'Nothing But the Truth'

'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 Robin Hood b. 1972, October 1, Budapest

'Peace Through Sport'

'Enlightened' Dynamic American Writing & Journalism & Photography Academy1968 National Hungarian Grand Prize Lottery Winner, Erzsébet (Mom).  Magic.

Recommended Reading:  Puskás on Puskás : The Life and Times of a Footballing Legend  Rogan P. Taylor (1998)  Website Begun December 23, 2005 - Completed Summer 2020

***** 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division team last century, the scoring hat trick hero of the 'Match of the Century', the great experienced false No. 9 withdrawn center-forward and last century's 2nd most victorious player by win percentage in the world national game past 35 scores.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 Very Best Ever/'The Greatest' in top-tier world & top division association football.

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.

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

July the 4th 1954 | 1954 World Cup Title Game

***** Puskás-Kocsis-Hidegkuti *****

  Players Statistics Entering the 1954 World Cup Finale (July 4 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%

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 3rd most prolific national 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 Guttman'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'. 

***** Greatest Upfront National Historical Concurrent Line of Last Century ***** 

Puskás-Kocsis-Hidegkuti-Kubala managed by Béla Guttmann

The 20th Century's Top Rated Top Division Franchises

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

20th Century Rank

Top Division Franchise

Elo Points

Peak Date Set

Catalyst Star Players

Gold

Real Madrid

2069

March 19 1961

Puskás (Öcsi)-Di Stéfano-Gento

Silver

AC Milan

2052

March 18 1993

Bronze

MTK Budapest

2037

Oct. 20 1955

Hidegkuti-Palotás-Lantos-Zakariás

No. 4

Barcelona

2006

Oct. 6 1960

Lászlo Kubala-Kocsis-Zoltán Czibor-Suarez

No. 5

Hamburg

1973

Nov. 9 1980

No. 6

Juventus

1966

April 20 1995

tie No. 7

Ajax

1965

May 7 1973

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

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

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

Puskás-Kocsis-Hideguti

The Best Forward Line in International National Football History

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

World Rank

Players

Country

Goals

Wins

Draws

Losses

Goal Ratio

 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%

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. 



 

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: 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

'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

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

All-Time Highest Ranked International Teams (update: 2/07/2020)

World Rank

Nation

Elo Points

Peak Date Set

No. 1 Gold

Hungary
captained by Ferenc Puskás (Öcsi)

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


Top-Tier 1st Division Football's Most Powerful/Balanced Seasonal League Team of All-Time:

  1917-1918 MTK Hungária 

Number of League Matches

Head Manager

Star Catalyst Players

Wins

Draws

Loss

Winning Percentage:

Undefeated Percentage:

Goals/Match 

Goals Ag./Match 

Goal Diff./Game

Seasonal Result

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

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

Jimmy Hogan

Alfréd Schaffer / Imre Schlosser

21

1

0

97.73%

100%

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

-0.45 gls./gm

+6.23 

National Champion

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


***** 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 Powerful/Balanced, Most Inventive & Influential  

Number of Full Internationals

Wins

Draws

Loss

Winning Percentage:

Undefeated Percentage:

Goals/Match 

Goals Against 

Goal Diff./Game

Supercomputer's Appraisal

Grade & Class of Matches

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 

The Very Best Ever/Greatest Ever

AAA+++ /Stunning Débâcle Victory

* Does not include the 1954 World Cup Finale 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 Soviet Union would be officially recognized and sanctioned by FIFA in 1954. 

Captain Ferenc Biró Puskás

Puskás Öcsi

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

Lajos Tichy

Louis Tichy

Sándor Károly

Alexander Charles

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

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. 


