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Ferenc Puskás (Hungarian: [ˈfɛrɛnt͡s ˈpuʃkaːʃ]; Purczeld; 2 April 1927[2] – 17 November 2006) was a Hungarian footballer and manager, widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. A prolific forward, he scored 84 goals in 85 international matches for Hungary, and 514 goals in 529 matches in the Hungarian and Spanish leagues. He was voted top goalscorer of the 20th century by IFFHS. He became an Olympic champion in 1952 and led his nation to the final of the 1954 World Cup where he was named the tournament's best player. He won three European Cups (1959, 1960, 1966), 10 national championships (5 Hungarian and 5 Spanish Primera División) and 8 top individual scoring honors.

Ferenc Puskás
Ferenc Puskás.jpg
Ferenc Puskás in 1971 as coach of Panathinaikos F.C.
Personal information
Full name Ferenc Purczeld Biró
Date of birth (1927-04-02)2 April 1927
Place of birth Budapest, Hungary
Date of death 17 November 2006(2006-11-17) (aged 79)
Place of death Budapest, Hungary
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1943–1955 Budapest Honvéd[1] 350 (358)
1958–1966 Real Madrid 180 (156)
Total 530 (514)
National team
1945–1956 Hungary 85 (84)
1961–1962 Spain 4 (0)
Teams managed
1967 San Francisco Golden Gate Gales
1968 Vancouver Royals
1968–1969 Alavés
1970–1974 Panathinaikos
1975 Real Murcia
1975–1976 Colo-Colo
1976–1977 Saudi Arabia
1978–1979 AEK Athens
1979–1982 Al-Masry
1985–1986 Sol de América
1986–1989 Cerro Porteño
1989–1992 South Melbourne Hellas
1993 Hungary
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Puskás started his career in Hungary playing for Kispest and Budapest Honvéd. He was the top scorer in the Hungarian League on four occasions, and in 1948, he was the top goal scorer in Europe. During the 1950s, he was both a prominent member and captain of the Hungarian national team, known as the Mighty Magyars. In 1958, two years after the Hungarian Revolution, he emigrated to Spain where he played for Real Madrid. While playing with Real Madrid, Puskás won four Pichichis and scored seven goals in two European Champions Cup finals. In 1995, he was recognized as the top scorer of the 20th century by the IFFHS.[3][4][5]

After retiring as a player, he became a coach. The highlight of his coaching career came in 1971 when he guided Panathinaikos to the European Cup final, where they lost 2–0 to AFC Ajax. Despite his defection in 1956, the Hungarian government granted him a full pardon in 1993, allowing him to return and take temporary charge of the Hungarian national team.[6] In 1998, he became one of the first ever FIFA/SOS Charity ambassadors.[7] In 2002, the Népstadion in Budapest was renamed the Puskás Ferenc Stadion in his honor.[8] He was also declared the best Hungarian player of the last 50 years by the Hungarian Football Federation in the UEFA Jubilee Awards in November 2003.[9] In October 2009, FIFA announced the introduction of the FIFA Puskás Award, awarded to the player who has scored the "most beautiful goal" over the past year. He was also listed in Pelé's FIFA 100.

Contents

Career in HungaryEdit

Early yearsEdit

 
Ferenc Puskás with Ger Lagendijk

Ferenc Purczeld was born on 2 April 1927 to a German (Danube Swabian) family in Budapest and brought up in Kispest, then a suburb, today part of the city. He changed his name to Puskás, his mother, Margit Biró (1904–1976), was a seamstress. He began his career as a junior with Kispest AC,[8] where his father, who had previously played for the club, was a coach. He had grandchildren, who were the children of his brothers son; the two sons of his brother are Zoltan and Istvan, the first one have 3 children; Ilonka, Camila and Andrés, and the second one have two.

