'The Sports & History Story of the Century'

Author: The Historian Emeritus of the Literati, the Whiz Kid of English,  the Real Legendary Crackerjack Glorious Magyar Robin Hood b. 1972, October 1, Budapest

'Enlightened' Dynamic American Writing & Journalism Academy

Recommended Reading:  Puskás on Puskás : The Life and Times of a Footballing Legend  Rogan P. Taylor (1998)

'The Moderns', The Most Excellent, the Most Influential, The Exceptionals

Hidegkuti ('The Old Man') 'The Playing Father of Total Football', Superstar of MTK Budapest, the 3rd highest rated top division team last century, the scoring hat trick hero of the 'Match of the Century, the great experienced false No. 9 withdrawn center-forward and last century's 2nd most victorious player by win percentage in the world game past 35 scores.

Puskás ('Öcsi') 'The Greatest Ever' in top-tier world & top division association football.

Kocsis ('The Man with the Golden Head'/'The Cube') 'The Natural', Europe's greatest ever international record-breaking target striker, the catalyst of the 'Golden Team', the only player to have won the fabled, mythical and unreachable 'Septuple Crown' in the sport.

Puskás (83)-Kocsis (75)-Hidegkuti (39), the renowned incomparable nexus combined for 194 career world goals, the most ever of any trio past and future.

Before Puskás (Öcsi), Ferenc Deák (Bamba), György Sárosi (Gyuri), the Greatest Football Player of the First Half of the 20th Century, Imre Schlosser (Slózi) (Oct 11, 1889 Budapest - July 19, 1959), the world record-holder for most international goals (59 scores since 1921) before Puskás broke his countryman's record in the "Match of the Century" (Nov. 1953 in London).  Schlosser's 417 goals in top-division league football stands second only to Puskás as of Nov. 2017 according to the I.F.F.H.S.  Imre Schlosser was the world's top scorer for most goals in any league in the world in 1911, 1912, 1913 and 1914 as a superb outstanding player who played on 13 1st-division championship teams: 7 championship titles with Ferencváros & 6 with MTK Budapest.  In his 60th international in a game played and won against Austria 3-2 on Nov. 9, 1919, Schlosser took the national team to its then highest ever ranking as the No. 2 team in the world.

'Matches of the Century' 

***** World Football's Highest Rated Matches of the 20th Century *****


Combined Points


ELO Rating

Nation 2

ELO Rating 




Venue Location

No. 1




West Germany 


3 : 3


1954 World Cup Final | "The Miracle of Bern"








4 : 2


1912 Olympics Games Final




West Germany




0 : 1 




No. 4






4 : 2


1954 World Cup Semifinal |"The Greatest Game Ever"


No. 5






4 : 2


1954 World Cup Quarterfinal | "The Battle of Bern"







7 : 1


"The Match of the Century II"







6 : 3


"The Match of the Century" 


***** The World's Greatest of the Great ***** 

All-Time Highest Ranked International Teams (update: 10/01/2018)

World Rank Nation Elo Points Peak Date Set
No. 1 Gold Hungary
captained by Ferenc Puskás (Öcsi)
2230 July 4 1954
No. 2 Silver Germany 2223 July 13 2014
No. 3 Bronze  England 2216 Nov. 9 1912
No. 4 Brazil 2194 June 17 1962
No. 5 Spain 2165 June 23 2013
No. 6 Argentina 2160 April 3 1957
No. 7 Netherlands 2154 July 12 2014
No. 8 France 2137 May 30 2001
No. 9 Italy 2131 June 11 1939
No. 10 Uruguay  2108 June 13, 1928

source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Football_Elo_Ratings#All-time_highest_ratings

April 28, 1964, the world's No. 2 team, the Hungarian team visiting the Louvre Museum in Paris.

**** April 28 1964 ****

 International Football's Top National Goalscorers 

World Rank Star Player & Nickname Country Intl. Goals Matches Goal Ratio Highest Elo Rating of Played in National Team as of April 28 1964
No. 1 Ferenc Puskás ('Öcsi') Hungary 83 83 1.00 2230 (July 4, 1954)
No. 2 Sándor Kocsis ('The Cube') Hungary 75 66 1.14 2230 (July 4, 1954)
No. 3 Imre Schlosser ('Slózi') Hungary 59 68 0.87 2003 (April 6, 1919)
No. 4 Lajos Tichy ('The Nation's Bomber') Hungary 51 72 0.71

2212 (Nov. 27, 1955)

No. 5 Pauli Jorgensen ('Curl Leg') Denmark 44 47 0.94 1873 (June 13, 1926)
No. 6 György Sárosi ('Gyuri') Hungary 42 62 0.68 1975 (June 16, 1938)
No. 7 Péle ('The Black Pearl') Brazil 41 39 1.05

2156 (Sept 20, 1959)

No. 8 Nándor Hidegkuti ('The Old Man') Hungary 39 69 0.57 2230 (July 4, 1954)


The incomparable and all-time Hollywood legend, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Miss Hungary 1936.

'For Your Eyes Only Dahhhling' 

The greatest name in big sensational journalism, publishing magnate
and icon of the greatest prized Literati, Joseph J. Pulizter (April, 1847 Makó, Hungary
- Oct. 1911, Charleston, SC, America).

"There is no more illustrious history than the history of the Magyar nation .... the whole civilized world is indebted to Magyarland for its heroic deeds." - 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, addressing the Hungarian Parliament, Budapest, Hungary April 2 1910.

President Theodore Roosevelt in Budapest, 1910.

"It's not enough to have talent, you also have to be Hungarian." - Robert Capa, The Greatest Photographer Ever

 ***** The World's Greatest of the Great *****

Annual World Top-Rated M.V.P. Star Players at Key Positions, 1948-1960

Year Striker Forward Offensive Midfielder Offensive Lateral Midfielder  Central Defender  Defender of the Year
1948 Gunnar Nordahl Ferenc Puskás Valentino Mazzola Felix Loustau Danilo Alvim Billy Wright Branko Stankovic
1949 Ferenc Déak Ferenc Puskás Zizinho Karl Aage Praest Ernst Ocwirk Neil Franklin Branko Stankovic
1950 Ademir de Menezes Ferenc Puskás Zizinho Alcides Ghiggia Obdulio Varela John Charles Erik Nilsson
1951 Gunnar Nordahl Alfredo Di Stéfano Nils Liedholm Tom Finney Nestor Rossi Cor Van Der Hart Victor Andrade
1952 Sándor Kocsis Ferenc Puskás Juan Schiaffino Estanislao Basora József Boszik Billy Wright Billy Wright
1953 Nat Lofthouse Ferenc Puskás Raymond Kopa Zoltán Czibor Ernst Ocwirk Robert Jonquet Nilton Santos
1954 Sándor Kocsis Nándor Hidegkuti Fritz Walter Zoltán Czibor József Boszik Jose Santamaria Jose Santamaria
1955 Eduard Streltsov Alfredo Di Stéfano Raymond Kopa Bernard Vukas Igor Netto Robert Jonquet Robert Jonquet
1956 Nat Lofthouse Alfredo Di Stéfano Raymond Kopa Julinho József Boszik Jose Santamaria Nilton Santos
1957 John Charles Alfredo Di Stéfano Didi Raymond Kopa Duncan Edwards Billy Wright Billy Wright
1958 Just Fontaine Péle Didi Garrincha Danny Blanchflower Billy Wright Nilton Santos
1959 John Charles Péle Alfredo Di Stéfano Francisco Gento Dino Sani Jose Santamaria Djalma Santos
1960 Uwe Seeler Ferenc Puskás Luis Suarez Garrincha Danny Blanchflower Jose Santamaria Jose Santamaria


***** The World's Greatest of the Great *****

The Seven Continent's Greatest Super-Athletic Olympian Nations ( 1896 - 2016 )

All-Time Summer Olympic Excellence by Weighted Medals per Capita*

World Rank 


Weighted Medals 




Population per Weighted Medals

No. 1 Gold


1,162 pts.




8,573 persons

No. 2 Silver


1,099 pts.




8,635 persons

No. 3 Bronze


1,098 pts.




20,838 persons

No. 4

Great Britain

1,932 pts.




32,226 persons

No. 5


1,589 pts.




41,126 persons

No. 6


1,375 pts.




44,201 persons

No. 7 United States 6,380 pts. 1,021 795 706 49,110 persons


* New York Times criteria (Nations with +1000 points: Gold = 4, Silver =2, Bronze =1)

The Amazing True Story of the Greatest Football Team of All Time

Hungary's Magical Magyars / 'The Golden Team


Ferenc Puskás, 'The Greatest', World's All-Time Greatest Goalscorer and Football's First Superstar

Football's 'Bambino', Folkloric Robin Hood, Tournament Extraordinaire, Horatio Alger and Ulysses

Extra: The 1960 European Cup Finale

Sándor Kocsis, 'The True Ace' International Football's Prodigal Striker, 'The Natural'

József Bozsik, Midfield Ironman Legend, the 'Conductor Par Excellance'

Gyula Grosics, 'Midas' , Football's First Modern Goalkeeper

Gustáv Sebes, Manager Legend, 'The Producer'

The Early Great Famous Matches (1952-1953)

The 'Match of the Century' (Nov. 1953)

The 1954 World Cup

The 1954 World Cup Finale

The Late Great Influential Matches (1954-1956)

Inside 60 Games, Curriculum Vitae, Records & Statistics

***** The World's Greatest of the Great *****

Sport Top-Tier Pro Baseball Top-Tier Pro Hockey Top-Tier Pro American Football Top-Tier Association Football (International) Top-Tier Pro Association Football (Club) Top-Tier's Most Successful/Greatest  Racehorse of All-Time
Greatest Ever Team of All Time in Sport New York Yankees  Montreal Canadiens  New England Patriots    1954 Hungary Barcelona  1876-1879 Kincsem (Hungary)
Peak Elo Points 1623 1742 1824 2230 2107   54 1st Place Wins, 54 Starts
reference: fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-best-mlb-teams-of-all-time-according-to-elo/ hockeyanalytics.com/2016/07/elo-ratings-for-the-nhl/ fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-best-nfl-teams-of-all-time-according-to-elo/ eloratings.net clubelo.com/Stats


Sport Top-Tier Pro Boxing Top-Tier International Chess (Men) Top-Tier Pro Basketball 'Greatest Ever' in Top-Tier International Chess (Women) Top-Tier Pro Tennis (Men)
Greatest Ever Team of All Time in Sport Sugar Ray Robinson Magnus Carlsen  Golden State Warriors  Judit Polgár  Novak Djokovic 
Peak Elo Points 2069.52 2882 1729


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Simply the Greatest! A footballing Avalon - the classic lineup of the Magical Magyar side: Kocsis-Budai-Zakarias-Lantos-Buzanszky-Bozsik-Czibor-Hidegkuti-Lorant-Grosics-Puskás (May 17th 1953 in Rome), the highest rated international team of all time. The 'Golden Team' went 49 wins, 9 draws, and 1 unwon (with the omission of the 1954 World Cup Final for a 98.3% undefeated percentage) over the course of six years that brandished a supremely illustrious nova offense in a class of its own that scored 4.36 goals per game at the sport's highest level.  In translating world association football scores to equate with top-tier pro American football (1 goal = 10 points & no draws included), they would have scored 43.6 points/game on the gridiron at the topmost level of the professional game during a 59 game span while conceding 11.7 points/game for a 49 win, 1 loss record.

