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Nemes Neufeld, Alexander

Nemes Neufeld was a member of the Austrian National team, and was also considered one of Europe's greatest outside rights in the mid-1920s as a member of the famed Hakoah-Vienna club. The Hakoah-Vienna soccer team, which has been inducted as an entity into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, toured the United States in 1926 and played ten games in front of a total of 200,000 people. In one game, they played before a record crowd of 46,000 at the Polo Grounds in New York, the record for attendance at a socer game in America until 1977. After the tour, Nemes Neufeld remained in the U.S. to play in the American Soccer League.

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An outside right, Nemes Neufeld had a successful European career on both the club and international level. He led Hakoah to the Austrian League title in 1924 and appeared in one game for the National team the following year. Considered one of the greatest players in Europe by American sportswriters, Nemes Neufeld signed with the Brooklyn Wanderers (owned by Nat Agar) in 1926-27 after Hakoah's U.S. tour. That year, Brooklyn finished seventh in the ASL and Neufeld scored eight goals (third on the team) in 20 games.

After a brief absence from the league, Nemes Neufeld returned to the ASL in 1929-30 as a member of the Hakoah All-Stars, a team which had many players from the Hakoah-Vienna club. That year, he helped his squad finish in third place and scored two goals in 22 appearances. His final season in the ASL came the next year when he played in one game for the New York Soccer Club. He scored one goal in the game. Nemes Neufeld later coached in Yugoslavia, Turkey, and Israel.


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The American Soccer League, 1921-1931: The Golden Years of American Soccer, by Colin Jose (Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1998)