'The Truth Shall Set Ye Free'

'The Sports & History Story of the Century'

Author: The Historian Emeritus of the Literati, The Awesome Whiz Kid of English, The Real Legendary Crackerjack Glorious Magyar Ajax Robin Hood, born 1972, October 1 Budapest  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 Magyar" side: Kocsis-Budai-Zakarias-Lantos-Buzanszky-Bozsik-Czibor-Hidegkuti-Lorant-Grosics-Puskás (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 clubs' selection and not the 'national Soviet Union team') therefore it is not an official "full international" match between national teams and will not be included in the statistics.  Moreover, the referee in the match was from the Soviet Union.


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

1949-1956 Hungary (7 years) 

May 8, 1949 - Feb. 18, 1956:

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

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

Number of Full Internationals

Wins

Draws

Loss

Winning Percentage:

Undefeated Percentage:

Goals/Match 

Goals Against 

Goal Diff./Game

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

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

49

9

1

90.68%

98.31%

+4.36 gls/gm

-1.17 gls/gm

+3.19 

Captain Ferenc Biró Puskás

'The Greatest'

Sándor Kocsis

Alexander Coachman

József Bozsik

Joseph Bozsik

Nándor Hidegkuti

Palatine Coldweller

Zoltán Czibor

Zoltan Czibor

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László Budai II

Ladislaus de Buda II

Sándor Károly

Alexander Charles

Lajos Tichy

Louis Tichy

Péter Palotás 

Peter Palaceman

Mihály Tóth

Michael Slav

Mihály Lantos

Michael Lantos

  Image result for buzanszky jeno   Jeno Buzánszky

Eugene Buzanszky

Lóránt

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 legendary Arpad Elo.

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 Élő and adapted for international football. 


***** The Fabulous CrackerJack Three *****

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

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division team last century, the scoring hat trick hero of the 'Match of the Century', the great experienced false No. 9 withdrawn center-forward and last century's 2nd most victorious player by win percentage in the world national game past 35 scores.

Ferenc Puskás ('Öcsi'/'The Galloping Major'/'Pancho') 'The Very Best Ever'/'The Greatest of the 20th Century'/'The Greatest Ever Goalscorer'.  Football's first king maestro and superstar, the remarkable records-breaking, records-making world Titan rocket player who across his total official 794 matches averaged 1.02 goals/match (808 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 catalyst 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

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.

*** Puskás-Kocsis-Hidegkuti-Bozsik-Grosics ***

  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

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

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

***** Ferenc Puskás *****

Megastar Super-Players with Most Ever Goals in All Official Matches (update 2.13.2021)

List of footballers with 500 or more goals - Wikipedia

All Time Rank Star Player Home Country Total Goals Offical Matches Goal Ratio
Years Active
No. 1

Erwin Helmchen

Germany 981+  595 1.65 1925-1952
No. 2 Josef Bican Austria 948+ 621 1.53 1931-1957
No. 3 Ferenc Puskás ('Golden Team' captain) Hungary 808 794 1.02 1943-1966
No. 4

Cristiano Ronaldo

Portugal
781 1,082 0.72 2001-present
No. 5 Romário Brazil 780 1,000 0.78 1979-2009
No. 6 Pelé Brazil 775 840 0.92 1956-1977
No. 7 Lionel Messi Argentina 751 956 0.79 2003-present
No. 8 Ferenc Deák ('Golden Team' member) Hungary 738+ 497 1.48 1940-1960

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

20th Century Rank Star Player

Home Country

Goals Matches Goal Ratio Years
No. 1 Gold Ferenc Puskás Hungary

83 (previous world record)

83 1.00 1945-1956
No. 2 Silver Pelé Brazil 77 92 0.836 1957-1971
No. 3 Bronze Sándor Kocsis Hungary 75 66 1.136 1948-1956
4. Gerd Müller West Germany 68 62 1.097 1966-1974
5. Imre Schlosser Hungary 59 (previous world record) 68 0.87 1906-1927

**** Lajos Tichy ****

The Most Prolific & Highest Scoring Player of All Time, 'Magical Magyars'/Golden Team' member (1955-1971)

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

Prolific Scorers Data (rsssf.com)

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

Lajos Tichy ('Golden Team' member)

Hungary 1912 goals 1301
No. 2 Josef Bican Austria 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+

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

The World's All-Time Supreme 'Dream Team' Select XI to Ever Play

All-Time Top Division League Goalscorers (update 11.7.2017)

International Federation of Football History & Statistics:

http://www.iffhs.de/index.php/posts/490#:~:text=Ferenc%20Puskas%20is%20the%20leader,all%20between%201943%20and%201966.

