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Sándor Kocsis

Hungarian footballer

Died when: 49 years 304 days (598 months)
Star Sign: Libra


Sándor Kocsis

Sándor Péter Kocsis (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈʃaːndor ˈpeːtɛr ˈkot͡ʃiʃ]; 21 September 1929 – 22 July 1979) was a Hungarian footballer who played for Ferencváros TC, Budapest Honvéd, Young Fellows Zürich, FC Barcelona and Hungary as a striker.

During the 1950s, along with Ferenc Puskás, Zoltán Czibor, József Bozsik and Nándor Hidegkuti, he was a member of the Mighty Magyars.

After the 1956 Hungarian Revolution he moved to Spain where he became a member of the FC Barcelona team of the late 1950s.Kocsis was a prolific goalscorer for both Budapest Honvéd and Hungary.

While playing for Honvéd, he was the top goal scorer in any European league in both 1952 and 1954.He also scored 75 goals in 68 appearances for Hungary – a 1.10 goal/game average at the game's highest level.

Kocsis was the top goal scorer in the 1954 World Cup with 11 goals, being the first player to score two hat tricks in a World Cup.

His record 2.2 goal/game average in a single World Cup finals competition is still unbeaten as of 2014, and only Just Fontaine has scored more goals in a single World Cup.

He was particularly known for scoring headers.His 1.103 goals/game average is ranked No.1 for players past 43 caps FIFA in class-A competition, closely followed by Gerd Müller with 1.097 goals/game (68 scores in 62 games), and are the only two players in history above a +1.0 goals/game average encompassing more than 43 internationals.

Ferenc Puskás with .99 goals/game (84 goals in 85 matches) is currently ranked 3rd.Sándor Kocsis registered seven hat tricks for Hungary.

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