Wednesday, May 2, 2007

1956, Melbourne: Ervin Zador, "the hero"

Born in Hungary in 1934 Ervin Zádor was one of the best Hungarian players, representing, at the age of 22, his country at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne. In the famous match between Hungary and Soviet Union in Melbourne Zádor scored twice as Hungary took a 4-0 lead. Later in the game, Valentine Prokopov punched an unaware Zádor in the face cutting the Hungarian under his right eye. Due to Zádor's bleeding and multiple other skirmishes, the game would be known as the "Blood in the Water" game. The match was abandoned with just 1 minute remaining to prevent a possible crowd riot. At the moment of the famous photo of the 22-year-old Zádor emerging from the water with blood streaming from his right eye he later commented "All I could think about is, 'Could I play the next match?'.
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