He initially used the pseudonym "Miklós Kovács" to help circumvent the minimum age rules[10] before officially signing at the age of 12. Among his early teammates was his childhood friend and future international teammate József Bozsik. He made his first senior appearance for Kispest in November 1943 in a match against Nagyváradi AC.[11] It was here where he got the nickname "Öcsi" or "Buddy".[12]

Kispest was taken over by the Hungarian Ministry of Defence in 1949, becoming the Hungarian Army team and changing its name to Budapest Honvéd. As a result, football players were given military ranks. Puskás eventually became a major (Hungarian: Őrnagy), which led to the nickname "The Galloping Major".[13] As the army club, Honvéd used conscription to acquire the best Hungarian players, leading to the recruitment of Zoltán Czibor and Sándor Kocsis.[14] During his career at Budapest Honvéd, Puskás helped the club win five Hungarian League titles. He also finished as top goal scorer in the league in 1947–48, 1949–50, 1950 and 1953, scoring 50, 31, 25 and 27 goals, respectively. In 1948, he was the top goal scorer in Europe.[15]

Mighty MagyarsEdit

Puskás made his debut for Hungary team on 20 August 1945 and scored in a 5–2 win over Austria.[16] He went on to play 85 games and scored 84 times for Hungary. His international goal record included two hat tricks against Austria, one against Luxembourg and four goals in a 12–0 win over Albania.[17] Together with Zoltán Czibor, Sándor Kocsis, József Bozsik, and Nándor Hidegkuti, he formed the nucleus of the Golden Team that was to remain unbeaten for 32 consecutive games.[18] During this run, they became Olympic Champions in 1952, beating Yugoslavia 2–0 in the final in Helsinki. Puskás scored four times at the Olympic tournament,[17] including the opening goal in the final. They also defeated England twice, first with a 6–3 win at Wembley Stadium.,[16] and then 7–1 in Budapest. Puskás scored two goals in each game against England. In 1953, they also became Central European Champions. Hungary won the championship after finishing top of the table with 11 points. Puskás finished the tournament as top scorer with 10 goals and scored twice as Hungary claimed the trophy with a 3–0 win over Italy at the Stadio Olimpico in 1953.

Puskás scored three goals in the two first-round matches Hungary played at the 1954 FIFA World Cup. They defeated South Korea 9–0 and then West Germany 8–3. In the latter game, he suffered a hairline fracture of the ankle after a tackle by Werner Liebrich, and did not return until the final.

Puskás played the entire 1954 World Cup final against West Germany with a hairline fracture. Despite this, he scored his fourth goal of the tournament to put Hungary ahead after six minutes, and with Czibor adding another goal two minutes later, it seemed that the pre-tournament favorites would take the title. However, the West Germans pulled back two goals before half time, with six minutes left the West Germans scored the winner. Two minutes from the end of the match, Puskás appeared to score an equalizer but the goal was disallowed due to an offside call.[19]

Ferenc Puskás’ statistics in the 1952 Helsinki OlympicsEdit

The scores contain links to the article on football in the Helsinki Olympics and the round in question.

Game no. Round Date Opponent Puskás’ playing time Score Puskás’ goals Score Times Venue Report
1 Prel. R. 15 July 1952   Romania 90 min. 2–1 (1–0) 0 Kupittaa, Turku [20]
2 1st R 21 July 1952   Italy 90 min. 3–0 (2–0) 0 Pallokenttä, Helsinki [21]
3 QF 24 July 1952   Turkey 90 min 7–1 (2–0) 2 4–0
6–1
  54'
  72'
Urheilukeskus, Kotka [22]
4 SF 28 July 1952   Sweden 90 min 6–0 (3–0) 1 1–0   1' Helsinki Olympic Stadium [23]
5 Final 2 August 1952   Yugoslavia 90 min 2–0 (0–0) 1 1–0   70' Helsinki Olympic Stadium [24]

Ferenc Puskás’ statistics at the 1954 World Cup in SwitzerlandEdit

The scores contain links to the article on 1954 FIFA World Cup and the round in question. When there is a special article on the match in question, the link is in the column for round.

