Mihály Lantos

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Mihály Lantos
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Lantos playing for Hungary in 1953
Personal information
Full name Mihály Lantos
Date of birth 29 September 1928
Place of birth Budapest, Hungary
Date of death 31 December 1989(1989-12-31) (aged 61)
Place of death Budapest, Hungary
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1941–1943 Budapesti MÁVAG SK
1943–1944 BVSC Budapest
1945 MÁV Konzum Elõre
1945–1947 Vasutas Elõre SC
1948–1961 MTK Hungária FC
National team
1949–1956 Hungary 52 (5)
Teams managed
1965–1967 Olympiacos (assistant manager)
1968–1975 Komlói Bányász
1975–1977 Nagykanizsai Olajbányász
1977–1980 Videoton FC
1980–1981 Zalaegerszegi TE
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Grave stone of Mihály Lantos

Mihály Lantos (29 September 1928 – 31 December 1989), also known as Mihály Lendenmayer, was a Hungarian footballer and manager. He played as a defender, spending the majority of his career at MTK Hungária FC. During the 1950s he was also a member of the Hungary team known as the Mighty Magyars. Other members of the team included Nándor Hidegkuti, Ferenc Puskás, Zoltán Czibor, Sándor Kocsis and József Bozsik. After retiring as a player Lantos worked as coach. Between 1965 and 1967 he was assistant coach to his former MTK manager, Márton Bukovi, at Olympiacos. He then returned to Hungary where he managed several teams including Videoton FC.

Club career[edit]

MTK Hungária FC

Lantos began playing for MTK in 1948. In 1949 when Hungary became a communist state, MTK were taken over by the secret police, the ÁVH and the club subsequently changed their name several times. Initially they became Textiles SE, then Bástya SE, then Vörös Lobogó SE and then finally back to MTK. Despite this turmoil, the 1950s proved a successful era for club and under coach Márton Bukovi and with a team that also included Nándor Hidegkuti, Péter Palotás and József Zakariás, MTK and Lantos won three Hungarian League titles, a Hungarian Cup and a Mitropa Cup. In 1955, as Vörös Lobogó SE, they also played in the first ever European Cup. Lantos, scoring three goals, including two penalties, helped the club reach the quarter-finals.

International career[edit]

Between 1949 and 1956, Lantos won 52 caps and scored 5 goals for Hungary. He made his international debut on 10 July 1949 in an 8-2 win against Poland. As one of the Mighty Magyars, he helped Hungary become Olympic Champions in 1952, Central European Champions in 1953 and defeat England twice. He scored the opening goal as Hungary beat England 7-1 on 23 May 1954. He then helped Hungary reach the 1954 World Cup final. During the World Cup finals he played all five games for Hungary, scoring in the opening 9-0 win against South Korea and in the bruising Battle of Berne quarter-final encounter against Brazil.

Honours[edit]

Olympic medal record
Representing  Hungary
Men's Football
Gold medal – first place 1952 Helsinki Team competition

Club[edit]

MTK Hungária FC

International[edit]

Hungary

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