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Josef Masopust
Personal information
Date of birth 9 February 1931 (1931-02-09) (age 78)
Place of birth Most, Czechoslovakia
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1945–1950 Banik Most
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1950–1952 Vodotechna Teplice
1952–1968 Dukla Prague
1968–1970 Crossing Molenbeek
National team
1954–1966 Czechoslovakia 063 0(10)
Teams managed
1973–1976 Dukla Prague
1976–1980 Zbrojovka Brno
1980–1984 Hasselt
1984–1987 Czechoslovakia
1988–1991 Indonesia Olympic team
1992 Zbrojovka Brno
1993–1996 Diecin
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Josef Masopust (born February 9, 1931 in Most) is a Czechoslovakian 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]

In 1962, Masopust led the Czechoslovakia team that reached the 1962 FIFA World Cup final, losing to Brazil. He scored in the Final and Czechoslovakia took the lead, Brazil however came back to win 3-1. 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 Most, but FK Teplice signed him as a 19-year-old left-half and gave him his top-flight debut. Then, in 1952, he joined Dukla Prague. 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 Czech league with Zbrojovka Brno in 1978. Later, in the 1980s, he led the Czechoslovakian national football team before a spell in Indonesia.

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

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Simple English

Josef Masopust
Personal information
Full name Josef Masopust
Date of birth 9 February 1931 (1931-02-09) (age 80)
Place of birth    Most, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1950-1952
1952-1968
1968-1970
Vodotechna Teplice
Dukla Prague
Crossing Molenbeek
National team
1954-1966 Czechoslovakia
Teams managed
1973-1976
1976-1980
1980-1984
1984-1987
1988-1991
1992
1993-1996
Dukla Prague
Zbrojovka Brno
Hasselt
Czechoslovakia
Indonesia U-23
Zbrojovka Brno
Diecin

Josef Masopust (born 9 February 1931) is a former Czech football player. He has played for Czechoslovakia national team.

International career statistics

[1]

Czechoslovakia national team
YearAppsGoals
195410
195500
1956102
195760
1958102
195920
196062
196171
1962113
196340
196440
196510
196610
Total6310

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