'The One Thing'

'Nothing But The Truth'

'The Sports History Story of the Century'

Author: The Historian Emeritus of the Literati, The Awesome Whiz Kid of the English Synthesizer, born 1972, October 1 Budapest

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

The Goal Legitimate: Ferenc Puskás' perfectly fair 'onside goal'
to tie the mythical 1954 World Cup Final in the 87th minute 3-3
against West Germany on July 4th.

  Touchdown at JFK in New York 1980San Diego resident since Summer of 1980 'Enlightened' Dynamic American Writing, Journalism and Photography Academy 1968 National Hungarian Grand Prize Lottery Winner & World Famous Traveller, Erzsi Blasko.  Magic.

Recommended Reading:  Puskás on Puskás : The Life and Times of a Footballing Legend  Rogan P. Taylor (1998)  Website Begun December 23, 2005 - Completed 2021

Simply the Greatest! 'The Fantasy Team', A Sporting Avalon - the classic lineup of the 'Golden Team'/'Magical Magyars": Kocsis-Budai-Zakariás-Lantos-Buzánszky-Bozsik-Czibor-Hidegkuti-Loránt-Grosics-Puskás (pictured May 17th 1953 in Rome), the highest rated national 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 renowned tour de force blockbuster 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.*

* Does 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 teams' selection and not the 'national Soviet Union team') therefore it is not an official "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 World's Greatest of the Great *****

1949-1956 Hungary 

May 8, 1949 - Feb. 18, 1956

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

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

Historical comparison of National sides via average ELO ratings: 1st Hungary 1954, 2nd Brazil 1970, and 3rd Spain 2012 : soccer (reddit.com) 

Number of Full Internationals




Winning Percentage:

Undefeated Percentage:


Goals Against 

Goal Diff./Game

Supercomputer's Appraisal

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


Very Best Ever/Greatest Ever

Captain Ferenc Biró Puskás

'The Greatest'

Sándor Kocsis

Alexander Coachman

József Bozsik

Joseph Bozsik

Nándor Hidegkuti

Palatine Coldweller

Zoltán Czibor

Zoltan Czibor

Image result for zoltan czibor

László Budai II

Ladislaus de Buda II

Sándor Károly

Alexander Charles

Lajos Tichy

Louis Tichy

Péter Palotás 

Peter Palaceman

Mihály Tóth

Michael Sl0vak

Mihály Lantos

Michael Lantos

  Image result for buzanszky jeno   Jeno Buzánszky

Eugene Buzánszky


Gyula Lóránt

Julius Lorant

József Zakariás

Joseph Zacharias

Ferenc Szojka

Francis Szojka

        Gyula Grosics

Julius Grosics

Sports Reporter and Executive

György Szepesi / George Szepesi

Guinness World Record Holder

Head Manager Gustáv Sebes

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

All-Time Highest Ranked National Teams

(update: 7/07/2021)

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

World Rank


Elo Points

Peak Date Set

With Omission of 1954 World Cup Finale Match

The Gold Standard Benchmark

 + 2256 Elo Points  (date set: Nov. 27, 1955)

No. 1 Gold

captained by Ferenc Puskás

2231 (sport all time high)

July 4 1954

No. 2 Silver



July 13 2014

No. 3 Bronze



Nov. 9 1912

No. 4



June 17 1962

No. 5



June 23 2013

No. 6



April 3 1957

No. 7

Belgium  2158

June 27 2021

No. 8



July 12 2014

No. 9



May 30 2001

No. 10



June 11 1939

 The World's Greatest of the Great  

 May 8, 1949 - Oct. 14, 1956

 Hungary Versus The World's Elite National Teams (World's Top No. #1 - No. #12 Ranked Teams)

A 'Perfect Season' in Elite Top-Tier Pro American Football is Defined As 20 Games Won Consecutively

Joe Namath (SuperBowl MVP 1969) |  Larry Csonka (2x SuperBowl Champion) | Joe Theismann (1x SuperBowl Champion) | Bernie Kosar (1x SuperBowl Champion)

Date Venue / Match Ocassion Opp. World Rank Nation Goals For Goals Ag.
1.) Oct. 29, 1950 home / friendly No. 11 Austria 4 3
2.) July 21, 1952 neutral / 1952 Olympics Quarterfinal No. 5 Italy 3 0
3.) July 28, 1952 neutral / 1952 Olympics Semifinal No. 11 Sweden 6 0
4.) Aug. 2, 1952 neutral / 1952 Olympics Final No. 5 Yugoslavia 2 0
5.) April 26, 1953 home / friendly No. 12 Austria 1 1
6.) May 17, 1953 away / Euro. Gero International Cup Final No. 11 Italy 3 0
7.) July 05, 1953 away / friendly No. 12 Sweden 4 2
8.) Oct. 11, 1953 away / friendly No. 11 Austria 3 2
9.) Nov. 25, 1953 away / "The Match of the Century" No. 3 England 6 3
10.) April 11, 1954 away / friendly No. 11 Austria 1 0
11.) May 23, 1954 home / "The Match of the Century II"  No. 4 England 7 1
12.) June 20, 1954 neutral / 1954 World Cup Group No. 7 West Germany 8 3
13.) June 27, 1954 neutral / 1954 World Cup Quarterfinal No. 3 Brazil 4 2
14.) June 30, 1954 neutral / 1954 World Cup Semifinal No. 3 Uruguay 4 2
July 4, 1954 neutral / 1954 World Cup Final No. 3 West Germany omitted due to controversies
15.) Nov. 14, 1954 home / friendly No. 6 Austria 4 1
16.) April 24, 1955 away / Euro. Gero International Cup No. 7 Austria 2 2
17.) May 11, 1955 away / friendly No. 12 Sweden 7 3
18.) May 29, 1955 home / friendly No. 11 Scotland 3 1
19.) Oct. 16, 1955 home / Euro. Gero International Cup No. 7 Austria 6 1
20.) Nov. 27, 1955 home / Euro. Gero International Cup No. 11 Italy 2 0
21.) April 29, 1956 home / Euro. Gero International Cup No. 7 Yugoslavia 2 2
22.) Sept. 16, 1956 away / Euro. Gero International Cup No. 5 Yugoslavia 3 1
23.) Oct. 7, 1956 away / friendly No. 11 France 2 1
24.) Oct. 14, 1956 away / friendly No. 7 Austria 2 0

21  wins, 3 draws, 0 loss
93.75% Winning Percentage
100% Undefeated Percentage 

In equivalent top-tier professional American football,  'A Perfect Season21 wins, 0 loss

Average Opp. World Rank:

No. #8.04

+3.71 gls/gm. -1.29 gls/gm.

The legendary Árpád Élo.

BBC's/Supercomputer's Benchmarking and Rankings of the Greatest International

Teams of All-Time:  No. 1 Hungary

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 Élo and adapted for international football. 

Oxford University Lead Mathematician Scientifically Reveals 'The One Thing'

Ferenc Puskás - Top 4 Player of All-Time

Cristiano Ronaldo crowned the GOAT ahead of Messi and Pele by mathematical study | GiveMeSport

2021 Ranking
World Superstar Player
No. 1 Cristiano Ronaldo
No. 2 Lionel Messi
No. 3 Pelé
No. 4 Ferenc Puskás

***** Ferenc Puskás *****

Football's Folkloric Great Gatsby,  Scoring 'Bambino', Tournament  Extraordinaire & Coaching Ulysses 

***** The Very Best Ever *****

Association Football History's Prime Mover and Shaker

The Quintessential Prolific Influential Champion Zenith Player at the Heart of All-Time Game & Sport-Changing and History-Making & History-Changing Greatness 4-Times

'Match of the Century' | 1954 World Cup Final | Honvéd vs. Wolverhamption (1954) | Real Madrid 7 : 3 Eintracht Frankfurt   

All-Time's Very Best & Greatest Duos in Association Football History

     Puskás — Di Stéfano    Puskás — Kocsis

20th Century's Greatest Ever National Top Division Franchise Unrivalled Duo 

All-Time Greatest Ever Top-Tier National Unsurpassed Duo


Ferenc Puskas with his 5 European Cups... | Ferenc puskás, World football,  Real madrid history

***** The Titan Rocket Magic Player at Mastery at Three Dynasties *****

Football's Original 'Golden Boy' Superstar & The Greatest Goalscorer Whoever Lived

Twice Winner/Hero of "The Match of the Century", The Emblematic Inspiring Captain of the European Cup's (Champions League) Establishment in 1955.  

 The Only Man in History to Have Scored in a: Olympic Final (1952), European Championship Final (1953), World Cup Final (1954), European Cup Final (1960, 1962), Intercontinental Final (1960)

10 National Championships | 8-Time League Top Scorer | World's Top League Scorer (1947-1948) | 'World Player of the Year' (1953) | 1954 World Cup M.V.P. | 3-Time European Cup Top Scorer | 1960 Intercontinental Cup Top Scorer 

 The Man Who Broke The Sports World's Greatest Ever 'Home Field Advantage' of 90 years.

The Man Who Played On The Sports World's Greatest Ever 'Home Field Advantage' of 121 Consecutive Undefeated League Matches.

The Man Who Was The World Record Holder for Most National Goals (1953-1980).

The Man Verified by the I.F.F.H.S. with the Most National Top Division League Goals of the Century.

The Man Who Captained the Highest Rated National Team of All-Time (1954-1955 Hungary).

The Man Who Was the Main Goalscorer of the 20th Century's Highest Rated Top Division Franchise (1961 Real Madrid).