 


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 ('Öcsi')

Hungary

83

83

1.00

2231 (July 4, 1954)

No. 2

Sándor Kocsis ('The Cube')

Hungary

75

66

1.14

2231 (July 4, 1954)

No. 3

Imre Schlosser ('Slózi')

Hungary

59

68

0.87

2003 (April 6, 1919)

No. 4

Lajos Tichy ('The Nation's Bomber')

Hungary

51

72

0.71

2212 (Nov. 27, 1955)

No. 5

Pauli Jorgensen ('Curl Leg')

Denmark

44

47

0.94

1873 (June 13, 1926)

No. 6

György Sárosi ('Gyuri')

Hungary

42

62

0.68

1975 (June 16, 1938)

No. 7

Péle ('The Black Pearl')

Brazil

41

39

1.05

2156 (Sept 20, 1959)

No. 8

Nándor Hidegkuti ('The Old Man')

Hungary

39

69

0.57

2231 (July 4, 1954)

The incomparable and all-time Hollywood legend, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Miss Hungary 1936.

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).

'For Your Eyes Only Dahhhling' 

"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 breakstroke, 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).

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 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

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): 
19 wins, 4 draws, 0 loss
91.30% Winning Percentage
100.00% Undefeated Percentage 

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

19 wins, 0 loss  (37.4 points/game)

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 International)

Top-Tier Pro Association Football (Club)

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

Greatest Ever Team of All Time in Sport

New York Yankees 

Montreal Canadiens 

New England Patriots   

1954 Hungary

Barcelona 

1876-1879 Kincsem (Hungary)

Peak Elo Points

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 Boxing

Top-Tier International Chess (Men)

Top-Tier Pro Basketball

'Greatest Ever' in Top-Tier International Chess (Women)

Top-Tier Pro Tennis (Men)

Greatest Ever Team of All Time in Sport

Sugar Ray Robinson

Magnus Carlsen 

Golden State Warriors 

Judit Polgár 

Novak Djokovic 

Peak Elo Points

2069.52

2882

1729

2735

2629

reference:

checkhookboxing.com/index.php?threads/boxings-grandmasters.87800/

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

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Simply the Greatest! A footballing Avalon - the classic lineup of the 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 supremely illustrious tour de force 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 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.


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 'Hungarian Marriage of the Century', April 1940.

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).            

         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 the temperature of 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  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.         

The 'Great Star Lord Mayor of Budapest', István Tarlós, Hollywood megastar

Scarlett Johansson and Deputy-Mayor Alexandra Szalay-Bobrovniczky, Sept 2019

        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 of the old conservative and a sign of the new pre-war anciency 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.

       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 increment of knowledge as Sebes and his players produced the form of football 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.

      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 second man in history and the
world to eclipse the 500-goal mark, a benchmark for very elite
status.
 
World Select XI 'Dream Team' of the second half
of the 1940s.

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

       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 suite 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 Talent-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 great wing-half from Kispest, József Bozsik, for him the right conduct is the aim to move the symphony true joined on August 17, 1947 in a crushing 9-0 victory over Bulgaria at home. Three days later on the 20th of August, Gyula Grosics makes his first international appearance as the national goalkeeper as they defeated Albania 3-0.
     There was Sándor Kocsis, the gifted one who gives them a physical approach through a gallery of air way, the greatest header of the ball of any who makes the experts smile and one of the greatest strikers ever to play football, the 'Natural' arrived finally aboard the national team on June 6, 1948 and scored in the 66th and 84th minutes and Puskás scored in the 57th and 87th minutes in a crushing 9-0 victory over Romania at home.

     The good right-winger Lászlo Budai who can surprise starboard secrets with his thundery breaches and crosses debuts from Ferencváros on May 8, 1949 in the match played against No. 12 Austria at home and came gathered one of the greatest assemblage of prolific talent up front Hungary ever produced in a single international match, the forward line of Puskás-Deák-Kocsis-Czibor-Budai.  It is a triumphant performance of one steady prolific co-operation brought to a huge national result.  In the activity of the five players there is that indescribable freshness in a shining 48 minutes that grew an enchantment with Deák scoring in the 1st minute to build out a 4-0 lead with Puskás playing his brightest scoring three goals with Deák getting two and Kocsis one in the big 6-1 rout.

