Remembering the legendary football player

Friday, July 22, 2011

Sándor Kocsis, the top striker of the Golden Team died in 1979 on this day, in Barcelona.

At the age of seventeen, Sándor Kocsis has already played as a striker at FTC football club. In 1950, he moved to the Honvéd football club where Bozsik and Puskás were the two top players. He won Olympic gold at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, as a member of the Hungarian national team.

He played in the national team 68 times and scored 75 goals. He was one of the members of the Hungarian national team on November 25, 1953 in the Wembley Stadium defeating the English national football team undefeated for ninety years. At the 1954 FIFA World Cup in Switzerland, he scored 11 goals to become the top scorer of the tournament.

When the 1956 Hungarian revolution erupted, he was abroad and as a result of the crushing of the uprising by the soviet army he did not return home. First, he settled in Switzerland and became the player of the Young Fellows Zürich football club, then he moved to Barcelona and became the player of the famous club between 1958 and 1966.

He has been diagnosed with leukemia and stomach cancer and in 1979 he died unclear circumstances. He either jumped or fell out of the fourth floor hospital room in Barcelona just a few months before his fiftieth birthday.

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