***** The World's Greatest of the Great *****

1949-1956 Hungary (7 years) 

May 8, 1949 - Feb. 18, 1956:

The Highest Performing, Greatest Offensive and Indisputably Highest Rated No. 1 Team of All-Time

 International Football's Strongest, Most Powerful/Balanced, Most Inventive & Influential  

Number of Full Internationals




Winning Percentage:

Undefeated Percentage:


Goals Against 

Goal Diff./Game

Supercomputer's Appraisal

Grade & Class of Matches

59 matches* in equiv. top-tier pro American football, 49 wins, 1 loss

(43.6 points/game, 11.7 def. points/game )






+4.36 gls/gm

-1.17 gls/gm

+3.19 gls/gm

The Very Best Ever/Greatest Ever

AAA+++ /Stunning Débâcle Victory

* Do not include the 1954 World Cup Final due to various controversies.   The games against the 'Soviet Union' on May 24th and 27th 1952 was played against a ' Moscow Select XI ' (Moscow city clubs' selection and not the 'national Soviet Union team') therefore it is not an official "full international" match between national teams and will not be included in the statistics.  Moreover, the referee in the match was from the Soviet Union. 

Useful Links for Statistics:

World Football Elo Ratings / World Football Historic Center

The Rec. Sport Soccer Statistics Foundation

   For the purposes of this writing, we will attempt to use ELO World Football Rankings, developed by Hungarian-American mathematician Árpád Élő and adapted for international football. No other ratings system, including FIFA Rankings, is as comprehensive in coverage from the game's beginnings into today.  ELO ratings use an empirical formula that does not account for weighted historical averages, nor judge teams after penalty shootouts and immediately rewards teams that perform well against good teams. It is the purest form of attaining the relative scope for national teams that represents the very best estimates. ELO ratings cover all eras including the first international between Scotland and England in 1872 for all national sides into today. The ELO rating system accounts for all 'full internationals' between 'national teams' whether sanctioned by FIFA or not.

The games against the 'Soviet Union' on May 24th and 27th 1952 was played against a ' Moscow Select XI ' (Moscow city clubs' selection and not the 'national Soviet Union team') therefore it is not an official "full international" match between national teams and will not be included in the statistics. Moreover, the referee in the match was from the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union would be officially recognized and sanctioned by FIFA in 1954. 

BBC's/Supercomputer's Benchmarking and Rankings of the Greatest International Teams of All-Time:  No. 1 Hungary

***** The World's Greatest of the Great *****

The Immortal Folkloric Icon and Legend, 'The Very Best Ever & Greatest', Puskás Öcsi 

          IT might be prophetical and right that the 20th Century should have prepared the way for a player of prolific prizewinning Olympian productivity and that when this player came he was one of the extremely few who do not belong to any century but for all time.  He was of a remembered time and when he came he played beyond the genius of the game as the maker of a scaled true artistry that his crush of strength glowed a world-wide welcome on new teams more eloquent and powerful than elsewhere.

         Without knowing Puskás we can hardly view 20th Century football in perspective for Puskás is the master player who most completely indicates the ways and the times in which football turned from the traditions of much earlier times to the new mode of the second half of the century.  How little the formative years sometimes tell about an individual's potentialities is exemplified by the fact that Puskás, who was known as ' Öcsi ' (' Little Kid Brother ', pronounced: ' Uhchee ') in his youth were he mastered the game with a liberated intelligence and talent in the simplest of settings during the inter-war years would lead a life of creativeness and wit, be involved in three of the most stupendous matches of the century from start to finish immersed in the atmosphere of the sensational that caused him to be ranked among the most celebrated players of all time and become a great footballing figure of the classic past.  Three of his games where he was the chief participant, the 6-3 win over England where he scored two goals and made two more, the 1954 World Cup Final match (the world championship decider where he opened and closed the scoring notes with two goals) that lived under a cloud of suspicion and the 7-3 win over Eintracht Frankfurt in the spring of 1960 where he scored four goals are among the best ever done.     

      Only he holds the proud distinction of being on three of the most hailed and renowned football teams of all time: mighty Kispest-Honvéd (1943-1956), Hungary (1945-1956) and Real Madrid (1958-1967), the latter two have remained, for many, probably the greatest teams to be seen in all the records of the world and the two principal teams of all time, the 'Magical Magyars' and Real Madrid.  In pouring with a streak of physical rhythmic élan, there is the inexhaustible fund of buoyancy with Puskás on jaunts of footballing years to crowning growth of matchless world-famous teams who run the race of fame, conquering their field of aim, endowed them with the glows and glories of cosmic and dynamic features.

     Teams' captain and harbinger who earned everlasting and ever-fixed marks of the 20th century with his glorious, sailing, bounding drives Puskás was the real golden boy in the golden heydays of football.

 World's All-Time Top Division League Goalscorers (update Nov. 13 2017)

Source: International Federation of Football History & Statistics

All Time Rank Star Player Domestic League Goals / Matches  Goal Ratio
No. 1 Ferenc Puskás (Öcsi)  Hungary / Spain 511 533 0.96
No. 2 Imre Schlosser Hungary / Austria 417 318 1.31
No. 3 Gyula Zsengeller Hungary / Italy / Columbia 416 394 1.06
No. 4 James Edward McGrory Scotland 410 408 1.00
tie 5 Gerd Müller Germany 405 507 0.80
tie 5 Roger Milla Cameroon/France/Indonesia 405 712 0.57
No. 6. Hugo Sanchez Mexico/USA/Spain 400 684 0.58
No. 7 Ferenc Szusza Hungary 393 462 0.85

The Sport's All-Time Supreme Select XI in the 4-4-3 formation                                                                     ****  Top International Goalscorers Last Century ****

Association Football's All-Time Supreme 'Dream Team' Select XI. http://xtrahistory.blogspot.com/2013/01/All-Time-World-XI.html

World Rank Star Catalyst Player Country Goals Games Goal-Ratio (goals per game) Hat-tricks Active Years

No. 1

Ferenc Puskás (Öcsi)







2. Godfrey Chitalu Zambia 79 111 0.71 6 1968-1980
3. Hussain Saeed Mohammed Iraq 78 137 0.57 5 1976-1990
4. Pelé Brazil 77 92 0.84 7 1957-1971
tied No. 5 Sándor Kocsis (the Cube) Hungary  75 66 1.136 (world record past 52 goals) (previous world record) 1948-1956
tied No. 5 Kunishige Kamamoto Japan 75 76 0.99 8 (tied world record) 1964-1977

***** All-Time Highest Ranked National Teams *****

World Rank Nation Elo Points Peak Date Set
No. 1 Hungary
captained by Ferenc Puskás (Öcsi)
2230 July 4 1954
No. 2 Germany 2223 July 13 2014
No. 3 England 2216 Nov. 9 1912
No. 4 Brazil 2194 June 17 1962
No. 5 Spain 2165 June 23 2013
No. 6 Argentina 2160 April 3 1957
No. 7 Netherlands 2154 July 12 2014
No. 8 France 2137 May 30 2001
No. 9 Italy 2131 June 11 1939
No. 10 Uruguay  2108 June 13, 1928

***** Last Century's Highest Ranked Top Division Teams *****


Three legendary and dazzlingly learned master craftsmen of the game on the top division 'Team of the Century': unquestionably the most talented and greatest club strike trio of all-time: Di Stéfano-Gento-Puskás (1958-1964). Football history's greatest, the most decorated forward line with 14 won European Cup titles between them, the three would combine for a 437 goals together in just six years. At Real Madrid, Di Stéfano (five time European Cup winner), football's greatest club player and a great top-tier tournament extraordinaire, would score 307 total goals out of 396 matches and Puskás (three time European Cup winner) would score 242 goals out of his total 262 matches. Francisco Gento is the only man to have won six European Cup titles as a player.  Puskás-Di Stéfano-Gento, ' The Greatest Ever ' on the highest rated top division franchise team of last century.

Top Division Franchise   Elo Points Peak Date Set
Real Madrid 2069 March 19 1961 Ferenc Puskás (Öcsi)-Di Stéfano-Gento
AC Milan 2052 March 18 1993
MTK Budapest 2037 Oct. 20 1955

Nándor Hidegkuti (the Old Man)-Palotás-Lantos-Zakariás

Barcelona 2006 Oct. 6 1960 Sándor Kocsis (the Cube)-Lászlo Kubala-Zoltán Czibor (the 'Mad Winger')-Suarez
Hamburg 1973 Nov. 9 1980
Juventus  1966 April 20 1995
Ajax  1965 May 7 1973
Liverpool 1965 Nov. 5 1990

All-Time Top Division League Home Field Advantages

World Rank Team League Games Undefeated Streak Date Began Streak End Date
No. 1 Real Madrid (Puskás-Di Stéfano-Gento) 121 matches Feb. 17, 1957 Mar. 7, 1965
2. Crvena Zvezda 96 Aug. 29, 1998 Aug. 7, 2004
3. PVS Eindhoven 93 Sep. 17, 1983 Mar. 19, 1989
4. FC Nates 92 May15, 1976 Apr. 7, 1981
5. Cobreloa 91 1979 1985
6. Spartak Trnava 89 Mar. 30, 1968 April 2, 1974
7. Torino 88 Jan. 31, 1943 Nov. 6, 1949
8. Chelsea 86 Mar. 20, 2004 Nov. 26, 2008
No. 9 Panathinaikos 85 matches April 8, 1973 April 16, 1978
Ferenc Puskás was head managerof Panathinaikos (Greece) from 1970 to1974.


Top Division Tournament Extraordinaires

All-Time Greatest Goalscorers in the 'Champions League' by Goal Ratio (minimum 35 goals)


                      Real Madrid's "Very Best and Greatest"

    Top Players by Goal Ratio All-Time (minimum 171 total goals) 

R.M. Rank Star Player Total Goals Total Matches Goal Ratio Active Years
No. 1 Cristiano Ronaldo 426 420 1.01 2009-present
No. 2 Ferenc Puskás (Öcsi)  242 262 0.92 1958-1966
No. 3 Alfredo Di Stéfano 308 396 0.78 1953-1964
No. 4 Hugo Sanchez 208 282 0.74 1985-1992
No. 5 Karim Benzema 185 384 0.48 2009-present
No. 6 Carlos Santillana 290 645 0.45 1971-1988
No. 7 Raúl 323 741 0.44 1994-2010



***** The Fabulous Crackerjack Three *****

 Best Forward Line in International Football History

Last Century's Best Players by Win Percentage (minimum 35 goals)



Star Catalyst Players  Country Goals Wins Draws Losses Goal Ratio Winning Percentage
No. 1 Sándor Kocsis (the Cube) Hungary 75 52 10 4 1.136 86.36%
No. 2 Nándor Hidegkuti (the Old Man) Hungary 39 53 7 7 0.684 84.33%
No. 3 Zico Brazil 48 51 17 3 0.676 83.80%
No. 4 Ferenc Puskás (Öcsi)  Hungary 83 63 10 10 1.00 81.93%
No. 5 Péle Brazil 77 67 14 11 0.837 80.43%
No. 6 Gerd Müller West Germany  68 45 9 8 1.10 79.84%
No. 7 Bebeto Brazil 39 50 16 9 0.52 77.33%

source: http://rsssf.com/miscellaneous/century.html#goals  The games against the 'Soviet Union' on May 24th and 27th 1952 was played against a ' Moscow Select XI ' (Moscow city clubs' selection and not the 'national Soviet Union team') therefore it is not an official "full international" match between national teams and will not be included in the statistics. Moreover, the referee in the match was from the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union would be officially recognized and sanctioned by FIFA in 1954. 

