Weisz, Arpad : Jews In Sports @ Virtual Museum

Weisz, Arpad

Sport:
soccer

Country Represented:
Hungary

Years Competed:
1924

Olympic Info:
An outside left (wing forward), Weisz was a member of Hungary's soccer team at the 1924 Olympics. He did not play in any matches during the single elimination tournament. Hungary defeated Poland in the first round, 5-0, but lost to Egypt in the second round, 3-0.

Career Highlights:
One of Hungary's top players in the 1920s, Weisz appeared in six games for the Hungarian National team in the early part of the decade. According to Andrew Handler in From the Ghetto to the Games, Weisz had a slight build, but used his great speed to avoid body contact with defenders and center the ball accurately. In 1923, Arpad played for the club team Torekves in the Hungarian League. After playing the 1924 season in Czechoslovakia for Makkabi Brno, Weisz played for Alessandria FC in Italy. In 1925-26, his final season as a player, Weisz played for Internazionale Milan and appeared in 10 games, scoring three goals.

After his playing career, Weisz became a famous coach throughout Europe. He remained in Italy in 1926 and was an assistant coach for Alessandria. He then coached Inter Milan from 1926-1931, including during a tour of South America in 1928-29. Weisz remained in Italy until 1937 and coached Bari FC (1931-32), returned to Inter Milan for a second time (1932-33), coached Novara in the Second Division (1934-35), and Bologna FC (1935-37). He then coached in Paris and the Netherlands. Weisz died during World War II.

Birth and Death Dates:
b. April 16, 1896 - d.. unknown

Origin:
Solt, Hungary



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References:
encyclopedia of JEWS in sports, by Bernard Postal, Jesse Silver, and Roy Silver (New York: Bloch Publishing Co., 1965)
From the Ghetto to the Games: Jewish Athletes in Hungary, by Andrew Handler (Boulder, Colorado: East European Monographs, 1985)


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