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László Budai
Personal information
Full name László Bednarik / Budai
Date of birth July 19, 1928
Place of birth    Budapest, Hungary
Date of death    July 2, 1983 (aged 54)
Playing position Midfielder / Forward
Youth career
1942-47 BRSC
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Huttler Olaj SC
Ferencváros TC
National team
1949-59 Hungary 39 (10)
Teams managed
Kossuth KFSE

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

László Budai (July 19, 1928 – July 2, 1983), also referred to as László Bednarik, Budai László or Budai II is a former Hungarian footballer and coach. Budai was born in Budapest and played as a midfielder and forward for Ferencváros TC, Honvéd and Hungary. During the 1950s he was a member of the legendary Hungarian national team known as the Mighty Magyars. Other members of the team included Ferenc Puskás, Zoltán Czibor, Sándor Kocsis, József Bozsik and Nándor Hidegkuti. He was a winger with fiery dribbling skills and pace.



Club career

During his career, Budai won four Hungarian League titles. The first of these came at Ferencváros TC in 1949 where his team mates included Zoltán Czibor and Sándor Kocsis. In January 1949 when Hungary became a communist state, Ferencváros were deemed unsuitable to become an army or police club because of it’s right-wing and nationalist traditions. Instead they were taken over by ÉDOSZ, a food workers union and their best players, including Budai, Czibor and Kocsis, were conscripted into the army team, Honvéd. While at Honvéd, Budai won a further three league titles and the Mitropa Cup.

Hungarian International

Budai made his debut for Hungary on May 2, 1949 in a 6-1 win against Austria in the Central European Championship. He subsequently played 39 times for Hungary and scored 10 goals. Four of these goals came in a 12-0 win against Albania on September 24, 1950. As one of the legendary Mighty Magyars, he helped Hungary become Olympic Champions in 1952 and Central European Champions in 1953. He also played in the Hungary side that defeated England 6-3 at Wembley Stadium. During the 1954 FIFA World Cup he played in the group stage in the 9-0 win against South Korea and in the semi-final against Uruguay. However despite an excellent performance in the latter game, he was dropped for the final to make room for Ferenc Puskás. He was also included in the Hungary squad for the 1958 World Cup but did not play.


Olympic medal record
Competitor for  Hungary
Men's Football
Gold 1952 Helsinki Team competition


Ferencváros TC

Honvéd FC


  • Behind The Curtain - Travels in Eastern European Football: Jonathan Wilson (2006) [1]

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