World Rank Player Top Leagues Goals Matches
No. 1 Gold Ferenc Puskás Hungary/Spain 511 533
No. 2 Silver Imre Schlosser Hungary/Austria 417 318
No. 3 Bronze Gyula Zsellenger Hungary/Italy/Columbia 416 394
4. James McGrory Scotland 410 408
tie 5 Gerd Muller West Germany 405 507
tie 5 Roger Milla Cameroon/France/Indonesia 405 712
7. Hugo Sanchez Mexico/USA/Spain 400 684

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

2069

March 19 1961

Puskás-Di Stéfano-Gento

No. 2 Silver

AC Milan

2052

March 18 1993

No. 3 Bronze

MTK Budapest

2037

Oct. 20 1955

Hidegkuti-Palotás-Lantos-Zakariás

No. 4

Barcelona

2006

Oct. 6 1960

Lászlo Kubala-Kocsis-Czibor-Suarez

No. 5

Hamburg

1973

Nov. 9 1980

No. 6

Juventus

1966

April 20 1995

tie No. 7

Ajax

1965

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 ). 

Year 

Star Catalysts Players or Head  Manager 

Team 

Type of Championship Final 

Opponent 

1959 

Alfredo Di Stéfano / Ferenc PuskásGento players 

Real Madrid 

European Cup Finale 

Stade de Reims 

1960 

Ferenc PuskásAlfredo Di Stéfano / Gento, players 

Real Madrid 

European Cup Finale 

Eintracht Frankfurt 

1960 

Ferenc Puskás Alfredo Di Stéfano / Gento, players 

Real Madrid 

Intercontinental Cup Finale (inaugural) 

Penarol, Uruguay 

1961 

Sándor Kocsis, Zoltán Czibor, Lászlo Kubalaplayers 

Barcelona 

European Cup Finale 

Béla Guttmann, manager of Benfica 

1962 

Ferenc Puskás Alfredo Di Stéfano / Gento, players 

Real Madrid 

European Cup Finale 

Béla Guttmann, manager of Benfica 

1964 

Ferenc Puksás / Alfredo Di Stéfano / Gento, players 

Real Madrid 

European Cup Finale 

Inter Milan 

1966 

Amancio / Gento / Ferenc Puskásplayers

Real Madrid 

European Cup Finale 

Partizan Belgrade 

1971 

Ferenc Puskáshead manager 

Panathinaikos 

European Cup Finale 

Ajax 

1971 

Ferenc Puskáshead manager 

Panathinaikos 

Intercontinental Cup Finale 

Nacional, Uruguay 

1972 

István Kovács, head manager 

Ajax 

European Cup Finale 

Inter Milan 

1972 

István Kovács, head manager 

Ajax 

Intercontinental Cup Finale 

Independiente, Argentina 

1973 

István Kovács, head manager 

Ajax 

European Cup Finale 

Juventus 

1973 

István Kovács, head manager 

Ajax 

European Super Cup Finale (inaugural) 

Glasgow Rangers 

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

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

***** The Titan Rocket Player at Mastery *****

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

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

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

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')

794 total matches |  808 goals

1.02 goals/game(3rd 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)


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

All-Time Highest Ranked National Teams

(update: 7/04/2020)

World Rank

Nation

Elo Points

Peak Date Set

No. 1 Gold

Hungary
captained by Ferenc Puskás

2231 (sport all time high)

July 4 1954

No. 2 Silver

Germany

2223

July 13 2014

No. 3 Bronze

England

2216

Nov. 9 1912

No. 4

Brazil

2194

June 17 1962

No. 5

Spain

2165

June 23 2013

No. 6

Argentina

2160

April 3 1957

No. 7

Netherlands

2154

July 12 2014

No. 8

France

2137

May 30 2001

No. 9

Italy

2131

June 11 1939

No. 10

Uruguay

2108

June 13 1928

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

***** 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 

World Rank

Players

Country

Goals

Wins

Draws

Losses

Goal Ratio

Winning Percentage

 Gold

Sándor Kocsis

Hungary

75

52

10

4

1.136

86.36%

Silver

Nándor Hidegkuti

Hungary

39

53

7

7

0.582

84.33%

Bronze

David Villa

Spain

59

79

1

12

0.602

84.18%

No. 4

Zico

Brazil

48

51

17

3

0.676

83.80%

No. 5

Ferenc Puskás

Hungary

83

63

10

10

1.00

81.93%

No. 6

Fernando Torres

Spain

38

82

16

12

0.345

81.82%

No. 7

Ronaldo

Brazil

62

69

20

9

0.633

80.61%

No. 8

Péle

Brazil

77

67

14

11

0.837

80.43%

tie No. 9

Romário

Brazil

55

49

14

7

0.786

80.40%

tie No. 9

David Silva

Spain

35

90

21

14

0.28

80.40%

Puskás-Kocsis-Hidegkuti

The Best Forward Line in International National Football History

All-Time Best Players by Win Percentage 

(minimum 35 goals)

