Ferenc Puskás (1954)
|birthday||April 2, 1927|
|place of birth||Budapest , Kingdom of Hungary|
|date of death||November 17, 2006|
|Place of death||Budapest , Hungary|
|Budapest Honvéd FC|
|Years||station||Games (goals) 1|
|1942-1956||Budapest Honvéd FC||349 (358)|
|1958-1966||real Madrid||179 (155)|
|Stations as a trainer|
|1967||San Francisco Golden Gate Gales|
|1985-1986||Club Sol de America|
|1986||Club Cerro Porteño|
|1989-1992||South Melbourne Hellas|
|1 Only league games are given.|
Ferenc Puskás [ ˈfɛrɛnʦ ˈpuʃkaːʃ ] (born April 2, 1927 in Budapest as Franz Purczeld ; † November 17, 2006 ibid) was a Hungarian football player and coach . His nicknames were Puskás Öcsi (Puskás brother), The Major , Sváb (for Danube Swabian ), Pancho and Cañoncito Pum .
Puskás led the Hungarian national soccer team as team captain between 1950 and 1954 . The high point of his career was - in addition to the 6: 3 victory in the "game of the century" in 1953 against England - the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland , in the final in Bern , however, Hungary had to be defeated 2: 3 as the favorite, Germany . This game went down in history as the miracle of Bern .
After the Hungarian uprising was put down in 1956 , he emigrated and played for Real Madrid in Spain from 1958 after an 18-month FIFA ban initiated by the Hungarian Football Association . With this team he won the European Cup three times as well as the Spanish championship several times and was repeatedly top scorer in all competitions . After obtaining Spanish citizenship, he played in the 1962 FIFA World Cup for the national team of Spain . At the age of 39 he ended his playing career and became a football coach.
As a coach, he trained many different teams, but most of them only for a short period of time, which earned him the reputation of a globetrotter . His most successful coaching station was Panathinaikos Athens , which he not only led to two Greek championship titles , but also to the final of the European Cup in 1971. In 1993 he became the coach of the Hungarian national team.
From 2000 he suffered from several illnesses and was only rarely allowed to leave the hospital. His health deteriorated noticeably and he finally passed away on November 17, 2006.
Puskás is considered to be the best Hungarian football player to date and is not only mentioned in the same breath in his home country as football greats like Cruyff , Beckenbauer or Di Stéfano . He established the reputation of the shirt number 10, which has mostly been worn by the game designer of a team since his time , and was feared by the opposing goalkeepers mainly because of his hard and precise shots with the left foot.
The IFFHS honored him as the best goalscorer of the 20th century. He was included in the 2004 FIFA 100 best list by the World Football Association. Since 2009, an award named after him, the FIFA Puskás Prize , has been presented annually for the most beautiful goal of the season.
His father Franz Purczeld (1903–1952) was a football player for Kispesti FC and after his playing days worked as a coach. Among other things, he was in charge of Kispesti AC and its legal successor Budapesti Honvéd SE from 1945 to 1947 and from 1948 to 1951 . Puskás' mother Margit Bíró (1904–1976) worked in the household.
Childhood, player from Kispesti AC
Ferenc Puskás comes from a Danube Swabian family in Hungary and grew up in the Budapest suburb of Kispest in a house with 32 adults and 132 children. Football was very important to the boys. His best friend was József Bozsik from the neighboring apartment. They were both talented, but Puskás' father always found something in their game that could be improved. At the age of 15, Puskás played for the men's team at Kispest, which his father took over shortly afterwards. He played his first game from the start in autumn 1943 when several players were canceled due to a virus flu. Since he played with adults as a teenager, he was nicknamed Puskás Öcsi , which means "little brother" in German.
National team, successes with Budapesti Honvéd
In 1949 the Kispesti AC was subordinated to the Hungarian Ministry of Sport and renamed Budapesti Honvéd . The club became an army club, and the players were given a military rank. Puskás became an officer and was subsequently known as a footballer as The Galloping Major . In his first year for Budapesti Honved he scored 50 goals and won his first league title. At that time Budapesti Honvéd was the best Hungarian team and the national team mostly played players from this club. Puskás won the Hungarian championship six times with Honvéd, the Easter Cup once (1953), was top scorer four times and set one record after another.
