Sandor Kocsis is number 28 in 90min's Top 50 Greatest Footballers of All Time series

Sandor Kocsis was one of the leading lights in Hungary's legendary team of the 1950s.

An incredible header of the ball, a clinical finisher and a slick dribbler, Kocsis is often forgotten due to Ferenc Puskas' status as Hungary's leader during that time.

But Kocsis' record more than holds up in comparison, scoring goal after goal on the international stage and winning a fine haul of trophies during his later years with Barcelona.

Here are a selection of his finest moments.

Winning Olympic Gold at 1952 Summer Games

Hungary's Olympic win put them on the map as an international powerhouse, with Kocsis' goals powering the Mighty Magyars to gold medals in 1952.

The striker scored doubles against Turkey and Sweden, sealing Hungary's place in the final with his goals against the Swedes, before Puskas and Zoltan Czibor netted in a 2-0 victory over Yugoslavia to secure gold.

Starring in 7-1 England Drubbing

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The English FA were so embarrassed by the 6-3 defeat they suffered against Hungary at Wembley in 1953 that a rematch was organised a year later, this time to be played in Budapest.

That was a bad, bad idea.

Instead of getting any modicum of revenge, they were swatted aside in even worse fashion as Hungary ran out 7-1 victors.

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 is one of just four players to have scored two hat tricks in World Cup matches, alongside Just Fontaine, Gerd Muller and Gabriel Batistuta.

However, what makes Kocsis' feat a little more special is that he netted his total of seven goals in the space 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.

He would end up with 11 goals during that tournament, though Hungary fell to a 3-2 defeat in the final against West Germany.

Back to Back La Liga Titles

Kocsis' final game for Hungary was in 1956 and two years later he alongside Zoltan Czibor was 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.

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