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17 November 2006, 12:40
Foreign web pages featured news of Ferenc Puskás's death in lead articles.
The most significant Spanish, Italian, English, and French newspapers
wrote about one of football history's best with great respect. In Germany,
however, their tribute did not do him justice.
pages in all of Europe's significant football-playing countries began with
the death of Ferenc Puskás. The most important Spanish, Italian, English,
and French football magazines, as well as the daily web pages, began with
articles about how on Friday morning, at 79 years of age, the world-class
footballer passed away.
Naturally, it was Spain that covered Puskás in the most detail. Several
articles are accessible on his former club Real Madrid's website,
realmadrid.com. In one of them, Ramon Calderon, the association's current
president, and Alfredo di Stefano, a former teammate, bid their farewells.
Puskás has passed away," wrote Madrid-born Marca, and his biographical
article maintains that the 20th century's best goal shooter was gone. In
528 official matches, he scored 512 goals - 324 goals in 372 matches for
Real Madrid, in whose strip he was Spain's top scorer four times and a
winner of the European Championship Cup twice. The capital's other
important newspaper AS led with the article "Puskás, the Gold-footed
Major, Has Died," in which they referred to him by his nickname spread
abroad, the Speedy Major.
In Madrid papers, Puskás managed to push even Fabio Cannavaro into the
background, although that very Friday it turned out that the Real Madrid
guard had earned this year's Golden Ball Award.
What a Left!"
On the website for Gazzetta dello Sport, Italy's top sports page, the
biographical article "Legendary Puskás, God Be With You" played a leading
role, and a few minutes of video from the footballer's career appeared as
The British BBC's opening page bore Ferenc Puskás's portrait, and the
sports section led with an article covering his death and featuring an
"Puskás was a unique player: short, stocky, barrel-chested, and overweight.
He could not hit the ball with his head, and he could only kick with his
left foot. But what a left! Since 1953, we have not seen such technique in
a player. In Wembley Stadium that year, our captain Billy Wright kicked
the air, while Hungary beat the English National Team (up till then
undefeated at home), 6-3."
At bbc.co.uk, they even make available Puskás's club statistics from
Hungary, 354 matches and 357 goals in the Honvéd strip.
"Adieu, Monsieur Puskás"
great Hungarian has passed away," ran the skysports.com article,
highlighting his 83 goals in 84 National Team matches, better even than
France Football website begins with Puskás's photo and biography. "Ferenc
Puskás is no more." In France's leading daily L'Equipe, the article
"Adieu, Monsieur Puskás" appeared; only it is a little strange that in the
databank he appears as a mid-fielder, when he was one of the best-scoring
strikers of all time.
"Ferenc Puskás Dead"
German kicker.de featured the dry title "Ferenc Puskás Dead". On top of
that, the picture of Puskás they chose to include was taken in 1954, as he
shook hands with the victorious German captain Fritz Walter after losing
the world championship. In the photo, Puskás stands with his back to the
The Bundesliga.de website did not lead with the news of Puskás death, and
neither did Sport Bild, the nation's leading sports journal.