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Ferenc Puskás
(2. apr. 1927. - Budapest, 17. nov. 2006.)

 

 

"There are no people born on this planet who would not get on well together once they start kicking the ball about."

- István Kisteleki,
President of the Hungarian Football Association (MLSZ)

Ferenc Puskás (Ferenc Purczeld)

He was only 15 years old when he played in a Hungarian national championship. In his first match, in December 1943, he strengthened the line of strikers on the Kispest AC team. He was the top scorer four times. He had exceptional kicking skills and possessed a remarkable ability to fake out his opponents, a striker famous for his tricky left foot.

In the 50s, he was captain of the Hungarian Golden Team. He won an Olympic gold medal in Helsinki in 1952; in the following year, he secured the European Cup; and in 1954, in Switzerland, he earned a silver medal in the world championship and, in the official estimate of FIFA, was the tournament's best player. Playing for Real Madrid between 1958 and 1960, he won three European Championships, one right after another. He was top scorer four times in the Spanish league. His career as a player came to an end in 1965. Altogether, he had scored 1176 goals, 83 of them on the Hungarian National Team, where he was one country's Best Eleven.

After he stopped playing, he worked as a coach and led the Greek team Panathinaikos to the Euopean Championship Cup. He also headed the Hungarian National Team on four occasions. In 2002, People's Stadium, originally inaugurated in 1953, was officially renamed Ferenc Puskás Stadium.