Today in World Soccer History

60 years ago today in 1953, Hungary beat England 6-3 at Wembley.

England were (as per usual) considered to be one of the best teams in the world and lost only once at home (a defeat to Ireland in 1949) up until that point. Hungary were a rising power, carried by their star forward Ferenc Puskás, who had scored 59 goals in 33 national team appearances. They were also on a 24-game unbeaten streak that went all the way back to May 1950, including a win over Yugoslavia in the gold medal match at the 1952 Summer Olympics.

The match had an attendace of 105,000. England and their fans were stunned when Hungary took the lead in just the first minute with a goal from midfielder Nándor Hidegkuti. Jackie Sewell of the Three Lions equalized twelve minutes later, but Hungary pushed back ahead with another goal from Hidegkuti in the 20th minute and an impressive brace from who else but Puskás within a matter of 3 minutes (24th and 27th minutes).

The result prompted England to re-evaluate their tactics, while Hungary went on to extend their unbeaten streak to reach the final of the 1954 World Cup, where they eventually lost to West Germany.


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