Remembering another Hungarian goal machine who plied his trade at Barcelona, not Real Madrid.
We’ve all heard of Ferenc Puskas. He was one of the greatest players of his time, scored goals for fun and even has a prestigious award named after him.
Ask anyone to name a great Hungarian footballer, and they’ll rightly put Puskas near the top.
But in the curious case of Sandor Kocsis, Puskas’s strike partner in the great Hungarian team of the 1950s, you’ll find a player bestowed with a similar level of talent, but few even know who he is.
Much of this will be down to the fact that Kocsis spent more of his career in Hungary, before joining Barcelona in 1958 after The Hungarian Revolution.
Kocsis has a strong claim to be labelled the best Hungarian footballer of all-time. If not, he’s running Puskas very close.
Kocsis’s goal-scoring record was madness.
While he played for Budapest Honved, he was the top scorer in any European league in 1952 and 1954. He bagged 42 goals in 75 games for Barcelona too.
Did he do it for Hungary? Of course he did.
His record at international level, when looking at goals per game, is better than Gerd Muller and his team-mate Puskas.
Kocsis netted 75 goals in 68 games for Hungary. Puskas scored 83 in 84 games.
Kocsis played in the “Match of the Century” versus England, when Puskas and Nandor Hidegkuti ran riot at Wembley in 1953.
He may not have scored in that game, but he did bag two against England in a 7-1 thrashing in 1954. In his sensational international career, he notched up seven hat-tricks.
Better than Puskas or not, a player who scored goals for one of the great national teams and excelled at Barcelona should surely be better known than being ‘one of the best players you’ve never heard of’.