Josef Masopust
09.02.1931 - 29.06.2015
Nationality: Czech Republic
Stature: 174 см
Position: halfback

1950 - 1952Czechoslovakia CzechoslovakiaZSJ Technomat Teplice 5410
1952 - 1968Czechoslovakia CzechoslovakiaDukla (Prague)36679
1968 - 1970Belgium BelgiumCrossing Molenbeek6829
All:Gols in match: 0.24488118
Years performancesNational teamGamesGols
1954 - 1966Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia6310
All:Gols in match: 0.166310

Josef Masopust was born on February 9, 1931 in the village of Strymlitz, in the mining district near Teplice. You can’t find the native village on the map anymore - in the early 60s, a new coal mine was made in its place. His father was a miner, fed his wife and 6 of his children. As a child, Masopust was busy grazing cows and goats for the whole village, in his spare time he always played football. During the liberation of Czechoslovakia by the Soviet army, a large part of Střimice was destroyed. And because the family was forced to move to the nearest city Most. Soon Josef began to play for the local club "Banik".

Yosef, who was at the zenith of glory, tried as best he could to save his countrymen from forced eviction, but the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union explained to him in a convincing way - this is necessary for building socialism. With this then argue was not accepted.

In Teplice Masopust began his career, going beyond the main part of the local club of the first league Vodotehn in 16 years. In the first game for Teplice against the Victoria Zizkov club, Masopust scored a goal, and his club won 4-0. There he showed himself well and began to be called up for the junior national team of Czechoslovakia, which performed under the name "Lvichvat". Then, however, football at this level in Czechoslovakia was indeed an amateur, and if it were not for the parental assistance to the eldest of 6 children, there would have been no Pepe Masopust. Anyway, famous.

Just in the same years, the all-powerful defense minister, Aleksey Chepichka, set a subordinate task for the subordinates - to create a powerful army club. The methods are the same everywhere in the socialist camp - to recruit all the strongest in the army. There was a discrepancy with Masopust - the eldest son from the mining family could not be called up for military service, but he didn’t want to leave his native land. Had to take an unprecedented step - assign the rank of second lieutenant to a non-serving young man and put a salary of 12 thousand crowns per month. So many miners received in 2 months. The family did not give up such an offer to Masopust.

“Dukla” in fact quickly became the strongest club of Czechoslovakia, in which the coach Karel Kolsky played a huge role. One of the best Czech coaches of all time used a close to modern scheme with two opornikami - Masopust and Pluskalom, although formally Masopust was considered left-wing insider. In the national team, two Yan were added to the strike fist - Lala and Slovak Poplukhar, which made the opponents completely unbearable. At the same time, Masopust could also work out in defense, and directly threaten the opponents' goal, using firm dribbling, dubbed Masopust's “slalom” in the Czech Republic. With Dukla, he won the national championship 8 times and rose to lieutenant colonel.


The first international recognition came to him after a tour of Dukla in Central America. In addition to meetings with Mexican clubs, “Dukla” issued a beautiful match with the Brazilian “Santos.” The presence of Pele and Masopust made this game a kind of rehearsal for the World Cup final 62. The Czechs won 4:3, Masopust scored two goals in that game. Chilean World Cup became the highest point in the career of the Czech national team. Only the Czechs were able to resist in the group tournament against the Brazilians and deservedly reached the final.

Like every boy, I dreamed of playing in the World Cup final. I also dreamed of winning it.

In Soviet football historiography, it was decided to be proud of the highest achievement of the national school of judges - Latyshev's "golden whistle" for judging the final of the World Cup 62. There is really nothing to be proud of, at first Zito's goal was credited, which in the course of the moment played up his hand and then did not put a penalty in the Brazilians' goal. Masopust was furious, said publicly that Latyshev "misunderstood the tasks of socialism." But the Soviet embassy had to take care to replace the air tickets for the judge - to fly according to plan, along with the Czechs, to Prague and there it was impossible to change to the Moscow flight. Brazilian players became champions, defeating Czechoslovakia with a score of 3–1. Czechs still believe that they could have won the final, if the judge had not killed. Among the European teams, Czechoslovakia was really the strongest that year, and the Golden Ball obviously went to its leader. After that, the Czechs recognized all over the world, regularly invited to the national teams of the world and to other celebrations. What did it mean for him to get a golden ball in 1962:

