Hungary legend Puskas dies at 79

The "Galloping Major" and star of Real Madrid in the 1950s passes away.

    Ferenc Puskas (fourth from left) with members of the 1959 Real Madrid team at the Bernabeu stadium 

    One of the world's greatest footballers with a fearsome left foot, Puskas was known as the "Galloping Major."

    England stunned
     
    Puskas scored a remarkable 83 goals in 84 international matches from 1945 to 1956, when the Hungarian squad was known as the "golden team".

    They signalled their dominance with a stunning 6-3 thrashing of England at Wembley in 1953, becoming the first overseas team to beat the English national side on their home soil.

    Hungary then hammered England again 7-1 in Budapest and were hot favourites to win the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland, although they eventually lost in the final to Germany.

    After Hungary's failed uprising against Soviet domination in 1956, Puskas was among many who left the country, defecting to Spain.

    It was in the Spanish capital where he joined Alfredo De Stafano in a legendary Real Madrid side before returning to Hungary in 1981.

    Top scorer

    Puskas played for Real from 1958 to 1967 and was crowned top scorer in the Spanish league four times.

    He led Madrid to three European Cup titles and seven league championships during his decade at the club, scoring 512 goals in 528 matches.

    An accomplished coach after his playing career, in the 1970s and 80s, he guided nearly a dozen teams from North and South America, Europe, Africa and even Australia.

    He led Greek club Panathinaikos to two league crowns and to a European Cup final in the 1970-71 season.


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