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


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

Hungary's Magical Magyars / 'The Golden Team


TABLE OF CONTENTS: 

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: 'Nexus-7 Galaxy Star Command, 'America the Beautiful/The American Dream'


**** 'Matches of the Century' ****

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

Rank

Combined Points

Favorite

ELO Rating

Nation 2

ELO Rating 

Score

Date

Occasion

Venue Location

No. 1

4378

Hungary

2231

West Germany 

2048

omitted due to controversies

7.04.1954

1954 World Cup Final | "The Miracle of Bern"

Bern

2.

4245

England

2184

Denmark

2061

4 : 2

7.04.1912

1912 Olympics Games Final

Stockholm

3

4238

West Germany

2114

Brazil

2124

0 : 1 

6.16.1973

friendly

Berlin

No. 4

4224

Hungary

2208

Uruguay

2016

4 : 2

6.30.1954

1954 World Cup Semifinal |"The Greatest Game Ever"

Lausanne

No. 5

4218

Hungary

2160

Brazil

2038

4 : 2

6.27.1954

1954 World Cup Quarterfinal | "The Battle of Bern"

Bern

4158

Hungary

2131

England

2027

7 : 1

5.23.1954

"The Match of the Century II"

Budapest

4130

Hungary

2105

England

2025

6 : 3

11.25.1953

"The Match of the Century" 

London


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

Wins

Draws

Loss

Goals/Match 

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 )

Imre Schlosser/Alfréd Schaffer 

21

1

0

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

-0.45 gls./gm

+6.23 (sport all time high) 

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


The Most Powerful/Balanced European Cup 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

          And with Ferenc Puskás, the totality of that 1959-1960 Real Madrid team, all events fusing, once and for all, into the grandest highest scoring European Cup championship team of all time.


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 

http://rsssf.com/miscellaneous/century.html#goals

World Rank

Star Player & Nickname

Country

Intl. Goals

Matches

Goal Ratio

Highest Elo Rating of   Team as of April 28 1964

No. 1

Ferenc Puskás 

Hungary

83

83

1.00

2231 (July 4, 1954)

No. 2

Sándor Kocsis 

Hungary

75

66

1.14

2231 (July 4, 1954)

No. 3

Imre Schlosser 

Hungary

59

68

0.87

2003 (April 6, 1919)

No. 4

Lajos Tichy

Hungary

51

71

0.72

2212 (Nov. 27, 1955)

No. 5

Pauli Jorgensen 

Denmark

44

47

0.94

1873 (June 13, 1926)

No. 6

György Sárosi 

Hungary

42

62

0.68

1975 (June 16, 1938)

No. 7

Péle

Brazil

41

39

1.05

2156 (Sept 20, 1959)

