Ferenc Bene (17 December 1944 – 27 February 2006) was a Hungarian football player of Újpesti Dózsa, who was a member of the team that won the gold medal at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. A striker, he was the top scorer of the tournament (12 goals in 5 matches).

Ferenc Bene
Gyula Gulyás sports reporter with Flórián Albert, Ferenc Bene and János Farkas footballers (cropped).jpg
Bene in 1969
Personal information
Date of birth (1944-12-17)17 December 1944
Place of birth Balatonújlak, Hungary
Date of death 27 February 2006(2006-02-27) (aged 61)
Place of death Budapest, Hungary
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Position(s) Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1961–1978 Újpesti Dózsa 417 (303)
International career
1962–1979 Hungary 76 (36)
Managerial career
1992–1993 Újpesti TE
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Bene was born in Balatonújlak. He played his first international match against Yugoslavia on 14 October 1962, and his last against Czechoslovakia on 12 September 1979. He obtained 76 caps and scored 36 goals. He was bronze medallist at the European Championship of 1964, and a quarter-finalist at the World Cup of 1966 (at the latter event he was the top scorer of the Hungarian national team). Bene was named Hungarian Footballer of the Year in 1964 and 1969. He died in Budapest, after a lengthy treatment following a fall at the end of 2005. His son Ferenc Bene jr. is also a former player, currently working as a coach.

He played for the following teams:

Career statisticsEdit

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Hungary League Hungarian Cup League Cup Europe Total
1961–62 Újpesti Dózsa National Championship I 22 6
1962–63 26 23
1963 13 6
1964 26 20
1965 25 20
1966 26 24
1967 30 22
1968 26 22
1969 29 27
1970 0 0
1970–71 44 34
1971–72 30 29
1972–73 30 23
1973–74 29 14
1974–75 28 20
1975–76 18 7
1976–77 12 4
1977–78 3 2
Total Hungary 417 303
Career total 417 303

HonoursEdit

Hungary
Individual

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1964 team of the tournament". Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 14 May 2020.

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