Feb 27, 2013

Slovakia FDC on "Popluhár John (1935 - 2011)"

First Day Cover
Sobrescrito de 1.º Dia


Popluhár John (1935 - 2011)

Date of Issue : 14 February 2013

Ján Popluhár (1935 – 2011) played for Czechoslovakia in 62 matches (1958 – 1967) and was considered to be one of the best defensive players in the world. During the first football European Championship (France, 1960) he was a member of a bronze Czechoslovak team. He attended World Cups held in Sweden in 1958 and in Chile in 1962, where he significantly contributed to gaining the silver medal, and after years, he was also awarded World Fair Play Award (1967) for his generous sport gesture to the injured Pelé.

In 2000, Ján Popluhár was pronounced the best Slovak football player of the 20th century for his merits. As the only Slovak, he was a member of the FIFA World Eleven team which played against the England football team in Wembley in 1963 at the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the English Football Association foundation.

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