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Football's greatest players.Ferenc Puskas

Updated on June 4, 2012

Mighty Magyars

Puskas was quite simply a Hungarian goal machine.His phenomenal record of 511 goals in Spanish and Hungarian football was thanks to his deadly left foot,along with his great skill and pace.He was captain of Hungary known as the Mighty Magyars ,who set a record of 32 matches unbeaten in the 1950,s

Football Info.

Born in 1927 in Budapest,Ferenc played his early football for Kispest and Honved, and by 1948 was the top goalscorer in Europe.He went on to win four Hungarian league titles between 1950 and 1955.In1958 he signed for Real Madrid helping them win the Primera Liga five times in a row from 1961-65, scoring 20 or more goals each season. Ferenc won three European Cups with Real, and his finest hour coming in the 1960 final, a classic match where they beat Eintracht Frankfurt 7-3 with Puskas netting four times.

Hungary were scoring for fun in the 1954 World Cup finals,and the Mighty Magyars were strong favourites to beat West Germany in the Final.Although not fully fit, Puskas opened the scoring for Hungary and they were 2-0 up within 10 minutes. West Germany fought back to win 3-2 and Puskas had a late equaliser controversially disallowed.

Football Highlights

Made his International debut against Austria aged 18.

Scored 83 International goals in 84 appearances for Hungary.

Transferred, with the entire Kispet club to the new army side Honved in 1948.

His nickname was the "Galloping Major".

Scored two goals in the 6-3 defeat of England in 1953.It was England's first defeat at Wembley by a foreign side.

Stayed in Western Europe whilst the army team played a European Cup tie against Bilbao at the start of the Hungarian Revolution in 1956.

The new FIFA Puskas Award will be awarded for the outstanding goal of the season starting from 2008-09.

Top Awards

FIFA Order of Merit  1994


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