Hungary football great Sandor Kocsis honored


BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -The remains of Hungarian football great Sandor Kocsis, a forward on the famed Golden Team in the 1950s and later for Barcelona, have been repatriated and will be buried in St. Stephen's Basilica on Friday.

Kocsis, who would have been 83 on Friday, was the top scorer at the 1954 World Cup with 11 goals. After dominating opponents in the early rounds, Hungary was shocked 3-2 in the final by West Germany.

Kocsis and other stars like Ferenc Puskas and Zoltan Czibor were on tour with club team Honved when the Revolution of 1956 broke out in Hungary and they decided not to return.

After retiring as a player in 1966, Kocsis ran a restaurant in Barcelona, where he died in 1979 after falling out of a hospital window.

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