Kurschner, a left halfback, was a member of the Hungarian National team in the late 1900s and early 1910s. According to Andrew Handler in From the Ghetto to the Games, Kurschner was a physically unimpressive man, but on the field was a model of reliability and simplicity. Unlike many of the flashier players in Hungary, he frustrated his opponents with his ability to position himself defensively, his accurate headers, and his determination. He later became a coach.
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A member of the club team MTK Budapest in the 1900s, Kurschner helped them win the Hungarian Championship in 1904 and 1908. A halfback, he also played for the Hungarian National team from 1907-1911 and appeared in five international games.
After his playing days ended, Kurschner turned to coaching. Considered a very influential coach, in the 1930s, he coached Flamengo in Brazil and employed defensive tactics in his strategy.
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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)