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The coronavirus epidemic endangered the talented Hungarian youth and his family in Barcelona
Many Hungarian families have embarked on a high-risk Western European adventure over the past ten to fifteen years, the stakes of which are nothing less than leveling the careers of a talented child starting out as a footballer at a well-known club, or one that excels in youth education. In this case, the recipe is this: the head of the family – more fortunately the wife as well – takes a job in the destination country and thus solves the teaching and sports of their seedling. But the coronavirus epidemic fundamentally shook the existence of these families.
Mari Zoli will turn seventeen in October, and how skillful football he is, in addition to Attila Belvon and Sándor Preisinger, the leaders of the national teams of the right age, the writer of these lines was also convinced in Barcelona last summer. The good-natured guy started playing football at CSHC 94 SE at the age of five, and Halászi Focisuli from Csepel was also his last home club. When it became clear in 2012 that the boy could take a lot, the head of the family, Elder Mari Zoltán, thought of a bold move and moved to Barcelona with his wife, Judit, and of course Zolika.
– For the first three years, Zoli studied the art of football in Barcelona's age-appropriate teams, and entered the football school without an entrance exam, as his talent was striking. In the meantime, we tried to get our feet financially in the capital of Catalonia – and we believe in world football. At home, we were entrepreneurs in hospitality in Dabas, we continued to maintain our business, so to speak, remotely, although anyone who has worked in the hospitality industry knows that the business can only be run profitably if one looks at the fingernails of employees. And the two thousand kilometers away was difficult – smiles the head of the family, who over time managed to get a job as a driver at the Hungarian Consulate General in Barcelona, and in the meantime they also looked for other jobs.
Meanwhile, Zoli transferred to Junior FC and then to the Sant Andreu team, both teams play in the featured Catalan league, the Hungarian guy is arguably the guard's leading figure in the leading midfielder, in the 10th position, and also takes his share of the goal. It is no coincidence that he was included in all Hungarian national teams from 15 to 17 years of age.
But the coronavirus, one of the European epicenters of which is Spain, including Barcelona, sent Marie to the floor, just like the rest of the world. “The consulate is closed, I don't have a job, I'm still in a job, but who knows how long,” the head of the family complains. – And tourism is paused, neither out of nor out of the country, now we still live on our reserves, but how long is unpredictable.
– I, on the other hand, continue to train in the garden of our condominium, I run a lot in the tight area, I strengthen, and there are also opportunities for ball exercises. But the real thing would be team play, but there is no way to do that, the club is also pausing, as are all the associations in Spain. I can’t even tell you how much football is missing – Zoli, whose example is Lionel Messi, takes the floor, a joint photo with the Argentine star and Neymar, the former star of Barcelona, adorns the wall in the apartment’s decoration. Until the virus appeared, moving home was not planned, as anyone who had a taste of Catalan football culture could feel at home in Barcelona. Now, however, the idea of moving home has also been raised, as the situation is rather bleak. During his eight years abroad, Zoli has also mastered three languages - Spanish, Catalan and English – he obviously would have no livelihood problems at home, but he does not want to give up on his eternal dream, a serious football career.