6th Minute, Ferenc Puskás, Hungary v West Germany, World Cup Final 1954
Going into the 1954 World Cup final, Hungary hadn’t been beaten for years. They had dominated international football including storming to Gold in the 1952 Olympics. In November 1953 they had faced England at Wembley. England had never been beaten on home soil before but the Mighty Magyars demolished them 6-3, a result that shook English to the core and resonated around the world. A few months later they played England again in a warm-up game for the World Cup, the English were desperate for revenge, however the Hungarians had got even better and this time beat them by a bigger margin whilst scoring even more goals.
Once the World Cup was underway it seemed inevitable that Hungary would win it. They scored seventeen goals in two matches as they thrashed West Germany and Turkey. They battled to victory against the Brazilians in the quarters and played one of the greatest games the World Cup has ever seen against Uruguay in the semis.
A victory in extra-time set up a final against West Germany. They had beaten them 8-3 in the group stages although what they didn’t know was it was all part of a masterful German plan.
Ferenc Puskás puts his nation ahead and surely on the way to lifting the Jules Rimet trophy…
What Happened Next?
England 3 – 6 Hungary – Full Match
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