Ferenc Bene

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Ferenc Bene
Personal information
Date of birth(1944-12-17)17 December 1944
Place of birth Balatonújlak, Hungary
Date of death 27 February 2006(2006-02-27) (aged 61)
Place of death Budapest, Hungary
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Position(s) Striker
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1961–1978 Újpesti Dózsa 417 (303)
National team
1962–1979 Hungary 76 (36)
Teams managed
1992–1993 Újpesti TE
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ferenc Bene (17 December 1944 – 27 February 2006) was a Hungarian football player of Újpesti Dózsa, who was a member of the team that won the gold medal at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. A striker, he was the top scorer of the tournament (12 goals in 5 matches).

Bene was born in Balatonújlak. He played his first international match against Yugoslavia on 14 October 1962, and his last against Czechoslovakia on 12 September 1979. He obtained 76 caps and scored 36 goals. He was bronze medallist at the European Championship of 1964, and a quarter-finalist at the World Cup of 1966 (at the latter event he was the top scorer of the Hungarian national team). Bene was named Hungarian Footballer of the Year in 1964 and 1969. He died in Budapest, after a lengthy treatment following a fall at the end of 2005. His son Ferenc Bene jr. is also a former player, currently working as a coach.

He played for the following teams:

Career statistics

Club performanceLeagueCupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeagueAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
HungaryLeague Hungarian Cup League Cup Europe Total
1961–62 Újpesti Dózsa National Championship I 226
1962–63 2623
1963 136
1964 2620
1965 2520
1966 2624
1967 3022
1968 2622
1969 2927
1970 00
1970–71 4434
1971–72 3029
1972–73 3023
1973–74 2914
1974–75 2820
1975–76 187
1976–77 124
1977–78 32
TotalHungary417303
Career total417303


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