***** Last Century's Highest Ranked Top Division Teams *****


Top Division Franchise   Elo Points Peak Date Set
Real Madrid 2069 March 19 1961 Ferenc Puskás (Öcsi)-Di Stéfano-Gento
AC Milan 2052 March 18 1993
MTK Budapest 2037 Oct. 20 1955

Nándor Hidegkuti (the Old Man)-Palotás-Lantos-Zakariás

Barcelona 2006 Oct. 6 1960 Sándor Kocsis (the Cube)-Lászlo Kubala-Zoltán Czibor (the 'Mad Winger')-Suarez
Hamburg 1973 Nov. 9 1980
Juventus  1966 April 20 1995
Ajax  1965 May 7 1973
Liverpool 1965 Nov. 5 1990

                                                                   **** The 1954 World Cup 'All-Star Dream Teamas recognized by FIFA ****





Sándor Kocsis ('The Cube')

Jozsef Bozsik ('Cucu')

Jose Santamaria

Gyula Grosics ('Black Panther')

Ferenc Puskás ('Öcsi')

Nándor Hidegkuti ('The Old Man')

Djalma Santos

Helmut Rahn

Zoltán Czibor ('Raglegs')

Ernst Ocwirk

Fritz Walter

****Top Hungarian Goalscorers in any Top League in the World in a Single Season ****

World Record Holder | Year as World's # 1 Scorer Goals Franchise Club
Imre Schlosser  1911  42  Ferencváros, Budapest
Imre Schlosser  1912  40  Ferencváros 
Imre Schlosser  1913  42  Ferencváros 
Imre Schlosser  1914  36  Ferencváros 
Alfred Schaffer  1918  42  MTK, Budapest 
Alfred Schaffer  1919  41  MTK 
Gyula Zsengeller  1939  56  Ujpest, Budapest 
Ferenc Deák (Bamba)  1946  66 (Old World record)  Szentlorinci, Hungary
Ferenc Deák (Bamba) 1947  48  Szentlorinci 
Ferenc Puskás (Öcsi)  1948  50  Kispest-Honvéd, Budapest
Ferenc Deák (Bamba) 1949  59  Ferencváros 
Sándor Kocsis (the Cube)  1952  36  Honvéd 
Sándor Kocsis (the Cube)  1954  33  Honvéd 

 --- Greatest Upfront Line of Last Century --- 


The Man from El Dorado, 'The Natural', goalscoring extraordinaire Sándor Kocsis (nicknamed 'The Cube' or 'Golden Head'), the greatest header of the ball who ever lived who was also the world's purest goalscorer of a varied artistry in the international game - being the 2nd most prolific European player of the century (75 goals) behind Puskás, who carried his team over many good sides in his 66 game career.  In 1954, in his most advanced year, Kocsis would have a scintillating and extraordinary season for all times where he won the mythical "Septuple Crown" that nobody in football history has yet ever achieved:
I) Winning national champion player in league
II) Top league goalscorer (33 goals)
III) Top league goalscorer in all the world (33 goals)
IV) Top international goalscorer in all the world for a national team (23 goals)
V) Top international goalscorer ever for a national team in a single year (23 goals)
VI) Top goalscorer in the World Cup (1954: 11 goals/5 games)
VII) Top goalscorer all-time for highest goal-ratio in the World Cup (2.20 goals/game) for tournament leader
Two years before, Kocsis was also the world's top league goalscorer in 1952 with 36 goals.  Kocsis was the star catalyst of the great Ferencváros side of 1949 that won the national title that year.  In 1952, 1954, and 1955, Kocsis was again Hungarian national champion with Honvéd-Kispest.  In 1959, 1960 Kocsis was Spanish national champion with Barcelona, and won the Spanish Copa del Rey in 1959 and also in 1963.  Kocsis' Barcelona side won the Inter-Cities Fair Cup in 1960.  In the 1961 European Cup Final against Béla Guttman's Benfica, Sándor Kocsis and Zoltán Czibor both scored in the heartbreaking 2-3 loss in the Wankdorf Stadium in Berne.   Kocsis' sensational club and unexampled international campaign in 1954 will probably have no equal in a single year, he is the only winner of the fabled "Septuple Crown". 

Ferenc Puskás

Sándor Kocsis

József Bozsik

Nándor Hidegkuti

Zoltán Czibor

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László Budai II

Lajos Tichy

Sándor Károly

Péter Palotás 

Mihály Tóth

Mihály Lantos

  Image result for buzanszky jeno   Jeno Buzánszky


Gyula Lóránt

József Zakariás

Ferenc Szojka

        Gyula Grosics

Sports Reporter and Executive

György Szepesi

Guinness World Record Holder

 The World's Greatest of the Great  

 May 8, 1949 - Oct. 14, 1956

 Hungary Versus The World's Elite National Teams* (World's Top #1 - #12 Ranked Teams)

A Perfect Top-Tier Professional American Football Season is 19 Games Won Consecutively


Venue / Match Ocassion


Elo Rating 

World Elo Rank



May 8 1949 home / Euro. Gero International Cup 1768 No. 12 Austria 6-1
June 12 1949 home / Euro. Gero International Cup 1998 No. 4 Italy 1-1
June 19 1949 away / friendly 2012 No. 3 Sweden 2-2
Nov. 20 1949 home / friendly 1987 No. 4 Sweden 5-0
July 21, 1952 neutral / 1952 Olympics Quarterfinal 1944 No. 4 Italy 3-0
July 28, 1952 neutral / 1952 Olympics Semifinal 1865 No. 11 Sweden 6-0
Aug. 2, 1952 neutral / 1952 Olympics Final 1943 No. 5 Yugoslavia 2-0
May 17, 1953 away / Euro. Gero International Cup Final 1863 No. 11 Italy 3-0
July 05, 1953 away / friendly 1851 No. 12 Sweden 4-2
Oct. 11, 1953 away / friendly 1869 No. 11 Austria 3-2
Nov. 25, 1953 away / "The Match of the Century" 2025 No. 3 England 6-3
April 11, 1954 away / friendly 1857 No. 11 Austria 1-0
May 23, 1954 home / "The Match of the Century" return  2027 No. 4 England 7-1
June 20, 1954 neutral / 1954 World Cup Group 1952 No. 7 West Germany 8-3
June 27, 1954 neutral / 1954 World Cup Quarterfinal 2038 No. 3 Brazil 4-2
June 30, 1954 neutral / 1954 World Cup Semifinal 2016 No. 3 Uruguay 4-2
July 4, 1954 neutral / 1954 World Cup Final 2048 No. 3 West Germany

omitted due to


Nov. 14, 1954 home / friendly 1950 No. 6 Austria 4-1
April 24, 1955 away / Euro. Gero International Cup 1916 No. 7 Austria 2-2
Oct. 16, 1955 home / Euro. Gero International Cup 1911 No. 7 Austria 6-1
April 29, 1956 home / Euro. Gero International Cup 1941 No. 7 Yugoslavia 2-2
Sept. 16, 1956 away / Euro. Gero International Cup 1951 No. 5 Yugoslavia 3-1
Oct. 7, 1956 away / friendly 1836 No. 11 France 2-1
Oct. 14, 1956 away / friendly 1914 No. 7 Austria 2-0

Versus World's Elite National Teams (Elo World Ranked Top #1 - #12): 
19 wins, 4 draws, 0 loss
91.30% Winning Percentage
100.00% Undefeated Percentage 

In equivalent top-tier professional American football, 'A Perfect Season' 

19 wins, 0 loss  (37.4 points/game)

Opp. Average
# 7.00

Goals/Match: +3.74

Goals Ag/Match: -1.17


The Arc Light of Football's Post-Bellum Renaissance and 'Modern Football'

 Aug. 20 1945 - June 8, 1958

The incorruptible admiral on a white horse, Hungary's national conservative regent Admiral Miklós Horthy (1869-1957) from 1919-1944 in Royal Hungary. Admiral Horthy achieved worldwide fame in May of 1917 at the head of the Austro-Hungarian navy from his outgunned flagship SMS Novara in the Adriatic: with only eight ships and difficult circumstances and under the threat of twelve main enemy ships and forty-seven drifters, he brilliantly outmaneuvers and miraculous defeats a vastly larger fleet in a major spectacular naval action and feat for the 'Central Powers'. With a lifelong admiration for England, he traveled the world and won international military tournaments in fencing and tennis as a young man and was a very good bridge player. No less a man than James Joyce, the great Irish writer, was his English teacher. Horthy was the source of the various Hungarian quotes in Joyce's novel Ulysses, one of the 20th century's foremost novels. It was during the powerful Horthy era that most members of the Magical Magyars began their careers.

The 'Paris of the East', the 'Pearl of the Danube', the 'Capital of Freedom', old romantic Budapest is a very ancient city with its venerable pivotal and strategic past.  In the depths of the Second World War, in Hungary largely untouched by the war, on December 5th 1943 in the Transylvanian city of Nagyvarad , the precocious young talent, 16 year old Ferenc Biro Puskas makes his debut for Kispest (a local 1st division club from Budapest).

The 'Hungarian Marriage of the Century', April 1940.

The 'Paris of the East', the 'Pearl of the Danube', the 'Capital of Freedom', the 'City of Spas' old romantic Budapest is a very ancient city with its venerable pivotal and strategic past.  In the depths of the Second World War, in Hungary largely untouched by the war, on December 5th 1943 in the Hungarian Transylvanian city of Nagyvárad , the precocious young talent, 16 year old Ferenc Biró Puskás makes his debut for Kispest (a local 1st division club from Budapest).            

         Some already know the story.  From once upon a time they set out every year starting in 1949, Honvéd and MTK of Budapest, and hardened in the temperature of their rivalry to victoriously career through the Hungarian top-division and, like the very best of teams, to make a grand tour of world football once united.  Housed in one common command-and-control model called the 'Golden Team', a directed sporting magnitude of national manager Gustáv Sebes who commenced to make a single team of undivided destinies and many stories, the grand concord zooms and goes on sporting commissions game after game, year after year for a world-record 49 undefeated months and the news runs by  by July 1954 nowhere had any team reached such precision, technical workmanship, pitch of peerless power, thematic and imaginative exuberance in any age or country before.  For the team united the day of completion arrived to the last athletic reality on July 4th and everybody would feel the thrum of the climax as the acme of all things accomplished and the encloser of things to be as journalists, sports writers and historians heralded the sport's most important and far meaning game ever played that confronts a new era.         

The 'Great Star Lord Mayor of Budapest', István Tarlós, Hollywood megastar

Scarlett Johansson and Deputy-Mayor Alexandra Szalay-Bobrovniczky, Sept 2019

        Rivaling teams approached an inventory of talent of any and all time whose warping tactical field work, thrumming goal reckoning blaze and invisible points of flair moved with such undeciphered ease the game evolved to a new modernism so transfiguring and transforming the archaic familiarity of the 'pyramid' and 'WM' systems played variously in the world looked fetid, outdated and seemed an imposition of the old conservative and a sign of the new pre-war anciency in the sport.  Sebes blends the old 3-2-5 formation so convincingly powerful at the punch to the new 4-2-4 that maintained tactical polarity lit up in a pattern according a new mystery, the outré of players overlapping and changing their positions that was simply about twenty years ahead of its time that looked so natural to the prevalent eye but seldom seen before.

       The Golden Team's ranking among the most important sides of history is due in great measure to the fact that present-day teams find themselves portrayed in it after they expanded in scope how the game could and should be played and their bestowals represents an enormous increment of knowledge as Sebes and his players produced the form of football that many historians define as "modern" as the changes engendered by the advances made by the Hungarians spread over the Continent and beyond in the 1950s and after.  Sebes boldly affirmed that his 'socialist football ' perfectly revealed the 'total-team' concept as the game turned away from reverence for tradition toward a glorification of tactical change that shocked the old long-lived powers with smashing successes, his team a sporting medium of special importance through which football took on its present-day gleam.   Mobilized for sport and guided by Puskás-Kocsis-Hidegkuti-Bozsik, the blows and whelmings of Sebes' team had broken the traditional-based eminence of its old athletics forever and continued to reverberate long after the revolutionary coach left not of his own choosing.

     August 20, 1945 | 'Saint Stephen's Day'

Hungary 5 : Austria 2 

Ferenc Deák ('Bamba') the superstar who gave the baton to
Puskás and the keys to the Golden Team. Before Puskás, but
after György Sarosi and Imre Schlosser, one of the greatest
superstars Hungary ever produced in football worldliness,
Ferenc Deák. In 20 internationals (from Oct. 1946-Nov. 1949)
he scored 29 goals.  In 1945-1946 he scored 66 goals in the league,
an absolute 'Old World' record in a single season.  He again lead
the world in first-division football by scoring 48 goals in 1946-47,
followed up by an another phenomenal campaign in 1948-1949
where he put out 59 goals.  From 1940-1957, the phenom forward
scored 576 total goals and was the second man in history and the
world to eclipse the 500-goal mark, a benchmark for very elite
World Select XI 'Dream Team' of the second half
of the 1940s.
Of enchanting classic legends rare and old at Ferencváros' homeground.

