Three Juventus Legends visited Hungary today to attend the inauguration of an exhibition honouring Ferencvaros Torna Club’s golden period of the 1960s.
During this period Ferencvaros became the country’s first team to win a major continental trophy, achieved courtesy of a 1-0 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup final triumph over the Bianconeri in Turin on 23 June 1965.
Giancarlo Bercellino, Bruno Mazzia and Gino Stacchini were all in the black and white stripes that evening and, alongside academy chief Stefano Braghin, today met top figures from Ferencvaros (president Gabor Kubatov and CEO Pal Orosz) at the club’s Fradi Museum, located within the Groupama Arena complex, a ground that opened its doors just last year.
New stadia and recent successes are just two of the numerous common threads linking both clubs, with Hungarian League Cup and Hungarian Super Cup triumphs taking pride of place in the Ferencvaros trophy cabinet at the culmination of the 2014/15 campaign.
Braghin said: “On behalf of the club we’d like to express our thanks at being asked to take part in this wonderful ceremony. Both Juventus and Ferencvaros have gone through good and bad times in their respective histories, but I hope they’ll soon meet once again, in a European final.”
Gino Stacchini added: “In 1959 we played against the Hungarian national side, a team featuring players we’ll never forget. Matrai, Varga, Fenyvesi and Albert are players everyone would have wanted to see in action. Albert was greatly admired in Italy following his European Golden boot win.
“It was always tough playing against Pal Orosz and Lajos Tichy or the likes of Puskas, Czibor and Budai. It didn’t go well for us in the final that year, but it’s an enormous pleasure to be here and meet up again with those who played in that game.”
Today’s trip to Budapest is another demonstration of the 360-degree nature of the Juventus Legends initiative. Along with international appearances such as May’s charity game in Japan, the project, spearheaded by president David Trezeguet, also busies itself in fundraising activities for the UNESCO Cup (to be played at Juventus Stadium on 8 September) and commercial partnership agreements (Tecate as Juventus’ Official Regional Beer in Mexico).