No. 8

Nándor Hidegkuti 

Hungary

39

69

0.57

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

Year

Striker

Forward

Offensive Midfielder

Offensive Lateral

Midfielder

 Central Defender

 Defender of the Year

1948

Gunnar Nordahl

Ferenc Puskás

Valentino Mazzola

Felix Loustau

Danilo Alvim

Billy Wright

Branko Stankovic

1949

Ferenc Déak

Ferenc Puskás

Zizinho

Karl Aage Praest

Ernst Ocwirk

Neil Franklin

Branko Stankovic

1950

Ademir de Menezes

Ferenc Puskás

Zizinho

Alcides Ghiggia

Obdulio Varela

John Charles

Erik Nilsson

1951

Gunnar Nordahl

Alfredo Di Stéfano

Nils Liedholm

Tom Finney

Nestor Rossi

Cor Van Der Hart

Victor Andrade

1952

Sándor Kocsis

Ferenc Puskás

Juan Schiaffino

Estanislao Basora

József Boszik

Billy Wright

Billy Wright

1953

Nat Lofthouse

Ferenc Puskás

Raymond Kopa

Zoltán Czibor

Ernst Ocwirk

Robert Jonquet

Nilton Santos

1954

Sándor Kocsis

Nándor Hidegkuti

Fritz Walter

Zoltán Czibor

József Boszik

Jose Santamaria

Jose Santamaria

1955

Eduard Streltsov

Alfredo Di Stéfano

Raymond Kopa

Bernard Vukas

Igor Netto

Robert Jonquet

Robert Jonquet

1956

Nat Lofthouse

Alfredo Di Stéfano

Raymond Kopa

Julinho

József Boszik

Jose Santamaria

Nilton Santos

1957

John Charles

Alfredo Di Stéfano

Didi

Raymond Kopa

Duncan Edwards

Billy Wright

Billy Wright

1958

Just Fontaine

Péle

Didi

Garrincha

Danny Blanchflower

Billy Wright

Nilton Santos

1959

John Charles

Péle

Alfredo Di Stéfano

Francisco Gento

Dino Sani

Jose Santamaria

Djalma Santos

1960

Uwe Seeler

Ferenc Puskás

Luis Suarez

Garrincha

Danny Blanchflower

Jose Santamaria

Jose Santamaria

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


***** 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 celebrated and famous marriage of aquatic Hall of Famers:
Éva Székely (gold medal at 1952 100 meter breastroke, a
silver medal at the same event in the 1956 Olympics) 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, Ibolya

Csak of the 1936 Summer Olympics.

A gold-medaling Olympic champion, the great Henrietta

Ónodi, 1992 Summer Olympics, a Hall of Famer.

World Rank 

Country

Weighted Medals 

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Population per Weighted Medals

No. 1 Gold

Hungary

1,162 pts.

175

147

168

8,573 persons

No. 2 Silver

Sweden

1,099 pts.

145

170

179

8,635 persons

No. 3 Bronze

Australia

1,098 pts.

146

164

186

20,838 persons

No. 4

Great Britain

1,932 pts.

263

295

290

32,226 persons

No. 5

France

1,589 pts.

212

241

259

41,126 persons

No. 6

Italy

1,375 pts.

206

179

193

44,201 persons

No. 7

United States

6,380 pts.

1,021

795

706

49,110 persons

sourcehttp://www.medalspercapita.com/#weighted-percapita:summer

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


 The World's Greatest of the Great  

 May 8, 1949 - Oct. 14, 1956

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

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

Date

Venue / Match Ocassion

Opp. 

Elo Rating 

World Elo Rank

Nation

Score

May 8 1949

home / Euro. Gero International Cup

1768

No. 12

Austria

6-1

June 12 1949

home / Euro. Gero International Cup

1998

No. 4

Italy

1-1

June 19 1949

away / friendly

2012

No. 3

Sweden

2-2

Nov. 20 1949

home / friendly

1987

No. 4

Sweden

5-0

July 21, 1952

neutral / 1952 Olympics Quarterfinal

1944

No. 4

Italy

3-0

July 28, 1952

neutral / 1952 Olympics Semifinal

1865

No. 11

Sweden

6-0

Aug. 2, 1952

neutral / 1952 Olympics Final

1943

No. 5

Yugoslavia

2-0

May 17, 1953

away / Euro. Gero International Cup Final

1863

No. 11

Italy

3-0

July 05, 1953

away / friendly

1851

No. 12

Sweden

4-2

Oct. 11, 1953

away / friendly

1869

No. 11

Austria

3-2

Nov. 25, 1953

away / "The Match of the Century"

2025

No. 3

England

6-3

April 11, 1954

away / friendly

1857

No. 11

Austria

1-0

May 23, 1954

home / "The Match of the Century" return 

2027

No. 4

England

7-1

June 20, 1954

neutral / 1954 World Cup Group

1952

No. 7

West Germany

8-3

June 27, 1954

neutral / 1954 World Cup Quarterfinal

2038

No. 3

Brazil

4-2

June 30, 1954

neutral / 1954 World Cup Semifinal

2016

No. 3

Uruguay

4-2

July 4, 1954

neutral / 1954 World Cup Final

2048

No. 3

West Germany

omitted due to controversies

Nov. 14, 1954

home / friendly

1950

No. 6

Austria

4-1

April 24, 1955

away / Euro. Gero International Cup

1916

No. 7

Austria

2-2

Oct. 16, 1955

home / Euro. Gero International Cup

1911

No. 7

Austria

6-1

Nov. 27, 1955

home / Euro. Gero International Cup 1830 No. 11

Italy

2-0

April 29, 1956

home / Euro. Gero International Cup

1941

No. 7

Yugoslavia

2-2

Sept. 16, 1956

away / Euro. Gero International Cup

1951

No. 5

Yugoslavia

3-1

Oct. 7, 1956

away / friendly

1836

No. 11

France

2-1

Oct. 14, 1956

away / friendly

1914

No. 7

Austria

2-0

Versus World's Elite National Teams (Elo World Ranked Top #1 - #12): 
20  wins, 4 draws, 0 loss
91.67% Winning Percentage
100.00% Undefeated Percentage 