        Occasionally a magisterial work of much exhilaration will come along to overwhelm with new insight and teach anew the game; and if there is such a thing as the philosophy of football history with the proudest club-level and top-tier international performances compacted indissolubly running through the career of the sport, the Hungarian national team on August 19th and 20th of 1945 playing to large crowds on consecutive days against the Austrian national team on Ferencváros' vaunted home ground started to achieve the modern and the greatest in international football.
      That team which is known as the Magical Magyars descended from a great many people who entered into a large connection linked in high endeavor, in a great ensemble, the prodigal team christening decisively great maiden victories, creatively inspiring in football's post-bellum renaissance and nourishing an active on-field re-invention.  Starting in 1947 and upon the intervening decade the Magical Magyars by far were the biggest and brightest show that has ever been assembled in football; for unparalleled contests and wins over four years undefeated, they are the main theme in five tournaments (1947 & 1948 Balkan Cups, 1952 Olympics, 1948-1953 Gero International Cup and the 1954 World Cup) and the games become theirs, the appointed winners of a long-stretched destiny.

     On August 19 1945, the day before Hungary's foundational holiday, Saint Stephen's Day, and three months after "Victory in Europe Day" proclaimed the war's stirring conclusion in Europe, Hungary manager Tibor Gallowich lead out his number 11 ranked side against their long-standing rivals, the world's number 8 Austria. Rudas and Zsellenger both scored to make it a good day for a 2-0 win. It was Hungary's first game in 1945 and it was a victory. 
     Among the budding stars on the match on Saint Stephen's Day included a fresh-faced eighteen-year old precocious teenage talent named Ferenc Biró Puskás who was making his national debut from Kispest and it is the beginning of a rare bit of greatness and who earned a quick distinction.  In the 12th minute Puskás scored first, and in the 13th minute Szusza and 15th minute Zsellenger followed suite to take charge to a 3-0 lead and win 5-2 at the finish.  

        On September 30th of that year, Hungary took on Romania at home in a match where Nándor Hidegkuti made his international debut, scoring first in the 8th minute and the 86th minute that was comprised of the impressive line of Puskás-Zsellenger-Hidegkuti-Nyers as number 8 Hungary put in another impressive rout, defeating Romania 7-2, and here Puskás scores two goals. 

        On Oct. 10 1946, in his forth international appearance and although he did know it then in his early career, Puskás was to play alongside the greatest assemblage of prolific talent up front far greater than any other team of any era as the nineteen-year old Puskás stepped into a circumference of crackling talents and skills wider than anyone can remember, the ephemera of a surmounting lineup for the ages, the redoubtable scoring nexus of Puskás-Deák-Zsellenger-Szusza as Deák's two goals worked a 2-0 win over No. 9 Austria. 

History's All-Time Projected Most Talent-Prolific Lineup in Any Top-Tier Football Match

 October 10 1946, Hungary 2 : Austria 0

Starting Players End of Career 
Total Official Goals
All-Time World Rank International Goals  League Scoring M.V.P.  World Scoring M.V.P. League Titles
Ferenc Puskás (Öcsi) 746 No. 4 83 MVP titles 1 World MVP 10 titles
Ferenc Deák (Bamba) 576 No. 8 29 MVP titles 3 World MVP 1 titles
Gyula Zsellenger 522 No. 20 32 MVP titles 1 World MVP 4 titles
Ferenc Szusza 411 - 18 - - 4 titles
Combined 2255 Total Combined Goals
563.75 gls/player (All-Time High)
162 International Goals
40.50 gls/player
16 MVP honors 5 World MVP 
19 national titles

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_men%27s_footballers_with_500_or_more_goals

       The great wing-half from Kispest, József Bozsik, for him the right conduct is the aim to move the symphony true joined on August 17, 1947 in a crushing 9-0 victory over Bulgaria at home. Three days later on the 20th of August, Gyula Grosics makes his first international appearance as the national goalkeeper as they defeated Albania 3-0.
     There was Sándor Kocsis, the gifted one who gives them a physical approach through a gallery of air way, the greatest header of the ball of any who makes the experts smile and one of the greatest strikers ever to play football, the 'Natural' arrived finally aboard the national team on June 6, 1948 and scored in the 66th and 84th minutes and Puskás scored in the 57th and 87th minutes in a crushing 9-0 victory over Romania at home.

     The good right-winger Lászlo Budai who can surprise starboard secrets with his thundery breaches and crosses debuts from Ferencváros on May 8, 1949 in the match played against No. 12 Austria at home and came gathered one of the greatest assemblage of prolific talent up front Hungary ever produced in a single international match, the forward line of Puskás-Deák-Kocsis-Czibor-Budai.  It is a triumphant performance of one steady prolific co-operation brought to a huge national result.  In the activity of the five players there is that indescribable freshness in a shining 48 minutes that grew an enchantment with Deák scoring in the 1st minute to build out a 4-0 lead with Puskás playing his brightest scoring three goals with Deák getting two and Kocsis one in the big 6-1 rout.

     On April 10th 1949, Gustáv Sebes, the Deputy Minister of Sport becomes the head manager of the national team, and it was an inauspicious occasion losing away 2-5 to Czechoslovakia, but the wins soon start to come as he started cutting his team out to greater patterns with tactical and training pabulum.  On July 10 1949, Zoltan Czibor, the mercurial one who strikes awe down the flank from Ferencváros makes his debut from in a 8-2 win over Poland. 
     On November 20th 1949, the twenty-seven year old Deák played his last game of his brilliant and short international career, a huge 5-0 win over world number 4 Sweden in Budapest in which he and Puskás both scored.   This was to be their last game together, Deák’s brief dash into the evanescent sunshine of international football was over. This was a symbolic 'a passing of the baton' from one astral football genius to Puskás.  At the end of this match, Puskás had already accumulated 24 appearances and had 29 goals and had entered the essence of the real thing. The newest myth had finally arrived who would constitute an elite variety world-class legendary player who would triumphantly answer in all lands, all times, and on all teams, subliming every team by his fusing contributions and parading his peers through sports history after later surmounting gorgeous football histories and out-topping the best. 

     It is that of a high speed game for Puskás especially, both mentally and by the fiery power of his left-foot that Puskás had reached by his magical 50th international (the "Match of the Century", Hungary vs. England 1953) the world-record 60 international goals, and between things ended and great things begun the master himself to whom golden things happen led his unexcelled team onto the plateau of world popularity who has a personality to express and who was not hampered by his need for fun.   Puskás would eventually become the regular captain of this team and with his wits and wisdom marshaled striking the keynotes, by his 29th international match had given status to the entire team with 41 goals to inaugurate the team's own perennial sources as they became national expressers of fame on the greatest football rhapsody, and as men tremendous and executive in themselves drove their seminal talents on a great voyage of those who sought football's 'holy grail' and found it in 1954.
    Half prevailing with Puskás' spearsteel shots that flew across the field with a passing captivation that lost opponents and kept his fame advancing and, in an intenser sway, one of the greatest ever players moving through high-ranged thought which plans out matches conjuring others to do better is what completes him.  Since August 1945, glory could still re-whisper itself to the hallowed player or even make of him the greatest player whoever lived.

    The old Soviet dictator at the height of Stalinism in Europe, Joseph Stalin died on March 5th 1953 under mysterious circumstances at his dacha outside Moscow and a process of normalizing reform began.


November 25, 1953

'The Match of the Century' | 'World Championship Decider'

Empire Wembley Stadium, London, England 

World Select XI 'Dream Team' of the first half
of the 1950s.


      Top-tier association football's (national world and top-division) to-be most prolific scoring player, Öcsi Puskás leads out the world's No. 1 team versus world-renowned unbeatable England and their legendary captain Mr. Billy Wright, the legendary 1953 'Golden Team', a sensational panoramic Hungarian side with new vista that changed the game forever in the storied "Match of the Century", London England, November 25, 1953.  In a very famous football day, a celebration of the game's powers that be, a herculean football encounter between the greatest teams of any era, an unbeatably supreme, never-humbled, never-beaten talented and much-fancied English side of grand power, the great lordly aristocrats of football following the all-victorious antique drum of tactics at home versus the all-carrying Continental high scoring juggernaut in Hungary from behind the 'Iron Curtain' unbeaten in 3 1/2 years.
     In the ancestral 'home of football' they tell of a place where the famous team prepares for headlines where the game has its tower like an empire found in the hard endless competitive drive of self-possessed invincibility that is for ever England, association football's greatest 'home-field advantage' stands assured of certain certainties — the home of the ever old inexplicable, possessors of history's stoutest long-fabled classic legends rare and old since organized football first began in 1863.
     Unprecedented in the earlier experiences of world football, the 'Magical Magyars' amazingly prevailed 6-3 with a 90 year old historic international record and touchstone surpassed.  With mesmeric Robin Hood mastery and contributions on the sport's original "Hallowed Turf" itself, inside England's magnificent Wembley Empire Stadium at the intersection of greatness, history and the timeless moment Puskás scores two goals, including his incontestably best and brightest in the "Goal of the Century" in the sports' powerful first new athletic manifesto and two more stunning goals are marvelously set up by Puskás. 
       In concord of the decisive moment Puskás scores his famous "Goal of the Century", a historic goal of the purest play of unlimited drift and wit, a goal sculpturing unrehearsed four-move impromptu packed with personification that made Puskás the world record-breaking goalscorer internationally.  A classic among classics, the "Match of the Century" was international football's greatest and most influential prestige friendly ever played that was also named the 'World Championship Decider' by the British press and where historians recall "modern football" first began.

July 4, 1954 

The 1954 World Cup Finale | 'The Miracle of Bern'  

Wankdorf Stadium, Bern, Switzerland 

Former FIFA President Jules Rimet pays homage to two great Midas-players, the greatest player in the world, Ferenc Puskás and Gyula Grosics, the greatest goalkeeper in the world prior to the kickoff of at 1954 World Cup Final. The man most responsible for bringing the World Cup to worldwide significance to rival the Olympics as an extensive athletic spectacle spanning the globe, the pioneering architect and world football's highest official, one who oversaw football's vast internationalization since 1921 as its founding father, FIFA President Jules Rimet was world football's supremo.

       Largest Team Goal Differentials on the Eve of the World Cup Finale Match:



WC Year 

| Goal Differential 

| Games Played | 

Goal Diff. per Game

Elo Rating

No. 1



+ 18

4 matches

4.50 (all time high)





+ 17

5 matches






+ 13

6 matches



No. 4



+ 12

3 matches

4.00 (2nd highest)





+ 12

7 matches






+ 11

4 matches






+ 10

6 matches



          IT  is no more in the legends than with a peak of sophistication the Hungarians had unseated and demystified the patriarchal historical sway of the great masters of the game with two titanesque matches 6-3 abroad and 7-1 at home that became monumental constructions on enchanted grounds left as by vast composers that transfigured the footballing times — antique and ponderous ninety year old history outvied, solving fierce enigmas in overpowering passages of cheer-bringing football that won them meteoric fame and celebrity in Europe and sounded the reveille over the roofs of the footballing world.  After that they have become 'unofficial world champions', their football arching up with mid-century optimism.

        Between the idea and the reality, between the fame and the fact, when the golden annals of the game open there could be but a single supreme team in the whole world in football's bellwether year of 1954 and a far advanced victory accruing Magical Magyar side cannot be eluded and cannot be stopped as Öcsi Puskás' star-spangled team pressed the whole way toward the 'holy grail' of the sport's touchstone.  Courting victory with a surging scoring thunder all long rejoicing June-July after overthrowing milestones with crashing climaxes and shaking the world's stalwarts with the dreamt-of revolution Öcsi Puskás' team became the highest ranked team in history to arrive beautiful to the 1954 World Cup finale.        

