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The native form of this personal name is Hidegkuti Nándor. This article uses the Western name order.
Nándor Hidegkuti
Personal information
Full name Nándor Hidegkuti
Date of birth March 3, 1922(1922-03-03)
Place of birth    Budapest, Hungary
Date of death    February 14, 2002 (aged 79)
Place of death    Budapest, Hungary
Playing position Forward
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
MTK Hungária
Budapesti Textiles SE
Budapesti Bástya SE
Vörös Lobogó SE
MTK Hungária
Career Total
053 (27)
110 (73)
030 (23)
051 (49)
092 (65)
031 (16)
National team
1945–1958 Hungary 069 (39)
Teams managed
MTK Hungária FC
ACF Fiorentina
A.C. Mantova
Győri ETO FC
FC Tatabánya
MTK Hungária FC
Budapest Spartacus
Stal Rzeszów
Egri Dózsa

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

Nándor Hidegkuti (March 3, 1922 – February 14, 2002) was a Hungarian football player and manager. He played as a forward and spent the majority of his playing career at MTK Hungária FC. During the 1950s he was also a prominent member of the legendary Hungary team known as the Golden Team. Other members of the team included Ferenc Puskás, Zoltán Czibor, Sándor Kocsis and József Bozsik. In 1953, playing as a deep lying centre-forward, he scored a hat-trick for Hungary when they beat England 6-3 at Wembley Stadium. Playing from deep, Hidegkuti was able to distribute the ball to the other four attackers and cause considerable confusion in the English defence. This was an innovation at the time and revolutionised the way the game was played. This is now known as SS or Second Striker with players such as Francesco Totti and Wayne Rooney playing there today.

As a manager Hidegkuti coached clubs in Hungary, Italy, Poland and Egypt. In 1961 he guided ACF Fiorentina to victory in the first ever European Cup Winners' Cup, beating Rangers 4-1 on aggregate in the final. With Győri ETO FC he won the Hungarian League in 1963 and then took them to the semi-final of the European Cup in 1965 where they lost to eventual runners-up, S.L. Benfica.

In Egypt, Hidegkuti coached Egyptian giants, Al Ahly. He introduced a then revolutionary 5-3-2 formation that included a sweeping defender behind the two center backs. His team was known as the schoolboys, a team of young players learning from the legendary coach. The team ended up becoming one of Ahly's golden generations and are still remembered today for their innovative game plan, wins and trophies.

Hidegkuti died on February 14, 2002 after suffering from heart and lung problems for some time before his death. MTK Hungária FC renamed their stadium, Hidegkuti Nándor Stadium in his honour.



MTK Hungária FC

Hidegkuti began playing for MTK in 1947. In 1949 when Hungary became a communist state, MTK were taken over by the secret police, the ÁVH and subsequently the club their name several times. Initially they became Textiles SE, then Bástya SE, then Vörös Lobogó SE and then finally back to MTK. Despite this turmoil, the 1950s proved a successful era for club and it was while at MTK that Hidegkuti, together with Péter Palotás and coach Márton Bukovi, pioneered the deep lying centre-forward position. With a team that also included Mihály Lantos and József Zakariás, MTK and Hidegkuti won three Hungarian League titles, a Hungarian Cup and a Mitropa Cup. In 1955, as Vörös Lobogó SE, they also played in the first ever European Cup. Hidegkuti scored twice as they beat RSC Anderlecht 10-4 on aggregate in the first round. After retiring as a player, Hidegkuti also had two spells as a coach at MTK.

Hungarian International

Between 1945 and 1958, Hidegkuti won 69 caps and scored 39 goals for Hungary. He scored twice on his debut on September 30, 1945 in a 7-2 win against Romania. Two years later, on August 17, 1947, he made his second international appearance and scored a hat-trick against Bulgaria. On November 18, 1951 he scored another hat trick against Finland.

Although team mates at MTK, Hidegkuti and Péter Palotás were rivals for a place in the national side. Despite scoring in the semi-final against Sweden and helping Hungary become Olympic Champions in 1952, Hidegkuti did not establish himself as first choice in team until later in that year. On September 19, 1952 in a Central European International Cup game against Switzerland, with Hungary 2-0 down after half an hour, he replaced Palotás. Inspired by Hidegkuti, Hungary were level at half time and eventually won 4-2. On May 17, 1953 he then helped Hungary clinch the Central European title when he scored in a 3-0 win against Italy at the Stadio Olimpico.

However it was the game against England on November 23, 1953 that sealed Hidegkuti’s legendary status. After just forty-five seconds József Bozsik laid on a chance for Hidegkuti, who fire home from the edge of the box. Although England equalised, Hidegkuti then restored the lead when he added a second from a flick on from Sándor Kocsis. He completed his hat-trick in the second half and sealed a 6-3 win for Hungary when he volleyed home a cross from Ferenc Puskás.[1] Hidegkuti scored again against England in the 7-1 win in Budapest on May 23, 1954 and went onto to score a further four goals during the 1954 World Cup.


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



MTK/Textiles/Bástya/Vörös Lobogó


ACF Fiorentina

Győri ETO FC



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

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Preceded by
Cup Winners' Cup Winning Coach
Succeeded by
José Villalonga


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