Antal Szabó

Antal Szabó (4 September 1910 – 18 April 1972) was a Hungarian goalkeeper who played in the 1930s.[2] Szabó was the goalkeeper for Hungary when they reached the World Cup final in 1938. Szabó expressed his relief following his side's defeat against Italy despite letting in four goals in the loss. Referring to Mussolini's pre-match threats (Il Duce had been misquoted as telling the Italian players to "Win or die"), Szabó quipped "I may have let in four goals, but at least I saved their lives".

Antal Szabó
Personal information
Date of birth (1910-09-04)September 4, 1910
Place of birth Soroksár, Hungary
Date of death April 18, 1972(1972-04-18) (aged 61)
Place of death Nürtingen, West Germany
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Playing position(s) Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
MTK Hungaria
National team
Hungary 42
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

At club level Szabó played for MTK Hungaria. In total he made 40 appearances for the Hungarian national team.


  1. ^ "Antal Szabó". Retrieved 9 February 2020.
  2. ^ 1934 FIFA World Cup Italy