UltimateXI Profile: Sándor Kocsis

By May 01, 2020
Sándor Kocsis Sándor Kocsis

Sándor Kocsis Péter is the most lethal international striker of all time. In 68 matches for Hungary between 1948 and 1956, Kocsis racked up 75 goals, meaning not even the great Gerd Müller could boast as great a goals to game ratio. Müller scored 68 goals in 62 appearances for West Germany. Kocsis also had a number of firsts in the game, becoming the first man to score two hat-tricks in one World Cup outing. In 1954, Kocsis would score 11 goals for Hungary at the World Cup with France’s Just Fontaine, the only man to ever do better. Kocsis’ international goalscoring record is even more impressive when you consider he relegated teammate Ferenc Puskás to third on the all-time list of most lethal strikers. Puskás ended his international career with 84 goals from 85 matches. Kocsis would end his career having scored an international hat-trick on seven occasions. For club Kocsis was no slouch either, ending a career spanning 434 games with 341 goals, a more-than-competent achievement. The striker, who died at just 49 after falling from the fourth floor of a hospital in Barcelona, could lay claim to being the greatest striker of all time. At the time of his death he was being treated for Lukemia and stomach cancer, leaving speculation that his death was a suicide, rife.   

Playing Career

Full name: Sándor Kocsis Péter

Date of birth: 21 September 1929

Place of birth: Budapest, Hungary

Date of Death: 22 July 1979 (aged 49)

Place of Death: Barcelona, Spain

Playing position: Striker

Club Career

          Years                    Team                             Apps   (Gls)

  • 1945–1946          Köbanyai TC                         5         (0)
  • 1946–1950          Ferencváros                       59         (40)
  • 1950                   ÉDOSZ                              30         (30)
  • 1950–1957          Honvéd                            145         (153)
  • 1957–1958          Young Fellows Zürich          11         (7)
  • 1958–1965          Barcelona                        184         (111)
  • 1961                   Valencia (guest)         
  • Total                                                        434       (341)

Club Honours

  • Ferencváros TC - Hungarian Champions: 1949
  • Honvéd FC - Hungarian Champions (3): 1952, 1954, 1955
  • Barcelona - Spanish Champions (2): 1958–59, 1959–60; Copa del Generalísimo (2): 1958–59, 1962–63; Inter-Cities Fairs Cup: 1958–60

International Career

  • 1948-1956 Hungary 68 (75)

International Honours

  • Olympic Champions: 1952
  • Central European Champions: 1953
  • FIFA World Cup Runner up: 1954

Individual Honours

  • Hungarian Football Federation Player of the Year: 1954
  • FIFA World Cup Golden Boot: 1954
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1954
  • World Soccer: The 100 Greatest Footballers of All Time
  • Ballon d'Or: 8th place 1956
Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre is the Managing Editor at SportsMax.tv. He comes to the role with almost 20 years of experience as journalist. That experience includes all facets of media. He began as a sports Journalist in 2001, quickly moving into radio, where he was an editor before becoming a news editor and then an entertainment editor with one of the biggest media houses in the Caribbean.

Related items

  • Arsenal not in contract talks with Lacazette – Arteta Arsenal not in contract talks with Lacazette – Arteta

    Arsenal are yet to begin contract talks with Alexandre Lacazette, manager Mikel Arteta confirmed.

    Lacazette is contracted at the Premier League club until 2022, but there has been speculation over the forward's future.

    The Frenchman scored his 50th goal for Arsenal during Saturday's 2-1 win over West Ham at Emirates Stadium.

    But there have been no talks for the 29-year-old to renew his deal at Arsenal, Arteta later confirmed.

    "At the moment, we haven't started any negotiations," he said.

    "We have a lot of things still to do in this market and at the moment we are focusing on those things."

    Arteta said he was pleased with Lacazette, who arrived at the club from Lyon in 2017.

    "He's a player I'm really happy with. I think we've shown him a lot of faith since I arrived here," he said.

    "But we cannot start any speculation. We know that any player who is under two years of their contract is always going to be talked about."

  • Riqui Puig should leave Barcelona on loan – Koeman Riqui Puig should leave Barcelona on loan – Koeman

    Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has told Riqui Puig he should leave the club on loan.

    Puig, 21, has been linked with a move from Barca, and played no part in Saturday's 1-0 Joan Gamper Trophy win over Elche at Camp Nou.

    Koeman said while Puig was part of his plans, the midfielder should look for short-term opportunities elsewhere.

    "I've told [Riqui Puig] that he has a future here, but it depends on the player," he said, via Marca.

    "I'd recommend that he went out on loan.

    "At 20 years of age, the young players have to play. They can't get stuck for a period of time.

    "We've got three weeks and we've got competition."

    Antoine Griezmann's early goal helped Barca past Elche, as the forward, Ansu Fati, Lionel Messi and Philippe Coutinho all started.

    Coutinho is back from his loan spell at Bayern Munich and Koeman talked up the playmaker.

    "Let's hope we can see a great version of him. For me, he's a great player," he said.

    "He works well physically and with the ball. He's an important player for the team."

    Barcelona will begin their LaLiga season against Villarreal on September 27.

  • Bale wants to bring Madrid's winning mentality to Tottenham's quest for silverware Bale wants to bring Madrid's winning mentality to Tottenham's quest for silverware

    Gareth Bale wants to translate the winning mentality he developed at Real Madrid to Tottenham and help the club end their wait for silverware.

    Tottenham announced on Saturday that Bale had returned to the club on a season-long loan from Madrid, whom he joined from Spurs in 2013 for what was at the time a world-record fee of £85million (€100m).

    During his seven seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu, the 31-year-old winger won the Champions League four times and LaLiga on two occasions.

    Spurs have only lifted one trophy since the turn of the millennium – the 2007-08 EFL Cup – and Bale, who is not expected to be fit to play until after the October international break, hopes he can end their drought under Jose Mourinho.

    "It's nice to be back. It's such a special club to me, it's where I made my name. What an amazing club and amazing fans, just incredible to be back," said Bale in an official club interview.

    "Hopefully now I can get some match fitness and get under way and really help the team and hopefully win trophies.

    "It's such a special club. I always thought when I did leave that one day I would love to come back. The opportunity now has arisen. I feel like it's a good fit, it's a good time for me. I'm hungry, I'm motivated, I want to do well for the team and I can't wait to get started.

    "By going to Madrid, winning trophies and going far with the national team I feel like I have that winning mentality of how to win trophies. You don't realise it until your there and in those situations in finals, knowing how to deal with the situation, the nerves, the pressure.

    "That all goes with experience, so hopefully I can bring that to the dressing room, bring a bit more belief to everybody that we can win a trophy. The target is to do that this season – not to just win one but to be fighting on every front possible.

    "I want to bring that mentality here back to Tottenham. I was speaking with the chairman [Daniel Levy] about the past and what we did to get the club to the next level and since I've left the club's just been building and growing. The stadium is incredible, the training ground has got even better since I was here last.

    "It's an exciting time for everybody here. The club continues to progress every year, which is great. I want to contribute to that again and try to get us to the next level, which is winning a trophy.

    "I know I keep saying it, but it's such an important thing for this club to win trophies. That's what we all want to do as players, we want to win trophies in our careers. To be doing that at Tottenham now would be a dream come true."

    Spurs announced Bale's return shortly after confirming the signing of Sergio Reguilon from Madrid.

© 2020 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.