In August 1945 he was appointed to the Hungarian national team for the first time . He scored his first international goal on his debut against the Austrian national team . The Hungarian coach Gusztáv Sebes played a major role in the development and success of Puskás . Sebes was enthusiastic about Puskás' playing technique and prophesied that one day he would be one of the best footballers in the world.
Puskás married in 1949. The marriage with his wife Erzsébet lasted until his death. A daughter, Anikó, comes from the connection.
The legendary "Golden Elf"
The national team around team captain Puskás became the most successful Hungarian team of all time and one of the strongest teams in the world. From May 14, 1950 to the World Cup final on July 4, 1954 in the Wankdorf Stadium in Bern, this team did not lose a single game in 32 competitive games. Every Hungarian citizen and most of those who were interested in football abroad knew the line-up of this legendary team by heart: Grosics , Buzánszky , Lóránt , Lantos , Bozsik , Zakariás , Budai , Kocsis , Hidegkuti , Puskás, Czibor . They were called the Golden Elf (Hungarian: Aranycsapat ) and became legend because of their extraordinary playful superiority and dominance.
This “wonder eleven” - and with it Puskás too - celebrated their first big title with the Olympic gold medal in Helsinki in 1952 .
The next success she posted in 1953, when she won the several years long European Cup of National Football Teams (in Italy called Coppa Internazionale ); a forerunner of the European Football Championship , in which Hungary, Italy , Austria , Switzerland and Czechoslovakia participated. Puskás was the top scorer of the competition with 10 goals and scored two goals in the decisive final away game against Italy, which Hungary won 3-0 in front of 80,000 spectators in Rome .
On November 25, 1953, what was perhaps the most spectacular game of the Golden Elf followed , which at that time was soon simply called the “Game of the Century” or simply the “6: 3”; the term "Match of the Century" was originally coined by English journalists before the game itself. After the outstanding success of the Golden Elf, this term was gladly adopted by the Hungarians. In the “fortress” of the Wembley Stadium, Hungary met the Englishmen, who had been unbeaten in home games against teams from mainland Europe . The game turned into an impressive football demonstration for the Hungarians. They won 6: 3 and showed offensive football from a different planet as well as a 4-2-4 line-up, which was considered revolutionary for the time (the game system of the Golden Elf was usually a different one, namely a 3-2-5) .
Puskás scored two goals and the English, who had previously made fun of him (he was mocked by the opposing fans because he was short, was considered overweight, had weak headers and could only shoot with his left hand), were shocked. Puskás' remarkable goal, in which he elegantly pulls the ball back so that he plays the opponent and then shoots into the goal, can be seen in most soccer documentaries. In Hungary this goal is often called the “goal of the century in the game of the century”. For Puskás, as he later said, this game was the best moment of his career. This and the even higher 7: 1 in the second leg in May of the following year, in which Puskás was the decisive figure again, are considered the worst defeats in the history of English football.
He continued to be successful with his club Budapesti Honvéd.
The Hungarians finally traveled to Switzerland as a high favorite for the World Cup in 1954 . After a 9-0 win in the first group game against South Korea , the German team, which had been playing with several substitute players due to tactical considerations, was devastated 8: 3 in the second group game . Nevertheless, Hungary suffered a major setback in this game. The German central defender Werner Liebrich fouled Puskás so badly that he was unable to play two games with an ankle injury.
The Hungarian national team lived up to their role as favorites in the following games even without Puskás and moved into the final in Bern. They won in the quarter-finals against the reigning vice world champions Brazil and in the semifinals against the reigning world champions Uruguay with 4: 2. In the final, Puskás was back in the team, but his injury, which had not yet recovered, was noticeable. During the game, Hungary took a 2-0 lead after less than 10 minutes (Puskás scored 1-0), but subsequently lost to Germany sensationally 2: 3 (Puskás' second goal to 3: 3 in the penultimate minute of the game was not recognized because of offside . To this day, neither film nor television images could really provide clarification as to whether the cancellation of the hit was justified). In the World Cup final, of all places, the Hungarians lost an international match for the first time in four years.
There are countless rumors and legends surrounding this endgame . The fact is, however, that the Hungarian national team was unable to take advantage of another great chance at the World Cup after the lost World Cup final in 1938 . The World Cup title was denied to the Golden Elf and after the lost final against Germany there was disappointment and bitterness all over Hungary.
Puskás made a total of 85 games for Hungary. On July 15, 1956, with his 81st international match, he replaced the Swiss Severino Minelli as the world record holder and stayed that way until October 19, 1957, before he was outbid by the Englishman Billy Wright with his 86th game.
