Josef Masopust was a professional golfer and team manager. In 1962, he was awarded the Ballon d’Or, while playing for Dukla Prague. In the same year, he was named to the FIFA World Cup All-Star Team. In 2004, he was named to the FIFA 100 list.
Player Profile, Personal Life, and Youth Career
Josef Masopust was born on February 9, 1931 in Střimice, Czechoslovakia. He stands 177 cm tall. He started his youth career in 1945, playing for the ZSJ Uhlomost Most.
In June 2011, a statue in his honor was erected outside Stadion Juliska. He died on June 29, 2015, he was 84 at the time. TV networks reported that the football star had been battling an illness for a long time.
He turned pro with ZSJ, signing with them in 1950 and playing with the team for two seasons, appearing 52 times. In 1952, he signed up with his most significant club, Dukla Prague. He was with Dukla from 1952 to 1968.
While there, he helped the tea, win Czechoslovak First League and Czechoslovak Cup titles. In total, he appeared 386 times for Dukla. After his career with the team, he signed with Crossing Molenbeek.
Concurrent with his club career, Masopust also played for the Czechoslovakia National Football Team. In 1962, he was instrumental in helping them reach the finals of the FIFA World Cup. For his efforts that year, he was awarded the Ballon d’Or.
- Czechoslovak First League - 1953,1956, 1957–58, 1960–61, 1961–62,1962–63, 1963–64, 1965–66
- Czechoslovak Cup - 1960–61, 1964–65,1965–66
- International Soccer League - 1961
- American Challenge Cup - 1962, 1963,1964
- Central European International Cup -1955-60
- UEFA European Championship Bronze -1960
- FIFA World Cup Runner-up - 1962
- Ballon d’Or - 1962
- UEFA European Championship Team ofthe Tournament - 1960
- FIFA World Cup Silver Ball - 1962
- FIFA World Cup All-Star Team - 1962
- World Soccer World XI - 1962, 1964
- Czechoslovak Footballer of the Year
- UEFA Czech Golden Player - 2003
- FIFA 100 - 2004
- UEFA President’s Award – 2014
- 1954–1966 - Czechoslovakia
- 1973–1976 - Dukla Prague
- 1976–1980 - Zbrojovka Brno
- 1980–1984 - Hasselt
- 1984–1987 - Czechoslovakia
- 1988–1991 - Indonesia U19
- 1992 - Zbrojovka Brno
- 1993–1996 - FK Pelikán Děčín