Ferenc Puskas: Captain of Hungary Paperback – 1 Oct 2007
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In the years before the Hungarian uprising, Ferenc Puskas scored an unbelievable 83 goals in 84 appearances for his country - but then again, the Hungarian team of the 1950s was pretty unbelievable in itself, revolutionising the game of football on their way to the Olympic final of 1952 and the World Cup final of 1954. This book, Puskas' autobiography, smuggled out of Hungary in the mid-1950s, gives his account of growing up in Soviet-occupied Hungary, travelling the world with the national side and army team Honved, and of the never-to-be-forgotten achievements of a true legend of the international game.
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Ferenc Puskas died in Hungary in 2006, prompting tributes in the sporting press all across Europe. 2007 would have marked his eightieth birthday.
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Puskas is arguably the greatest European Footballer ever and this book, translated from Hungarian tells the story of his upbringing in Budapest, through his break into football and Olympic Glory with the Magnificent Magyars and ends with defeat to West Germany in 1954 World Cup.
Written in an easy to read style Puskas brings to life the enjoyment of learing to play in the back streets of Budapest as easily as he does the emotions of losing the World Cupo Final, Hungary's only defeat in over four years of Internationals.
In these days of £100,000 a week players who are not half the player he was it is good to be reminded why so many of us love football.