György Sárosi

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György Sárosi
Personal information
Full name György Sárosi
Date of birth (1912-08-05)5 August 1912
Place of birth Budapest, Hungary
Date of death 20 June 1993(1993-06-20) (aged 80)
Place of death Genoa, Italy
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Second Striker, Central Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1930–1948 Ferencvárosi TC 383 (351)
National team
1931–1943 Hungary 62 (42)
Teams managed
1948–1950 Bari
1950–1951 Lucchese
1951–1953 Juventus
1953–1955 Genoa
1955–1956 Roma
1957–1958 Bologna
1959 Roma
1960 Brescia
1962–1963 Lugano
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Dr. György Sárosi (born on 5 August 1912 as György Stefanicsics, died on 20 June 1993) was a Hungarian footballer.

Sarosi was a complete footballer renowned for his versatility and technique among other things, and he played in several positions for Ferencváros TC and Hungary. Essentially a second striker, he could also operate in midfield or central defence, and he helped Ferencváros TC win five Hungarian league titles between 1932 and 1941. He is considered one of the greatest players of the pre-war era.

He scored a goal in the 1934 FIFA World Cup, but his finest hour came when he captained Hungary to the 1938 FIFA World Cup finals, where he scored five goals in the tournament, including one in the final to reduce Italy's lead to 3-2, although a Silvio Piola goal eventually finished off the Hungarians. He finished with the bronze ball for being the third top goalscorer of the tournament.

He was named the 60th European Player of the Century in the IFFHS' Century Elections.[1]

He is also 5th in the Goalscoring for the Hungarian national team.[2]

After his retirement he moved to Italy, where he managed a number of clubs, including Genoa, Juventus, AS Bari and AS Roma. He was also manager of FC Lugano.[3] He died in 1993 aged 80.

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