Ferenc Bene

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The native form of this personal name is Bene Ferenc. This article uses the Western name order.
Ferenc Bene
Personal information
Full name Ferenc Bene
Date of birth (1944-12-17)17 December 1944
Place of birth Balatonújlak, Hungary
Date of death 27 February 2006(2006-02-27) (aged 61)
Place of death Budapest, Hungary
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1961–1978 Újpesti Dózsa 417 (303)
National team
1962–1979 Hungary 76 (36)
Teams managed
1992–1993 Újpest FC
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Olympic medal record
Men's Football
Gold 1964 Tokyo Football

Ferenc Bene (17 December 1944 – 27 February 2006) was a Hungarian football (soccer) player of Újpesti Dózsa, who was a member of the team that won the gold medal at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. He was the top scorer of the tournament (12 goals in 5 matches).

Bene was born in Balatonújlak. He played his first international match against Yugoslavia on 14 October 1962, and his last against Czechoslovakia on 12 September 1979. He obtained 76 caps and scored 36 goals. He was bronze medallist at the European Championship of 1964, and a quarter-finalist at the World Cup of 1966 (at the latter event he was the top scorer of the Hungarian national team). Bene was named Footballer of the Year in 1969. He died in Budapest, after a lengthy treatment following a fall at the end of 2005. His son Ferenc Bene jr. is also a former player, currently working as a coach

He played for the following teams:

  • Újpesti Dózsa (1961–1978)
  • Volán FC (1978–79, 1983–84)
  • Sepsi-78, Finland (1981–82)
  • Soroksári VOSE (1984)
  • Kecskeméti SC (1985)