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Josef Bican

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Full nameJosef Bican
Date of birth25 September 1913
Place of birthVienna, Austria-Hungary
Date of death12 December 2001(age 88)
Place of deathPrague, Czech Republic
Playing positionStriker

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Josef "Pepi" Bican (25 September 1913 - 12 December 2001) was a Czech-Austrian football forward. It is estimated by respected footballing statistics page RSSSF that Bican scored around 800 goals in all competitive matches, not including friendly games. This would make him the all-time most prolific scorer in football history known to date.

He was a member of the Austrian Wunderteam of the 1930s and was the season's highest scorer in the whole of Europe on five separate occasions. Bican had the ability to play with both feet, he also had considerable pace and was able to run 100 metres in 10.8 seconds, which was as fast as many sprinters of the time. The IFFHS awarded Bican the "Golden Ball" as the greatest goalscorer of the last century.

In the domestic leagues, Bican scored an incredible 607 goals in 406 games.

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