Gusztáv Sebes, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Gusztáv Sebes

Hungarian footballer

Date of Birth: 22-Jan-1906

Place of Birth: Budapest, Hungary

Date of Death: 30-Jan-1986

Profession: association football manager, association football player, sports official

Nationality: Hungary

Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

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About Gusztáv Sebes

  • Gusztáv Sebes (born Gusztáv Scharenpeck; 22 January 1906, in Budapest – 30 January 1986, in Budapest) was a Hungarian footballer and coach.
  • With the title of Deputy Minister of Sport, he coached the Hungarian team known as the Mighty Magyars in the 1950s.
  • Among the players in the team were Ferenc Puskás, Zoltán Czibor, Sándor Kocsis, József Bozsik, and Nándor Hidegkuti.
  • Together with Béla Guttmann and Márton Bukovi, he formed a triumvirate of radical Hungarian coaches who pioneered the 4-2-4 formation. Sebes advocated what he referred to as socialist football, an early version of Total Football, with every player pulling equal weight and able to play in all positions.
  • Under Sebes, Hungary went unbeaten for 22 consecutive matches.
  • During this run, Hungary became Olympic Champions in 1952 and Central European Champions in 1953.
  • They also twice defeated England, 6-3 in 1953 and 7-1 in 1954, and finished as runners-up in the 1954 FIFA World Cup.
  • Defeat in the final marked the beginning of the end for Sebes.
  • Following this defeat, Hungary embarked on an 18-game unbeaten run that came to an end on 19 February 1956, when they lost 3-1 to Turkey.
  • Despite the winning streak, Sebes was sacked after a 5-4 defeat against Belgium on 3 June 1956.
  • He remained active in football throughout his life, working as an administrator and holding coaching positions at Újpesti Dózsa SC, Budapest Honvéd SE, and Diósgyori VTK.

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