Puskás, Ferenc

Puskás, Ferenc

Puskás, Ferenc, 1927-2006, Hungarian soccer player. A relatively slow but extremely powerful forward, Puskás became famous for his extraordinarily effective left-footed kick. He began playing professionally in his teens, joining the Kispest (later Budapest Honvéd) team in 1943 and leading it to a number of championships. From 1945 to 1956 he also was a star offensive player for the Hungarian national team, which captured the 1952 Olympic gold medal and placed second in the 1954 World Cup. Puskás left Hungary after the abortive anti-Communist uprising of 1956, moved to Spain, and played (1958-67) with Real Madrid. There he and Alfredo di Stefano led the celebrated squad to three European Cups (1959-60, 1966) and many other victories. Puskás also played for Spain's national team. After he retired from active play, Puskás was a professional coach.
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