Great players/Officials: Kálmán Lami

Kálmán Lami was born on June 6, 1923 in Budapest, Hungary. In Hungary he played with Vasas SC in Budapest.

Like many other Hungarian footballers Kálmán left his country when the Hungarian revolution broke out in 1948. Many of these players ended up in a refugee camp outside of Rome in Italy. As the players were banned from playing by the Hungarian Football Association they were also banned by FIFA for two years. The players formed a soccer team in Roma called Hungaria FcB that played exhibition matches. The team played against top teams like Real Madrid, Espanol and the Spanish National Team.

In 1951 Hungaria FcB went on a tour of of Colombia, but due to lack of funds the team disbanded while touring. Many of the Hungarian players ended up with a newly-formed team called Deportivo Samarios. In 1952 Kálmán joined the club that was located in Magdalena, Colombia. The club is now known as Union Magdalena.

In 1954 he joined Toronto Hungaria. He played at half-back for Hungaria in the 1954 and 1955 National Soccer League seasons.

In the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s Kálmán was a head coach of Toronto Hungaria in the National Soccer League. He was later the chairman of Hungaria.

Kálmán passed away at the age of 86 in Toronto in February 2007.

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