Manchester Football Writing Festival: Puskás – The World’s Greatest Goalscorer Calendar

2 September 2015 - 2 September 2015

As the National Football Museum unveils a major display of objects loaned from the Puskás Institute, join us for an examination why Hungary's most famous export is arguably the world's greatest goalscorer.

Co-founder of the Puskás Institute and of the FIFA Puskás Award, György Szöllősi will be discussing the release of his book Puskás, dissecting the incredible story of the player who had 'two careers'.

Part of the 'Magical Magyars', Puskás humbled England in two games in the early 50s, and was player of the tournament at the 1954 World Cup. Puskás chose to go into exile after the Hungarian Uprising of 1957, and was 31 by the time he was able to join Real Madrid following a FIFA ban for refusing to return to Budapest.

This second career saw Puskás become Spanish champion five times, be the league's top goalscorer four times, and win three European Cups. In total he scored 616 goals in 620 career games.

With the English-language release of this book featuring a foreward by Sir Alex Ferguson, and the first display of the Puskás Institiute's collection in the UK, this is the perfect time for football fans to remind themselves of a footballing superstar who straddled two glorious eras.

More expert guests and speakers will be announced shortly.

To book tickets for this event (£10), or find out more about the full festival programme, including events here, at Waterstones Deansgate and at Manchester Cathedral, visit