        Of the crowds of great teams who came and went, aloud in the raptured ears of men beheld Öcsi Puskás' team within the circuit of European football there entering a seven year reign of a national side that was very the best side of them all during a doctrinaire and the most extravagant and cavalier age of football, but Puskás and Sándor Kocsis metamorphosed them as 'stastically the greatest ever'.  In the season of Sándor Kocsis in 1954 who swung the great football powerhouse of the years they come with a new football century in their eyes and so prepared the Golden Team for the occupancy of being the greatest of all time. 

       As the world of gain and appearances goes on, the renaissance and revolutionary team of irresistible appeal crackling with game was all of a piece throughout which can overtake the very best, thwarting old systems and up the game's impossible sides in 1953 and 1954 Öcsi Puskás' team swept through the severest and most trials with an unprecedented opening-up of hale crushing charms and élan, mismatches and débacles their avatar and seal, and sprinting to the pantheon of might's monuments scoring 4.46 goals-per-game in 41 matches and the everlasting record 49-undefeated months in 31 matches that rocket the mind quenching a game so dimensional that it must be seen to be believed.

      Thick with conquering and elate football, the team of bounty and mystique that surmounts all real and imaginary wants that lifts the gates of hearts to feeling, the Magical Magyars were marathoning among the clocks and souvenirs of records where no team has stepped once and were down the homestretch with the supreme goods of 27 goals (the most ever in the World Cup).  Playing sweet recreation at the full with Puskás', Kocsis' and Hidegkuti's fantastic shots that promptly beat the panoply of every defense there is something special and inspiring that comes uppermost in the tournament, that there is a sort of magic of the divine gift of the creative fire that gives the team weight and magnificence and a soul of dreams.

      Limitless, the unanswerable show set up by the little phalanx of strong scoring flare and made glorious by Puskás-Kocsis-Hidegkuti-Bozsik, unstopped and unwarped and towering beyond measurements, makes a perfect return to the World Cup finale since 1938 after great football dynastic overturns of Sweden (5-0, 6-0), Austria (6-1, 3-2, 1-0), Yugoslavia (2-0), Italy (3-0, 3-0), England (6-3, 7-1), West Germany (8-3) Brazil (4-2) and Uruguay (4-2) on football's tallest days who had four world titles between them they bring in the hot and thundery tournament leaving their footballing secrets inexplicable and unreachable as before.

      Helmed by history's greatest upfront line of the centered lordship of Puskás-Kocsis-Hidegkuti-Bozsik which knows the art forging the name of victory and applauding scoring wind that upset the world champs there was never anymore inception of greatness than there is now in the summer of 1954 that produced five best epics under the sun.  On the horizon everywhere a Hungarian century-team of martial build equipped to admiration of ravishing power at its present fearful speed that swept the dial to greatness through all the battle of wave with scores sealing the lips of fate and here all teams stand dwarfed.                                                                     

     The huge and mighty talent-plush days of Puskás-Kocsis-Hidegkuti, three Midas-type players amid bright walks of rare imagination, spars of knowledge and prizes of ambition are ever endeavoring to go beyond their predecessors, capable of putting forth unprecedented offense that sinks the great teams, firing mad enthusiasms in capacity crowds, they are making their way upward through football's hierarchy and are treading in the steps to the sole fountain of football immortality where awe alone prevails.  Puskás-Kocsis-Hidegkuti ordain an unusual brightness as they come in bangs of wit and natural skill evincing football's zenith on a team liking an elegance of which the source is not bravado — Puskás-Kocsis-Hidegkuti are the swift and majestic men of towering aplomb, the grand natural players who had been the most prolific and Puskás is the key: their combined career scoring of 194 goals would be more numerous than those of any other trio past and future.

     The quite unprecedented fabulous three of Puskás-Kocsis-Hidegkuti with the creme of their careers pushed their goings earnestly at the head of a astonishingly free, sundry command of attack that was beyond question the greatest goal reckoning side in the history of international football that throbs a live sensational game. There is plenty of glamor there as Puskás, sunshine's treasurer, the clever deviser, bestows on every game a pulsing creative energy and an exquisite and accurate poise of his left foot in resplendent command known to be the most powerful in the sport's history that he received every away a player can hope to win.

      In the duo partnership of Puskás and Sándor Kocsis at Budapest Honvéd and in the national team, the innovative genius Puskás trying out and exercising his talents had made him tougher and quicker.  Honvéd and the 'Magical Magyars', caught in the splendor of maneuvers invisibly pistoned threshing out very good sides in the sunlight of the greatest teams, by 1954 Öcsi had become entirely what he was, a master of prize-winning goals flashing to elemental history who had a double natural, Sándor Kocsis and there gathered from the air a live tradition of the greatest header of the ball who ever lived with no equal of their kind in Europe and the sport's world.  Proper scores of tumbling gorgeousness cascade from his right foot and his head with prodigal zest.

     Tipped by their scoring consummations at Honvéd and in the national team chiseling the ripple scoring summits they changed the game with such newness that the sport itself was swayed and they came to be seen or heard now leading the dreamed-of goal hammering 'Golden Team' amid ostentatious talent seeking the rumor of football immortality whose sporting lineage (a beta-4-2-4 formation & early 'Total Football') expressed in their style for two decades on seemed to tell the whole truth about the game.

      Under broad sail of the dexterously sensational Sándor Kocsis, the tall bold football slugger set vivid against the tournament (scoring 2.75 goals/game on the eve of the finale) which rejoiced in the man's lovely peculiar aerial prowess with an accuracy so prim by this new star in the world a complete other worldliness flourished over them.  'The Natural', Kocsis, was the new meteor of the team, the lean precise phenomenon at mastery sweeping across 1954 that year (scoring the international world-record 23 goals in a single year) and blazing the unnatural goal, Kocsis conveys the exalted team through the remembered gate of legend now a tiger month, now another and another in the ever-opening spaces of everywhere and the new galvanized team has the makings of a great dynamic side that finds his talents emblematic.

      Riding the polished aerial and ground senses necessary Sándor Kocsis is shooting up like a cavalier man possessed putting his proud epic use to heft the team, the target striker supreme addressed to new directions has a new high gear and the hero is beyond himself into the next great thing gaming for the world title.  Scoring 13 goals in the last five games Kocsis rides the teams apart baffling in such toils of ease that lead to acknowledging a new kind of superiority, Kocsis on the way as Europe's greatest ever target striker, a new preciosity, tonic to dominant, his acrobatic craft and karma that thaws out the tournament.  Imagine a long, lean, fantastic young man with fine dreams who was so very rich in talent who was on his way to becoming the greatest goalscorer of all time in the world game, that was Sándor Kocsis.

       Lest the pure feeling should decline, Nándor Hidegkuti picked up the unnoticed nuance from a superb center by being brilliant in fits and starts to split through the middle and join the jubilant song in padding out débacles with speed and directness (scoring 4 goals in 3 matches).  To the left of him was the world's greatest left-winger, the mercurial Zoltán Czibor seeing the swift above other teams who strikes awe down the flanks with his lightning end runs on the periphery and scooting obliquely ran from great space into great space to put the coloring finish to successful plays with his smoldering quickness.  Aside Puskás, Zoltán Czibor is the only other player who has scored in an Olympic Final, a World Cup Final and European Cup Final. 

         As by some great conductor, midfield ironman legend, the greatest center-half in the world, József Bozsik at the peak of his virtuous powers, the uniter of here and there, the seer, the tenfold renewer with his superior physical grace as the No. 4 rallying point in the center sets about his affairs surveying the whole field, knowing every particular corner and skipping the ball to his upfront colleagues that staked their destines with ampler largeness and stir whose province is all feeling, all observation, all vision; making advances, prevails who seemed surest to push forward with copious dribbles in mentally testing out all possible versions and impeccably passing to this side or that side with the ball's flights in all directions.  He was the oak, Bozsik, the great player of ideas fusing all durable stuff of talent who artfully contrived the game from the center.  Puskás himself who had played with and against the very elites of the game described Bozsik as the "greatest player I ever saw or knew".  Sifting out the glory from center mapping the way, his game is of truth of detail which strikes all as the real thing.

       Bright with well-studied game and moving with perfect halepoise defenders gather certainly and safety around Gyula Grosics for the steady replenishing of a new attack toward the three goal-starting men in Zakariás, Bozsik and Hidegkuti and the well-fed flanks, they outrival and pass the strong invigorations of the world's elites in all directions to the glad clear sounds of the most goals in World Cup history.  Conspicuous on the emerald fields of praise where power has lease from August 20 1947 the strong shadow of their defensive wing lead by Grosics in goal, a Midas-type player undefeated all-time in 33 matches (allowing 1.06 goals-per-game) where a mighty will stands with the restless pulse of care that encouraged his colleagues in their own grandiosities at the bow.  And what may have happened on history's most fulsomely hailed lines that felt utterly powerful moving forward but at the defensive stern left unstable a man of surefire appeal made stable that they catalyze some sort of footballing perfection.

     Like something long preparing finally arrived, stepping free and elastic, for Puskás, Kocsis and Hidegkuti the scores truly and steadily rolled.  Of cruel iron games weathered with Brazil and twice world champion Uruguay played expensively with injuries, the nonpareil Magical Magyars rolled their broad surge scoring an onslaught of 6.5 goals-per-game full of magic and secrets between the most guarded goalposts on earth and into the mythical 1954 World Cup finale itself.   

    Gorgeously arrayed at the front with a protecting defensive line competent to praise, hundreds of goals endows them with buckled teams and they have blown a highway to tally a miraculous prophecy.  Outbidding all in their fitly appointed destiny they are at once amazing and fix the emblazoned zone near the West German goal and start the revisiting scene inside 8 minutes (Hungary had defeated West Germany 8-3 in their worst-ever loss at group stage where Puskás was injured), the encroachment of that old débacle with two goals which also stands symbol for the finer achievement, the +20 goal World Cup differential.  

    They broke across with offensive dodges to and fro with the giant détour of heres and theres and a thousand subtle kinds of moves and counters, mix of passes and the strike of triangles they run the summit of the game to the mythical record and unbreakable athletic barrier — the +20 goal World Cup differential — they were men of action rightly displayed and the game has not anything to show more fair than they finding crested glory in the 8th minute and a 2-0 lead by Puskás' and Czibor's goals who burst the game to width to the beautiful purplish weight of victory everywhere in the air. 

     In a footballing war of genii against West German manager Sepp Herberger's cold tactical measurings as if harnessed by magical football kings in storybooks they break on the motley company with an intensity to ravel out the stout amateur team over long Swiss ground that Czibor's goal opened the match's sunset by the 8th minute.  In the last athletic reality, in a pattern called a footballing war for the world title, West Germany against the metaphysicals, the unstopped juggernaut now volleys through them in its very breaking to be the greatest ever by the players of subtler advanced substance and the dimension is comfortable.

    Early on, in the 6th minute, the ball was placed to the feet of Sándor Koscis' uprush who was inside the penalty box and who let loose a booming belt to the left side of the net.  In mid-flight the ball bounced off Horst Eckel's legs and sent rebounding wide left to a perfectly situated player who is on the spot as though by magic and who has one kind of everything in any well-run contest, the prize producer Puskás and his prodigal left foot's exactitude and muchness.  Of old sure knowledge as if a legend had returned, Puskás with clinical art whanged in the first score from a tight narrow lane in front of goalkeeper Toni Turek to roars of open joy to those listening on radio to drive in the speediest goal in World Cup Final history.

