Even though he is often forgotten, having to live in the shadow of Ferenc Puskas, Sandor Kocsis has held his own fairly decently, scoring goal after goal on the international stage and winning a fine haul of trophies during his later years with Barcelona. He was, after all, one of the leading lights in Hungary’s legendary team from the 1950s. Here are some of his finest moments as collected by 90 min.
Winning an Olympic Gold at the 1952 Summer Games
The final winning goals against the Swedes in the 1952 Olympic Games may have come from Puskas Ferenc and Zoltan Czibor, but it was Kocsis’s goals that powered the Mighty Magyars to the gold medals. The striker scored doubles against Turkey and Sweden, securing Hungary’s place in the final with his goals against the Swedes.
Starring in the 7-1 England Drubbing
After having lost tragically at Wembley in 1953, with a score of 6-3, the English FA asked for a rematch this time to be held in Budapest. However, instead of redeeming themselves, they lost worse than before at 7-1. Kocsis and Puskas both scored twice, alongside strikes from Mihaly Lantos, Nandor Hidegkuti, and Jozsef Toth, with Ivor Broadis scoring England’s consolation.
Two World Cup Hat Tricks in Three Days
Kocsis belongs to an elite group consisting of just 4 people who have scored two hat tricks in World Cup matches. Other members are Just Fontaine, Gerd Muller, and Gabriel Batistuta. However, what makes Kocsis’ record more interesting is that he scored his 7 goals in a span of three days. On 17 June 1954, he thumped three past South Korea. On 20 June 1954, he knocked in four against West Germany in an emphatic 8-3 victory. Even though Hungary lost to West Germany in the final, with the score being 3-2, Kocsis finished the tournament with a whopping 11 goals.
Back to Back La Liga Titles
Even though he retired in 1956, he and Zoltan Czibor were convinced by Laszlo Kubala to join Catalan Giants Barcelona. In a team that featured Blaugrana legends like Antoni Ramallets and Luis Suarez, Kocsis helped Barça to two league titles on the trot, though his involvement as far as appearances go was minimal.
He retired in 1968, having scored 164 goals in 240 appearances for Barcelona, also winning two Fairs Cups and two Copa Del Rey titles.