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

20 wins, 0 loss 

Opp. Average
World
Ranking:
# 7.00

Goals/Match: +3.74

Goals Ag/Match: -1.17
 

http://eloratings.net/Hungary



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

Sport

Top-Tier Pro Baseball

Top-Tier Pro Hockey

Top-Tier Pro American Football

Top-Tier Association Football (National)

Top-Tier Pro Association Football (Club)

Top-Tier's Most Successful/Greatest  Racehorse of All-Time

Greatest Ever 

New York Yankees 

Montreal Canadiens 

New England Patriots   

 Hungary

Barcelona 

1876-1879 Kincsem (Hungary)

Peak Elo 

1623

1742

1824

2231

2107

  54 1st Place Wins, 54 Starts

reference:

fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-best-mlb-teams-of-all-time-according-to-elo/

hockeyanalytics.com/2016/07/elo-ratings-for-the-nhl/

fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-best-nfl-teams-of-all-time-according-to-elo/

eloratings.net

clubelo.com/Stats

wikipedia.org/wiki/Kincsem

Sport

Top-Tier Pro Tennis

Top-Tier International Chess (Men)

Top-Tier Pro Basketball

Top-Tier International Chess (Women)

Greatest Ever 

Novak Djokovic

Magnus Carlsen 

Golden State Warriors 

Judit Polgár 

Peak Elo 

2629

2882

1729

2735

reference:

Ultimate Tennis Statistics - Peak Elo Ratings

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_chess_players_by_peak_FIDE_rating

https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/complete-history-of-the-nba/#raptors

en.chessbase.com/post/judit-polgar-the-greatest-prodigy-ever


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 Laszlo 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 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 July 4th 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 historically pinnacled, the fine ultimate team that 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.

      

Famous Zita Szeleczky, old classic Budapest cinema stardom.

       Rivaling teams approached an inventory of talent of any and all time whose warping tactical field work, thrumming goal reckoning blaze and invisible points of flair moved with such undeciphered ease the game evolved to a new modernism so transfiguring and transforming the archaic familiarity of the 'pyramid' and 'WM' systems played variously in the world looked fetid, outdated and seemed an imposition and a sign of the new pre-war conservative in the sport.

       Sebes blends the old 3-2-5 formation so convincingly powerful at the punch to the new 4-2-4 that maintained tactical polarity lit up in a pattern according a new mystery, the outré of players overlapping and changing their positions that was simply about twenty years ahead of its time that looked so natural to the prevalent eye but seldom seen before.


Today's modern Budapest, the fabulous media newswoman

Emilia Krug.

       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 a sporting medium of special importance through which football took on its present-day gleam.

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

      Mobilized for sport and guided by Puskás-Kocsis-Hidegkuti-Bozsik, the blows and whelmings of 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.


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

Hungary 5 : Austria 2 

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

       

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

  

The World Select XI of the second half of 1940s

      Occasionally a magisterial work of much exhilaration will come along to overwhelm with new insight and teach anew the game; and if there is such a thing as the philosophy of football history with the proudest club-level and top-tier international performances compacted indissolubly running through the career of the sport, the Hungarian national team on August 19th and 20th of 1945 playing to large crowds on consecutive days against the Austrian national team on Ferencváros' vaunted home ground started to achieve the modern and the greatest in international football.


      That team which is known as the Magical Magyars descended from a great many people who entered into a large connection linked in high endeavor, in a great ensemble, the prodigal team christening decisively great maiden victories, creatively inspiring in football's post-bellum renaissance and nourishing an active on-field re-invention.  Starting in 1947 and upon the intervening decade the Magical Magyars by far were the biggest and brightest show that has ever been assembled in football; for unparalleled contests and wins over four years undefeated, they are the main theme in five tournaments (1947 & 1948 Balkan Cups, 1952 Olympics, 1948-1953 Gero International Cup and the 1954 World Cup) and the games become theirs, the appointed winners of a long-stretched destiny.

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

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

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

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

 October 10 1946, Hungary 2 : Austria 0

Starting Players

End of Career 
Total Official Goals

All-Time World Rank

International Goals 

League Scoring M.V.P. 

World Scoring M.V.P.