Total Official Matches National Hungary Varsity (1945-56) Top Division, Kispest-Honvéd (1943-56) Hungarian Cup Top Division, Real Madrid (1958-66)

Spanish Cup ('Copa del Rey')

European Cup ('Champions League')

793 total matches |  806 goals

1.02 goals/game (4th Player to Reach Phenom +800 Goal Mark)

83 matches | 83 goals

1.00 goals/game

World Record Holder (1953-1980)

350 total league matches | 358 goals

1.02 goals/game

11 matches | 17 goals

1.55 goals/game

262 total team matches | 242 goals

0.93 goals/game (Franchise 20th Century Peak for Major Player)

41 matches | 49 goals 

1.20 goals/game

41 matches | 36 goals

0.88 goals/game (All Time High, Minimum 35 Scores)

references: https://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferenc_Pusk%C3%A1s       &     https://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_footballers_with_500_or_more_goals

***** Sándor Kocsis *****

'The 'Natural' & 'The True Ace International' of All Time

 ***** Europe's All-Time Most Productive and Prolific National Target Striker ****


& The Greatest Aerial Header Artist Whoever Lived

The Most Productive and Very Best Scoring National Player by Win Percentage (min. 35 goals)

66 National Matches: 52 Wins, 10 Draws, 4 Losses

Win Percentage = 86.36% | Goals = 75 | Goal Ratio = 1.14

The Dynamic Scorer Who Trailblazed and Catapulted the 'Golden Team' 

6 National Championships | 3-Time Top League Scorer | 2-Time World's Top League Scorer (1952, 1954) | 1954 World Cup Scoring M.V.P. | 1952 Olympic Champion | 1953 Central European Champion | 2-Time Copa del Generalísimo Winner | 1958-1960 Inter-Cities Fair Cup Winner | 1961 European Cup Finalist

The Only Man in History To Have Won the Fabled and Mythical 'Scoring Septuple Crown' in a Calendar Year (1954)

Winning national champion player (Budapest Honvéd)
Top league scorer 
Top league goalscorer in all the world in 1954
Top national goalscorer in the world in calendar year 
World Record for most national goals in a single calendar year
Top goalscorer in the 1954 World Cup
World Cup Record for goal ratio for tournament leader
Total Official Matches National Hungary Varsity (1948-56) Top Division, Hungary: Ferencváros & Honvéd (1946-56) Hungarian Cup Top Division League, Barcelona (1958-65)

Spanish Cup ('Copa del Rey')

UEFA Tournament Matches (1955-1965)

537 Total Matches |  556 goals 1.04 goals/game

(No. # 33 All Time Scorer)  

66 Matches | 75 goals  1.14 goals/game 

(3rd Highest European Scorer All-Time)

249 Total League Matches | 247 goals

0.99 goals/game

10 Matches | 32 goals

3.20 goals/game

126 Total Team Matches | 82 goals

0.65 goals/game 

22 Matches | 19 goals 

0.86 goals/game

35 Matches | 29 goals

0.83 goals/game 

references:  https://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_footballers_with_500_or_more_goals        &       https://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%A1ndor_Kocsis

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 Credit: 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

Extra Credit:

Top of the Pops: High Pantheon of Modern Music's Tour de Force Mastery  

***** The Fabulous Crackerjack Six *****

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

Nándor Hidegkuti ('The Old Man') 'The Playing Father of Total Football'/'The Specialist', 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 national game past 35 scores.

Ferenc Puskás ('Öcsi'/'The Galloping Major'/'Pancho') 'The Greatest'.  Football's first king maestro and superstar, the remarkable records-breaking, records-making world Titan rocket magic player who across his total official 793 matches averaged 1.02 goals/match (806 goals) each game throughout an entire three team career most regularly at top flight first-division and top tier international matches.

Sándor Kocsis ('The Man with the Golden Head'/'The Cube') 'The Natural', Europe's most productive and greatest ever international record-breaking target striker, the main goalscorer of the 'Golden Team', the only player to have won the fabled, mythical and unreachable 'Septuple Crown' in the sport's scoring in a single year

Gyula Grosics ('The Panther') 'Midas', Association football's first take-charging revolutionary goalkeeper.  In his first ten years of national service from 1947-1957 (with the omission of the 1954 World Cup Finale) Grosics would see no defeats in 43 consecutive matches where he conceded a mere 0.977 goals-per-game.

József Bozsik ('Cucu') 'Ironman'    Zoltán Czibor ('The Mad Winger') 'Mercury'

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.

  Star Players Statistics Entering the 1954 World Cup Finale (July 3 1954)

Players Goals Matches Goal Ratio Wins Draws Losses Win Percentage
Puskás  67 55 1.22 gls/gm 43 5 7 82.7%
Kocsis 48 38 1.26 gls/gm 32 5 1 90.8%
Hidegkuti 30 37 0.811 gls/gm 34 3 1 95.9%
Grosics (GK) - - - 30 3 0 95.5%

The Zenith Paramount Moment: the +20 goal World Cup differential

Hungary 2 : 0 West Germany  8th minute (Puskás 6', Czibor 8')

July the 4th 1954 | 1954 World Cup Title Game

Megastar Super-Players with Most Ever Goals in All Official Matches (minimum 700 matches, update August 20, 2021)

***** Ferenc Puskás *****

List of footballers with 500 or more goals - Wikipedia

World Rank
Star Player
Total Goals
Official Matches
Goal Ratio
Years Active
Gold Ronnie Rooke England +886 +955 0.93 1930-1961
Ferenc Puskás 
Cristiano Ronaldo
No. 4
No. 5
No. 6
Lionel Messi
No. 7
Gerd Müller
W. Germany

Top National Goalscorers of  Europe & the Western Hemisphere in the 20th Century 

20th Century Rank Star Player

Home Country

Goals Matches Goal Ratio Years
Ferenc Puskás
Sándor Kocsis
No. 4.
Gerd Müller
West Germany
No. 5.
Imre Schlosser
59 (previous world record)

**** Lájos Tichy ****

The Most Prolific & Highest Scoring Player of All- Time

'Magical Magyars'/Golden Team' member (1955-1971)

The Prolific Players Who Scored the Most Goals Ever All Time (All Matches)

source: Prolific Scorers Data (rsssf.com)

All Time Rank Star Player Home Country Total Goals Total Matches
No. 1

Lájos Tichy ('Golden Team' member)

Hungary 1912 goals 1301
No. 2 Josef Bican Austria-Hungary 1812+ 1089+
No. 3 Erwin Helmchen Germany 1573+ 941+
No. 4 Ferenc Puskás ('Golden Team' captain) Hungary
1565 1269
No. 5 Gerd Müller West Germany 1483 1228
No. 6 Pelé Brazil 1301 1390
No. 7 Ferenc Deák ('Golden Team' member) Hungary 1278+ 793+
No. 8 Franz Binder Austria 1202+ 831+
No. 9 Sándor Kocsis ('Golden Team' member)
Hungary 1183 904
No. 10  Gyula Szilágyi Hungary 1088+ 905+

All-Time European Top-Level Goalscorers

International Federation of Football History & Statistics:


World Rank Player Nationality Goals Years
Cristiano Ronaldo
Ferenc Puskás
Josef Bican
No. 4.
Jimmy Jones
No. 5
Gerd Müller
W. Germany
No. 6
Joe Bambrick
No. Ireland
No. 7.
Glenn Ferguson
(update July 19, 2021)

All-Time National Top Division League Goalscorers

The Rec.Sport Soccer Statistics Foundation


World Rank Player Nationality Goals
Gold Josef Bican Austria-Hungary 526
Silver Ferenc Puskás Hungary 516*
Bronze Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal 479
No. 4 Lionel Messi Argentina 474
No. 5 Albert De Cleyn Belgium 428
tie No. 6 Imre Schlosser Hungary 417
tie No. 6 Gyula Zsellengér Hungary 417
*Puskás was banned from playing by FIFA for 18 months from late 1956 to 1958 
(update July 19, 2021)

Real Madrid's 'Very Best and Greatest'

Major Players by Goal Ratio (minimum 171 total goals)

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Real_Madrid_C.F._records_and_statistics

Real Madrid  Rank Star Player Total Goals Total Matches Goal Ratio Year Active
No. 1 Gold Cristiano Ronaldo 450 438 1.03 2009-2018
No. 2 Silver Ferenc Puskás 242 262 0.92 1958-1966
No. 3 Bronze Alfredo Di Stéfano 308 396 0.78 1953-1964
No. 4 Hugo Sanchez 208 282 0.74 1985-1992
No. 5 Karim Benzema 277 555 0.50 2009-present
Puskás with English pioneering legend Arthur Rowe, manager of Crystal
Palace and advocate of 'push and run' football and Alfredo Di Stéfano in 1962.  
Arthur Rowe was employed in Hungary as a consultant and manager in 1938-1940
and also gave a series of lectures on the merits of the 'WM' system.

'Top Division Tournament Extraordinaires'

All-Time Best Scoring Efficiency in the European Cup (Champions League) by Goal Ratio (minimum 35 total goals)

Rank  Star Players Goals  Matches Goal Ratio
No. 1 Gold Ferenc Puskás 36 41 .878
No. 2 Silver Alfredo Di Stéfano 49 58 .845
No. 3 Bronze Lionel Messi 120 149 .805
4. Ruud van Nistelrooy 56 73 .767
5. Cristiano Ronaldo 134 176 .761
6. Robert Lewandowski 73 96 .760
7. Eusebio 46 65 .708

source: http://www.worldfootball.net/alltime_goalgetter/champions-league/tore/1/

The 20th Century's Top Rated Top Division Franchises

See the source image

source: http://clubelo.com/Stats/Highest

20th Century Rank
Top Division Franchise
Elo Points
Peak Date Set
Catalyst Star Players
No. 1 Gold
Real Madrid
March 19 1961
Puskás-Di Stéfano-Gento-Santamaría
No. 2 Silver
AC Milan
March 18 1993
No. 3 Bronze
MTK Budapest
Oct. 20 1955
No. 4
Oct. 6 1960
Lászlo Kubala-Kocsis-Czibor-Suarez
No. 5
Nov. 9 1980
No. 6
April 20 1995
tie No. 7
May 7 1973

Ferenc Puskás, as player or head manager, is associated with six European Cup ('Champions League') title match appearances.  Hungarian players and head managers have won the European Cup on seven occasions ( 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1966, 1972, 1973 ), and came in second place in the European Cup Finale four times ( 1961, 1962, 1964, 1971 ). 