Game no. Round Date Opponent Puskás’ playing time Score Puskás’ goals Score Times Venue Report
1 Group 2 17 June 1954   South Korea 90 min. 9–0 (4–0) 2 1–0
9–0
  12'
  89'
Hardturm Stadium, Zürich [25]
2 Group 2 20 June 1954   West Germany 90 min 8–3 (3–1) 1 2–0   17' St. Jakob Stadium, Basel [26]
QF 27 June 1954   Brazil Did not play 4–2 (2–1) 0 Wankdorf Stadium, Bern [27]
SF 30 June 1954   Uruguay Did not play 4–2 (a.e.t.)
(2–2, 1–0)
0 Stade Olympique de la Pontaise, Lausanne [28]
3 Final 4 July 1954   West Germany 90 min 2–3 (2–2) 1 1–0   6' Wankdorf Stadium, Bern [29]

Honvéd World TourEdit

 
Nándor Hidegkuti and Ferenc Puskás in 1954

Budapest Honvéd entered the European Cup in 1956 and were drawn against Atlético Bilbao in the first round. Honvéd lost the away leg 2–3, but before the home leg could be played, the Hungarian Revolution erupted in Budapest. The players decided against going back to Hungary and arranged for the return with Atlético to be played at Heysel Stadium in Brussels, Belgium.[18] Puskás scored in the subsequent 3–3 draw but Honvéd were eliminated 6–5 on aggregate, and the Hungarian players were left in limbo. They summoned[clarification needed] their families from Budapest, and despite opposition from FIFA and the Hungarian football authorities, they organised a fundraising tour of Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Brazil. After returning to Europe, the players parted ways. Some, including Bozsik, returned to Hungary while others, including Czibor, Kocsis and Puskás, found new clubs in Western Europe.[30]

Spanish careerEdit

Real MadridEdit

 
Ferenc Puskás with Alfredo Di Stéfano
 
Puskás's player licence, showing his mother's maiden name Biró as a second surname in accordance with Spanish naming customs
 
Puskás at Real Madrid

After refusing to return to Hungary, Puskás initially played a few unofficial games for RCD Espanyol[citation needed]. At the same time, both AC Milan and Juventus attempted to sign him, but then he received a two-year ban from UEFA (for refusing to return to Budapest[31]) which prevented him from playing in Europe. He moved to Austria and then Italy.[18] After his ban, Puskás tried to play in Italy but was not able to find a top-flight club willing to sign him, as Italian managers were concerned about his age and weight.[14] He was considered by Manchester United to strengthen a squad ravaged by the Munich Air Disaster in 1958, but because of FA rules regarding foreigners and Puskás' not knowing the English language, stand-in manager Jimmy Murphy could not fulfill his wish of signing the Hungarian. However, a few months later, Puskás joined Real Madrid and at the age of 31 embarked on the second phase of his career.

During his first La Liga season, Puskás scored four hat-tricks, including one in his second game, against Sporting de Gijón on 21 September 1958. In the game against UD Las Palmas on 4 January 1959, Puskás and Alfredo di Stéfano scored hat-tricks in a 10–1 win.[32] During the 1960–61 season, Puskás scored four times in a game against Elche CF and the following season, he scored five goals against the same team. Puskás scored two hat-tricks against FC Barcelona in 1963, one at the Bernabéu and one at the Camp Nou. During eight seasons with Real, Puskás played 180 La Liga games and scored 156 goals. He scored 20 or more goals in each of his first six seasons in the Spanish league, and won the Pichichi four times: in 1960, 1961, 1963, and 1964, scoring 25, 28, 26 and 21 goals, respectively. He helped Real win La Liga five times in a row between 1961 and 1965 and the Copa del Generalísimo in 1962. He scored both goals in the 2–1 victory over Sevilla FC in the Copa final.

Puskás also played a further 39 games for Real in the European Cup, scoring 35 goals. He helped Real reach the final of the 1959 European Cup, scoring in the first leg and in the decisive replay of the semi-final against Atlético Madrid, but missed the final due to injury. In the following season he began Real's 1960 European Cup campaign with a hat-trick against Jeunesse Esch and in the semi-final against FC Barcelona, he once again guided Real into the final with three goals over two legs. In the final itself, Real beat Eintracht Frankfurt 7–3 with Puskás scoring four goals[8] and di Stéfano scoring three. In subsequent European campaigns, he would score a further three hat-tricks, including one in the 1962 final against Benfica, which Real lost 5–3. In 1965, he scored five goals over two games against Feyenoord as he helped Real Madrid to the 1966 European Cup final – Real won the game against Partizan Belgrade, but Puskás did not play in the final.