League Titles

Ferenc Puskás (Öcsi)

746

No. 4

83

MVP titles

1 World MVP

10 titles

Ferenc Deák (Bamba)

576

No. 8

29

MVP titles

3 World MVP

1 titles

Gyula Zsellenger

522

No. 20

32

MVP titles

1 World MVP

4 titles

Ferenc Szusza

411

-

18

-

-

4 titles

Combined

2255 Total Combined Goals
563.75 gls/player (All-Time High)

162 International Goals
40.50 gls/player

16 MVP honors

5 World Scoring  MVP 
honors

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 -

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 (+17 goal diff.)

Puskás leads tournament (5 goals)
1952 Olympic Games Final   Yugoslavia

Hungary  2-0 (+18 goal diff.)

1 goal
1948-1953 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 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, Jozsef 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 football rhapsody, and as men tremendous and executive in themselves drove their seminal talents on a great voyage of those who sought football's 'holy grail' and found it in 1954.
     Teams' captain and 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 of football.  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.

      Half prevailing with Puskás' spearsteel shots that flew across the field with a passing captivation that lost opponents and kept his fame advancing and, in an intenser sway, one of the greatest ever players moving through high-ranged thought which plans out matches conjuring others to do better is what completes him.  Since August 1945, glory could still re-whisper itself to the hallowed player or even make of him the greatest player whoever lived.

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


 November 25, 1953

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

Empire Wembley Stadium, London, England 

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

         
     
The game's pace-setting first score in the 45th second, a powerful 17 yard volley by Hidegkuti past goalkeeper Merrick
               
           
       Top-tier association football's (national world and top-division) to-be most prolific scoring player, Puskás Öcsi leads out the world's No. 1 team versus world-renowned unbeatable England and their legendary captain Mr. Billy Wright, the legendary 1953 'Golden Team', a sensational panoramic Hungarian side with new vista that changed the game forever in the storied "Match of the Century".  In 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 unbeatably supreme, never humbled undefeated talented and much-fancied English side of grand power, the great lordly aristocrats 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' unbeaten in 3 1/2 years.
       In the ancestral 'home of football' they tell of a place where the famous team prepares for headlines where the game has its tower like an empire found in the hard endless competitive drive of self-possessed invincibility that is for ever England, 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 the ever old inexplicable, possessors 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 including his incontestably best and brightest in the 'Goal of the Century' in the sport's powerful first new athletic manifesto 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 international football's greatest and most influential prestige friendly ever played that was also named the 'World Championship Decider' by the British press and where historians recall 'modern football' first began.         

       

        OF all the rides since the birth of football 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.

        In their old assurance of conquest England still held the 90 year old aegis and come set, sterling in the old fashioned excellence in the invincible learned work of the WM formation molded toward an essential ideal of the 3-2-2-3.  Here lies nine decades uneffaced by defeat mused with history and diehard brilliance and they were exceedingly good and skilled to pull the wires that baffles visitors' hopes and fire the stagnant classic pre-war game plan with new thought.  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.

      There comes some lucky ninety minutes of a football man'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 shakes the comfortable circle of good and great teams with inner spontaneities, fibre and pure breadth then Puskás' brightest hit with high native originality, the towering famous flash of intuition.

      The left-winger Zoltán Czibor, who possessed a less predictable personality on the field with his smoldering quickness, opponents were seldom able to tell on which side of the field he would arrive on.  It is a cheering sight as the ball progressively moves step-by-step towards the opposing 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 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 exotically, daintily 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.  In the key moment of the action Puskás reflexively drags back the loose ball with the sole of his boot in the skyline of an instant before Wright came within an ace of capturing the ball leaving 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.  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. 

      Nothing could be finer than the dream sequence first goal of Puskás and the heady sensation and winged joy of hitting the bulls'-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 un-achievable of bygone times.  A joyously wholesome, prodigal, affluent feeling rolls in the souls of the men who just played the game.  Puskás, the frontest man unconquerable 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 fire at Wembley made sense of football that vouchsafed a future vision of the game.  The  'Match of the Century' had an enormous vogue that many thought it perfection and stunningly dramatized "A New Conception of Football" as the 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 abroad and 7-1 at home that became monumental constructions on enchanted grounds left as by vast composers that transfigured the times —  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 football arching up with mid-century optimism.


July 4, 1954 

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

Wankdorf Stadium, Bern, Switzerland 

Former FIFA President Jules Rimet pays homage to two great Midas-players, the greatest player in the world, Ferenc Puskás and Gyula Grosics, the greatest goalkeeper in the world prior to the kickoff 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 world football's supremo.

