Szepesi György: Csak apám életét nem tudtam megmenteni". Archived from the original on April 15, 2011. Retrieved November 4, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Felavatták a zsidó munkaszolgálatosok emlékművét" (in Hungarian). 18 April 2009. Retrieved 11 November 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Scheinberg, Robert (December 2, 1997). "Nine voted to Jewish sports hall". JTA. Archived from the original on April 15, 2013. Retrieved November 3, 2011. 
  7. ^ Andrei S. Markovits (February 18, 2009). "From the Stands". The Vienna Review. Retrieved November 3, 2011. 
  8. ^ John Cunningham (2004). Hungarian cinema: from coffee house to multiplex. Retrieved November 3, 2011. 
  9. ^ "2004-es Prima Primissima díjazottai" (in Hungarian). Retrieved 11 November 2011. 
  10. ^ "Szepesi György Budapest díszpolgára lesz" (in Hungarian). Origo. 23 September 2005. Retrieved 11 November 2011. 

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