     On April 10th 1949, Gustáv Sebes, the Deputy Minister of Sport becomes the head manager of the national team, and it was an inauspicious occasion losing away 2-5 to Czechoslovakia, but the wins soon start to come as he started cutting his team out to greater patterns with tactical and training pabulum.  On July 10 1949, Zoltan Czibor, the mercurial one who strikes awe down the flank from Ferencváros makes his debut from in a 8-2 win over Poland. 
     On November 20th 1949, the twenty-seven year old Deák played his last game of his brilliant and short international career, a huge 5-0 win over world number 4 Sweden in Budapest in which he and Puskás both scored.   This was to be their last game together, Deák’s brief dash into the evanescent sunshine of international football was over. This was a symbolic 'a passing of the baton' from one astral football genius to Puskás.  At the end of this match, Puskás had already accumulated 24 appearances and had 29 goals and had entered the essence of the real thing. The newest myth had finally arrived who would constitute an elite variety world-class legendary player who would triumphantly answer in all lands, all times, and on all teams, subliming every team by his fusing contributions and parading his peers through sports history after later surmounting gorgeous sports histories and out-topping the best. 

     It is that of a high speed game for Puskás especially, both mentally and by the fiery power of his left-foot that Puskás had reached by his magical 50th international (the "Match of the Century", Hungary vs. England 1953) the then world-record 60 international goals, and between things ended and great things begun the master himself to whom golden things happen led his unexcelled team onto the plateau of world popularity who has a personality to express and who was not hampered by his need for fun.   Puskás would eventually become the regular captain of this team and with his wits and wisdom marshaled striking the keynotes, by his 29th international match had given status to the entire team with 41 goals 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.
    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", London England, November 25, 1953.  In a very famous football day, a celebration of the game's powers that be, a herculean football 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 football 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, association football'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 sports' powerful first new athletic manifesto and two more stunning goals are marvelously set up by Puskás.  Unprecedented in the earlier experiences of world football, 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.  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 opponents' 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 fate and 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. 

       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.      

     

      Achieving a compact force after the savory beneficent conjuring trick, Puskás swiftly pivots and as of true gold ore 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 rainmaking 10-yard strike hit the orbit and sum of Puskás' wit that informed its flawlessness.  The resultant Puskás hard cannonball between Merrick and the near post propelled a new 3-1 scoreline 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 wide stun 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, and ninety year old history is thus undone.  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" where the sport remakes itself.  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 ***** 

http://clubelo.com/Stats/Highest

The 20th Century's Top Rated Top Division Franchises

20th Century Rank

Top Division Franchise

Elo Points

Peak Date Set

Catalyst Star Players

Gold

Real Madrid

2069

March 19 1961

Puskás (Öcsi)-Di Stéfano-Gento

Silver

AC Milan

2052

March 18 1993

Bronze

MTK Budapest

2037

Oct. 20 1955

Hidegkuti-Palotás-Lantos-Zakariás

No. 4

Barcelona

2006

Oct. 6 1960

Kocsis-Lászlo Kubala-Zoltán Czibor-Suarez

No. 5

Hamburg

1973

Nov. 9 1980

No. 6

Juventus

1966

April 20 1995

No. 7

Ajax

1965

May 7 1973

  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

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

                                                               


   

The fabulous crackerjack forward trio of Hidegkuti-Puskás-Kocsis (left to right).

 


 

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%

Puskás-Kocsis-Hidegkuti

  The Star Players Statistics Entering the 1954 World Cup Finale (7.4.1954)

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.  

     

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 long 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 Öcsi's 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 metamorphosed 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 Öcsi's 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 football 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 art 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 football 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 Honvéd

Total Top Division Honvéd Matches

Scores

Goal Ratio

Sándor Kocsis 

176

217

1.23

Ferenc Puskás

194

161

0.83

      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 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.

      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

          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 on defenses to strip out a defender or two 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 and wizardries 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).

       To the left of him 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 coloring 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 his affairs 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".  Sifting out the glory from center 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.

     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 cruel 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 a footballing war 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 war 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 rebounding wide left to a perfectly situated player 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 and his 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 a gathering of all fears in the finale and a nightmare for the Mannschaft and 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 nightmare 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 footballing 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