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

   
Forwards Midfielders Defenders Goalkeeper

Ferenc Puskás (1954 World Cup MVP)

József Bozsik Jóse Santamaria Gyula Grosics (1954 World Cup Golden Glove)
Sándor Kocsis (1954 World Cup Golden Shoe) Fritz Walter Ernst Ocwirk

 
Zoltán Czibor

 
Djalma Santos
Nándor Hidegkuti
Helmut Rahn

1954 World Cup All-Star Select XI

Puskás-Kocsis-Hidegkuti-Bozsik-Czibor-Grosics

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

All Time Rank

Nation

Year

Goal Differential

Matches

Goal Diff./Game

Elo Rating

No. 1

Hungary

1954

+ 18

4

+ 4.50

2231 (sport all time high)

No. 2

Brazil

1950

+ 17

5

3.40

2067

No. 3

Netherlands

1974

+ 13

6

2.17

2074

No. 4

Hungary

1938

+ 12

3

+ 4.00 (2nd highest)

1975

No. 5

Brazil

2002

+12

7

1.71

2029

No. 6

Argentina

1930

+11

4

2.75

2109

No. 7

France

1998

+10

6

1.67

2044

                                                               

   

 

     

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 shaking the world's stalwarts with the dreamt-of revolution Puskás Öcsi's 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 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) 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 foot 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

Scores

Goal Ratio

Sándor Kocsis 

176

217

1.23

Ferenc Puskás

194

161

0.83

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 sport's 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.

      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 five 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, feigns, holds drawing out single or double defending to start 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.   Hidegkuti picked up the unnoticed nuance from a superb center by being brilliant in fits and starts to split through the middle and join the jubilant 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 left 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 and stir whose province is all feeling, all observation, all vision; making advances, prevails who seemed surest to push forward with copious dribbles in mentally testing out all possible versions and impeccably passing to this side or that side with the ball's flights in all directions.  He was the oak, Bozsik, the great player of ideas fusing all durable stuff of talent who artfully contrived the game from the center.  Puskás himself who had played with and against the very elites of the game described Bozsik as the "greatest player I ever saw or knew".  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 their stead 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.   

    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 they broke across with offensive dodges to and fro with the giant détour of heres and theres and a thousand subtle kinds of moves and counters, mix of passes and the strike of triangles they run the summit of the game to the mythical record and unbreakable athletic barrier — the +20 goal World Cup differential — they were men of action rightly displayed and the game has not anything to show more fair than they finding crested glory in the 8th minute and a 2-0 lead by Puskás' and Czibor's goals 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 juggernaut now volleys through them in its very breaking to be the greatest ever by the players of subtler advanced substance.

    Early on, in the 6th minute, the ball was placed to the feet of Sándor Koscis' uprush who was inside the penalty box and who let loose a booming belt to the left side of the net.  In mid-flight the ball bounced off Horst Eckel's legs and sent 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's prodigal left foot'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 tonnage of very good teams they roll towards something overwhelming, elemental, historic in a ring of athletic prophecy.  The fabulous Golden Team was considerably far and the world championship game was turning slowly into gold.

Hungary 2 : 0 West Germany  8th minute

(Puskás 6', Czibor 8')

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

        

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

        They had faced a Marathon of foes that wet day and are welcomed by a difficult music.   The arresting heat of the rain had increased in the second half.  Europe's greatest ever international target striker, Sándor Kocsis in the year's 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 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 and balked his delivery for the positional thicket and rich confusion of jostling players to be right and kicked it has as he was able through a melee 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 the goal could have easily been there but 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 the '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 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.

     Through the saws of rain joined to lean wind and the drenched playing surface rank with numbed wet earth, they hover but will not fix the game, the catalytic tapestry of the team slows down to favor the West Germans who put on the revolutionary new Adidas racing shoes of separation with a charm that tops the parlous pitch and now lead 3-2.   West Germany have re-awakened and Hungary's key heavers unluckily cannot make it cohere to victory for 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 is perseverance dancing with the incredibly solid team that owns 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.  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. 

      When the chances grow ominously remote with the deepening of time, the greatest team in the world was poised perilously on the brink of it 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 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 a little uproar has driven the crowd.

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

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 floats in review before his mind 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 incalculable tying goal.  Amid heavy attitudes Puskás issues from changeless prospects and hazards in a sheen of rain and caught declining fortunes head on over the imminent denouement to win back the match that anchors both teams to the scene's limits.  Linesman Benjamin Griffiths' offside flag was not raised.

     Dashing on and thinking sack with the spirit of possession, his companions, the greatest football company one still alive in the cold fruitless seemingly unalterable minutes can only watch 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 lumiere with the kindling look, the emperor of the international goal, the record-breaking exemplar on an irrepressible scoring advance his donnee glory bound in one evanescent dash with ecstatic aftermath should he score.