Star Catalysts Players or Head  Manager 


Type of Championship Final 


Alfredo Di Stéfano / Ferenc PuskásGento, players 
Real Madrid 
European Cup Finale 
Stade de Reims 
Ferenc PuskásAlfredo Di Stéfano / Gento, players 
Real Madrid 
European Cup Finale 
Eintracht Frankfurt 
Ferenc Puskás Alfredo Di Stéfano / Gento, players 
Real Madrid 
Intercontinental Cup Finale (inaugural) 
Penarol, Uruguay 
Sándor Kocsis, Zoltán Czibor, Lászlo Kubala, players 
European Cup Finale 
Béla Guttmann, manager of Benfica 
Ferenc Puskás Alfredo Di Stéfano / Gento, players 
Real Madrid 
European Cup Finale 
Béla Guttmann, manager of Benfica 
Ferenc Puksás / Alfredo Di Stéfano / Gento, players 
Real Madrid 
European Cup Finale 
Inter Milan 
Amancio / Gento / Ferenc Puskásplayers
Real Madrid 
European Cup Finale 
Partizan Belgrade 
Ferenc Puskáshead manager 
European Cup Finale 
Ferenc Puskáshead manager 
Intercontinental Cup Finale 
Nacional, Uruguay 
István Kovács, head manager 
European Cup Finale 
Inter Milan 
István Kovács, head manager 
Intercontinental Cup Finale 
Independiente, Argentina 
István Kovács, head manager 
European Cup Finale 
István Kovács, head manager 
European Super Cup Finale (inaugural) 
Glasgow Rangers 

***** Greatest Upfront National Historically Concurrent Forward Line of 20th Century ***** 

Puskás-Kocsis-Hidegkuti-Kubala managed by Béla Guttmann

Golden Ball (1954 World Cup Tournament M.V.P.), Ferenc Puskás 

Golden Shoe (1954 World Cup Top Scorer), Sándor Kocsis 

Golden Glove (1954 World Cup Best Goalkeeper), Gyula Grosics



The Best Forward Line in International National Football History

All-Time Best Players by Win Percentage (minimum 35 goals)

(update 8.19.2021)

World Rank







Goal Ratio

Winning Percentage

Sándor Kocsis
Nándor Hidegkuti
David Villa
No. 4
No. 5
Ferenc Puskás
No. 6
Fernando Torres
No. 7
No. 8
No. 9
tie No. 10
tie No. 10
David Silva

**** '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 
omitted due to controversies
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" 


Top Division's Most Powerful & Balanced Seasonal Champion League Team of All-Time

**** 1917-1918 MTK Budapest ****

Number of League Matches

Head Manager

Star Catalyst Players





Goals Ag./Match 

Goal Diff./Game

22 matches in equiv. top-tier pro American football, 21 wins, 0 loss

(66.82 points/game, 4.55 def. points/game )

source: http://xtrahistory.blogspot.com/2014/04/Record-Statistics.html

Imre Schlosser/Alfréd Schaffer 




+6.68 gls./gm (sport all time high)

-0.45 gls./gm

+6.23 (sport all time high) 

The Highest Scoring European Cup/Champions League Champion Team of All-Time

 ***** 1959-1960 Real Madrid *****

Tournament Matches Star Catalyst M.V.P. Puskás' Tournament Bestowal  Puskás' Full 1959-60 Campaign Team Goals Goals/Game Goals Ags. Goal Differential Goal Differential/Match
 7 matches Ferenc Puskás  

12 goals in 7 matches

(1.71 goals/game)

European Cup MVP

49 goals in 38 matches

(1.29 goals/game)

Top Division European & Intercontinental Champion

Primera División MVP

31 4.43 gls/game -10 +21 +3.00 goal diff./game


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
Intl. Goals
Goal Ratio
Highest Elo Rating of   Team as of April 28 1964
No. 1
Ferenc Puskás 
2231 (July 4, 1954)
No. 2
Sándor Kocsis 
2231 (July 4, 1954)
No. 3
Imre Schlosser 
2003 (April 6, 1919)
No. 4
Lájos Tichy
2212 (Nov. 27, 1955)
No. 5
Pauli Jorgensen 
1873 (June 13, 1926)
No. 6
György Sárosi 
1975 (June 16, 1938)
No. 7
2156 (Sept 20, 1959)
No. 8
Nándor Hidegkuti 
2231 (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 Ever Photographer

 ***** The Masters *****

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

source: http://xtraimmortal.blogspot.com/2013/12/Annual-Best-Player.html




Offensive Midfielder

Offensive Lateral


 Central Defender

 Defender of the Year


Gunnar Nordahl

Ferenc Puskás

Valentino Mazzola

Felix Loustau

Danilo Alvim

Billy Wright

Branko Stankovic


Ferenc Déak

Ferenc Puskás


Karl Aage Praest

Ernst Ocwirk

Neil Franklin

Branko Stankovic


Ademir de Menezes

Ferenc Puskás


Alcides Ghiggia

Obdulio Varela

John Charles

Erik Nilsson


Gunnar Nordahl

Alfredo Di Stéfano

Nils Liedholm

Tom Finney

Nestor Rossi

Cor Van Der Hart

Victor Andrade


Sándor Kocsis

Ferenc Puskás

Juan Schiaffino

Estanislao Basora

József Boszik

Billy Wright

Billy Wright


Nat Lofthouse

Ferenc Puskás

Raymond Kopa

Zoltán Czibor

Ernst Ocwirk

Robert Jonquet

Nilton Santos


Sándor Kocsis

Nándor Hidegkuti

Fritz Walter

Zoltán Czibor

József Boszik

José Santamaría

José Santamaría


Eduard Streltsov

Alfredo Di Stéfano

Raymond Kopa

Bernard Vukas

Igor Netto

Robert Jonquet

Robert Jonquet


Nat Lofthouse

Alfredo Di Stéfano

Raymond Kopa


József Boszik

José Santamaría

Nilton Santos


John Charles

Alfredo Di Stéfano


Raymond Kopa

Duncan Edwards

Billy Wright

Billy Wright


Just Fontaine




Danny Blanchflower

Billy Wright

Nilton Santos


John Charles


Alfredo Di Stéfano

Francisco Gento

Dino Sani

José Santamaría

Djalma Santos


Uwe Seeler

Ferenc Puskás

Luis Suarez


Danny Blanchflower

José Santamaría

José Santamaría

***** 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*

A gold-medaling Olympic champion, Ibolya Csak of the 1936 Summer Olympics.

Éva Székely and husband Dezső Gyarmati,
the greatest water polo player who ever lived
 (with three Olympic gold medals - 1952, 1956,
1964, a silver medal in 1948, and a bronze in 1960).

A gold-medaling Olympic champion, the great Henrietta Ónodi, 1992 Summer Olympics, a Hall of Famer.

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.
49,110 persons


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

***** The World's Greatest of the Great *****
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Montreal Canadiens 
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1876-1879 Kincsem (Hungary)
Peak Elo 
  54 1st Place Wins, 54 Starts
Top-Tier Pro Tennis
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Greatest Ever 
Novak Djokovic
Magnus Carlsen 
Golden State Warriors 
Judit Polgár 
Peak Elo 
Ultimate Tennis Statistics - Peak Elo Ratings

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.

     Pictured (left) is the 1938 World Cup finalist Hungarian team that averaged a goal differential of +4.00 goals-per-game on the eve of the 1938 World Cup Finale.  Sixteen years later, the 1954 Hungarian team reached the highest rating all time on July 4th 1954.

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 Amazing and True Real Life Story of a 'Magyar Mona Lisa', Countess Ilona Edelsheim-Gyulai.

(Budapest, July 14, 1918 - Lewes, England, April 18, 2013)

The 'Hungarian Marriage of the Century', April 1940, István Horthy and Countess Edelsheim-Gyulai.

Perhaps the Greatest Scene in Film History

 'Casablanca' (premier Nov. 26, 1942), An outstanding candidate for the greatest film of all-time, one of the very greatest American films ever made and the greatest romantic motion picture of all-time directed by Hungarian-American Hollywood director Michael Curtiz.  Hollywood's No. 1 leading man, the icon Humphrey Bogart as Rick Blaine, the rising superstar Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid as Victor Lászlo and the Hungarian-American Peter Lorre.

      The 'Paris of the East', the 'Pearl of the Danube', the 'City of Spas', 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 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).            

      IT might be prophetical and right that the 20th Century should have prepared the way for a team of prolific prize-winning Olympian productivity and that when this team came they were one of the extremely few who do not belong to any century but for all time.  They were of a remembered time and when they came they played beyond the genius of the game as makers of a scaled true artistry that their crush of strength glowed a worldwide welcome on a new team more eloquent and powerful than elsewhere.      

The men, the myths, the legends, the icons, Hungarian managers of all time character and importance, Béla Guttmann and Gustáv Sebes.  

      There is magic in the Atlas team and see its scoring bolts be triple in Puskás-Kocsis-Hidegkuti thundering interior wonder, loft of vision and intellectual lust that strikes clear direction; and quaking the sport with goal behind goal poured in rich profusion they defeat a great file of teams, the team of good voyage goes far to find out what they are: they teach the world "modern football" and ran the impossible distance as the greatest soccer team of them all.  

The most famous female pop star of the 1970s and 1980s from Hungary, Éva Csepregi of Neoton Familia fame.

        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 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 — 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.

      On the 4th of July West Germany would play its final sixth match against the gigantic inconceivables, the Hungarian 'Golden Team' who stand ready to receive their first world triumph.    For the West German players it is a leap toward 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 cracked and ends the sport's hemispheres, the sport'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. 

The 'Great Star Lord Mayor of Budapest', István Tarlós, Hollywood
megastar Scarlett Johansson and Deputy-Mayor Alexandra
Szalay-Bobrovniczky, Sept 2019.

       They played and worked at a fortunate and priviledged moment in the history of modern soccer that seemed to be a very European dream.  This is the time of six great worldclass players in a historic junction in the brightness of their promise re-writting records, precedents and new the frontier; and it is no exaggeration that the 'Magical Magyars' were the most powerful team to be staged in the sport's athletic theater, the dynamics will be determined by the hot key men of expert control making of it a brilliantly devised system.  

Famous Zita Szeleczky, old classic Budapest cinema stardom.

       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 knowledge as Sebes and his players produced the form of soccer 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 was a sporting medium of special importance through which football took on its present-day gleam.

       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 outdated and seemed an imposition and a sign of the new pre-war conservative in the sport.  

       Manager Gusztáv Sebes came up with a good approach in order to render the team's experience in all its intensity and calls for the opening up to an offensive scoring dimension that first contained the essence of the famous 4-2-4 tactical shape with an enormous contemporary potential.   Sebes blends the old 3-2-5 formation so convincingly powerful at the punch to the borderline between the 3-2-3-2 and 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.

Today's modern Budapest, the fabulous media newswoman Emilia Krug.

The most beautiful national politician in Hungary, the incomparable Márta Demeter.

       From this malleable base the immense changes wrought into the sport plots the course of football's evolution that outplaced the old 'pyramid', 'WM' and 3-2-5 tactical shape with the newer, bigger 4-2-4 with its sweeping broad quality in defense and foremost trenchant tone in attack that men in football saw with a presiding genius that many figured could never be improved upon as the Golden Team for seven years, scene to scene, mile on mile unwinds a pouring surf of scoring vibrancy (4.36 goals-per-game) on history's first remarkable national side to go +30 matches undefeated.
      These conceptions by Sebes was the first to put the 4-2-4 and 'socialist football' (early 'Total Football') into the framework of a highly successful grand theme perhaps intended to be the harmonization of all of the sport's knowledge in regalement of a refitted 'MU' shape in the atmosphere of the pioneer and frontier extravagance.  Sebes' early 4-2-4 and 'socialist football' began its immense influence on the world sport as the finest monument and heritage of the Magical Magyars and the game could count on a coming time when the two-edged diffused ease of their system would be paralleled and imitated all over the world.

