Facts & Oddities


Ferenc Puskás

World cup….

Hungary hold the record for highest average of goals scored per match, 2.72

Most goals scored, 27

Highest goal difference, +17

Highest average of goals scored per match, 5.40

Highest average goal difference per match, +3.2

Most hat-tricks, 2 , Sándor Kocsis

Fastest hat-trick & most goals scored by a substitute in a match, 8 minutes, László Kiss, scored at 69′, 72′, and 76′ against El Salvador in the 1982 finals

Biggest margin of victory, (9)  9-0 vs South Korea and 10-1 vs El Salvador

Most goals scored by one team in a match, 10, vs El Salvador


Olympic football….

Top of mens medal table with 3 golds, 2 silvers and 1 bronze

Most goals in a tournament, Ferenc Bene, 12



The match between Austria and Hungary in Vienna in 1902 was the first international match played between two non-British European countries

Hungary has the distinction of setting the highest Elo football rating ever recorded with 2166 points. This was set after their 4–2 victory over Uruguay in the 1954 World Cup semi-final on 30 June 1954, the final match in their 31 game unbeaten streak

Hungary has 3 players in the top 6 international goalscorers of the 20th century. Ferenc Puskás first with 84 goals from 85 matches, Sándor Kocsis third with 75 goals from 68 matches and Imre Schlosser sixth with 59 goals from 68 matches. Pelé was a mere second with 77 goals from 92 matches!

Hungary holds the third longest consecutive run of matches unbeaten with 31 international games between 14 May 1950 and 4 July 1954, when they lost the World Cup final to Germany

József Bozsik holds the record for most international caps, making 101 appearances and scoring 11 goals. Of the current crop, Gábor Király is currently on 84 while Zoltán Gera has 71 caps, scoring 21 times.

Ferencváros and Debrecen share the unfortunate stat of being 2 of the 4 clubs that have conceded most goals, 19, in the champions league group stages

The European Cup’s first hat-trick was scored by Péter Palotás of Vörös Lobogó SE (now MTK) against Anderlecht on 7 September 1955, in the second match ever played in the competition.

Ferenc Puskás is the only footballer to score four goals in a European cup final

The oldest player to win the European cup is Ferenc Puskás, who was 39 years and 39 days when Real Madrid won against Partizan on 11 May 1966

In the Hungarian League three teams include two stars as part of their crest appearing on their shirt to represent the trophies won by the club. After ten Hungarian League titles the club can include one star on their crest. There are four clubs who are entitled to wear one or two stars on their crest. MTK was the first club who celebrated its 10th title in 1922, but at that time the clubs did not put stars on their badge. It was also MTK who was first entitled to wear the second star in 1997. Now there are three clubs (MTK, Ferencváros and Újpest) with two stars and one club (Honvéd) with one star.

Budapest clubs claim 96 league titles between them, some way ahead of Debrecen, second on the list with 5 titles.

Ferencváros goalkeeper Zoltán Végh hold the record number of Hungarian league appearances with 569

The Hidegkuti Nándor Stadium, home of MTK was the ground used in the film Escape to victory.

The Ferenc Puskás stadium doubled for Munich’s famous Olympic Stadium in Steven Spielberg’s 2005 movie Munich

Honvéd’s Bozsik Stadium was the first in Hungary to be named after a footballer, József Bozsik.

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