After the World Cup, Puskás continued to play for Honvéd Budapest and the Hungarian national team. When the Hungarian uprising broke out in 1956 , Puskás was in Bilbao to play a European Cup match with Honvéd . Due to the unsafe situation in Hungary, the team did not return for the time being, but organized an unapproved tour that took them to South America. When the uprising in Hungary was finally put down by the Soviet army, Puskás decided to stay in Vienna in order to avoid the threat of reprisals at home. This year the Golden Elf finally broke up. Some emigrated abroad like Puskás, others like Grosics did not have the heart to leave the country and returned to Hungary despite all possible sanctions.
In 1957 Puskás signed a preliminary contract with the Vienna Sports Club . However, since after a year in Austria - like the other players who emigrated from Hungary - he still had not received a player license, Öcsi had to end his career for the time being. The Hungarian Football Association arranged for him to be banned by FIFA for 18 months because of his emigration . Puskás then settled first in Italy and later in Spain. After his suspension he wanted to play in Italy, but couldn't find a club as most managers (who was now over 30 years old and had continued to gain weight) found him too fat or too old.
Successes with Real Madrid and retirement
In December 1956, Honvéd had played a friendly against Real Madrid that ended 5-5. The President of Real Madrid, Santiago Bernabéu , then signed the Honvéd manager, Emil Östreicher , as a sports advisor for the Madrilenians. His first job was to find reinforcements. Of course, Östreicher thought of Puskás first, so he went to Italy and had initial discussions with Puskás about a move to Madrid.
In 1958, Puskás' ban finally expired. In the meantime, Real Madrid had become the dominant team in the newly created European Cup with three victories in a row and, on the advice of Austria, were still interested in signing Puskás. So it came about that Puskás, like his former teammates in the Hungarian national team, Kocsis and Czibor , emigrated to Spain . Together with Alfredo Di Stéfano , with whom he became a close friend, he finally shot Real Madrid to the top of European club football. The Madrilenians won with him another three times the European Cup and six times the national championship.
In his first year at the club, Real Madrid won the European Cup for the fourth time in a row, and Puskás shot Atlético Madrid out of the competition with the winning goal in the semi-finals . In the final against Stade de Reims , however, not Puskás but Mateos was used (who justified his use in the European Cup final with the goal to make it 1-0 for Real). The official reason was an injury, but there were rumors that the coach at the time had personal problems with Puskás; because when Santiago Bernabéu learned that Puskás had not been set up, the Argentine coach was sacked with immediate effect despite winning the European Cup. In the final of the European Cup in 1960 against Eintracht Frankfurt , Puskás came to his final participation. The game ended 7-3 for Real Madrid, Puskás scored four goals and became the competition's top scorer with twelve goals in seven games. Two years later, in 1962 , the now 35-year-old Puskás scored another three final goals in the final against Benfica Lisbon . Real lost 5: 3. At this point it was already becoming apparent that Real Madrid's supremacy in Europe was coming to an end. All of the team's top performers were over 30 years old, and the hoped-for rejuvenation by the then 19-year-old Pelé from FC Santos (Brazil), with whom Santiago Bernabéu had signed a preliminary contract, did not materialize because he did not stick to the agreement.
Puskás was top scorer four times in Spain and got Spanish citizenship in 1961, so that he could also take part in the 1962 World Cup in Chile for Spain . But Spain was eliminated in the preliminary round.
On October 23, 1963 he was appointed to the football world selection against England and made his very last game in an international selection. In his four games for Spain, Puskás could not score a goal.
After eight years as a crowd favorite at Real Madrid, he resigned as a player in 1966 at the age of 39, ending his career.
His coaching career began in 1967. He looked after Hércules Alicante in Spain and then coached teams in the USA (San Francisco Gales) and Canada (Vancouver Royals). He then returned to Spain, where he was in charge of the Alavés CD . After only a year, however, he left Spain again and went to Greece .
There he achieved his greatest successes as a coach with Panathinaikos Athens between 1970 and 1974. In 1970 and 1972 he was Greek champion and in 1971 he led the club for the first time in its history in the final of the European Cup. In the final, however, his team had to admit defeat 2-0 against Ajax Amsterdam , led by Johan Cruijff .
In the following years he coached in Spain ( Real Murcia ), Chile ( Colo Colo ), Saudi Arabia ( Saudi Arabian national soccer team ) and again in Greece ( AEK Athens ). Between 1979 and 1982 he coached the Egyptian club al-Masri.
