Former team-mate reports Puskas health improving

September 14, 2006

BUDAPEST, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Soccer great Ferenc Puskas's health is improving after being taken into intensive care this week, fellow member of Hungary's 'Golden Team' Jeno Buzanszky was quoted as saying on Thursday.

Puskas, 79, has been in hospital with an Alzheimer-like disease for six years, and went into intensive care earlier this week, according to state news agency MTI on Wednesday.

'Based on my personal experience and information from the hospital, I think that although Ocsi's (Puskas) condition is serious, there is no reason to worry,' Buzanszky told MTI on Thursday, saying he had talked to a senior nurse.

Puskas, known in Hungary as Ocsi Bacsi, or our little brother, notched 83 goals in 84 appearances for his country and famously scored four goals in Real Madrid's 7-3 demolition of Eintracht Frankfurt in the 1960 European Cup final.