At the 1924 Olympics, Eisenhoffer was a starting forward for the Hungarian Olympic soccer team during the single elimination tournament. In a 5-0 victory over Poland in the first round, Eisenhoffer scored Hungary's final goal of the game. In the next round, however, the powerful Hungarian squad was held scoreless and lost to Egypt, 3-0.
According to Andrew Handler in From the Ghetto to the Games: Jewish Athletes in Hungary, Eisenhoffer was a convert to Judaism. An outstanding goal scorer, he was considered a dynamic player with great explosiveness on the offensive end of the field. During his terrific career, Eisenhoffer played in only eight international games, but scored an amazing seven goals. A member of club teams Kispest and FTC in Hungary's top league, Eisenhoffer scored 25 goals in only 29 games for FTC in 1923-24. He was later a member of the famed Jewish club, Hakoah-Vienna.
After touring the United States with Hakoah in 1926, Eisenhoffer remained in the U.S. to play in the ASL (American Soccer League) for the Brooklyn Wanderers (owned by Nat Agar). One of the top scorers in the league during his five-year ASL career, Eisenhoffer finished with 51 goals in 161 career games. After playing in the U.S., Eisenhoffer continued his professional soccer career in France. In the 1930s, he played with Olympique Marseille in the French League and appeared in the French Cup Finals in 1934 and 1935.
Birth and Death Dates:
b. 1900 - d. unknown
Use links below to navigate through the olympics section of Jews In Sports.
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)
The American Soccer League, 1921-1931: The Golden Years of American Soccer, by Colin Jose (Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1998)