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Ferenc Puskás

Hungarian footballer

Died when: 79 years 229 days (955 months)
Star Sign: Aries


Ferenc Puskás

Ferenc Puskás (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈfɛrɛnt͡s ˈpuʃkaːʃ], UK: /ˌfɛrɛnts ˈpʊʃkəʃ, ˈpʊʃkæʃ/ FERR-ents PUUSH-kəsh, PUUSH-kash; born Ferenc Purczeld; 1 April 1927 – 17 November 2006) was a Hungarian football player and manager, widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time and the sport's first international superstar.

A forward, he scored 84 goals in 85 international matches for Hungary and played four international matches for Spain.He became an Olympic champion in 1952 and led his nation to the final of the 1954 World Cup.

He won three European Cups (1959, 1960, 1966), ten national championships (five Hungarian and five Spanish Primera División) and eight top individual scoring honors.

In 1995, he was recognized as the greatest top division scorer of the 20th century by the IFFHS.With 806 goals in 793 official games scored during his career, he is the fifth top goalscorer of all time.

He was the son of former footballer Ferenc Puskás Senior.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.

He scored 618 goals in 619 matches in the Hungarian and Spanish leagues and National Cups.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.

In 1993, he returned to Hungary and took temporary charge of the Hungarian national team.In 1998, he became one of the first ever FIFA/SOS Charity ambassadors.

In 2002, the Népstadion in Budapest was renamed the Puskás Ferenc Stadion in his honor.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.

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.

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