I understand that first of all I should be grateful to my partners in Prague "Dukle" and the national team. “Dukla” won at that moment several champions at a stretch, and in 1962 in Chile, the team reached the final. I received the Golden Ball.
Josef Masopust 1962
Congratulations from Eusebio (1962)

Masopust was not only a playmaker, but also was a goal assist. His trump card was a great dribble. In the same way, as well as the speed, allowing to leave opponents behind the back.

I can go left, then right, I do not care what foot to handle the ball.

Fans even came up with the term for solo passages in his performance, calling them - "Masopust slalom".

World team 1963
World team match against England, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of English football. Bottom row from left to right: Raymond Kopa, Denis Low, Alfredo Di Stefano (k), Eusebio, Francisco Gento.
Top row from left to right: Ferenc Puskas, Jalma Santos, Svatopluk Pluskal, Lev Yashin, Ladislav Novak, Karl-Heinz Schnellinger, Milutin Soskic, Josef Masopust, Luis Eisagirir and James Baxter, Uwe Seeler.

It is difficult to say how his fate would have happened if he had appeared in Prague in August 68th. On the one hand, in public he always differed with the correct communist ideology, on the other hand, he could to speak out against the Soviet tanks inappropriately and be out of the game for a long time. But Masopust went to the West two months earlier, and quite legally - he was a playing coach for the Belgian Molenbek.

Even in Belgium, Masopust did not allow any anti-Soviet statements, did not give in to journalists' provocative questions, and after successfully completing the contract until 1970, he returned home with honor.


There he was in 1973-76. entrusted to train "Dukla," and the coach from Masopust turned out to be quite good, having accepted in 1976 "Zbroivku from Brno," two years later brought her into the champions. The best footballer in the history of the Czech Republic (he won the corresponding prize for the 50th anniversary of UEFA in 2003) led the Czechoslovak national team in the qualifying tournament for the 1986 World Cup. But the invitation of the legend to the tutor's post ended in failure: in the group with the national teams of Germany, Portugal, Sweden and Malta, his team took only the penultimate place, ahead of only the “dwarf” islanders. Masopust also lost with the team in the selection of Euro 1988, the national team of Denmark, after which he left to raise football in exotic Indonesia and disappeared from football fans for a long time.

Josef Masopust 1984
Beckenbauer and Masopust before the match Germany - Czechoslovakia (1984)

In 1991, he became one of the inspectors of the Czech championship, but he could not work for a long time - and his health began to fail, and morals in the new championship were completely rotten.

They say that for signing the protocol of the next “contract”, he was offered 5,000 Deutschmarks. "What do you mean, I'm Masopust!" - "Therefore, 5000, the others would have three." After this dialogue Masopust left football forever.


Masopust was born in the north of Bohemia, in the village in Kritmitsa, which has already ceased to exist. In the early 1990s, the team was renamed Pribram and left the famous Julishka Stadium, which had been her home for many years. Since 1993, Czechoslovakia ceased to exist. “There’s nothing left of my time,” said Masopust. He must be right. Although... The Golden Ball was on the shelf of his modest Prague apartment.

Legendary Czech footballer, winner of the Golden Ball in 1962, Josef Masopust, died at the age of 84 years. He died after a long illness.

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Award nameYearAmount
1 Golden Ball 1962 1
2 Soccer player of the year in Czechoslovakia 1966 1
3 The best footballer of the Czech Republic for the period 1954-2003 (Jubilee prize to the 50th anniversary of UEFA) 2004

Club "Dukla (Prague)"
Award nameYearAmount
1 Champion of Czechoslovakia 1953, 1956, 1958, 1961 - 1964, 1966 8
2 Czechoslovak Cup 1961, 1965, 1966 3