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FERENC PUSKAS


BORN:  April 2, 1927
COUNTRY: Hungary
WORLD CUP APPEARANCES:   6 games in 2 tournaments ('54, '62)
CLUBS: Kispest/Honved, Real Madrid

INTRODUCTION: One of the greatest players ever to play in the World Cup.  Captain of one of the greatest World Cup team ever.  Puskas was the world's most feared striker in the 1950s.
CAREER INTERNATIONAL GOALS: 83 goals in 84 games 

1954 World Cup - Switzerland
After Hungary's magnificent triumph in the 1952 Olympics and the world famous 6-3 victory over England in Wembley in 1953, Puksas' World Cup debut was eagerly anticipated.  And he did not disappoint, scoring twice in against South Korea in a 9-0 thrashing of the Asian side.

FOUL
Puskas prepared to shoot as his marker Liebrich tackled from behind.  Puskas claimed that the foul was intentionally.  His injury would keep him out until the final.
In their first meeting of West Germany, Hungary won again.  8-3 this time.  Puskas was injured by German man-marker Liebrich.  It was only the second game of the tournament and he was sidelined until the final match, this time against the West Germany.  Everyone wondered whether Puskas would play in the final.  He decided he was fit enough.

Puskas scored the opening goal only 6 minutes after the kick-off and Czibor scored the second two minutes later.  But as the match developed, Puskas' lack of fitness and his teammates' fatigue from the earlier matches clearly showed.  The Germans foughtback to make it 3-2.  Puskas then had a legitimate goal controversially ruled offside.  So Hungary, to the disbelief of millions around the world, went down to West Germany, which was at that time a weak footballing country.

Puskas did not play in the 1958 tournament after fledging to the West following the Hungarian revolution.  Without its captain, the Hungarian team fared badly in this World Cup, failing even to reach the second round.

1962 World Cup - Chile
PUSKAS A SPANIARD
After joining Spanish club Real Madrid, Puskas made four appearances for the Spanish national team, appearing in the 1962 World Cup.
Four years later at the 1962 finals, this famous player made his second World Cup appearance, astonishingly,  for Spain.  As a neutralized Spaniard at the age of 35, Puskas took the place of Alfredo Di Stefano, who was still injured and could not play, against world champions Brazil.  Puskas created the opening goal for his newly adopted country.  But Brazil scored two late goals from Amarildo, Pele's replacement, and Puskas failed to avenge for the 1954 World Cup he lost in Switzerland.

HIS GOALS IN THE WORLD CUP - COMPLETE RECORD
1954
1st round, 1st match v. South Korea (2)
2nd match v. West Germany
Final v. West Germany


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