Birth date 9 Feb 1931 (88 years)
Nationality Czech Republic Czech Republic
Position Midfielder
Team history
K.V.V. Crossing Elewijt 1968 - 1970
Prague Dukla 1952 - 1968
ZSJ Technomat Teplice 1950 - 1952

Josef Masopust is a former Czechoslavakian international football player who used to play as a midfielder. He was named the European Footballer of the Year in 1962 and was selected as the Golden Player of the Czech Republic by the Football Association of the Czech Republic.

Josef Masopust featured for his nation at the 1962 FIFA World Cup and played in the final too, which they lost to Brazil. He actually scored in the final against the South American powerhouse.

Masopust featured in 63 international matches for Brazil and scored 10 goals. He also featured at the 1958 World Cup finals.

Josef Masopust actually started his club football career at lowly Most but made his top flight debut for FC Teplice as a 19-year old left-half. In 1952 he was signed by Dukla Prague and won 8 league championships with them.

In 1968 he moved to Belgian club Crossing Molenbeek and won them promotion to the first division as the club’s player-coach.

Masopust has been named by Pele as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers in March 2004.

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