Hungary 1 : 0 West Germany  6th minute

(Puskás 6')

     Barely two minutes later the gathering of all fears in the finale and a nightmare for the Mannschaft and a nation of sixty million listening on radio made its return, a goal that sets the given inevitable thing of victory easily before the audience.   He who had become the ace goalscorer of Hungary, Sándor Kocsis is here and everywhere there again, in the West Germany penalty area doing hard battle for possession and was fast approaching the six-yard box.  It was a much-stressed Kohlmeyer who thought it wise to back-pass to keeper Turek to reset the match in the face of such a foray.  Formidably menaced by Kocsis, Turek resembled a badly nervous keeper and a momentary lapse of coordination by 35-year old Turek caused the slick ball to be mishandled as it fumbled loose just inches from his hands.  Perceiving the uncollected gift was Zoltán Czibor who sprung it free into the open and wheeled around to get square with the vacant net and roll the ball into the empty goal.  Czibor ran to meet this compatriots his right arm raised in buoyant elation with the second goal coming inside eight minutes blazing his team to the finish line with the enormous moment released.   

      West Germany seemed lost through ambushed senses and in the orient of the two thick-and-fast scores.  Strung to a vast early precision, the grand concord Magical Magyar engine was rounding the 1954 Final with bolts of scoring melody and was getting to be prodigal and surely uncontested now.  The game prepared by Czibor's doubling and anticipating a West German loss, the huge crowd brooding the nightmare Magical Magyar scoring formulae again, there is a dawning understanding as truth rides upon observers, match correspondents and journalists:  'Hungary would be world champion in 1954 and they will rise up the greatest by morning'.   

      At the peaked margins in the scheme of new exhilarations and new amazements that all the footballing world knows, the velocity with which they aimed at the craft and the art that crushed the tonnage of very good teams they roll towards something overwhelming, elemental, historic in a ring of athletic prophecy.  The fabulous Golden Team was considerably far and the world championship game was turning slowly into gold.

Hungary 2 : 0 West Germany  8th minute

(Puskás 6', Czibor 8')

A defining moment: the un-whistled flagrant mid-air rough interference foul on goalkeeping Gyula Grosics by Hans Schafer in the 18th minute that brought down Grosics to the turf. The ill-guarded goal was scored upon by Rahn seconds later to re-make an ascendant 2-0 Magical Magyar lead into a heavily contested 2-2 match in the highest rated match of the 20th Century, the 1954 World Cup Final title game.


       But over many miles of front the Mannschaft came with such a strong increase in no greatly different way from the two other world's No. 3 teams they have just faced.  There is another team, rather a far better side than they have met before whose recent big wins show them strong, a new West German team in earnest who followed the plan utterly and made of hewed out endurance playing the lengthened game like the newest of the great for flashing gold.    

      They had faced a Marathon of foes that wet day and are welcomed by a difficult music.  The arresting heat of the rain had increased in the second half.  Europe's greatest ever international target striker, Sándor Kocsis in the year's football rapture, in the matter of his aerial prowess, eager for flight, made for victory was there and set up the first two scores who drew the double coverage that followed from every more or less quietly awestruck defender, but Puskás, the world's greatest player, engages the West German line alone. 

       In the scenes most necessary the radio announces Kocsis in space but had missed the singed sure header that hit the crossbar, Hidegkuti valiantly struck both the right and left post and drew a momentary sight of the West German goal's violet doors again and but mis-timed at center-goal and Czibor's kick was blocked on the line.   They are a legended team already but now hit a certain accelerated West German team of rippling strength and measureless will-power riding the latest most incredible successes fused possibly by the black inimical power of stimulants who break out the opposing music.  


      With what hints of greatness the West Germans smuggle through two scores by the 18th minute to level the game  — the 2nd West German goal trespassed a surprise past a flagrantly tackled Gyula Grosics who was on the turf and could not guard the net.  After a time when nothing for scoring has happened to sixty-six minutes of stultifying high drama and traded excellence, panache on panache, there was no fault in the massed kick by Rahn in the 84th minute to take the lead 3-2, a lucky straightway and very fast hydroplaning ball that hit a slippery surface past Grosicis' fingers to the right low corner, the "goal that made the German nation", the glorious goal that is of many years. 

    Through the saws of wind, rain and the drenched playing surface rank with numbed wet earth, they hover but will not fix the game, the catalytic tapestry of the team slows down to favor the West Germans who put on the revolutionary new Adidas racing shoes of separation with a charm that tops the parlous pitch and now lead 3-2.  West Germany have re-awakened and Hungary's key heavers unluckily cannot make it cohere to victory for over sixty minutes and who move not as they did.  In such heavy machination of duress of the elements and weather they confront a rare concert of tangible running and passes of the West Germans. 

German sporting apparel maker Adi Dassler, whose pioneering shoes helped tip the tide in the World Cup Final.

      This day the West Germans are jetting the stuff of far more potency and luck than any other match in their football history who seem active and hale in the biting rain and who wore fantastically well on the gritty sodden pitch; the new Adidas pioneering shoes thoroughly re-translated the match for the West Germans and offered a revealing look at the manifest advantages of brave traction surety and sprightly team movement that stood up to scrutiny on the field's slippery slope.  It is perseverance dancing with the incredibly solid team that owns everything today with roads forces from exact meters of Sepp Herberger's new strategy.  It was his will to take heroic risks that settled the place of Herberger in the imagination of his supporters.

      All of the Magyar team's unnameably profuse attacks that won out in wise assaults of forty-nine months seem imprecise and dulled in the low afternoon and now curve and roll with the heave of impulse amid match fatigue.  Pounding the gates of an amazed West German castle of goalkeeper Toni Turek by the most accurately transmitted team, the Magyars had fiercely poured the inaccurate fire, 25 shots on target before the whistle.  Bombarded, yet Turek stands in the game of his life bravely saving all the bitter incompletions of goal.   For the West Germans it a leap forward to the same quality of the magnitude of the greatest football power yet seen, the real thing where the first rate is known, the skilled originals, the culmination, the fine ultimate team that ends the sport's hemispheres, football's Avalon, the team of easy fame and mythologies that brought down the football empire in the ancient country of the legendary players the year before in the sport's most valued monuments.  

      When the chances grow ominously small with the deepening of time, the greatest team in the world was poised perilously on the brink of it to the cruelly competent hard team.  By and by the diminishing charms of nature around them prevailed and under the gleam of rain they shine out their last to the West Germans who seem burnished with new stamina possibly on singularly strong stimulants and move with a rugged engaging ease.  There, however, was one vividly great player of unbounded urbanity with an air of the prosperous esprit who still pursued the team's luckless fight against the elements and the hard grey sky.  Many though of the old temptation in Puskás, thinking of Puskás, thinking there must be Puskás to redeem the hour, and it was moments like these legends get made and it was always well to leave such matters to Puskás.     

Zoltán Czibor's fateful colliding hard run into goalkeeper Toni Turek late in the game, seconds later Hideguki struck the left upright from a steep angle. 

      In the 87th minute the West German midfield had been rocked out position that invited the rending and the latest Magyar playmaking shuffled into the Mannschaft defense one more time.  There is a redoubling of ardor and haste in the final minutes and it again came together powerfully, convincingly before they gave up the Golden Team's proud histories.  The world title match has the greatest player in the world in it who does an off-the-ball maneuver.  The captain who famously burst the dam and stiff history of ninety years, Puskás, had turned tunefully off center to find a clean edge.  Somebody, perhaps Tóth or Kocsis, fired the relay to Puskás and gave him the lead gift, the through ball out wide in the gigantic game turned sharp with midsummer's rain and the unbowed fatigue-resistant opposition and at the brink of midfield he starts it up.  Just at the end with many feeling the absence of an adequate Magyar scoring return in the West Germany's football paradise of the real with a kind of stupendous triumph approaching, a little uproar has driven the crowd. 

     Out of nowhere, at last, a liberty-suggesting light, a wonder putting out from long marooned roads Puskás conjures a comet's flight and makes in an amazement of resurrection the final marvelous act.  The wisdom-fruiting boundless main line thinned today, there was one more drive of firm endeavor as Puskás seizes the descending team and blows grit into his stride.   Puskás, who loved to possess the ball, magnificent among the stars, is running free and clear the played-out theater of midfield at his back.  Turning an inner courage for his ankle's injury and picking up nice speed to the inside angle amid the high slippery slope and the sting of rain Puskás could see no defender in front of him and he had the greatest team in the world to himself on a long closing run on goal: the legendary 25-yard run flexing ample speed of proud restraining purity upholding the greater creation, all the thousands of hours held perfect since 1950 worth enough for four years' indulgence here, a Danubian reverence bringing another country with it who assumes some epiphany within all, the wet heavy ball the rolling paraphernalia of the magnifico starched by short time who takes it up brilliantly.

     Travelling in the cut he makes, thinking of the young athlete nine years ago while a student of the game, the days for playing, the hourless afternoons for training, the four-year inconquerable team admirably schooled in the masters' many goals bursting in the vibrant when the absolutes rose the extended team, when senses fit brimming days, when escapable rhythms alfresco burned in deep physical enjoyments and athletic glories with the high intelligence erupting, the weather now usurping the super-team questing below victory, in the grit of the absolute occasion are carried by Öcsi to the incalculable tying goal.  Amid heavy attitudes Puskás issues from changeless prospects and hazards in a sheen of rain and caught declining fortunes head-on over the imminent denouement to win back the match that anchors both teams to the scene's limits.  Linesman Benjamin Griffiths' offside flag was not raised.   

     Dashing on and thinking sack with the spirit of possession, his companions, the greatest football company one still alive in the cold fruitless seemingly unalterable minutes, can only watch Öcsi's decisive last action of the match from distance to not leave the immortal match unflowered at the brink and held them in safe summer.  All that is conquering cleverly presents itself again to goalkeeper Toni Turek and here came everything, all that is mastery in superb football dreams' long dimensions against all resilient armor, la lumiére with the kindling look, the emperor of the international goal, the record-breaking exemplar on an irrepressible scoring advance his donnée glory-bound in one evanescent dash with ecstatic aftermath should he score.

    This was the artful history-making world the monumental 25-yard run un-catchable Puskás guards with the fast perfection of his ways as the lustrous world star jaunts into the penalty box.  Puskás' long 25 yard stride strikes the aerial spirit of the crowd and envisaged on new monochrome live television for millions Puskás races with the whole ore of heroic energy in his legs for the Final to be restored that admitted the testimony of a living legend  the lively understandable spirit, Puskás, his mind leaping with promise clutching here the final minutes on his stream the whistle of victory the scene taking the air majestic.

     When the football world had turned completely upside down the outlook wasn't brilliant, but uniquely from a fine old eye the last unconquered frontier — Toni Turek between him and goal — it's atop the leftside of Turek's 6-yard box where the 1954 World Cup would resolve in one sharp breathless instant vis-a-vis Puskás.  North of victory 3-2, Toni Turek sorties out to put the final seal on the intermediate realm between winning and the incoming Puskás leveling the score, but it was all too fast for Turek who was beneath the knower's arc as Puskás' representation of the greats takes its last stand.  Between a sagacity and a clear caressive sight, something unhooked a window in his vision and he discovers a place for the genuine.  Too immense for Turek, just big enough for the ever-tightening spatial corner underneath the savior let it go for the better under Turek's blocking tackle before the players' impact on the parlous field — and it rolled off the improbable end as he sends up the ball's strict articulation around Turek, the whistled tune of the gold visit in the sliding goal was true

     The perfect goal was perfect Puskás who had done something immaculate and had achieved the grand stroke as solid-seeming as any — under the rain broken sky, out from all their struggle with redemption battling adversity, fighting time, injury and perhaps the referee's complicity, the man who provided the lead to advance across the warp and weft of the old sport to the literal new game who kissed the team to novelty and celebrity and voiced the world's absorbing team had held all the men's treasures safe past the always-gripping defense, past the last line, past the very man who had humbled them with a smoothness to the simple recognition of linesman Griffiths.  It was easy if you were Öcsi

     Benjamin Griffiths' offside flag was not raised all along and the referee legitimized the goal.  In the shadow of his great unrehearsed deed Puskás had with one kick attuned the game and dealt a winner.  Struck awed by his late goal Wankdorf Stadium burned a wide exhilarating sound, the golden din of the past resounding in his ears and everyone's gone to the center circle.  Legendary György Szepesi's voice crackles with joy on radio.  The Budapest loudspeaker booms redemption.  He was the total image of determination that saw Puskás the signature of all things in the Final which is remarkable in one case as the other.  Glory could still re-whisper itself to the hallowed player, Puskás, or even make of him the greatest player whoever lived. 

