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Josef Masopust

Josef Masopust
Date of birth (1931-02-09) 9 February 1931 (age 85)
Place of birthStřimice, Czechoslovakia
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Playing positionBox-To-Box Midfielder
Youth career
1945–1950ZSJ Uhlomost Most
Senior career*
1950–1952ZSJ Technomat Teplice
1952–1968Dukla Prague386(79)
1968–1970Crossing Molenbeek
National team
Teams managed
1973–1976Dukla Prague
1976–1980Zbrojovka Brno
1988–1991Indonesia Junior team
1992Zbrojovka Brno
1993–1996FK Pelikán Děčín
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Signature of Josef Masopust (2011)
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Josef Masopust (in the centre) with Zdeněk Nehoda and Ivo Viktor (right) in 1974

Josef Masopust (born 9 February 1931) is a Czech former football player and coach. He was named European Footballer of the Year in 1962. In November 2003, to celebrate UEFA's Jubilee, he was selected as the Golden Player of the Czech Republic by the Football Association of the Czech Republic as their most outstanding player of the past 50 years. He played as midfielder and was an indispensable player for Czechoslovakia.[1] He capped 63 times, scoring 10 goals for his country.[2]

He was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers in March 2004.


In 1962, Masopust led the Czechoslovakia team that reached the 1962 FIFA World Cup final, losing to Brazil. He scored the opening goal in the Final and Czechoslovakia took the lead, Brazil however came back to win 3-1.[3] Because of his performance at the World Cup Finals, he was named European Footballer of the Year in 1962. Overall, he was capped 63 times for his country, scoring ten goals (he also played in the 1958 FIFA World Cup). In Europe, he took Czechoslovakia to third place at the 1960 UEFA European Football Championship.

Masopust's first club was lowly ZSJ Uhlomost Most, but ZSJ Technomat Teplice (renamed to ZSJ Vodotechna Teplice in 1951) signed him as a 19-year-old left-half and gave him his top-flight debut. Then, in 1952, he joined a Czechoslovak Armed Forces football club under name of ATK Praha (renamed to ÚDA Praha in 1953 and to Dukla Prague in Winter 1956). They won eight league championships. When he eventually went abroad in 1968, he helped Crossing Molenbeek win promotion to the Belgian first division as player-coach. His coaching career continued at Dukla, yet his greatest achievement on the bench was winning the Czechoslovak league with Zbrojovka Brno in 1978.[3] Later, in 1984-88, he led the Czechoslovakian national football team before a spell in Indonesia where coached their national football junior team between 1988 and 1991.

Playing ability

Masopust was in a similar mould to that of the Magyar Bozsik; a workhorse of a team, who toiled away in obscurity crafting and building fresh attacks for the front line. Masopust though was not devoid of technical abilities and could 'play the violin and do the dishes'. He Possessed exemplary ball control, his transmission with ball on foot through the field was clinical, which he utilized for both; basic work, from the recovery of the ball in defense, to driving menacingly through the opposition in what was termed 'Masopust's slalom'. During these solo runs Masopust would seamlessly switch between both feet, easily jinking to the left and right but always moving forward.

Like Bozsik, Masopust as well was a marvellous passer, and was able to pick out teammates with both strength and precision. The only flaw in his capabilities came from his physical weakness due to his medium build, but he made up for this deficit with massive reserves of stamina and pace, allowing him to be a tireless engine in the centre of the field.

Shackled by Czechoslovakia's 'no-risk' style philosophy, Masopust's natural inclination for attack was limited, yet he still managed 10 goals in 63 caps for his country. At club level he scored 79 times in 386 appearances for Dukla Praha.

Career statistics

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 10 May 1956 Charmilles Stadium, Geneva, Switzerland 23x16px  Switzerland 1-6 Win International Cup
2. 8 August 1956 Estádio do Pacaembu, São Paulo, Brazil 23x15px Brazil 4-1 Lost Friendly
3. 30 August 1958 Strahov Stadium, Prague, Czechoslovakia 23x15px Soviet Union 2-2 Draw Friendly
4. 13 December 1958 Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Genova, Italy 23x15px Italy 1-1 Draw International Cup
5. 1 May 1960 Strahov Stadium, Prague, Czechoslovakia 23x15px Austria 4-0 Win Friendly
6. 22 May 1960 Stadionul 23 August, Bucharest, Romania 23x15px Romania 0-2 Win EURO 1960
7. 29 October 1961 Strahov Stadium, Prague, Czechoslovakia
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8. 17 June 1962 Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile 23x15px Brazil 3-1 Lost 1962 FIFA World Cup
9. 16 September 1962 Praterstadion, Vienna, Austria 23x15px Austria 0-6 Win Friendly
10. 16 September 1962 Praterstadion, Vienna, Austria 23x15px Austria 0-6 Win Friendly

National team statistics


Czechoslovakia national team
Year Apps Goals
1954 1 0
1955 0 0
1956 10 2
1957 6 0
1958 10 2
1959 2 0
1960 6 2
1961 7 1
1962 11 3
1963 4 0
1964 4 0
1965 1 0
1966 1 0
Total 63 10

External links


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  3. ^ a b Johnstone, Chris (1 February 2011). "Football star Josef Masopust and his army team". Radio Prague. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
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