      Free to create his original team that pointed to a re-invention and revolution, Sebes found the salubrious attacking end of football's spectrum that lodged to higher octaves of game speed, skillful precision and power and wrapped vast accumulated fame around his team led by the charismatic flair of Puskás and five other ascending world-class players.  The monumental mason of character and team-building traits had shifted the paradigm with a set of broad advances and had shown a persistent wisdom in building a near perfect super-team that lost one match in the course of six years driven by causes to have football come of age by injecting a massive dose of future orientation.  His was the wisdom that was permeating the game, the 1954 world title would be a rendering onto a sage and the 'Golden Team' was everything it was meant to be and everything it symbolized as world sides were strode over by the unprecedented new technique team imbued with ostentatious talent that delighted.  

     Mobilized for sport and guided by Puskás-Kocsis-Hidegkuti-Bozsik, the whelmings of Gustáv Sebes' team for seven years had broken the traditional-based eminence of soccer's old athletics forever and continued to reverberate long after the revolutionary coach left not of his own choosing.

The Golden Team and their players directly influenced the game that saw their tactical system arrive to 5 World Cup title matches:

Year Nation Hungarian Tactical Genre Star Catalyst Players Goal Diff (Tournament) Highest Elo Rating in Tournament
1954  Hungary  'MU' formation (3-2-5/4-2-4) + early "Total Football" (socialist football)  Kocsis / Puskás  + 17 goals (all time high)  2231 (sport all time high) 
1958  Brazil  Brazilian 4-2-4  Péle / Vava  + 12 goals (tied for 3rd all time)  2139
1970  Brazil  Brazilian 4-2-4  Péle / Jairzinho  + 12 goals (tied for 3rd all time)  2173
1974  Netherlands  "Total Football" (fully democratized football) Cruyff / Neeskens  + 12 goals (tied for 3rd all time)  2074
1978  Netherlands  "Total Football Neeskens / Rensenbrink  + 5 goals  2102


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

Ferenc Puskás' International Debut

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 to again
lead the world.  From 1939-1959, the phenom forward scored
+794 total officials goals as history's 4th highest scoring


Of enchanting classic legends rare and old at Ferencváros' homeground.


The World Select XI of the second half of 1940s

       Occasionally a great master team 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 national 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 the international game.

      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 the sport'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; 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 Zsellengér 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 Zsellengér followed 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-Zsellengér-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, young 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-Zsellengér-Szusza as Deák's two goals worked a 2-0 win over No. 9 Austria. 

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

 October 10 1946, Hungary 2 : Austria 0

Starting Players
End of Career 
Total Official Goals
(update 5.2.2021)
All-Time World Rank
International Goals 
League Scoring M.V.P. 
World Scoring M.V.P.
League Titles
Ferenc Puskás (Öcsi)
No. 4
8 MVP titles
1 World MVP
10 titles
Ferenc Deák (Bamba)
No. 6
3 MVP titles
3 World MVP
1 titles
Gyula Zsellengér
No. 17
5 MVP titles
1 World MVP
4 titles
Ferenc Szusza
No. 38
4 titles
2756 Total  Goals
689 goals/player (All-Time High)
162 International Goals
40.50 gls/player
16 MVP honors
5 World Scoring  MVP 
19 national titles

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

     The Prime Time Big Leaguer Tournament Puskás

Tournament Occasion or Final Opposing Teams Winner Puskás' Scoring Bestowal

1947-1948 top division Hungarian Nemzeti Bajnokság

16 domestic league teams -

Puskás' best league year

50 goals in 31 matches (1.61 goals/game)

lead all players in world for seasonal year

1948 Balkan Cup tournament  6 national teams

Hungary leads table (+17 goal diff.)

Puskás leads tournament (5 goals)
1950 International Year  6 national teams Hungary (4 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss)

Puskás' best NT year  

12 goals in 6 matches

 (2.00 goals/game)

1952 Olympic Games Final   Yugoslavia

Hungary  2-0 (+18 goal diff.)

1 goal
1948-1953 Central European Championship Final Italy

Hungary  3-0 (+10 goal diff.)

2 goals, Puskás leads tournament (10 goals)
'Match of the Century'  England

Hungary 6-3

2 goals, 2 assists
'Match of the Century II'  England Hungary 7-1 2 goals
1954 FIFA World Cup Final  West Germany

omitted due to controversies (Hungary stands at +18 goal diff.)

1 (2) goals
1960 European Cup Final   Eintracht Frankfurt Real Madrid 7-3 (+21 goal diff. in European Cup) 4 goals (yet record), Puskás leads tournament, 12 goals
1960 Intercontinental Final (decisive return fixture) Peñarol Real Madrid 5-1  (+25 goal diff. in two tournaments) 2 goals, 2 assists
1962 European Cup Final Benfica

Benfica (Real Madrid at +20 goal diff. in tournament)

3 goals (Puskás co-leads tournament, 7 goals).  Yet record: 7 total goals in European Cup Finales history
1964 European Cup Final Inter Milan Inter Milan (Real Madrid at +17 goal diff. in tournament) 0 goal (Puskas co-leads tournament, 7 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 sports 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 then 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 (1.41 goals/game) to inaugurate the team's own perennial sources as they became national expressers of fame on the greatest sporting 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.
     Teams' captain and sport harbinger who earned everlasting and ever-fixed scoring marks of the 20th Century with his glorious sailing bounding drives, Puskás was the real golden boy in the golden heydays.  With Puskás an enduring guide through first grade teams, the king maestro who once presided over games since August 20 1945 who has a tale to tell of goalscoring figures hitherto unseen before, with successful Kocsis and Hidegkuti spurring the scoring thunder and trice told greatness, the irrepressible rising well-positioned team practicing to grow inevitable for the perfect coming dream.



***** The Sports World's Greatest 'Home Field Advantage' of All-Time *****

The Maximum Team  England versus Foreign Teams Outside of British Isles

                                          1863 to Nov. 25 1953 

Wins Draws Losses Goals/Match Goals Ag. Goal Diff./Match
36 3 0 5.23 1.03 +4.21

In equivalent elite top-tier pro American football:

 36 wins, 0 loss

96.15%Winning Percentage | 100% Undefeated Percentage

 ( 52.31 points/game10.26 def. points/game )

Date Opp. Team GF GA Opp. Rank
1) 12.21.1907 Netherlands 12 2 6
2) 3.23.1908 France 12 0 11
3) 10.20.1908 Sweden 12 1 12
4) 10.22.1908 Netherlands 4 0 5
5) 10.24.1908 Denmark 2 0 2
6) 3.13.1909 Germany 9 0 12
7) 4.19.1909 Belgium 11 2 11
8) 11.06.1909 Sweden 7 0 13
9) 12.11.1909 Netherlands 9 1 4
10) 4.9.1910 Switzerland 6 1 18
11) 4.16.1910 France 10 1 15
12) 4.4.1911 Belgium 4 0 10
13) 10.21.1911 Denmark 3 0 2
14) 3.16.1912 Netherlands 4 0 4
15) 11.9.1912 Belgium 4 0 11
16) 11.15.1913 Netherlands 2 1 5
17) 4.19.1923 Belgium 6 1 9
18) 10.11.1924 South Africa 3 2 16
19) 11.26.1924 South Africa 3 2 17
20) 12.08.1924 Belgium 4 0 17
21) 12.09.1931 Spain 7 1 7
22) 12.07.1932 Austria 4 3 2
23) 12.06.1933 France 4 1 32
24) 11.14.1934 Italy 3 2 1
25) 12.04.1935 Germany 3 0 8
26) 12.02.1936 Hungary 6 2 9
27) 12.01.1937 Czechoslovakia 5 4 9
28) 11.09.1938 Norway 4 0 15
29) 11.27.1946 Netherlands 8 2 26
30) 5.3.1947 France 3 0 20
31) 11.19.1947 Sweden 4 2 9
32) 12.02.1948 Switzerland 6 0 17
33) 11.30.1949 Italy 2 0 3
34) 11.22.1950 Yugoslavia 2 2 9
35) 5.9.1951 Argentina 2 1 1
36) 5.19.1951 Portugal 5 2 28
37) 10.03.1951 France 2 2 23
38) 11.28.1951 Austria 2 2 8
39) 11.26.1952 Belgium 5 0 24
40) 11.25.1953 Hungary 3 6 1
41) 12.01.1954 West Germany 3 1 3
42) 11.30.1955 Spain 4 1 10
43) 5.29.1956 Brazil 4 2 3
44) 11.28.1956 Yugoslavia 3 0 7
45) 12.05.1956 Denmark 5 2 38
46) 11.27.1957 France 4 0 12
47) 5.07.1958 Portugal 2 1 33
48) 11.22.1958 Soviet Union 5 0 5
49.) 5.06.1959 Italy 2 2 20

       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, Puskás — the eternal star-triggered goal shooter in the guaranteed corner at forward inside-left who gives gleaming dynastic names to Budapest Kispest-Honvéd, Hungary and Real Madrid — 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'

Wembley Empire Stadium, London, England 


        Once every hundred years an athletic spectacle ascends up from the world within and forces itself to be expressed with a specific audience that impresses the mind, stimulates it, focuses certain memories and values, interests and needs, gushing forth a great many judgments and speculations that get tied up with the spectacle.  After the spectacle questions and immediate commentary multiply themselves quickly as journalists and historians try to find the essence that best represents the stellar discovery, setting in motion ideas and feelings to contemplate long after the event itself.  In its most public aspect the spectacle is useably real even more for its instructive value which for a variety of reasons may have been especially memorable and impressive.  After everything is marvelously taken in, and as it were, savored, the converting spectacle is given public shape and the immediate motive is to best articulate the experience to others and later generations as a historical turning point to something higher.  

      November 25, 1953 an eternal athletic glory is at play that through acres of memory and sport's history has held the football stage ever since.  It is the wonder game of the age.

      Top-tier's (national world and top-division's) to-be most prolific scoring player, Ferenc 'Öcsi' Puskás leads out 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" versus world-renowned undefeatable England and their legendary captain Mr. Billy Wright.  It would be the lordly ones of the game, venerable England at the height of 90 year old legendary invincibility that professes professional greatness versus the No. 1  'Golden Team' team in the world.

      The game's pace-setting first score in the 45th second, a powerful 17 yard volley by Hidegkuti past goalkeeper MerrickIn a very famous football day, a celebration of the game's powers that be, a herculean encounter between the greatest teams of any era, an invincibly supreme, never humbled, talented and much-fancied English side of grand power, the great old masters of the game 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' without a loss in 3 1/2 years.