On July 4th 1954, in the World Cup Final title game, in the 87th minute Puskás would score his 2nd goal (his 5th in 3 matches in the World Cup) for the lustrous world star detained defeat by making a long wondrous 25 yard dash to equalize as two defenders are in front of his horizontal plane as a score played 'on-side' to tie up the most important game in international football history 3-3 against West Germany.  Two wrongly officiated goals went in favor of West Germany that ideally should have ended 3-2 for Hungary.

Hungary 3 : 3 West Germany   87th minute

(Puskás 6', Czibor 8', Puskás 87')

(Morlock 10', Rahn 18', 84')

       Breathing into them heroic recuperative life with Puskás second goal the team were already back at the center circle awaiting the restart with the score now 3-3 and heading into extra-time almost a full minute after the goal.  Some noticed an unusually long meeting on the sideline between referee William Ling and linesman Benjamin Griffiths who had not raised his flag during the action's duration.   The dense talk centered around Puskás goal and its merit was much argued over.  The debate was while almost a minute elapsed according to Puskás' own testimony.

       Perhaps seeing the 1954 Final from the conflicting prism that defined the Cold War era, in a controversial act that both defined and divided the title game by underserving the equalizer, Benjamin Griffiths in the event advertised his ruling, and the melancholy moment will remain when he eventually raised his flag for offsides to take a team's victory from their achievement, the match's second wrongdoing in officiating as many had claimed with now two goals factored in West Germany's favor.  What lost eclipse of history.  Many eyewitnesses claimed that the referee was wrong, including German reserve player Alfred Pfaff (who would play against Puskás in the 1960 European Cup Final) who was on the bench also felt Puskás' goal came by honestly.   Fifty years after the match, footage evidencing that no offisde occurred surfaced and was first shown on North German regional public channel NDR in 2004.  Exulting gigantically worldwide West Germany is re-made.  West Germany waked to an enormous morning, of a nation brilliant after the titanic game. 

      Although official hindsight accords a perished mastery to their performance that year, the appraisal saw the Golden Team put 25 shots on target bettering the 8 shots by the West Germans by a 3:1 ratio that stood to credit the thorough game that Hungary gave at the 1954 World Cup Final.  Two of West Germany’s goals came by way of wet turf conditions and Rahn’s first goal was illegitimate in retrospect.  A difference of two scores badly officiated, Rahn’s first goal that was allowed to stand after Grosics was tackled mid-air by Hans Schäfer and the unpardonable withdrawal of Puskás second goal proved too costly to overcome.   Reported a titanic and epochal upset in modern sports, it would only be more than fifty years that some of the other real untold reasons long suspected by many started to surface in Germany and Switzerland.

     No international side in history had exhibited the scoring vibrancy of the Magical Magyars and at speeds that amazed contemporary observers and dramatically informed the re-organization of football that swelled the limits of the game and raised the skyline of Hungarian sport.  As one could have Puskás captained a sensationally talented, near-perfect winning super-team that came to life that lost one match over the course of six years due to no reasons of his own or his team following a number of bizarre unhoped for happenings and cover-ups that deprived his team to be looked upon with general acceptance as the greatest team that ever was.

     In the World Cup Final, Puskás and his teammates are characters out of a long unwritten about scandal with the game's sense of uncompleted action and unfinished reach for initiating the question of where reputed doping plays a part in championship-level integrity including his team being sapped by two devastating officiating calls when in the early minutes played a dozen superb persons to an apparent world title victory.  Just when Puskás' team seemed titled and confirmed after being up 2-0, the mythic game will pronounce between a story of sunk magnificence and sure mastery, arriving inches scant of a superlative 5-3 to 6-2 Hungarian victory as three balls struck the post and the crossbar and Puskás' own second goal, the 87th minute equalizer played 'on-side' was wrongly denied.   Much as the 1954 World Cup Final seemed to have been decided for all time, the match's significance in 2010 is shown up to be mere brightening fantasy for West Germany and perhaps the deftest fraud with evidence of systematic doping sanctioned by leading figures in some sports institutions that lay unmentioned for five decades.     

On July 4th 1954, in the World Cup Finale, in the 87th minute Puskás would score
his 2nd goal (his 5th in 3 matches in the World Cup) for the lustrous world star detained
defeat by making a long wondrous 25 yard dash to equalize as two defenders are in front
of his horizontal plane as a score played 'on-side' to tie up the most important game in
international football history 3-3 against West Germany. Two wrongly officiated goals went
in favor of West Germany that ideally should have ended 3-2 for Hungary.

       Superlative big wins in 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955 and 1956 became a revelation to the people of some great ecstatic sports order and were so shapely and heralded victories a whole vision, an entire new conception seemed contained in those games that football became stronger, richer and more varied.   Imprinting the game for future use with its tactical show on football's magic wind the inconquerable footballers' names were carved indelibly upon imperishable marble.  Inscribing its record-setting arc into the record-books, this fabulous team only real myth keeps.

      By late-October 1956 the greatest team in the world, its constant blaze undone by the defection of its key players (Puskás, Kocsis, Czibor) after the breakout of the famous 1956 Revolution, its voyage was closed and done and they left the vivid air of the game signed with their honor.     




The 'Golden Team'  would still be ranked the world's No. 1 team until June 8 1958 in the time for the 1958 World Cup in Sweden and would leave the sports world for the same world made vastly more knowable. 


 That month on June 29th, Brazil would win the 1958 World Cup using the 4-2-4 formation.




West Germany Football Team from Sept. 1954 to Nov. 1956

       Anticlimactically, the West German team that famously achieved in Bern in July 1954 did not bring glory for the 'world champions' or the desired on-field structure and laurels after the 1954 Final in their next games.  Sepp Herberger's over-achieving side had suddenly fallen on declining performance with a shamefully stagnant team right after the 1954 World Cup.  Controversy and speculation were circulating as to the reasons Herberger's eleven did not enjoy prosperity for some years afterwards.  This is the catalog of West Germany's immediate matches after the 1954 World Cup Final: West Germany lost 6 of its next 8 matches and only accounted for 4 wins in 17 subsequent games while receiving 12 defeats.

Top #7 Teams in Purple, Top #8-12 Teams in Orange, Top #13-17 Teams in Blue.



Opp. Team 


Goals Ag.

Opp. Rank






No. 18






No. 14






No. 5






No. 33






No. 9






No. 33



Soviet Union 



No. 16






No. 5






No. 42 






No. 10






No. 45






No. 6






No. 44






No. 16



Soviet Union



No. 13






No. 33






No. 23

Winning Percentage: 23.53% (4 wins, 1 draw, 12 defeats)

1.35 gls/gm

1.88 gls/gm


The Golden Team (Hu: Aranycsapat; also known as the ' Magical Magyars ', the ' Marvelous Magyars ', the ' Magnificent Magyars ', or the ' Mighty Magyars ') refers to the trend-setting, renowned and record-breaking varsity Hungary national football team of the 1950s.

     In 1947 it won the Balkan Cup, 1952 it famously gained the Olympic gold medal, in 1953 became Central European champion, in 1954 it was the finalist in the 1954 World Cup being appointed by FIFA as the ' Best Team of the Tournament '.  It is praised, among other accomplishments, for being the team that re-invented football in the post-WWII era.  We should think of the Golden Team's leading endowments of 'Total Football' (i.e socialist football), the withdrawn false No. 9 center-forward, the 4-2-4 formation and a sweeping take-charge role for goalkeeping to be epoch-making in the matter of football's re-invention. The Golden Team was a living bridge from the classicism of the 'pyramid' and 'WM' systems and had spoken its prologue to the new cosmology in the footballing world, the 4-2-4 system and 'Total Football' in the 1950s-1970s.

     It is associated with a number of historically significant games of much well-received publicity that includes the "Match of the Century" (England v. Hungary in 1953), the "Battle of Berne" (a 1954 World Cup quarterfinal v. Brazil), a 1954 World Cup semifinal with Uruguay ("The Greatest Game Ever Played") and the "Miracle of Berne" (the 1954 World Cup Final).  Inflicting maiden defeats on perennial world powers England and Uruguay, one of the side's last unified actions consigned an obdurate Soviet Union team to their maiden defeat at home in a FIFA recognized match mere weeks before a spontaneous national uprising against the Soviets precipitated the breakup of the side.

     The team's brilliance from the spring of 1950 lasted for six years until its partial meltdown after the ill-fated 1956 Hungarian Revolution that had developed as a deliberate revolt against communism — a flashpoint in the Cold War and a strikingly heroic, morally prestigious and consequential event viewed as having rent the first major blow against the panoply of the monolithic communist order.  It is credited with directly leading to a future tense football that marked a new chapter in the game's tactical scope for positional fluidity thus rendering contemporary form and styles of the game outmoded.  Manager Gustav Sebes with his players revolutionized the new practice of football that heralded a modern type of game with its polyvalent quasi-4-2-4 offense with an early advocacy to the famous 360-degree 'Total Football' strategy that later the Dutch football scene operated.  The heirs to Hungary's 4-2-4 tactical shape were eventual world champions Brazilian teams who adopted, emulated and enriched their legacy for the 1958 and 1970 FIFA World Cups.

     The team's fine select class of half-a-dozen world-class players was led by its talismanic captain Ferenc Puskás, prodigal goalscorer Sándor Kocsis, deep-seated centre-forward Nándor Hidegkuti, sprightly and mercurial winger Zoltán Czibor, midfield choreographer József Bozsik who set the tenor for the tactical nous going forward and a first rate goalkeeper in Gyula Grosics.  The incomparable attacking nexus of Puskás—Kocsis—Hidegkuti brandished across their full careers a windfall of 194 goals and were critically considered by many to be the greatest forward line in history.   The singular un-repeatable occasion of Puskás and Kocsis supplied history the first and only occasion where the first and second-place world record setters for most international goals were involved on the same side.  Jenő Buzánszky, Mihály Lantos, Gyula Lóránt, and József Zakariás modeled a praiseworthy and oft-outperforming defense that played with a typical steadiness too little known.  Goalkeeping legend Gyula Grosics, from August 20 1947 to September 21 1957 (10 years, 1 month, 1 day), aside the 1954 World Cup Final would see no defeats in 43 consecutive internationals.

     Apart from the very controversial 1954 World Cup Final match, the team would suffer no defeats for six years, compiling 42 victories and 7 draws — a record that lifts the side into the sphere of legend. Under the World Football Elo Ratings system that ranks all national teams across the many given eras, they achieved the highest power rating ever attained by a national side (2230 points, July 4 1954).  Their constant and essential hard currency was cogent offensive throughput within a 60 game period that leavened the sport with an astonishing 260 goals — averaging an outlay of 4.32 goals per game, and was around these games that their golden age and supremacy was framed and their football attained its greatest intensity.

      One of the most technically superb teams in history, by its striking number of victories, tactical renovation in company with its acclaimed matches, the side ranks as one of association football's most dominant forces of the 20th century.  As the definitive sporting force from the Socialist Bloc of the era, it was also a tool used by communist authorities as a formidable newsworthy piece in the propaganda war with the Cold War West being held up as emblematic of socialist ideals by virtue of liberating the genius that lay dormant in the working class as a type of modern emblem of prestige and power. Its sporting prominence has not gone unremarked upon by postwar historians who noted its causal effects on West German and Hungarian political and socio-economic trends, and nationalistic streams of consciousness following one of the most famous of World Cup competitions in 1954.

