Saturday, November 18, 2006

Australia touched by the loss of Puskas

THE news of the passing of football legend Ferenc Puskas will make headlines around the world, particularly in Hungary and Spain, where he had his most productive playing days, but it will also sadden many local fans of the game who became familiar with him during the late 80s - early 90s when he coached South Melbourne to an NSL title. While most of us weren't fortunate enough to see him play in his prime, those that have speak glowingly about his wonderful left peg, knack for finding the back of the net and his incredible contribution to what is regarded by many as the greatest club game of all time, Real's 7-3 win over Eintracht Frankfurt in the 1960 European final when he bagged four to go with Di Stefano's three. Certainly, whenever SBS do show highlights of the game, it is must viewing, an incredible eye-opener. His stats certainly don't lie, a goal a game at both national and club level, remarkable stuff in a playing career that spanned over 20 years. Four times he won the pichichi, Spain's top scorer, and was a vital cog in what is still today regarded as the greatest club side ever, the Madrid side of the 60s. His achievments are mind-blowing and the tributes will no doubt flow. His compatriot Les Murray will no doubt write and feature some footage in the coming days, all of which will be compelling stuff for those wanting to learn more about one of the greats.


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