Spanish national appearancesEdit

In 1962, Puskás took Spanish nationality,[33] and subsequently played four times for Spain. Three of these games were at the 1962 World Cup.

Appearance for South LiverpoolEdit

In 1967, at the age of 40, he appeared in a fundraising friendly game for South Liverpool, the English non-League side, in front of a 10,000-strong sell-out crowd at the club's Holly Park stadium.[34]

Management careerEdit

 
Statue of Ferenc Puskás in Budapest inspired by a photograph taken in Madrid in which the legendary player was teaching an ad hoc course in keepie uppie to street children

After retiring as a player, Puskás became a coach and managed teams in Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Asia, and Australia.

In 1971, he guided Panathinaikos of Greece to the European Cup final, the only time a Greek club has reached a European final to date. In the qualifying rounds they beat Everton in the quarter-finals on away goals, then defeated Red Star Belgrade in the semi's. In the final Panathinaikos lost 2–0 to Johan Cruyff's Ajax.[35] During his four-year tenure at Panathinaikos, Puskás helped the team secure one Greek Championship in 1972. However, with the notable exception of his spell at Panathinaikos, Puskás failed to transfer his success as a player to his coaching career.

Despite his wide travels, his only other success came with South Melbourne Hellas, with whom he won the National Soccer League title in 1991.

When Wolverhampton Wanderers opened their new stadium Molineux in 1993, Puskás visited the newly opened stadium as an honorary guest to watch the friendly match between Wolves and Budapest Honvéd, which was a match to christen the new opening of the stadium. This was because in the 1950s, Wolves played a game against Honvéd in a memorable friendly match, which Puskás played in. Wolves won the match 3–2.

In 1993, he took charge of the Hungarian national football team for four games, including a 4–2 friendly victory against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin, where Hungary came from two goals down to eventually beat their opponents.[36]

Later life and deathEdit

 
Puskás's tomb at the St. Stephen's Basilica in Budapest

Puskás was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2000.[37] He was admitted to a Budapest hospital in September 2006[38] and died on 17 November 2006[37] of pneumonia. He was 79 years old and was survived by his wife of 57 years, Erzsébet,[39] and their daughter, Anikó.[40] In a state funeral, his coffin was moved from Puskás Ferenc Stadion to Heroes' Square for a military salute. He was buried under the dome of the St Stephen's Basilica in Budapest on 9 December 2006.

LegacyEdit

A street named Újtemető utca near Stadium Bozsik in the Hungarian capital of Budapest (specifically the district of Kispest) was renamed after Puskás precisely one year after the footballer's death.

Puskás Ferenc Stadion (1953), the new Puskás Ferenc Stadion, its metro station, Puskás Akadémia FC, Puskás Cup and the FIFA Puskás Award all bear his name.

HonoursEdit

 
Puskás with Feyenoord's Piet Kruiver after losing to Real Madrid 5–0


ClubEdit

InternationalEdit

IndividualEdit

ManagerEdit

Career statisticsEdit

Club [47]Edit

Performance Liga Copa Continental Total
Season Club League Matches Goals Matches Goals Matches Goals Matches Goals
Hungary Nemzeti Bajnokság I Magyar Kupa Europe Total
1943–44 Kispest Nemzeti Bajnokság I 18 7 - - - - 18 7
1944-45 2 1 - - - - 2 1
1944 11 6 - - - - 11 6
1945 20 10 - - - - 20 10
1945–46 34 36 - - - - 34 36
1946–47 29 32 - - - - 29 32
1947–48 31 50 - - - - 31 50
1948–49 28 46 - - - - 28 46
1949–50 Budapesti
Honvéd SE
Nemzeti Bajnokság I 30 31 - - - - 30 31
1950 15 25 - - - - 15 25
1951 21 21 2 1 - - 23 23
1952 26 22 - - - - 26 22
1953 26 27 3 12 - - 29 39
1954 20 21 - - - - 20 21
1955 26 18 6 4 4 3 36 25
1956 13 5 - - 2 1 15 6
Spain La Liga Copa del Generalísimo European Cup Total
1958–59 Real Madrid La Liga 24 21 5 2 5 2 34 25
1959–60 24 25 5 10 7 12 36 47
1960–61 28 28 9 14 4 2 41 44
1961–62 23 20 8 13 9 7 40 40
1962–63 30 26 7 5 2 0 39 31
1963–64 25 21 0 0 8 7 33 28
1964–65 18 11 4 4 3 2 25 17
1965–66 8 4 3 1 3 5 14 10
Country Hungary 350 358 11 17 6 4 367 380
Spain 180 156 41 49 41 37 262 242
Total 530 514 52 66 47 41 629 622