     In the ancestral 'home of football' they tell of a place where the famous English 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, the sport's greatest 'home field advantage' stands assured of certain certainties that it conquered all men of the game and put all the rest of the world game in the shade — the home of history's stoutest long fabled classic legends rare and old since organized football first began in 1863.

       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.  In his incontestably best and brightest 'Goal of the Century', rated the chief of his goalscoring glories, the sport's powerful first new athletic manifesto is witnessed and two more stunning goals are marvelously set up by Puskás.  Unprecedented in the earliest experiences in the world game, the 'Magical Magyars' amazingly prevailed 6-3 with a 90 year old historic international record and touchstone surpassed.

       A new epoch-making classic among classics, the "Match of the Century" was the international world game'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 the modern game first began. 

Ferenc Puskás' immaculate 1st goal described by the press as the 'Goal of the Century' that changed the course of football history.

The World's Select XI for the First Half of the 1950s (pictured right)



       OF all the rides since the birth of the game in 1863 sung in legends or told in the modern reports, of all that which vaunt of marvels here is the giant match that for a long time since contributed mightily to the new capital of the sport.  The priviledged place to be is cathedral Wembley Empire Stadium, the 'hallowed turf' where the 'Golden Team' became messengers ripening for a new epoch and where Puskás left an indelible and durable trace.

       Since the codification of the sport in 1863 in Victorian England the English national team had never suffered defeat on its home shores from foreign opposition from outside the British Isles and their successful tradition had been penultimate and globally decisive.  The old producers, the inventors of the game, the idyllic English team had turned aside every effort in 90 years to overcome the mightiest team of them all and never have the world's finest sides left England victorious.  

       The world's stalwarts and all heavily praised teams all had their rendezvous with that most vast, most grand and formidable of historic teams, England at home and could not confound the team of all time.  As a right of passage in the abode of epic champions all comers yield their names to the maximum team by an average goal difference of -4.21 goals, the asserters of classic excellence and the cunning formalists of the age with an unsurpassed mastery who remained the best in the world renowned in a kind of proud anachronistic insularity.

       Here lies nine decades unblemished by defeat mused with history and diehard brilliance and England were exceedingly good and skilled to pull the playing wires that baffles visitors' hopes who had much practice and great talent to receive opponents when they come, there, at Wembley Empire Stadium, the ancestral 'home of football', an air of real atmosphere, character that belonged to England and nowhere else that ascribed the amplitude and abiding genius of the place — a vast place tremendously bourgeois and colossally intimidating ripe with all-filling awe where the goings are absolute, a place of incredible happenings, of splendors and revelations, teams of gravitas and men in accurate form where no foreign team could snap the full spectrum of antique excellence, where resurrections be.       

       Here on the splendid mountaintop a classic zenith of grandeur pinnacled — marathons' powers between the templed towers bright with myth that embronzed the earth's sport and adorned England's thick succession of crushing triumphs amid mirth-shouting pennants in great native moments — here at the intersection of the timeless moment and greatness is England scoring a steamrolling 5.23 goals-per-game where the national team be at maximum, its reigning 90 year old legended invincibility a souvenir armored against the world. 

       In their old assurance of conquest England still held the 90 year old aegis and come set, sterling in the old fashioned invincible learned work of the 'WM' formation molded toward an essential ideal of the 3-2-2-3 that shed the unmistakable light of professional greatness with captain Billy Wright, Matthews, Mortensen, Sewell, Ramsey, Johnston to meet the six Olympian and new European champion attack of Puskás-Kocsis-Hidegkuti-Czibor-Budai-Bozsik with wells of scoring action in the 3-2-5/4-2-4.  It along told the tale between tactics in opposition between once in the past and now: the old voguish English 'WM' formation, the prevailing standard in worldwide use since the 1930s and Hungary's 'MU' formation that pushes the modern technique of a new kind and mentions the youth of the game and considered the forerunner of the 4-2-4.

        Hungary's composing today is powerful and sweet and unstoppable and what follows is the most influential prestige friendly ever played acquiring in public consciousness the meaning of 'greatness' from the awareness of the game's new superior surroundings of thorough craft, formulae, art and enviable new powers from the Continent.  There, among the vestiges of all-time invincibility, it is the aura of ten great Hungarian players led by Puskás embroidering upon the talents and skills of eleven great players with motoric passing force as in an attempt to jump over a barrier built by nearly a century of time and create a lasting monument.  Notes of an old triumphal tutti pace the air on radio from commentator György Szepesi.

        Passing strides the surge, and the pulse around them beat a panoramic length to attain a swift glide and set the genii of the Hungarian team free to turn an evolution.  One can wonder at a new stunning brand of football, the wonderous jazz of their interplay who played clearly prodigally with short and long passes all tipping in their favor; and already by the 27th minute (with a 4-1 score) their moving and scoring cycles show that the 'world champions' are out of step with the 'Golden Team' in every way as if the heralded visitors, through higher gears, had moved into another realm.  The legendary match is dreamily invented with fresh virtues of an undeciphered scoring metronome, Nándor Hidegkuti, and positional fluidity that fixed the splendid connections in the intricate prizing team joined to the electrolysis of near telepathic teamwork with a 6-2 scoreline by the 53rd minute.

       The 'Golden Team' were also prepared with a cunningingly wrought new métier too little known to the outside: Puskás and Kocsis and the wingers Czibor and Lászlo Budai were allied to the newly chartered playmaking wiles of the seasoned campaigner Nándor Hidegkuti as the false No. 9, the revolutionary new motion cracksman who hovered above the line to suddenly appear at the foremost box with the acumen of a path finding artistry who put his impressive powers to work and scored the famous hat-trick.

           There comes some lucky ninety minutes of an athlete's life that's fused in the alembic of a perfect game and of all the famous goals that Puskás scored there has got to be the one, a wonderfully fine goal in the high hour in the north that promises to be the leaven that settles victory that aroused a heavy roar in whole receptivity to a milestone that now 'modern football' can date from it — how Puskás rocks the comfortable circle of good and great teams with inner spontaneities, fiber and pure breadth then Puskás' brightest score with high native originality, the towering famous flash of intuition.

      The left-winger Zoltán Czibor, who possessed a less predictable personality on the field and who can sometimes so impress with his smoldering quickness that he had no mercurial threshold, opponents were seldom able to tell on which side of the field he would arrive on.  It's a cheering sight as the ball progressively moves step-by-step towards the English goal, Czibor jaunts down the right flank and flew with speedy succor to the right corner out of position and gets passed the ball deep wide by right-winger László Budai for a reaching around the back of the defense.  After rounding the corner Czibor plays it low with a less than perfect flat pass to Puskás who takes up a position on the right-hand side of the six-yard box.

        He is a type of the coolest intellect in that scintillating flux near the goal.  At first keep Puskás caught it tentatively, briefly touching the escaping ball that drifts toward the dead-ball line.  Legendary English captain and center-half Billy Wright in a flash barrels down to tackle and dispossess the unsteady ball.  The time between the drifting ball handled by Puskás and Wright's roaring incoming tackle is very short and like a quick mobilized frame of athletic epiphany in a very sharp way Puskás drags back back the loose ball with the sole of his boot a split second before Wright came within an ace of capturing the ball.  For Wright the move is suddenly unexpected and left the English captain finding empty space where the ball had been de-cleated and nearly reposed and sprawled on his back.  Puskás' famous stunning piece of off-hand ball control is a sporting emblem of general sublimity of the purest play of unlimited drift and wit, a goal sculpturing unrehearsed four-move impromptu packed with personification that made his 'Goal of the Century' a mainstay on classic highlight footage.          

      Then in a narrow space of athletic fixity Puskás was on the one great choice and here on instinct becomes uncompromised and clear and Billy Wright hears halfway behind him but the true sound of brevity from the fierce short fuse, the kick incommunicado, with the pinpoint of a laser-glint of force Puskás sends the superb "Goal of the Century" of pure ascension to the auroral edge of greatness.   Achieving a compact force after the savory beneficent conjuring trick, Puskás swiftly pivots and caught the gleam of daylight between the near post and had a first-rate play on keeper Gill Merrick and sent the old heat as smoothly as ever and smoother than ever to let the glory out — it's Puskás' greatest goal that's flown.

      The soaring 10-yard strike hit the orbit and sum of Puskás' wit that informed its flawlessness.  The mass and majesty of the Puskás hard cannonball between Merrick and the near post propelled a new 3-1 scoreline and the 'Eureka!'-moment that stuns to Puskás' ecstasy to seize the white perimeter of victory and they soon had all the romance of the game on their side.

     The inexpressible completeness of the well made move and the finish beyond the ordinary in incontestably his best goal, Puskás had put himself out today with plasticity and grit, was overwhelmed by the roaring of the crowd and verifies the dream.  It is altogether a platinum movement and relic goal by Puskás.  

         That strong, delicious, mystic play of Puskás and his brightest score was emotionally immediate with sports commentator György Szepesi who feels more than he can say and reports it accurately and vibrantly: "This is a world sensation!! Puskás pulls it back with his sole!"  Besides being a charming and transforming piece in itself the scene presents a clever player successfully deceiving one of England's finest players as one of the richest portrayals of Puskás' fast thinking as the distinguished and perceptive football columnist Geoffrey Green immortally wrote that Billy Wright had charged "like a fire engine going to the wrong fire."

      Nothing could be finer than the dream sequence first goal of Puskás and the heady sensation and winged joy of hitting the bull's-eye translated to folkloric treasure as the great match breaks on the shore of historic world fame.  He by it will be remembered forever and had caught the top of the international scoring ladder of 59 goals capped by that early master, Hungary's Imre Schlosser as Puskás' great squad had unraveled ninety year old history in achieving the unachievable of bygone times.

        Ripened beyond computation a joyously wholesome, prodigal, affluent feeling rolls in the souls of the men who just played the visionary game.  The warm garden of feelings of transcendence all go together after the sealed 6-3 mythic win: unique, unrepeatable.  They moved on the new territory of "all time greatness", original now and pure, revived and sure that unfolds a new famed destiny.  Puskás, who remained primarily a great-souled arch-player of great heart, a compassionate person, the frontest man inconquerable wins the inner world to a meteoric fame.  The master knows that he is unprecedentedly great and that all around him are now unprecedentedly great.  As they catch the sunset whole over the city of London they owned the sports world of the earth that night.

