Josef Masopust

1931 - 2015

Photo of Josef Masopust

Icon of person Josef Masopust

Josef Masopust (9 February 1931 – 29 June 2015) was a Czech football player and coach. He played as midfielder and was a key player for Czechoslovakia, helping them reach the 1962 FIFA World Cup Final. He was capped 63 times, scoring ten goals for his country.He was named European Footballer of the Year in 1962. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Josef Masopust has received more than 267,723 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). Josef Masopust is the 37th most popular soccer player (down from 35th in 2019), the 43rd most popular biography from Czechia (down from 15th in 2019) and the most popular Czech Soccer Player.

Josef Masopust is most famous for being the captain of the Czechoslovakian National Team that won the 1962 FIFA World Cup.

Memorability Metrics

  • 270k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 74.70

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 45

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 11.82

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.26

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of Josef Masopusts by language


Among soccer players, Josef Masopust ranks 37 out of 16,923Before him are Francisco Gento, Rivellino, Carlos Alberto Torres, Lionel Messi, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, and Lothar Matthäus. After him are Ruud Gullit, Ricardo Zamora, Paolo Maldini, Uwe Seeler, Bobby Charlton, and Ronaldinho.

Most Popular Soccer Players in Wikipedia

Go to all Rankings


Among people born in 1931, Josef Masopust ranks 23Before him are Anatoly Dyatlov, Mário Zagallo, Raymond Kopa, Lucia Bosè, Thomas Bernhard, and Leonard Nimoy. After him are D. B. Cooper, Jim Jones, Guy Debord, Desmond Tutu, João Gilberto, and Roger Penrose. Among people deceased in 2015, Josef Masopust ranks 18Before him are Anita Ekberg, Henning Mankell, Süleyman Demirel, Helmut Schmidt, Lemmy, and Leonard Nimoy. After him are Kim Young-sam, Maya Plisetskaya, Kenan Evren, Ulrich Beck, Otto Carius, and Richard von Weizsäcker.

Others Born in 1931

Go to all Rankings

Others Deceased in 2015

Go to all Rankings

In Czechia

Among people born in Czechia, Josef Masopust ranks 43 out of 839Before him are Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia (907), Jan Palach (1948), Klement Gottwald (1896), Ottokar II of Bohemia (1233), Wenceslaus III of Bohemia (1289), and Bernard Bolzano (1781). After him are Václav Klaus (1941), Wenceslaus II of Bohemia (1271), Milena Jesenská (1896), Anton Raphael Mengs (1728), Karel Gott (1939), and Emil Hácha (1872).


Among soccer players born in Czechia, Josef Masopust ranks 1After him are Antonín Panenka (1948), Matthias Sindelar (1903), Oldřich Nejedlý (1909), Pavel Nedvěd (1972), František Plánička (1904), Sigfried Held (1942), Antonín Puč (1907), Ivo Viktor (1942), Jan Koller (1973), Petr Čech (1982), and Zdeněk Zeman (1947).