Hungary Footballer Florian Albert dies

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Florian Albert, the legendary football player from Hungary who was elected European Footballer of the Year in 1967, died Monday at the age of 70.

Albert was born Sept. 15, 1941, in the village of Hercegszanto, near Hungary's frontier with Yugoslavia.

The Telegraph reported his mother died when he was two, and his father, a blacksmith, later moved the family to Budapest. There Florian quickly attracted the attention of one of the capital's two leading clubs, Ferencvaros.

According to ESPN, Albert played 537 matches for Ferencvaros, scoring 383 goals and winning four Hungarian championships. He also played 75 times for Hungary, tallying 31 goals.

The Telegraph also reported Albert retired in 1974, after never regaining his signature form following a broken leg in 1969. He then coached in Libya, but returned to Hungary and worked for Ferencvaros for the rest of his career.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Iren Barsony, and two children.

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