       November 26th 1953, this dawn is the first dawn of "modern football" that built a newer sport when the edgeless passing-scoring feats at Wembley made sense of football that vouchsafed a future vision of the game and gave occasion to the very discovery that the world game had changed forever.  The  'Match of the Century' had an enormous vogue that many thought it perfection and stunningly dramatized "A New Conception of Football" as the London Times described it and it is called the new playing of the game.  Never during England's sporting experience has a more exciting event occurred than the sudden bursting upon the national firmament, full, blazing, unparalleled, of the bright resplendent stars from abroad whose honored names shine refulgent at the head of the game in 1953.  In the afterglow of the match and dancing in the eyes of that Austerlitz sunrise (that is, a dazzling sunrise revealing all) the following morning there were reverent superlatives that appeared in print in sports editions of newspapers all over Europe.  


       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 in London and 7-1 in Budapest that became monumental constructions on enchanted grounds left as by vast composers that transfigured the European sport —  antique and ponderous ninety year old history is outvied, solving fierce enigmas in overpowering passages of the cheer-bringing game that won them meteoric fame and celebrity in Europe and sounded the reveille over the roofs of the sports world.  After that they have become 'unofficial world champions', their sport arching up with mid-century optimism. 

      Shading upward from admiration for the special brand of the game witnessed from the sport's new power shining in the East, bearer of the desirable modern and enlightened, Puskás' Hungarian 'Golden Team' becomes a proper partner for conversation to hoist the world championship in a month's time in July when they have become the highest rated mountain of all time.

July 4, 1954 

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

Wankdorf Stadium, Bern, Switzerland 

The greatest ever film executive and founder,  Hungarian-American William Fox (born 1879 Hungary).

The Highest Rated/Very Best/Greatest Ever Association Football Team

1949-1956 Hungary 

The greatest foundational entertainment pioneer and founder, Adolph Zukor of Paramount Pictures (born 1873 Hungary).

Largest Team Goal Differentials on the Eve of the World Cup Finale
All-Time Rank Country World Cup Year Goal Diff. Matches Goals-per-Game Elo Rating
No. 1 Gold Hungary 1954


(all-time high)



(all-time high)


(sport all-time high)

No. 2 Silver Brazil 1950 +17 5 4.2 2067
No. 3 Bronze Netherlands 1974 +13 6 2.33 2074
Tie No. 4  Hungary 1938 +12 3 4.33 (2nd highest) 1975
Tie No.4 Brazil 2002 +12 6 2.67 2029
No. 6 Argentina 1930 +11 4 4.00 2109
No. 7 France 1998 +10 6 2.00 2044

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 at the 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 the world sport's supremo.


**** The Highest Rated Game of the 20th Century *****

The Seminal Match of All-Time Macro-Historical Significance

No. # 3 West Germany

(Sept. 23, 1951 to July 3, 1954)

No. # 1 Hungary

(May 8, 1949 to July 3, 1954)

wins draws losses Ave. Score Score Diff./Game Opp. Ave. Rank

Wins Draws Losses Ave. Score Score Diff./Game Opp. Ave. Rank
15 3 3 3.14 +1.71 No. # 29.10 34 6 1 4.46 +3.31 No. # 24.23


Pennants exchange in the greatest game of them all.

           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 the sport's bellwether year of 1954 and a far advanced victory accruing Magical Magyar side cannot be eluded and cannot be stopped as Puskás Öcsi's star-spangled team pressed the whole way toward the 'holy grail' of the sport's touchstone.  Courting victory with a surging scoring thunder all along rejoicing June-July after overthrowing milestones with crashing climaxes and rocking the world's stalwarts with the dreamt-of soccer revolution Puskás' team became the highest ranked national 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 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 the game, but Puskás and Sándor Kocsis transformed them as 'statistically the greatest ever'.  In the season of Sándor Kocsis in 1954 who swung the sport's powerhouse of the years they come with a new century in their eyes and so prepared the Golden Team for the occupancy of being the greatest of all time. 

       As the priding 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 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.      

The very best, the most productive
and victorious international national 
player of all time, Sándor Kocsis.

      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 and statistical realms unvisited 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 sports 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 dynastic overturns of Sweden (5-0, 6-0, 4-2), Austria (6-1, 3-2, 1-0), Yugoslavia (2-0), Italy (3-0, 3-0), England (6-3, 7-1), West Germany (8-3), South Korea (9-0), Brazil (4-2) and Uruguay (4-2) on the tallest days who had four world titles between them they bring in the hot and thundery tournament leaving their 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 artful trade 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.  In the imperial gathering of Puskás-Kocsis-Hidegkuti-Bozsik pitching forward streamlined to instantaneous stardom, 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.                                                                       

A celebratory scene, a Kocsis score in the 8-3 win over West Germany on June 20.

      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 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 sporting 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 on a side where a goal lost is exactly equaled by more than four goals gained.

     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 leg in resplendent command known to be the most powerful in the sport's history that he received every award a player can hope to win.

Puskás & Kocsis (1950-1956) at Budapest Honvéd

Total Top Division Honvéd Matches


Goal Ratio

Sándor Kocsis 




Ferenc Puskás




Puskás & Kocsis combined 378 goals
2.06 goals-per-game

         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 sports world.  Puskás' intensely powerful broadsides and with Kocsis proper scores of tumbling gorgeousness cascade from his right, left foot and his head with prodigal zest that deemed them extravagant.

The multi-sided genius of Kocsis.

        Tipped by their scoring consummations chiseling the ripple scoring summits, Puskás and Sándor Kocsis 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 '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.  How excellently Sándor Kocsis matched and fitted well Puskás' unique style and who emerged as the Golden Team's catalyst goalscorer rendering clear the wins as the most victorious national player of all time of players who scored +35 goals.

      Under broad sail of the dexterously sensational Sándor Kocsis, the tall bold football slugger set vivid against the tournament (scoring 2.75 goals/game in the World Cup 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.   

      With Kocsis leading them to a mesmerizing end it sang forth praises of the arrived team playing deliberately as giants who marched lustily past the great fame of the sport's old masters and the world's stalwarts and their abrasive iron games.

      Riding the 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 into the next great thing gaming for the world title.  Scoring 13 goals in the last 5 games upraised 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 national target striker, a new preciosity, tonic to dominant, the acrobatic craft and karma for the goal giver of summers (top scorer for Hungary at the 1952 Olympics and top 1954 World Cup scorer) is again playing summer gold on a storied wizard's gate.  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 national world game, that was Sándor Kocsis.

The cunning 'playing father of Total Football', the great false No. 9 Hidegkuti.


The explosively fleet mercurial Zoltán Czibor,

the greatest left-winger of the era.

          Lest the pure feeling should decline, 'the playing father of Total Football' who has worked some things quite the best of their kind in some ways incomparably deft  Gustáv Sebes' new magic scheme, the newly invented false No. 9, Nándor Hidegkuti, the new autonomous menacing robust character in football operating on the event horizon between midfield's edge and the opposing rearguards and between creator and goalscorer, the controlling presence at withdrawn center-forward who unsettled the defensive beams to create new field, the magnetic man of action who marvelously engineered to disunite accustomed defenses and bust the circumference to width with event-driven spontaneity and chicane, Nándor Hidekguti, the specialist who held a little prelude and the keys to let in the Puskás and Kocsis breakthrough.

      The alluring high playing Hidegkuti, who could mix in his own smashing goals at his bidding speed, rigged the forward area with parsing runs as the duality of the motion cracksman in Hidegkuti rocked out the last line of defense to extend new stretch of space for Puskás and Kocsis that leaned into the strength of the unrivaled duo  the old unquenched unsmotherable scoring heat of the Puskás-Kocsis double arts that holds and boasts Honvéd and the immeasurable national team.   From a superb deep center following a sequence of movements and sleuthing the goalzone area Hidegkuti was brilliant in fits and starts to split through the middle and join the jubilant show in padding out débacles with speed and directness (scoring 4 goals in 3 matches in the tournament).

       Sometimes now and then a piercing gleam cuts through, another master craftsman, Zoltán Czibor down the sidelines past things that open.  To the right of Hidegkuti 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 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. 

The incomparable No. 4 wing-half József Bozsik, the era's greatest midfielder.

         As by some great conductor, midfield ironman legend, the greatest wing-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 surveying the whole field, knowing every particular corner and skipping the ball to his upfront colleagues that staked their destines with ampler largeness 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".  Charting and sifting out the glory from center and mapping and directing progressions down field, his game is of truth of detail which strikes all as the real thing.

The Midas goalkeeper who won 30 matches out of 33 games allowing

1.06 goals/contest with no defeats, the revolutionary take-charging Gyula Grosics.

       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 for Grosics, accustomed to a three-man backline that responds, he masters in the backfield that few could penetrate the goal behind his company.

      Like something long preparing finally arrived, stepping free and elastic, for Puskás, Kocsis and Hidegkuti the scores truly and steadily rolled.  Of the wear and tear and 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.   

-- Eve of the Match --

      The eve of the all-important Final was hardly serene and restful, and the Hungarians did not find themselves in harmony during the night for the essential tommorrow.  The Hungarians had a much harder time getting to the Final in facing two incredible all-time legendary matches that were soon not forgotten in treading the half-savage measures of No. 3 Brazil crammed with battle and in the tiring herculean bout with twice world champion Uruguay. The truth was that the welter of the aggressive, bumptious clash with Brazil and the two fifteen minute periods of extra-time chastening with Uruguay three days later saw the team not a full picture of wellness. 

      Yet a larger, unhelpful disconcerting showed up just outside their majestic Krone Hotel at night.   A second kind of in-harmoniousness was effected by the cacophony of Swiss brass bands practicing inauspiciously for the Swiss national brass-band competition complete with the uncalming loud din and rancor of parades, noise and music wafting and billowing through the night that seemed to live on until two o'clock the next morning and denied many players the rest they needed.

-- The Match --

     It presented that West German manager Sepp Herberger, the Byronic hero of the wonder-working hard Cinderella team, Herberger, that iron-nerved master of ceremonies akin to an eminent war strategist whose name would later become, for many, shorthand for the obsessive monomaniacal manager who gave chase in unyielding pursuit for the world championship title and his West German team, then a step-child to good fortune, would run its course against the planet's best team framed to their finest hour with Sándor Kocsis, the star at large who underwrote and decorated most to that final step and the three excelling legendary mid-career Hungarians presenting such a mighty front, the old incomparable nexus of Puskás—Kocsis—Hidegkuti down the center forward line around which no inhibiting defense could be designed.