Return to the Homeland
It was not until 1981 that the “ deserter ” dared to return to Hungary, which was still communist at the time. Above all else, he visited his parents' graves in Kispest. When he then took part in a senior selection match in Budapest's Népstadion (today's Puskás Ferenc Stadium ) and the stadium announcer read his name, the spectators greeted him - although the communist regime had tried for years after his escape to forget the former idol - with thunderous applause. From then on he stayed in Hungary more and more often; before he finally returned to Budapest in the 1990s.
Last stations as a trainer
From 1985 to 1986 he worked as a trainer in Paraguay at Sol de América and Cerro Porteño .
A few years later, from 1989 to 1992, he was again successful as a coach in Australia . He was with South Melbourne Hellas Australian champion and cup winner.
Between April and July of 1993 he took over the management of the Hungarian national team, but failed with his team in qualifying for the 1994 World Cup .
In 1991 he was granted honorary citizenship of Kispest.
In 1992 he became the international president of the Hungarian Football Association.
In 1997 he was awarded the Olympic trophy by the International Olympic Committee . In the same year he was honored as the most successful goalscorer of the 20th century at the gala for footballer of the century in Munich for his goals in the top division. He was inducted into the FIFA International Football Hall of Fame in 1998. In 1999 he was made an honorary ambassador of the Hungarian Sports Federation and in 2001 he was voted the best male athlete in Hungary's “Sportsman of the Century” election.
In 2002 Puskás was the third player in the Golden Elf to have a stadium named after (the first two were József Bozsik and Nándor Hidegkuti ). The largest and most popular stadium, the Népstadion (“People's Stadium ”), where the national team became a legend in the 1950s, is now called the Puskás Ferenc Stadium . It was Puskás' 75th birthday when he received this honor.
Last years of life
From 2000, his health began to deteriorate dramatically. In addition to other health problems, he mainly suffered from a special form of Alzheimer's disease . He was also in need of money because of the expensive treatments. For this reason, Real Madrid and Alfredo Di Stéfano organized a collection in 2002.
From 2002 he had to spend his days in the Kútvölgyi hospital, where his wife visited him every day, but which he was not even allowed to leave for his birthday in recent years. According to a report in the newspaper Nemzeti Sport , Puskás was in the intensive care unit with severe pneumonia from September 2006. He succumbed to this on November 17 of the same year.
On December 9, 2006, Puskás was solemnly buried as part of a state funeral in St. Stephen's Basilica , an honor that until then had only been reserved for kings and saints. The day has been declared a national day of mourning in Hungary. In the hours before the funeral, he was laid out in the Puskás Ferenc Stadium , which is named after him , and tens of thousands of people took the opportunity to pay their last respects to Hungary's most famous athlete. After Puskás' death, only Gyula Grosics and Jenő Buzánszky survived from the Golden Elf in late 2006 . Both have since died as well.
Hungary (1939 to 1956)
In Hungary he only played for Honvéd Budapest , whose name has changed several times: Kispesti FC (1939 to 1944), Kispesti AC (1944 to 1949) and Budapesti Honvéd (1949 to 1956). In the 1947/48 season he scored 50 goals this season in 32 games for Kispest, a record that is still valid today. He won a total of six championships. Between 1946 and 1956 he was nominated 18 times for the Budapest city selection and scored 15 goals.
Spain (1958 to 1966)
Abroad, he was with Real Madrid between 1958 and 1967 , which owes a lot to him for its great times in the late 50s and early 60s. From 1958 to 1966, practically all his time at the club, Real were unbeaten at home. In total, he scored 324 goals in 372 games for Real Madrid.
In the European Cup, he scored 35 goals in 39 appearances for the Spaniards and was the top scorer in the Cup of National Champions with twelve goals in the 1959/60 season . In the 1960 final, he scored four goals in a 7-3 win against Eintracht Frankfurt - the European Cup final with the highest number of goals to date (Alfredo Di Stéfano scored the remaining three). In 1961/62 he was with seven goals, ex aequo with Di Stéfano and Tejada, who also played for Real Madrid, again top scorer in the Cup of national champions. In the final, which Real lost 3: 5 against the Benfica Lisbon team coached by Béla Guttmann , Puskás scored all three goals of his team. Two years later, Real reached the European Cup final again, but had to admit defeat Inter Milan 3-1. In 1966, a strongly rejuvenated Real Madrid team won the European Cup again against FK Partizan Belgrade . Puskás did not play in the final at the Heysel Stadium in Brussels , but at the age of 39 he was the team's top scorer with five goals in three games.
