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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 1956, 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.
Joining György for the discussion, and sharing their own memories of the great player, will be the PFA's Gordon Taylor, and former Blackpool and England great Jimmy Armfield, who witnessed the Magical Magyars first hand as a young player on the threshold of the England side.
When & Where
Manchester Football Writing Festival
The Manchester Football Writing Festival, in association with Waterstones Manchester Deansgate, the National Football Museum and Hotel Football is back for its' third season!
National Football Museum, Waterstones Manchester Deansgate and this year Hotel Football will play host to some of the beautiful game's most outspoken, informed and entertaining voices between 1-8 September 2016.
The Guardian Football Weekly Live takes place at the RNCM on 2 September and is set to be a festival highlight again, plus McrFWF stalwarts The Blizzard return for another round at the National Football Museum. The team behind OPTA will be revealing how data is changing football and how they have become one of social media's most distinctive voices over at Hotel Football. On the festival's final night we're delighted to host a panel from Women In Football, offering tips and insight for how to get ahead in football journalism.
Across the festival names including Henry Winter, Oliver Kay, Rory Smith, Jacqui Oatley, Caroline Barker, James Richardson and many more will be sharing insight, opinion and indulging in 8 nights of wide-ranging, intelligent, sometimes controversial and always entertaining conversation.