     Sepp Herberger aligned his revitalized though less gifted Mannschaft team in marvelous form well into peak condition as a team unshaken by the shadow of fatigue that had gathered on many teams.  Their steering board flowed through four scoring men: Max Morlock, Helmut Rahn, Hans Schäfer and Ottmar Walter, the five of whom had scored 15 goals in their 5 matches.  This new West German team would include six new players, all main regulars, and the result most likely would not revisit the earlier rough sketch simulation débacle (the 3-8 loss on June 20) that served as a sort of raveling out of Hungarian strengths for the researcher in Herberger.    The considerable range of set down by the powerfully sweeping Hungarian 'Golden Team' that aimed high both at precision, making space and elusiveness, a character that often made their game very difficult to cope against and tediously required of Herberger's eleven the most careful and informed attention in the face of the preponderant juggernaut sports force that irrupted 32 goals past very strong sides in their last five matches.

    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.  

    It was July the fourth and World Cup title games are rarely shaped in such perfect good starts as the one Hungary began in the 1954 World Cup finalthey 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 to the beautiful purplish weight of victory everywhere in the air. 

The great Puskás, who had scored 67 goals in 55 matches
leads out the highest ranked team in history and Fritz Walter
in the highest rated match of the 20th century, the seminal
and most consequential and important title game ever played. 

        In a footballing battle royale 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 battle for the world title, West Germany against the metaphysicals, the unstopped 'Golden Team' juggernaut now volleys through them in its very breaking to be the greatest ever by the players of subtler advanced substance.

       József Bozsik pressing out from the center in attack and defense crosses the forward sequence inside and pushes passes with conciseness and early in the 6th minute found Sándor Kocsis' 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 the rebounding ball wide left falling there to the right lanes and fast sparks of soccer's inhabitant genius who is on the spot as though by magic whose presence was the sweet income and who has one kind of everything in any well-run contest, the prize producer Puskás' prodigal left leg's exactitude and muchness.  Of old sure knowledge the 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')

       It took the Golden Team less than two minutes to act on the lead and open the Mannschaft's richest nightmare in the testing hour, a gathering of all fears for 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 Toni 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 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 sports world knows, the velocity with which they aimed at the craft and the art that crushed the density 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.  They were deftly voyaging where no team had gone before into the sure en-winding arms of immortality amid another swift realm of rapturous scoring football.

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 Schäfer 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 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 most prolific ever national target striker, Sándor Kocsis in the year's sports 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 injured Puskás, the world's greatest player, engages the West German line alone.

      In the scenes most necessary the radio announces Kocsis in space but Kocsis' threatening sensation, the lionized striker's singed sure header hit the crossbar.  Hidegkuti took a spot just inside the West German penalty box, held it fast for the positional thicket and rich confusion of jostling players to be right and kicked it hard as he was able through a crowd of players but the ball violently ricocheted off the left post.  Late in the game Hidegkuti valiantly struck the right upright and drew a momentary sight of the West German goal's violet doors again and seemed to have just missed the perfect goal as the ball struck goalkeeper Toni Turek's arm 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 for sixty-six minutes of stultifying high drama and traded excellence, panache on panache where the contest between Puskás' 'Golden Team' and Fritz Walter's West Germany equals strong there was no fault in the massed kick by Rahn in the 84th minute to break the stalemate in the stubborn hour and take the lead 3-2, a lucky straightway and very fast hydroplaning ball that hit a slippery surface past Grosics' fingers to the right low corner, the "goal that made the German nation", the glorious goal that is of many years that helped hearten and inspire a new self-possessed confidence that was the myth-making goal of a whole generation in West Germany.

     Unforgettable West German sports hero Helmut Rahn, who saw a rare chance to draw definition on Gyula Grosics' goal had momentarily split a seam between two defenders and with his nondominant left leg rocketed an unscathed low shot with perfect power into the bottom part of the right net past the viewing chagrin of a young Sepp Blatter, a 18 year old Swiss journalist who supported Puskás' Magyars and saw the titanic lucky goal from behind the Hungarian goal section.   Mr. Blatter would later become the President of FIFA (1998-2015) who founded the FIFA Puskás Award in 2009.

     Through the saws of rain and the drenched playing surface rank with numbed wet earth that roughed up their fluency and pace 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.   The technical footwear innovation had reached the West Germans before the match and this secret equipment would spark added lease into their game to become a sort of leveler of contrasts as the shoes were suited to interface with any playing surface. West Germany have re-awakened and Hungary's key heavers unluckily cannot make it cohere to victory for sixty minutes and who move not as they did.  In such heavy machination of duress and stress of the elements and weather they confront a rare concert of the tangible running and passes of the West Germans who tore through the windy rain and moistened field. 

      This day the West Germans are jetting the stuff of far more potency and luck than any other match in their 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 was perseverance dancing with the incredibly solid team that owned everything today with roads forced 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.  Over and over the 'Golden Team' held possession and the occupation was steady with a headlong intensity in the West German half but the goals were not coming as they used to and they were not possessed of the usually remarkable precisions that wet day.  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, 26 shots on goal before the final whistle.  Bombarded, yet Turek stand in the game of his life bravely saving all the bitter incompletions on goal.

      With a dim outline of chances with the deepening of time, the greatest team in the world was poised perilously on the brink of it to the 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 esprit who still pursued the team's luckless fight against the elements and the hard grey sky.  At the call of stranded time many thought of the old appeal in Puskás, thinking of Puskás, thinking there must be Puskás to redeem the hour, and it was moments like these that legends get re-made. 

      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 more 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.  Mihály Tóth was the known source and sender who fired the relay to Puskás and gave him the lead gift, the through ball out wide where alone Puskás was moving airily 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 West Germany football's paradise of the real with a kind of stupendous triumph approaching, when the attentions change:

     In a situation of amassed adversity — time, weather, Puskás' injury — for the West Germans expectations of an imminent eternal glory, but through the fists of hard space and penned in at an inglorious spot at the berg of doom there was Puskás and there was no one like Puskás and he knows how to jazz it.  

      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 20-yard run flexing ample speed of proud restraining purity upholding the creation, all the thousands of hours hours held perfect since 1950 worth enough for four years' indulgence here, a Danubian reverence bringing another country with it who assumed some epiphany within all, the wet leathery heavy ball the rolling gear of the magnifico starched by short time who takes it up brilliantly.   In open space, concentration and taught discipline came into being for Puskás as he kicks the wet leathery ball upfield in cherished possession.  

Zoltán Czibor's fateful colliding hard run into goalkeeper Toni Turek late in

the game, seconds later Hidegkuti struck the left upright from a steep angle.

     Thinking of the young athlete nine years ago while a student of the game, the days for playing, the hourless afternoons for training plays on the clear viol of his memory when the four-year inconquerable team's rhythms burned alfresco in deep physical enjoyments with the athletic glories erupting that fashions fun, feast and freedom, the weather now usurping the super-team questing below victory, in the grit of the absolute occasion are carried by Öcsi to the massive 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 see Puskás' 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 lumière 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 20-yard run uncatchable Puskás guards with the fast perfection of his ways as the lustrous world star jaunts in the penalty box.  Puskás' long 20 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 left side of Turek's 6-yard box where the 1954 World Cup would resolve in one sharp breathless instant vis-à-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 a plain sense of things 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 —  it rolled off the improbable end as he sends up the ball's strict articulation around Turek as Puskás barrels downs and clinches his decision to shoot from a difficult angle while gliding on the wet lubricious pitch past the blocking sortie of 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 claim the 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 that told of Puskas' leaning miracle. 

        Benjamin Griffiths' offside flag was not raised all along and the referee Ling wished to legitimize the goal.  In the shadow of his great unrehearsed deed Puskás had with one kick dealt the game anew and in that enormous sense had 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. 

      Of those great master European elders of the game and Puskás' second goal imposing his separation, it was the outer voice of destiny and he was the single greatest scoring artificer in the world.  These shape the legend that was Puskás and it was the magnificent cause of being Öcsi.  New football ages and history to Puskás' constructions went — glory could still re-whisper itself to the hallowed player, Puskás, or even make of him the greatest player whoever lived. 

Hungary 3 : 3 West Germany  87th minute

(Puskás 6', Czibor 8', Puskás 87') :  (Max Morlock 10', Helmut 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 Puskás pushing the score back to plumb at 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 eye witnesses 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 offside occurred surfaced and was first shown on North German regional public channel NDR in 2004.

      Exulting gigantically worldwide West Germany is re-made.  Immediately after the match's conclusion West Germany launched into a season of indescribable joy and ecstasy for a poignant period in the summer awash in a re-discovery of self esteem and pride framed around a championship level derailing in football thought of still the greatest in World Cup history.  In official news of the ways things were, in a huge drama celebre, Sepp Herberger, who flew in the face of presumption and whose destiny was mild in 1954, led his workingest team against whom the championship match was rapidly sloping against being two goals back to finish fantastically to achieve a fabulist's victory with so much circling suspense to beat one of the greatest ever sides in history against whom no proceeding team and very few future national sides of similar talent caliber could model against. 

     During this period, West Germany was a divided, distressed war-fatigued country with a remoteness in Europe that drew measured benefits of the Marshall Plan laid down in the war's aftermath with the aim of a coherent reconstruction program and the rebuilding process was slow and difficult but seeable and suddenly en route in the summer of 1954 something extraordinary and wondrous, a miraculous vision south of the Swiss frontier had appeared unexpectedly when it could have very well easily gone all wrong when facing highly problematic circumstances and odds of succeeding at all.   More importantly, it was enacted in front of an astonished and critical wider world to witness through the live visual narrative of television and be deliberated on for many long decades.  With not immensely popular players and little known to the outside Sepp Herberger had taken his nation on a vast and incalculable unforgettable journey who amazingly danced out of the siege and surpassed all the hard circumstances against Puskás' incontestable 'Golden Team'.  West Germany waked to an enormous morning, of a nation brilliant after the titanic game.

    The "Miracle of Bern" was the seminal event for the newly constituted Federal Republic of Germany.  That day forward in a context of real significance a decisive opening verse that lead directly to an economic West German re-genesis that touched virtual all aspects of living as a feat that outleapt dimensions of sport to enshrine into the tapestry of national historic heritage.  For West Germans the great victory held dear the highest ideals and aspirations for German football where innocence could be recovered with a hold as their greatest-ever sports performance.  For millions the ever-fresh source of the phenomenal victory reinvigorated new spirits that one could lean on amid the harsh lean austere grey years in the country's overhaul where an awaking sense of purpose in the Wirtschaftwunder ("Economic Miracle") was initially keynoted by the win in Bern in 1954.  The heroic and storied 'Miracle of Bern' was embedded into socio-national consciousness which West Germans could view with high morale and confidence in the tough crucial moving postwar years.  The miracle win is identified with a oneness by all Germans of a new rebeginning that most German schoolchildren can fondly recite as a founding legend and high point in the formative days of the West German republic and also seen as a miniature universe and a microcosm of rising postwar German potential.