InternationalEdit

[48][49][50]

Hungary national team
Year Apps Goals
1945 2 3
1946 3 3
1947 5 5
1948 6 7
1949 8 11
1950 6 12
1951 3 4
1952 12 10
1953 7 6
1954 11 8
1955 12 10
1956 9 4
Total 85 84
Spain national team
Year Apps Goals
1961 1 0
1962 3 0
Total 4 0

International goals for HungaryEdit

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Scores and results list Hungary's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Final Competition
1 20 August 1945 Hungária, Budapest, Hungary   Austria
1–0
5–2
Friendly
2 30 September 1945 Hungária, Budapest, Hungary   Romania
2–0
7–2
Friendly
3 30 September 1945 Hungária, Budapest, Hungary   Romania
6–2
7–2
Friendly
4 30 October 1946 Stade Émile Mayrisch, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg   Luxembourg
1–0
7–2
Friendly
5 30 October 1946 Stade Émile Mayrisch, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg   Luxembourg
4–2
7–2
Friendly
6 30 October 1946 Stade Émile Mayrisch, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg   Luxembourg
7–2
7–2
Friendly
7 4 May 1947 Hungária, Budapest, Hungary   Austria
1–0
5–2
Friendly
8 11 May 1947 Stadio Comunale Vittorio Pozzo, Turin, Italy   Italy
2–2
2–3
Friendly
9 29 June 1947 Stadion FK Crvena Zvezda, Belgrade, Yugoslavia   Yugoslavia
2–1
3–2
1947 Balkan Cup
10 12 December 1947 Stadionul ONEF, Bucharest, Romania   Romania
2–0
3–0
1947 Balkan Cup
11 12 December 1947 Stadionul ONEF, Bucharest, Romania   Romania
3–0
3–0
1947 Balkan Cup
12 21 April 1948 Hungária, Budapest, Hungary   Switzerland
1–0
7–4
1948–53 Dr. Gerö Cup
13 21 April 1948 Hungária, Budapest, Hungary   Switzerland
7–4
7–4
1948–53 Dr. Gerö Cup
14 6 June 1948 Hungária, Budapest, Hungary   Romania
4–0
9–0
1948 Balkan Cup
15 6 June 1948 Hungária, Budapest, Hungary   Romania
9–0
9–0
1948 Balkan Cup
16 24 December 1948 Stadionul Republicii, Bucharest, Romania   Romania
1–0
5–1
Friendly
17 24 December 1948 Stadionul Republicii, Bucharest, Romania   Romania
3–0
5–1
Friendly
18 24 December 1948 Stadionul Republicii, Bucharest, Romania   Romania
5–1
5–1
Friendly
19 10 April 1949 Great Strahov Stadium, Prague, Czechoslovakia   Czechoslovakia
1–2
2–5
1948–53 Dr. Gerö Cup
20 8 May 1949 Hungária, Budapest, Hungary   Austria
3–0
6–1
1948–53 Dr. Gerö Cup
21 8 May 1949 Hungária, Budapest, Hungary   Austria
5–1
6–1
1948–53 Dr. Gerö Cup
22 8 May 1949 Hungária, Budapest, Hungary   Austria
6–1
6–1
1948–53 Dr. Gerö Cup
23 10 July 1949 Stadion Oláh Gábor Út, Debrecen, Hungary   Poland
3–0
8–2
Friendly
24 10 July 1949 Stadion Oláh Gábor Út, Debrecen, Hungary   Poland
8–2
8–2
Friendly
25 16 October 1949 Praterstadion, Vienna, Austria   Austria
1–1
4–3
Friendly
26 16 October 1949 Praterstadion, Vienna, Austria   Austria
4–3
4–3
Friendly
27 30 October 1949 Hungária, Budapest, Hungary   Bulgaria
4–0
5–0
Friendly
28 30 October 1949 Hungária, Budapest, Hungary   Bulgaria
5–0
5–0
Friendly
29 20 November 1949 Hungária, Budapest, Hungary   Sweden
