Géza Turi, a Hungarian footballer who works as a goalkeeper coach, broke the record for the oldest active goalkeeper in front-ranking leagues. He played for Faroese club KÍ Klaksvík, at the age of 49 years and 64 days, during a 1-0 away win against HB Tórshavn. The International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) confirmed this on their website, with Turi achieving his feat due to injuries of the club's other goalkeepers.
Géza Turi's Career
Géza Turi won the Hungarian championship with Zalaegerszeg TE (ZTE) in 2002 and later moved to Faroe Islands where he has been living for the past 17 years. He was 44 years old when he last played in a local league match in June 2018. Turi was able to prevent his opponents from scoring during his recent match, despite them being one of the strongest teams in the league.
The previous goalkeeper to hold this record was György Veréb, who played for Diósgyőr at the age of 49 when their first-choice and reserve goalkeepers were injured during a match against Videoton in the final round of the 1997/98 season. The IFFHS announced that Turi had set a new record as the world's oldest active goalkeeper in front-ranking leagues due to his recent performance.
Turi's Contribution to KÍ Klaksvík
Turi is employed by KÍ Klaksvík as the club's goalkeeping coach and provides invaluable experience and knowledge to their team. His recent performance, when he was forced to play due to injuries, demonstrates his dedication to his team and willingness to step up when needed.
Future Plans for Turi and KÍ Klaksvík
It is unclear if Turi will continue playing as a goalkeeper or if KÍ Klaksvík will recruit a new goalkeeper due to their recent injuries. Nevertheless, Turi's record-breaking achievement will remain an inspiration for all football players and soccer fans worldwide.
Questions & Answers
Who is Géza Turi? Géza Turi is a Hungarian footballer and goalkeeper coach who recently became the world’s oldest active goalkeeper in the front-rank leagues.
What record did Géza Turi break? Géza Turi broke the record for being the oldest active goalkeeper in the world in terms of front-rank leagues.
How old was Géza Turi when he played for KÍ Klaksvík in the Faroe Islands? Géza Turi was 49 years and 64 days old when he played for KÍ Klaksvík in a 1-0 away win against HB Tórshavn.
Why was Géza Turi forced to play for KÍ Klaksvík? Géza Turi was forced to play for KÍ Klaksvík because the club’s number one goalkeeper fell ill and the reserve player was injured.
Did Géza Turi concede any goals in the match he played for KÍ Klaksvík? No, Géza Turi didn't concede any goals in the match he played for KÍ Klaksvík, even though the opponents were one of the strongest teams in the league.
What was the previous record holder for the oldest active goalkeeper in front-rank leagues? The previous record holder for the oldest active goalkeeper in front-rank leagues is unknown.
What team did Géza Turi win the Hungarian championship with in 2002? Géza Turi won the Hungarian championship with Zalaegerszeg TE (ZTE) in 2002.
How long has Géza Turi been living in the Faroe Islands? Géza Turi has been living in the Faroe Islands for 17 years now.
Has anything similar happened in Hungary before when a goalkeeper had to be called in as an emergency substitute? Yes, a similar thing happened earlier in Hungary when Diósgyőr hosted Videoton in the final round of the 1997/98 season, and both of the home team’s goalkeepers were injured.