Sándor Kocsis

Sándor Kocsis
(21 September 1929 - 22 July 1979)

Sándor Kocsis, the legendary inside right player of the Golden Team started his career in Ferencvárosi Torna Club (FTC), in 1947. After the team's name changed EDOSZ in 1949, Kocsis played one more year for the club.

In the period between 1950 and 1956 - just as many of the legendary players of the Golden Team -, Kocsis also played for Budapesti Honvéd. On the right wing, he formed an incredible couple with László Budai II. Kocsis won Hungarian league title three times with Honvéd (1952, 1954, 1955), and three times he was also top scorer (1951, 1952, 1954). Sándor Kocsis scored 177 goals for Honvéd. After the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, majority of the Golden Team left the country. Kocsis won 6 championships between 1948 and 1956. During this period he played for the Hungarian national team 68 times. Apart from Puskás, he was one of the top scorers of Hungary with his 75 international goals. He was member of the Olympic champion team in Helsinki, and played in Wembley against England on 25 November 1953, when the home side suffered their first home defeat in their first 90 years of history. Kocsis played at the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland where Hungary was defeated by West-Germany in the final (3-2) after beating the German team in the group stage 8-2. Despite the defeat, Kocsis was top scorer of the World Cup with 11 goals.

"Kocka", the genius striker was listed among the best players of the time for his perfect technical qualities and goal scoring abilities. Budai II and Kocsis ran beautiful attacks on the right side of the field. The dangerous headers were a special feature from his weaponry.

After leaving the country, he joined Young Fellows Zurich in 1957, and went to Spain in 1958 - as others like Puskás also did. Together with Czibor, he played for FC Barcelona until 1966. They won Spanish championship in 1959 and Spanish Cup in 1959 and 1960. Kocsis continued to live his life in Barcelona after his retirement, where he died on 22 July1979.

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