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dr. Tünde Szabó
Secretary of State for Sport

Dear Sports Enthusiasts,

I am delighted to welcome you to the 11th Puskás Suzuki Cup.

’Ferenc Puskás was a genius on the pitch, but he could still remain a human being,’ the often quoted sentence says. The Puskás Suzuki Cup is driven by this mentality and this is the message we would like to hand on to today’s young generation. Quoting Puskás Öcsi himself: ‘Teach them kids to play football!’. We cannot help agreeing with these words believing that football helps us master the knowledge necessary for our lives as it teaches you how to overcome others and how to accept defeat with our heads high.

The international under-17 tournament has grown into one of the most prestigious youth events in Europe, and we are proud this Hungarian competition is now attracting youngsters from overseas as well. This year’s tournament will see the clash of sports cultures and we fervently hope that this experience will be an experience of a lifetime for the boys.

We are sure that the flame of enthusiasm and devotion to sport will be burning in the hearts of the players of these eight excellent youth teams from the very first whistle until the final one.

I congratulate the organisers and hope that we will witness a lot of exciting games in Pancho Arena, one of the most beautiful stadiums in Europe.



Ferenc Puskás’s legacy is not easy to record. The Galloping Major is still an icon of world football despite the fact that he passed away ten years ago. It is no overstatement to claim that even the greatest footballers did not have such an impact on the beautiful game as he did. As a player, Puskás was the ‘top product’ of the Hungarian footballing tradition – he was simply perfect. He embodied everything that made our football so popular at its highest: virtuosic technique, lightning-fast judgement and, resulting from these, cheek in its very best sense.

‘When I utter Pancho’s name, I stand up because I had not seen a player who arrived as a midfielder and later became a forward. Alfredo Di Stefano was good in many positions, but there has been no such a quality player with a left foot like Puskás,’ ex-Real Madrid teammate, Amancio Amaro claimed. Still, all this would not be sufficient to rank the legendary No. 10 among the greatest – it was his personal qualities that made him the best of the best.

Puskás was the prophet of perfection not only as a player but also as a coach. During his time with Panathinaikos he made an impact on Greek football which was not simply rare; it was irreproducible. He was considered the apostle of integrity, fairness, wisdom and – last but not least – wit. He is still called ‘the Great’, which the Greek use for their national heroes such as Alexander the Great and Constantine the Great. Hearing his name, his ex-fitness coach, Giannis Koutousis exclaimed: ‘O Anthropos!’ – The Man.

A host of memories, praise, many anecdotes indicate what Ferenc Puskás means to Hungary and the world. The Puskás Institute recently came into possession of the stopwatch he used during his time in Greece. It still works and so does his magic.


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Legfrissebb eredmények

Puskás Ferenc Labdarúgó Akadémia U16 - MTK Budapest  1-3
Airnergy FC-BMTE - Puskás Ferenc Labdarúgó Akadémia U16 (leány)  3-3
Pénzügyőr SE - Puskás Akadémia FC II  3-3
Mány - Puskás Akadémia III (megye II. osztály)  3-0
Puskás Ferenc Labdarúgó Akadémia U17 - MTK Budapest  2-0
FTC - Puskás Ferenc Labdarúgó Akadémia U15  3-3
Siófoki Bányász SE - Puskás Ferenc Labdarúgó Akadémia U13  0-7
Siófoki Bányász SE - Puskás Ferenc Labdarúgó Akadémia U12  0-6
Gyirmót SE Győr - Puskás Ferenc Labdarúgó Akadémia U19 (leány)  0-2
Puskás Akadémia FC - MTK Budapest  3-2