Czech football great Josef Masopust passes away

He led his national side to the final of the World Cup in 1962 against Brazil

Prague: Czech football great Josef Masopust, who led the national side to the final of the 1962 World Cup, has died aged 84. The Club of Josef Masopust's Friends, the organization that takes care of his legacy, says he died in his home Monday. No cause of death has been given.

Masopust is best remembered for the opening goal in the 1962 World Cup final in Chile against the heavy favorite Brazil. Brazil won 3-1.

The same year, Masopust became the first Czech to win the award for the best footballer in Europe.

The creative playmaker was also on the Czech team that finished third at the European Championship in 1960. Masopust, who made 63 international appearances, was named the best Czech footballer of the century in 2000.

( Source : AP )
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