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Orban, Arpad

Orban won a gold medal at the 1964 Olympics while playing on the Hungarian soccer team. According to Andrew Handler in From the Ghetto to the Games, Orban was one of the few players picked from provincial teams picked to play in the Olympics; he played for ETO of Gyori. That same year, Orban and his club won the Hungary Cup, a year after capturing the Hungarian League title in 1963. ETO also won the Hungary Cup from 1965-67.

Birth and Death Dates:
b. 1938

Career Highlights:
Orban, a defenseman (halfback), started every game as a member of the Hungarian soccer team at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. The Hungarians went undefeated to capture the gold medal, beating Morocco (6-0) and Yugoslavia (6-5) in their preliminary group, and then defeating Romania (2-0) in the quarterfinals, Egypt (6-0) in the semifinals, and Czechoslovakia (2-1) in the gold medal game.

Origin:
Hungary


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References:
encyclopedia of JEWS in sports, by Bernard Postal, Jesse Silver, and Roy Silver (New York: Bloch Publishing Co., 1965)
From the Ghetto to the Games: Jewish Athletes in Hungary, by Andrew Handler (Boulder, Colorado: East European Monographs, 1985)


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