2–0
5–0
Friendly
30 30 April 1950 Hungária, Budapest, Hungary   Czechoslovakia
1–0
5–0
Friendly
31 30 April 1950 Hungária, Budapest, Hungary   Czechoslovakia
5–0
5–0
Friendly
32 14 May 1950 Praterstadion, Vienna, Austria   Austria
2–2
3–5
Friendly
33 4 June 1950 Stadion Wojska Polskiego, Warsaw, Poland   Poland
1–0
5–2
Friendly
34 4 June 1950 Stadion Wojska Polskiego, Warsaw, Poland   Poland
5–1
5–2
Friendly
35 24 September 1950 Hungária, Budapest, Hungary   Albania
1–0
12–0
Friendly
36 24 September 1950 Hungária, Budapest, Hungary   Albania
4–0
12–0
Friendly
37 24 September 1950 Hungária, Budapest, Hungary   Albania
11–0
12–0
Friendly
38 24 September 1950 Hungária, Budapest, Hungary   Albania
12–0
12–0
Friendly
39 29 October 1950 Hungária, Budapest, Hungary   Austria
1–0
4–3
Friendly
40 29 October 1950 Hungária, Budapest, Hungary   Austria
2–0
4–3
Friendly
41 29 October 1950 Hungária, Budapest, Hungary   Austria
4–3
4–3
Friendly
42 27 May 1951 Hungária, Budapest, Hungary   Poland
4–0
6–0
Friendly
43 27 May 1951 Hungária, Budapest, Hungary   Poland
5–0
6–0
Friendly
44 18 November 1951 Hungária, Budapest, Hungary   Finland
6–0
8–0
Friendly
45 18 November 1951 Hungária, Budapest, Hungary   Finland
7–0
8–0
Friendly
46 27 May 1952 Dynamo Stadium, Moscow, Soviet Union   Soviet Union
1–2
1–2
Friendly
47 15 June 1952 Stadion Wojska Polskiego, Warsaw, Poland   Poland
2–0
5–1
Friendly
48 15 June 1952 Stadion Wojska Polskiego, Warsaw, Poland   Poland
4–0
5–1
Friendly
49 22 June 1952 Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland   Finland
1–0
6–1
Friendly
50 24 July 1952 Urheilukeskus, Kotka, Finland   Turkey
4–0
7–1
1952 Summer Olympics
51 24 July 1952 Urheilukeskus, Kotka, Finland   Turkey
7–1
7–1
1952 Summer Olympics
52 28 July 1952 Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland   Sweden
1–0
6–0
1952 Summer Olympics
53 2 August 1952 Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland   Yugoslavia
1–0
2–0
1952 Summer Olympics Gold Medal match
54 20 September 1952 Wankdorf Stadium, Bern, Switzerland   Switzerland
1–2
4–2
1948–53 Dr. Gerö Cup
55 20 September 1952 Wankdorf Stadium, Bern, Switzerland   Switzerland
2–2
4–2
1948–53 Dr. Gerö Cup
56 17 May 1953 Stadio dei Centomila, Rome, Italy   Italy
2–0
3–0
1948–53 Dr. Gerö Cup
57 17 May 1953 Stadio dei Centomila, Rome, Italy   Italy
3–0
3–0
1948–53 Dr. Gerö Cup
58 5 July 1953 Råsunda Stadium, Stockholm, Sweden   Sweden
1–0
4–2
Friendly
59 4 October 1953 Great Strahov Stadium, Prague, Czechoslovakia   Czechoslovakia
5–1
5–1
Friendly
60 25 November 1953 Wembley Stadium, London, England   England
3–1
6–3
England v Hungary (1953)
61 25 November 1953 Wembley Stadium, London, England   England
4–1
6–3
England v Hungary (1953)
62 12 February 1954 Cairo, Egypt   Egypt
1–0
3–0
Friendly
63 12 February 1954 Cairo, Egypt   Egypt
2–0
3–0
Friendly
64 23 May 1954 Népstadion, Budapest, Hungary   England
2–0
7–1
Hungary v England (1954)