Hungarian national team (1945 to 1956)
His national team career began at the age of 17, on August 20, 1945, with a 5-2 win in Budapest against Austria and ended on October 14, 1956 with a 2-0 win in Vienna, also against Austria. In both games he scored one goal each.
In 1950 he scored four goals in a 12-0 win against Albania . In another four games he scored 3 goals each (1946 7-2 against Luxembourg , 1948 5-1 against Romania , on May 8, 1949 6-1 against Austria and on October 29, 1950 4-3 against Austria). In more than 50 international matches , he was able to be entered on the list of goalscorers. He won 63 times with Hungary and lost only 11 games, a further 11 games were drawn. He scored 84 goals for Hungary in 85 international matches, making him the Hungarian top scorer.
Spanish national team (1961 to 1962)
In the Spanish national team he played between 1961 and 1962, but could not score in four games.
His first game was the final first leg of the Africa Qualification Group (CAF) against Morocco on November 12, 1961 in Casablanca (Spain won 1-0). He completed the remaining three games at the 1962 World Cup in Chile. Since Spain failed in the group stage, the last group game in Sausalito against Brazil on June 6, 1962 (final score 2: 1 for Brazil) was also his last appearance for Puskás. He has a record of 2 wins and 2 defeats (0 goals) in the Spanish national team.
In his appearances for the Hungarian national team, Puskás has an exceptional record of 84 goals in 85 games (hit rate 0.988). Pelé, for example, scored the comparatively low number of 77 goals (rate 0.837) in 92 appearances for the Brazilian national team . The German international Gerd Müller had a comparatively better rate with 68 goals in 62 international matches (rate 1.097), but played 22 fewer international matches than Puskás. Puskás' team-mate Sándor Kocsis had the best hit rate with 75 goals in 68 international matches; that means a rate of 1.103 goals per game.
- Legend has it that he, who always shot with his left foot as a professional, broke all the ribs of the opposing goalkeeper in one of the first games of his career with a shot from his strong leg (the right) and since then only with his weak left foot Was allowed to shoot foot. The fact that his surname is very similar to the Hungarian word for “rifle” - puska contributed to the creation of the legend . In truth, Puskás hardly used his right foot because he was a "pure" left foot.
- It often happened that the association did not pay out the promised premiums. So it was allegedly in 1952 in Bern's Wankdorf against the Swiss selection with an intermediate result of 2-0 for Switzerland to the following exchange of words. Puskás shouted to coach Gusztáv Sebes: "Guszti, is there still no money for the win?" But since Sebes had just received the guarantee for the prize, he said: "Yes, there is money!" Then Hungary shifted up a gear and won 4-2 against Switzerland.
- 1939-1944: Kispesti FC
- 1944-1949: Kispesti AC
- 1949–1956: Budapesti Honvéd SE
- 1958-1967: Real Madrid
1939–1956 is always the same club that has changed its name
League games and goals
- 349 games (358 goals) in Hungary
- 372 games (324 goals) in Spain
Games and goals for the Budapest city selection
- 1946–1956: 18 games (15 goals)
Other selection games
- 1954–1955: 5 games (11 goals)
- 1948 with 50 goals for the Kispesti AC
- 1950 with 31 goals for Budapesti Honvéd SE
- Fall 1950 with 25 goals for Budapesti Honvéd SE
- 1953 with 27 goals for Budapesti Honvéd SE
- 1960 with 28 goals for Real Madrid
- 1961 with 27 goals for Real Madrid
- 1963 with 26 goals for Real Madrid
- 1964 with 20 goals for Real Madrid
International top scorer
- European Cup : 1953
- European Champion Clubs' Cup : 1960 , 1962
International matches and goals
Stations as a trainer
He has worked as a trainer in nine countries: Spain, USA, Canada, Greece, Chile, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Paraguay, Australia and in his home country Hungary.
