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Sándor Kocsis


Sandor Kocsis, also known as the The Man With The Golden Head, due to his extaordinary ability in the air was part of one of Barcelona's best ever teams during the late 50s under coach Helenio Herrera and team mates such as Ramallets, Kubala and Czibor.

Born in Budapest in 1929, he started his career at local team KTC before moving to Ferencvaros and guiding them to a league title in 1949, he later moved to Honved and formed a partnership with the legendary Ferenc Puskas, during the 1956 Hungarian uprising Honved were playing in Spain, some of the players decided not to return to Hungary and after a brief spell as player coach at Young Boys Berne, Kocsis joined Barcelona.



Kubala helped Barcelona win back to back league titles in 1958 and 59 and a fairs cup in 1958, unfortunately for Kocsis and Barcelona, they were never able to claim the holy grail of football, the European cup, the closest they ever came was a 3-2 defeat in 1961 against Benfica, Kocsis was one of the players who were amongst the most nervous and sensed a disaster as Barcelona favourites lost to a Benfica side before the time of Eusebio, for it was at this stadium the Hungarian National Team lost a shock World Cup Final by exactly the same score.



He retired at the age of 37 in 1966 and eventually died in 1978. His record on the international stage, outstanding, he scored 11 goals in the 1954 world cup, and effort only bettered by Just Fontained 4 years later, and his record of 75 goals in 68 games is one of the greatest of all time. Kocsis is undoubtedly one of the all time legends not just of Barcelona but of football in general.


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