József Bozsik

József Bozsik (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈjoːʒɛf ˈboʒik]; 28 November 1925 – 31 May 1978) was a Hungarian footballer who played as a midfielder. He spent his entire club career at his hometown club, Budapest Honvéd. Bozsik was a key member of the legendary Mighty Magyars as he represented Hungary in various international tournaments. Honvéd named their stadium, Bozsik József Stadion, after him.

József Bozsik
Bozsik József 1958.jpg
Bozsik in 1958
Personal information
Date of birth (1925-11-28)28 November 1925
Place of birth Kispest, Hungary
Date of death 31 May 1978(1978-05-31) (aged 52)
Place of death Budapest, Hungary
Playing position(s) Central midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1943–1962 Budapest Honvéd FC 477 (33)
National team
1947–1962 Hungary 101 (11)
Teams managed
1966–1967 Budapest Honvéd FC
1974 Hungary
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Early lifeEdit

József Bozsik was born in Kispest, now a district of Budapest. Given the nickname "Cucu" by his grandmother, he grew up playing football on the local football grounds in Kispest with his best friend and neighbour Ferenc Puskás.[citation needed]

Playing careerEdit

As an 11-year-old, he attracted the attention of Honvéd FC and the club signed him to the youth team. In 1943, he made his debut for the first team against Vasas SC. He made his debut for Hungary at the age of 22 against Bulgaria on 17 August 1947 and went on to win 101 caps and score 11 goals between then and his final cap on 18 April 1962 against Uruguay. He remained the most capped Hungarian player until 2016, when his record was broken by goalkeeper Gábor Király.[1]

Bozsik won the Olympic gold medal[2] with his country in 1952 in Helsinki and finished second with the Hungarian team in the 1954 FIFA World Cup. He also took part in Hungary's famous 6-3 win over England at Wembley and the team's 7–1 win over England in Budapest.

In 1956–57, Bozsik returned from Honvéd's winter tour to play in the 1958 FIFA World Cup. A year later, he won the Mitropa Cup with Honvéd. In all, he played 447 top-level games for KAC (and its legal successor BHSE) and scored 33 goals.

Style of playEdit

In his prime, Bozsik was considered one of the best attacking half-backs in the world, possessing good technique, flair, tactical nous, passing accuracy and creativity, although he suffered from a lack of pace. He was often used as a deep lying playmaker where his tackling ability was also helpful. He is considered one of the greatest Hungarian footballers.[3]

Post-playing careerEdit

Resting place of József Bozsik

Throughout his career, Bozsik won many honours and was even made a Member of Parliament. After his retirement, he became a member of the board at his old club. He also managed the team for 47 matches between January 1966 and September 1967, after which he returned to his position on the board. In 1974, he was chosen to manage the Hungarian national team, but illness forced him to resign soon after he got the job.[citation needed]


József Bozsik died in Budapest, aged 52, due to heart failure. He was made a Freeman of Kispest posthumously.



Budapest Honvéd





  1. ^ "Válogatott: Király lehagyta Bozsikot, egyedül rekorder". nso.hu. Retrieved 20 May 2016.
  2. ^ József Bozsik, Sports-Reference / Olympic Sports. Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  3. ^ Europe's best Player of the Century - IFFHS
  4. ^ "Hungarian football players of the Year". Retrieved 24 September 2015.

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