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György Sárosi

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Full nameGyörgy Sárosi
Place of birthBudapest, Hungary
Place of deathGenoa, Italy
Height1.86 m
Playing positionSecond Striker, Central Midfielder

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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 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.

In the December 1999 issue of World Soccer magazine a readers poll listing the 100 greatest football players of the 20th century was published. In which Sárosi was named 89th above the great Hungarians such as László Kubala, Imre Schlosser and Flórián Albert.

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

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

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