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Gyula Grosics dies aged 88

Gyula Grosics (second left) was a member of Hungary's 'Golden Team.'

BUDAPEST -- Gyula Grosics, the goalkeeper of Hungary's "Golden Team" of the 1950s, has died aged 88.

Grosics' death on Friday was announced by his family and the Hungarian Football Federation.

He had suffered three heart attacks and from other illnesses in recent years, and was hospitalised this week after a routine checkup.

Grosics played 86 times for Hungary from 1947 to 1962.

Also known as the "Magical Magyars," Hungary had not lost for four years until they were upset in the 1954 World Cup final by West Germany.

Grosics also played in the 1958 and 1962 World Cups, as well as the 1954 edition in Switzerland, and won a gold medal at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki.

Born on Feb. 4, 1926, in Dorog -- a town north of Budapest -- he was called the "Black Panther" because of his black jersey.

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