"In one 90-minute match against Hungary, modern-day Germany was born." - Der Spiegel.

      Although official hindsight accords a perished mastery to their performance that year, the appraisal saw the Golden Team put 26 shots on target bettering the 15 shots by the West Germans 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 and 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.    

The 'plenum of proof'. 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 world star detained defeat by making the 20 yard dash

liberating to equalize as two defenders (in white shirts) are in front of his

horizontal plane as a score played 'on-side" to tie the game 3-3.  Two wrongly

 officiated goals went in favor of West Germany that ideally should have

ended 3-2 for Hungary.

       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 1954 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 to initiating the question where reputed doping plays a part in championship level integrity including his team being sapped by two 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 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 in some sports institutions that lay unmentioned for five decades. 

      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 new 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 new talented tactical show on football's magic wind the inconquerable footballers' named were carved indelibly upon imperishable marble.  Inscribing its record-setting arc into the record books, this fabulous team only real myth keeps.  

'The Guys of Pest-side' (A Pesti Srácok). The heroic events of the brave 1956 Hungarian Revolution in October-November 1956.

Calvin Klein's parents hailed from Hungary.
Members of ex-Chief Peter Gabriel's State Protection Authority.  A famous and poignant 20th Century photograph by John Sadowy in 1956.


        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 Hungarian Revolt, its voyage was closed and done and they left the vivid air of the game signed with their honor.  Drained now of the lustre of half of the crackerjack six, great light no more will brim from the large 'Golden Team' for irreplaceable pieces of the legend are gone.

Long Live the team that overwhelmed and revolutionized the sport and that authentically won the 1954 world title! 

     The remaining 'Golden Team' would still be ranked the world's No. 1 team until June 8 1958 in 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.  

The legendary iconic coach Béla Guttmann edifying his famous teams with tactical

lessons who was also the first to bring the 4-2-4 formation to Brazil.

                  West German Football Team from Sept. 1954 

     Anti-climatically, 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 that 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 no 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.

Date  Venue  Opp. Team  Goals Goals Ag. Opp Rank
9.26.1954  Away Belgium 0 2 No. 18
10.16.1954  Home France 1 3 No. 14
12.01.1954 Away England 1 3 No. 5
12.19.1954 Away Portugal 3 0 No. 33
3.30.1955 Home Italy 1 2 No. 9
5.28.1955 Home Ireland 2 1 No. 33
8.21.1955 Away Soviet Union  2 3 No. 16
9.25.1955 Away Yugoslavia 1 3 No. 5
11.16.1955  Home Norway 2 0 No. 42 
12.18.1955 Away Italy 1 2 No. 10
3.14.1956 Home Netherlands 1 2 No. 45
5.25.1956 Home England 1 3 No. 6
6.13.1956 Away Norway 3 1 No. 44
6.30.1956 Away Sweden 2 2 No. 16
9.15.1956 Home Soviet Union 1 2 No. 13
11.21.1956 Home Switzerland 1 3 No. 33
11.25.1956 Away Ireland    0 3 No. 23
Win %: 23.53% (4 wins, 1 draw, 12 defeats) 1.35 1.88

      Though reported a climatic titanic and epochal upset in modern sports and weighed by controversy, it was not until many years later that many found what was for them the answer for West Germany's phenomenal overreach in 1954.

     Just before Germany gave venue as hosts of the 2006 World Cup and long after the significance of the 1954 World Cup Final a show up of a stream of disclosures threatened to betray the confidence of the match's unsullied imagery to put calumny around the events of the 1954 World Cup Final.  As it was, Mr. Walter Bronnimann, the groundskeeper that day of the Final, then a man of late years, purported to reveal the hidden truth about the unforgettable match and who felt honor-bound in telling what could not be said for half a century.  In a public testimonial, he unwrapped his secret to announce that after the match he had discovered several syringes in the West German dressing rooms.  He also told of being sworn to secrecy by the management company that was in charge of the facility.

       What followed were a public relations scramble of damage control as surrounding facts stood reveled in his confessional.  Two of the three surviving members of that West German team, Horst Eckel, Hans Schäfer and West German team doctor, Franz Loogen, came forth with new admissions that they had indeed been injected with a substance but that it had merely been Vitamin-C to increase their stamina.  The substance in question being Vitamin-C seems doubtful and implausible as the vitamin was widely available in oral capsules with the same effect as an injectable and the issue that the West German players had concealed the fact that they had been injected in the first place. 


2021 Rules Proactive Verdict: three verdicts:

Hungary 1 : West Germany   or Hungary : West Germany  2

 Hungary 1954 FIFA World Cup Champions


 Hungary 3 : West Germany

Hungary 1954 FIFA World Cup co-Champions


Physical injury of hairline fracture to Ferenc Puskás' ankle in the 8-3 win at group stage vs. West Germany on June 20 by Werner Liebrich which had not fully mended and healed at match time. 


Physical injury to striker Jószef Tóth in the 'Battle of Bern' quarterfinal vs. Brazil on June 27 as a player who did not play.


Nándor Hidegkuti's contention of the exhausting attrition nature of the team playing 'three World Cup Final matches' consecutively in a span of seven days.


Coaching decision by Gustáv Sebes to replace good experienced right winger Lászlo Budai due to stated exhaustion after June 30.  The controversial withdrawal of Budai is just the opposite to the wish of Puskás. 


The ill-suited and controversial replacement of Budai with Zoltán Czibor in Budai's right-wing position where he had never played before in entire career span.


Due to lengthy extra-time win over Uruguay, the Hungarian team arrived to their team hotel headquarters very early the next morning depriving players rest and recuperation.


Loud noise-making carnival village fair atmosphere immediately outside of Hungarians' hotel on the eve of the match depriving players rest and recuperation that endured into the early morning hours of match day. 


Heavy rain throughout match that roughed up the fluency, pace and mannerisms of Hungary's playmaking.


Sodden drenched parlous pitch not suited to the Hungarian conventional footwear shoes which were dependent on good weather.


Revolutionary footwear shoes by Adidas that afforded manifest traction and speed advantages to West Germany throughout match.


Bad officiating judgement in not ruling Rahn's 1st goal invalid after Gyula Grosics' flagrant interference mid-air tackle by Hans Schäfer that brought Gyula Grosics to the turf.


Eyewitnesses' evidences of performance-enhancing amphetamine doping paraphanalia in West Germany locker room.


Bad officiating judgement ruling:  Puskás photo evidence 87th minute  'onside goal' ruled offside after lengthy controversial consultation.

**** The Influence of the Golden Team ****

The great Ajax manager István Kovács (pictured below) guided Ajax to two very prestigious European Cup titles in 1972 and 1973. 


The Greatest Domestic Seasonal Club Of All-Time 

All-Time Rank Year Team Rating Head 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

     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 nations in particular, Brazil and Holland, where the cosmopolitan spirit held fast and who continued in the tradition of the tactical protestantism which had given the Golden Team so many great figures.

     The same new adaptability continued to prevail among the Brazilians in the late 1950s and into the 1970s.  The breadth of these connections is imprinted on five World Cup title games.  Brazilian and Dutch football would enter as heirs of Hungary's estates in fame as beneficairies 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.   

      Rediscovered in Holland following Hungarian precedents it took on a more influential turn derived in a general way from the pioneering work of Gustáv 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 democratization of football's natural laws that allowed for a considerable latitude for his players where maneuvers arose from 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 archetype of 'Total Football' in the Netherlands and was someone who wished to work the game at its limits, to redefine it.  Kovács found their football 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 the sport and Ajax was its real and its greatest interpreter. Ajax were provided with a rich fare on the scoring end with such very good players as Neeskens, Arie Haan, with Johan Cruyff, Johnny Rep and Dick van Dijk.

      Ajax achieved a fully particularized setting as the 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 positional identities in the naturalism of the 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 Kovacs' 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 of three years István Kovacs would stand atop golden hours as the best manager in the world. Such was the lively and rich 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. 


Pozsony / Pressburg, Hungary July 4-6th 907 'Hungary's Independence Day' Leif Ericsson Discovers America in 1000 A.D. The 'Greatest Ever' of 11th Century, Saint Stephen.

Christmas Day, Hungary, 1000 A.D. 'Hungary's Birthday'

Continental Europe's Oldest Constitutional Charter, 'The Golden Bull' 1222 A.D. Metropolitan capital Buda, 1493. 'Louis the Great' (1342-1382), "Greatest Ever" of 14th Century, the 'stuff that real fairy-tale Medieval dreams are made of'.' The 'Greatest Ever' of 15th Century, Mátyás Hunyadi.

       How 'The Americas' Were Named & The Real Discovery of America   

In the year 1000, the enterprising maritime expedition of Leif Ericson 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.  Tykir, 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 aobut Tykir back in 1844 in London.  Tyrkir carved a stone 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').

'Greatest Ever' Standing Combined Arms Military of the Renaissance Age, the 'Black Legion'. 'The Visitation' by the enigmatic brilliant Master M.S., 1506 The 'Stars of Eger', Eger, Hungary 1552. Captain John Smith, Jamestown, Founding of America, 1607. The Great Quintessential Sight of Victory! Buda, Hungary 1686. The 'Greatest Ever European Liberator of 18th Century', Ferenc Rákoczy II. One of 'Very Greatest Ever' Princely Aristocratic Dynasties of All Time, Eszterházy de Galántha. One of the 'Very Greatest Ever', Franz Liszt.


        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 Báthory and Móses 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 family whose 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, he developed a devotion to a Hungarian prince and saint, Saint Imre (born around 1000 A.D.) 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 who decided to put down his baptismal name to name the map he was creating that included the unnamed continents in the New World, 'the Americas'.

The 'Very Best Ever' of the 19th Century, Louis Kossuth. 'May Day', 1873, Pál Szinyei Merse

National & Imperial Hungarian splendor and granduer.

No. 1 Mount Olympian Sporting 

Nation of All Time: medalspercapita.com/#weighted-per-capita:summer

The Foundation of Hollywood.

John von Nuemann, the modern computer, 1945, USA.

'Greatest Invention Ever Made'

Puskás, 'The Greatest'

'The Greatest' Rock Band from Behind the Iron Curtain, Omega (founded 1962 A.D.)

'World History's Greatest and Largest

Ever Revolutionary Peaceful Liberation

of All-Time' Started At The Iron Curtain,


A new free democratic Hungary.

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