Sandor Kocsis

Sandor Kocsis

Hungarian football player
Date of Birth: 21.09.1929
Country: Hungary

  1. Biography of Sándor Kocsis
  2. International Career
  3. Club Career
  4. Achievements

Biography of Sándor Kocsis

Sándor Kocsis, a Hungarian footballer, was a former striker for the Hungarian national team and ranks fourth on the list of top scorers for the national team. Kocsis scored 75 goals in 68 games, earning him the nickname "Golden Head" for his exceptional heading ability. His international career lasted from 1948 to 1956.

Sandor Kocsis

International Career

During the 1954 FIFA World Cup, Kocsis became the tournament's top scorer, scoring 11 goals, which is the second-highest result in the history of World Cups. Hungary finished in second place in that World Cup, and Kocsis became the first player to score two hat-tricks in a single World Cup. In total, Kocsis scored seven hat-tricks in matches for national teams.

Sandor Kocsis

Club Career

For the majority of his career, Kocsis played for "Honvéd" in Budapest. In 1958, he transferred to "Barcelona." In the 1960/61 season, he played in the final of the European Cup, scoring a goal, but his team still lost to "Benfica." He retired from playing football in 1966.

On July 22, 1979, at the age of 49, Sándor Kocsis committed suicide by jumping from the fourth floor window of a clinic in Barcelona, where he was admitted after a car accident. One of the suspected reasons for his suicide was an incurable illness that caused severe stomach pain. Kocsis took his own life two days before the scheduled surgery.


- Olympic champion: 1952
- World Cup runner-up: 1954
- Central European Champion: 1953
- Winner of the Fair Cup: 1960
- Runner-up of the European Cup: 1961
- Hungarian champion, 5 times: 1949, 1950, 1952, 1954, 1955
- Spanish champion, 2 times: 1959, 1963
- Winner of the Spanish Cup, 2 times: 1959, 1963
- Top scorer of the 1954 World Cup (11 goals)
- Best Hungarian footballer: 1954
- Top scorer of the Hungarian championship: 1951, 1952, 1954
- Record holder for the most hat-tricks in World Cups.