- 1967, Spain : Hércules Alicante
- 1967, USA : San Francisco Gales
- 1968, Canada : Vancouver Royals
- 1968–1969, Spain : CD Alavés
- 1970–1974, Greece : Panathinaikos Athens
- 1975, Spain : Real Murcia
- 1975-1976, Chile : Colo Colo
- 1976–1977: National coach of Saudi Arabia
- 1978–1979, Greece : AEK Athens
- 1979–1984, Egypt : al-Masry
- 1985-1986, Paraguay : Sol de America
- 1986, Paraguay : Cerro Porteño
- 1989–1992, Australia : South Melbourne Hellas
- 1992: youth coach, later international president of the Hungarian Football Association (MLSZ)
- 1993 (April to July): National coach of Hungary
Title as a player
- Hungarian champion (6): 1949, 1950, 1952, 1954–1956
- Spanish champion (6): 1961-1965, 1967
- Spanish cup winner (1): 1962
- European Champion Clubs' Cup (3): 1959 , 1960 , 1966
- World Cup Winner (1): 1960
- Olympic Champion (1): 1952
European Football Team Cup (1): 1948 to 1953
- Vice world champion (1): 1954
- Greek champion (2): 1970, 1972 with Panathinaikos Athens
- Australian champion (1): 1991 with South Melbourne Hellas
Australian Cup Winner (1): 1990 with South Melbourne Hellas
- Finalist in the European Cup (1): 1971 with Panathinaikos Athens
- Golden Shoe : 1947/48 (50 goals)
- Golden Ball: 1954
- World Selection Player: 1963
- European selection player: 1965
- Member of the FIFA International Football Hall of Fame : 1998
- IFFHS : best goalscorer of the 20th century
- 20th century athletes in Hungary: 2001
- Sportsmen of the Hungarian Nation: 2004
- Commander with Star of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary : 2005
- L'Équipe : Europe's 20th century footballer
- Naming of an asteroid after him, (82656) Puskás , on August 9, 2006
- Most goals in a game: 7 goals (February 19, 1949)
- Third best goalscorer of the 20th century (as a player for Kispesti AC, Budapesti Honvéd SE and Real Madrid, he scored 489 goals in the first division)
- Third in the all-time Hungarian goalscorer list with 357 goals (games: 1943–1956)
- Top goalscorer of the Hungarian national team (84 goals)
- Thirteenth in the all-time Spanish goalscorer list with 155 goals (games: 1958–1967)
- Third in the all-time goalscorer list of the European Champions Cup
- Robert Born: Ferenc Puskás, a European icon of football between East and West, in: The East is a ball. Football in the culture and history of Eastern Europe . Edited by Stephan Krause / Christian Lübke / Dirk Suckow. Göttingen 2018, pp. 299–331, ISBN 978-3730703885 .
- Jörg Heinisch: The game of the century . Agon-Sportverl., Kassel 2004, ISBN 3-89784-248-3 .
- Tibor Hámori: Puskás Öcsi . Pharma Press, Nyomdaipari Kft 2001, ISBN 963-8339-33-0 .
- Peter Kasza: "The miracle of Bern 1954. Football plays history." Berlin 2004 be.bra Verlag, ISBN 3-89809-046-9 .
- Taylor Rogan, Klara Jamrich: Puskas on Puskas. The Life & Times of a Footballing Legend . Robson Books, London 1997, ISBN 1-86105-083-6 .
- Róbert Zsolt: Puskás Öcsi . Szabad Tér, Vörösmarty, Budapest 1989.
- ↑ a b Honvéd Budapest: The life of Ferenc Puskás (Hungarian) . November 23, 2006.
- ↑ The Independent: Ferenc Puskás ( Memento of the original from October 1, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. . November 20, 2006.
- ^ Pester Lloyd: In memory of "the greatest" October 22, 2009
- ↑ Isten futballistának teremtette (Hungarian) . In: Nemzeti Sport , November 27, 2006. Retrieved May 13, 2010.
- ↑ Soccer Great Puskas dead at 79 . In: TSN . Accessed on December 10, 2006. ( Page no longer available , search in web archives ) Info: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.
- ^ Sebastian Garthoff: Scenes from Budapest - essay. From politics and contemporary history (APuZ 29-30 / 2009) Federal Agency for Civic Education 
- Puskás in the International Football Hall of Fame
- Statistics: all of Puskás' international matches in detail
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Puskás Ferenc (Hungarian); Purczeld Ferenc (maiden name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Hungarian football player and coach|
|DATE OF BIRTH||April 2, 1927|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Kispest , district of Budapest , Kingdom of Hungary|
|DATE OF DEATH||November 17, 2006|
|Place of death||Budapest , Hungary|