Hungarians, and probably some Europeans, are well aware of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s love for football. When he first became prime minister in 1998 at the age of 35, he was even still an active professional player of his hometown Felcsút FC.
So it is no wonder that on the day Budapest inaugurates its brand new Puskás Arena, he posted a video on his Facebook page celebrating the event.
In the video, the ball is bounced around various Budapest locations and shows people of all walks of life before Orbán kicks it into the new Puskás Arena.
One fact that many viewers may have missed is that at the 0:37 mark, the ball is passed on to a woman standing in front of parliament before she kicks it onward. She is Judit Varga, 39, who was appointed justice minister this July and previously played football for FC Saint-Michel while serving as an advisor in Brussels.
The Puskás Arena, built at an estimated cost of 144 billion forints (€431 million), can host nearly 68,000 people and was named after Hungary’s most famous football player ever, striker Ferenc Puskás (1927-2006).
The stadium officially opens today with a Hungary-Uruguay friendly match.
Title image: Prime Minister Viktor orbán kicks a football on the terrace of the PM’s office (source: Viktor Orbán’s Facebook page)