     Current evidence had surfaced in investigations both official and journalistic on the scholarly (University of Leipzig, Oct. 2010) and historical eye witness levels (Switzerland, 2004) giving widely held suspicions credence that the Hungarians' defeat in the 1954 World Cup title match was referable to West Germany's use of performance-enhancing drugs and harsh uneven refereeing due to the eco-political zeitgeist of the times.       

The great Jenő Buzánszky (Dombovar, May 4, 1925 - Esztergom, Jan. 11 2015) was the last surviving member of the great Magical Magyars with two great Hungarian Olympians. Jenő Buzánszky with Ms. Katalian Makray, former First Lady of Hungary and Mr. Pal Schmidt, former President of Hungary at the Silver Rose Ball at the Grand Opera.

The Influence of the Golden Team

The great Ajax manager István Kovács (pictured below, born in Kolozsvar, Transylvania in 1920) guided Ajax to two very prestigious European Champion Cup titles in 1972 and 1973. In 1972 he won the Intercontinental Cup and also the first edition of European Supercup (1973), and achieved national titles in 1972, 1973 and the Dutch Cup in 1971-1972.

             THE impressive and novel features laid down by the Magical Magyars proved its worth in the modern setting and constituted a fascinating chapter in soccer history that is closely bound up with two footballing nations in particular, Brazil and Holland, where the cosmopolitan spirit held fast and who continued in the tradition of football protestantism which had given the Magical Magyars so many great figures.
     The same adaptability, but far wider, continued to prevail among the Brazilians in the late 1950s and into the 1970s. The breadth of this protestantism is imprinted upon five World Cup final matches. Brazilian and Dutch football would enter as heirs of Hungary's football estates in fame as beneficiaries of the 4-2-4 tactical shape and 'Total Football' that celebrated the dexterity and outré of the Hungarian players and their well-aimed attack in the 1950s Golden Team

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World Rank Year Team Rating Manager 
No. 1 1972 Ajax 9.54 István Kovács
No. 2 2011 Barcelona 9.53
No. 3 2011 Real Madrid 9.45
No. 4 2015 Barcelona 9.35
tie No. 5 2009 Barcelona  9.25
tie No. 5 2013 Bayern Munich 9.25

       Rediscovered in Holland following Hungarian precedents it took on a more influential turn derived in a general way from the pioneering work of Sebes two decades before.  The famous 'Total Football' in the early 1970s lead by the Hungarian manager István Kovács at Ajax would achieve dual wonders by a frank violation and democratization of football's natural laws that allowed for a considerable latitude for his players where maneuvers arose from equal parts impulse and discipline in a self-organizing process that was adapted to modern sophisticated use and that tended to put an immensely higher estimate on football potentialities and powers.

      István Kovács went in for accessible goals in imagistic attitudes at Ajax that offered the highest illustration of the cosmopolitan archetype of 'Total Football' in the Netherlands and was someone who wished to work the game at its limits, to redefine it.  Kovács found a liberal scope to their football that was mannered on previous aspects inaugurated by the Magical Magyars that was capable of great finesse and also of great boldness of imagination that Kovács foresaw constituted the best future for football and Ajax was its real and its greatest interpreter. Ajax were provided with a rich fare on the scoring end, Kovács having signed such bold figures as Neeskens, Arie Haan, with Johan Cruijff, Johnny Rep and Dick van Dijk.

      'Total Football' at Ajax achieved a fully particularized setting as the archetypal verse libre game with ever-pushed elasticity, a lucid style and broad limits whose durably valuable practitioners ran stellar distances and dizzying expanses who seemed to lose their traditional identities in the naturalism and easy pathos that Europe could not match.  With the wild smack of tactical freedom seizing openly the field from the sweet engine within they swell wide in possession as long established and inherited European teams were blurred at the frontiers of this new mode and by the special touches that Kovács added to Ajax's éclat.  No conventional formation signposts were put up to tell observers where Ajax players should be on the pitch for it was believed by Kovács and others to interfere with the immediacy of the impression and imposing an outdated standardization that no longer seemed desirable, a mode that required remarkable technical virtuosity from his players.

     Kovács, in his first season in the unsignposted territory of 'Total Football', completed a treble of the ultra-prestigious 1972 European Champions Cup, the Dutch national championship and a third consecutive KNVB Cup.  In Kovács' second season with the club, Ajax went on to win the 1972 Intercontinental Cup, retained their league trophy and won their third European Champions Cup, becoming the first club to win three consecutive European Cups since Real Madrid in the 1950s.  For a brief period, István Kovács would stand atop golden hours as the high priest in the European footballing world. Such was the lively and rich carouseling sweep of this class that this brand of football became the dominant footballing culture of the Netherlands national team that would eventually reach World Cup championship matches in 1974 and 1978. 

The End


Glory to all the esteemed treasure hunters and archaeologists of the world!  It's estimated the world's oceans contain approximately +60 billion dollars of sunken, underwater Spanish galleon gold, silver and priceless artifacts from a glorious expansive and colonizing European period known in world history when it was exclaimed in Spanish possessions that "God is Spanish!" (1596-1626). In Europe, the two 'holy grails' of archaeology is the location and excavation of Atlantis and King Attila the Hun's multilayered gold-silver-iron hidden coffin located in Hungary, a country where the " Sword of God'' (Magyar: Isten Kardja) is located, which would be the most spectacular discovery since ancient Trojan treasures were unearthed.

"The Sword of God"

Hungary's 'Indepedence Day'


July 4th-6th, 907. West Hungary.


Four-hundred and fifty-four years after the Scourge of God, Attila the Hun's death in Hungary, took place one of the most tremendous titanesque epic battles ever recorded in medieval annals.  It is one of the extremely few penultimate and truly decisive spectacular actions in world history that forged a new nation-state and is also of extraordinary interest that no other previous campaign can compare with it.  As a military masterstroke, it is considered canon in military science academia and made part of the curriculum at the United States Military Academy at West Point.     

       The resounding victory was so far and thorough: a prodigious imperial East Frankish army nearly at the height of their unity and power consisting of three main advancing bodies thrusting into western Hungary across a one-hundred mile front whilst attempting a junction is encountered by the same enigmatic, brilliant unknown Hungarian commander who masterfully obtained crushing routs at Brenta (899), Eisenach (908), Rednitz (910), and Augsburg (910) and is entirely destroyed over the course of a three days' and nights' battle.  A new superior mode of fleet warfare is cosmically brought into Europe from afar with shock and awe from that re-defines, revolutionizes, eclipses and re-invents the old contemporary medieval heavy fashion and éclat of battle.  

      Chroniclers who were there those fateful days wrote of proud fiery squadrons of outnumbered but well-prepared pagan Magyar troops deploying field tactics un-witnessed before: of streaking light horse on the horizon at dusk sparing with decimating hails of arrows from distance like bolts of lightning, of bewildering tactical speed and rigor, unmatched guile and agility, of the mortifying feigned retreat and Parthian shot, the hard counter and the veering swift maneuver that rips the flanks, the nightmare pagan warriors carrying all with fire and sword in the night ambuscade, strategies of attrition across the scorched land and of well-informed precaution with the advent of lines of communication and couriers carrying news and information deep from behind enemy lines.  The 360-degree panoramic The Battle of Pressburg was a tactical and strategic landmark and inestimable for Hungary's fortunes as her hard-fought "Independence Day" and her most quintessential foundational victory of all and delivered for the nascent Hungarian Grand Principality a charmed destiny progressing toward a sovereign and independent European Christian state christened and sainted on Christmas Day 1000 Anno Domini

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How 'The Americas' Were Named 

& The Real Discovery and Founding of America

The old medieval city of Buda (today's Budapest) in the 15th century.

        In a historical antecedent, the United States of America, whose English cornerstone and heritage was set in 1607 in permanence by the founding of the Jamestown Colony in Virginia was principally the work of legendary architect and fearless explorer, adventurer and soldier-of-Fortune Captain John Smith, who just a few years before had been fighting hard and knighted for highly conspicuous military service by the Transylvanian Princes Sigismund Bathory and Moses Szekely for efforts in liberating the center-region of Hungary from the Ottoman Empire.

       The name America by which the United States is commonly known throughout the world also derives from a special Hungarian connection.  Once, long ago, a Florentine Italian whose family name was Vespucci was living in the old medieval Hungarian capital of Buda during the regency of Regent-Governor John Hunyadi, called the "White Knight of Christendom".  There, this Italian developed a devotion to a Hungarian prince and saint, Saint Imre (born around A.D. 1000 - 1031) and decided to name his son after the saint.  In Hungarian, the saint's name was Imre, in Latin, Emericus, and in Italian, Amerigo.  That most famous son was born Amerigo Vespucci, who later became a famous navigator and the most famous cartographer mapmaker in history and put down his baptismal name to label the map he was creating that included the unnamed continents in the New World — 'the Americas' (translated as 'Lands of Imre').

     In another affecting appearance of Hungarian connections to the New World, in the year 1000, the enterprising maritime exploration of Leif Erikson made landfall in Nova Scotia in Newfoundland in today's northeast Canada.  Yarmouth County Museum in Nova Scotia keeps a unique artifact – the Runic Stone, which proves that at least one Hungarian was in America before Christopher Columbus.  Tyrkir, who accompanied the brave seafaring Vikings on the voyage of great discoveries around the year 1000, was a Hungarian pioneer.  Samuel Laing was the first to disclose this information about Tyrkir back in 1844 in London.  Tyrkir carved in stone a 13-character inscription.  Many theories and centuries later linguists denied the Norse Rune theory.  The text on the stone was not written with a Runic alphabet, but in ancient Hungarian.  In 1984 Szilva Lajosné put a translation to the famous inscription – "Ericson járt e hejen is sok társával" (Eng: "Ericson traveled this area with his many companions.") 


*****'Only In America' Bonus *****

*** The Raiders of the Saint ***

& The 'Truth of the Light'

The Ladies of Galaxy Star Command

'The American Dream'/'America the Beautiful'

Blessed be the Soil That Hath Grown Thee, Blessed be the Woman who Sent Thee, and Blessed am I Image result for tokaj aszuwho Drink Thee.”  

Pope Pius X on 'Vinum Regum, Rex Vinorum' ('The King of Wines, the Wine of Kings')

--- & Keys of the Fountain of Eternal Youth ---

Center: Lajos Tichy, Gyula Grosics, Peter Palotas.


The Hungarian Marriage of the Century.


From Hungary with Love, another remarkable Hungarian gifts and history-making inventions in America and to the big world, big business film-making in Hollywood, California. A legendary husband and wife team during the golden days of old Hungarian Hollywood, the incomparable Rosy Barsony and Oszkar Denes, sheer classic stardom.

The Real Life Amazing Remarkable Story of a Magyar Mona Lisa.

A Legendary Magyar Countess

 Ilona Edelsheim-Gyulai 

Hungarian noblewoman and wife of István Horthy, son of Regent Miklós Horthy.

(1918 Budapest,  Lewes England, 2013)


Two great and iconic Hungarian inventions in America: Hollywood giants Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox.

Another great Hungarian Oscar Award in Hollywood, California, America, 2017

The Greatest Ever All-Time Rock Band From Behind the 'Iron Curtain', Omega.

Some of the Greatest Quotes of All-Time

"I came.  I saw.  I conquered." - Caesar

"And Thou Shall know the Truth and the Truth Shall Make Thou Free."  - Jesus

"Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?  Thou are more lovely and more temperate...When in eternal lines to Time thou grow'st.  So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see, So long as lives this, and this gives life to thee." - Shakespeare

"No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main: if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as any manner of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind.  And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee." - John Donne

"Hope springs eternal in the human breast; Man is never Is, but always To be blest." - Alexander Pope

"Beauty is truth, truth beauty,-that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know." - John Keats

"Be free to eat, drink, make love and sleep!  Weigh yourself with the universe!  I shan't hiss my inward curse to creep and serve the base bone-crushing powers.  The bargain's off - let me be happy!"  - Attila József