Country: Hungary City: Felcsut
Founded: 2007 Colors: Blue and white
Puskas Akademia FC is a fairly new team with very little history. It was started as an academy team for Videoton. Puskas Akademia FC has spent three of it’s nine seasons in existence playing in the Nemzeti Bajnokság I, Hungary’s top-flight professional league. It has never finished above tenth. They were relegated following the 2015-2016 season. Probably the most famous Puskas Akademia FC player is Werder Bremen‘s László Kleinheisler. He is part of Hungary’s Euro 2016 team.
While the team may still be in its infancy, the man, Ferenc Puskas, is an absolute legend of the game. Easily one of the best players and scorers of all time. Puskas, a striker, was part of the Mighty Magyars that won the gold medal at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki and were runners-up to West Germany at the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland. Puskas had 85 caps for Hungary scoring 84 goals.
Puskas started his career at Budapest Honved FC. In twelve seasons with Honved he scored 352 goals, won five titles, and was the top scorer in Hungary four times. During Honved’s 1956 European Cup campaign, the Hungarian revolution broke out and the players refused to immediately return home. Eventually some of the players returned to Hungary, but Puskas declined and in 1958 he signed with Real Madrid. In eight seasons with Real Madrid he scored 225 goals, won five Spanish titles, three European Cups, an Intercontinental Cup, and was the top scorer (Pichichi) in Spain four times.
Pele named him to his FIFA 100. Puskas was also named the #6 best player in the world and the #4 best European player of the 20th century. While not very successful as a manager, Puskas was able to win two titles in Greece with Panathinaikos, a Paraguayan title with Sol de America, and an Australian title with South Melbourne Hellas.
Puskas died in 2006 of pneumonia. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2000.