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

     When the football world had turned completely upside down the outlook wasn't brilliant, but uniquely from a fine old eye the last unconquered frontier - Toni Turek between him and goal - it's atop the left side of Turek's 6-yard box where the 1954 World Cup would resolve in one sharp breathless instant vis-a-vis Puskás.  North of victory 3-2, Toni Turek sorties out to put the final seal on the intermediate realm between winning and the incoming Puskás leveling the score, but it was all too fast for Turek who was beneath the knower's arc as Puskás' representation of the greats takes its last stand.  Between a sagacity and a clear caressive sight 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 - and it rolled off the improbable end as he sends up the ball's strict articulation around Turek - the whistled tune of the gold visit in the sliding goal was true.

     The perfect goal was perfect Puskás who had done something immaculate and had achieved the grand stroke as solid seeming as any - under the rain broken sky, out from all their struggle with redemption battling adversity, fighting time, injury and perhaps the referee's complicity, the man who provided the lead to advance across the warp and weft of the old sport to 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.  It was easy if you were Öcsi.

        Benjamin Griffiths' offside flag was not raised all along and the referee Ling legitimized 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.  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', Puskàs 87')

(Morlock 10', Rahn 18', 84')       

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

      Perhaps seeing the 1954 Final from the conflicting prism that defined the Cold War era, in a controversial act that both defined and divided the title game by underserving the equalizer, Benjamin Griffiths in the event advertised his ruling  and the melancholy moment will remain when he eventually raised his flag for offsides to take a team's victory from their achievement, the match's second wrongdoing in officiating as many had claimed with now two goals factored in West Germany's favor.  What lost eclipse of history.  Many 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 resumption 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.  With not immensely popular players and little known to the outside, Herberger had taken his nation on a vast and incalculable positive journey and had a rare but wonderful pleasure of witnessing a miracle in the 1954 World Cup when it could have very well easily gone all wrong when facing highly problematic circumstances and odds of succeeding at all.  West Germany waked to an enormous morning, of a nation brilliant after the titanic game.

      Although official hindsight accords a perished mastery to their performance that year, the appraisal saw the Golden Team put 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.     

On July 4th 1954, in the World Cup Final title game, in the 87th minute Puskas

would score his 2nd goal (his 5th in 3 matches in the World Cup) for the world

star detained defeat by making the 25 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 about 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 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' (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 Revolution, its voyage was closed and done and they left the vivid air of the game signed with their honor.  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 to Nov. 1956

     Anticlimatically, 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 A 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 showup 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. 


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

The great Ajax manager István Kovács (pictured below) guided Ajax to two very prestigious European Cup titles in 1971 and 1972.  In 1972

he won the Intercontinental Cup and also the first edition of the European SuperCup (1973) and achieved national titles in 1972, 1973 and

the Dutch Cup in 1971-1972.

http://xtravictory.blogspot.com/2013/02/Season-Team.html

The Greatest Domestic Seasonal Clubs 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, Kovács having signed such bold figures 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 carouseling sweep of this class that this brand of football became the dominant footballing culture of the Netherlands national team that would eventually reach World Cup championship matches in 1974 and 1978. 

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

Year Nation Hungarian Tactical Genre Star Catalyst Players Goal Diff (Tournament) Highest Elo Rating in Tournament
1954  Hungary  MW formation & beta 4-2-4 + "Total Football" (socialist football)  Kocsis / Puskás  + 17 goals (all time high)  2231 (sport all time high) 
1958  Brazil  Brazilian 4-2-4  Pele / Vava  + 12 goals (tied for 3rd all time)  2139
1970  Brazil  Brazilian 4-2-4  Pele / 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

How The Americas Were Named & The Real Discovery and Founding of America        

 
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 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.

       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 Lajosne put a translation to the famous inscription - "Ericson jart e hejen is sok tarsaval (Eng: 'Ericson traveled this area with his many companions').

'Greatest Ever' Standing Military of the Renaissance Age, the 'Black Legion'. 'The Visitation' by the enigmatic brilliant Master M.S., 1506 The 'Stars of Eger', 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 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 Bathory and Moses Szekely for efforts in liberating the center-region of Hungary from the Ottoman Empire.

       The name America by which the United States is commonly known throughout the world also derives from a special Hungarian connection.  Once, long ago, A Florentine Italian 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 Very Best Ever'/'The Greatest' of 20th Century.

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

'The Greatest and Largest Ever Revolutionary Peaceful Liberation of All-Time' -- 'Iron Curtain, Hungary 1989-1991.


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