65 23 May 1954 Népstadion, Budapest, Hungary   England
7–1
7–1
Hungary v England (1954)
66 17 June 1954 Hardturm Stadium, Zürich, Switzerland   South Korea
1–0
9–0
1954 FIFA World Cup
67 17 June 1954 Hardturm Stadium, Zürich, Switzerland   South Korea
9–0
9–0
1954 FIFA World Cup
68 20 June 1954 St. Jakob Stadium, Basel, Switzerland   West Germany
2–0
8–3
1954 FIFA World Cup
69 4 July 1954 Wankdorf Stadium, Bern, Switzerland   West Germany
1–0
2–3
1954 FIFA World Cup Final
70 8 May 1955 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, Norway   Norway
3–0
5–0
Friendly
71 11 May 1955 Råsunda Stadium, Stockholm, Sweden   Sweden
2–0
7–3
Friendly
72 11 May 1955 Råsunda Stadium, Stockholm, Sweden   Sweden
6–3
7–3
Friendly
73 19 May 1955 Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland   Finland
3–0
9–1
Friendly
74 17 September 1955 Stade Olympique de la Pontaise, Lausanne, Switzerland   Switzerland
4–2
5–4
1954–1960 Dr. Gerö Cup
75 17 September 1955 Stade Olympique de la Pontaise, Lausanne, Switzerland   Switzerland
5–4
5–4
1954–1960 Dr. Gerö Cup
76 25 September 1955 Népstadion, Budapest, Hungary   Soviet Union
1–1
1–1
Friendly
77 16 October 1955 Népstadion, Budapest, Hungary   Austria
6–1
6–1
1954–1960 Dr. Gerö Cup
78 13 November 1955 Népstadion, Budapest, Hungary   Sweden
3–1
4–2
Friendly
79 27 November 1955 Népstadion, Budapest, Hungary   Italy
1–0
2–0
1954–1960 Dr. Gerö Cup
80 19 February 1956 Fenerbahçe Stadı, Istanbul, Turkey   Turkey
1–3
1–3
Friendly
81 29 February 1956* Al Manara Stadium, Beirut, Lebanon   Lebanon
2–0
4–1
Friendly
82 3 June 1956 Stade du Heysel, Brussels, Belgium   Belgium
1–1
4–5
Friendly
83 16 September 1956 Stadion FK Crvena Zvezda, Belgrade, Yugoslavia   Yugoslavia
3–1
3–1
1954–1960 Dr. Gerö Cup
84 14 October 1956 Praterstadion, Vienna, Austria   Austria
1–0
2–0
Friendly
(* Non-FIFA match)

International appearances for SpainEdit

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Date Venue Opponent Score Competition
12 November 1961 Casablanca, Casablanca, Morocco   Morocco 1–0 1962 FIFA World Cup qualification
31 May 1962 Estadio Sausalito, Viña del Mar, Chile   Czechoslovakia 0–1 1962 FIFA World Cup
3 June 1962 Estadio Sausalito, Viña del Mar, Chile   Mexico 1–0 1962 FIFA World Cup
6 June 1962 Estadio Sausalito, Viña del Mar, Chile   Brazil 1–2 1962 FIFA World Cup

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

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ReferencesEdit

  • (Autobiography) Ferenc Puskas: Captain of Hungary: Ferenc Puskas (1955). Reprinted in 2007 [1]
  • Behind the Curtain — Travels in Eastern European Football: Jonathan Wilson (2006) [2]
  • The World Cup — The Complete History: Terry Crouch (2002) [3]
  • 50 Years of the European Cup and Champions League: Keir Radnedge (2005) [4]
  • Obituary in The Guardian by Brian Glanville, 18 November 2006

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