||23 Sep 1929
||21 Jul 1978
1954 - 11
in the 1954 World Cup with 11 goals, Sandor Kocsis was a superb header
of the ball and known as "The Man With The Golden Head". In 68 internationals
he scored an incredible 75 goals, including a record seven hat-tricks.
Born in Budapest in September 1929, he began with KTC before moving to
Ferencvaros and at 19 helped them win the 1949 Hungarian title. After Ferencvaros
were amalgamated into the new Honved team, he established a great partnership
with Ferenc Puskas at both club and international level.
Kocsis made his international debut in 1949 and in the early 1950's was
the Hungarian league's top scorer three times. A key member of the Hungarian
side that remained unbeaten from the start of the decade, he was in the
team that beat England 6-3 at Wembley in 1953. He scored two extra-time
goals in the 1954 World Cup semifinal against Uruguay, but could not add
to his 1952 Olympic Gold medal.
In 1956 Honved were playing in Spain during the Hungarian uprising and
Kocsis, Puskas and others decided not to return home. Kocsis became player-coach
of Young Boys Berne, then joined Barcelona in 1957 and scored in their
defeat by Benfica in the 1961 European Cup final. He retired in 1966, at
the age of 37, and died in 1978.
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