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Pollak, Egon 'Erwin'

Gustav Pollak

A right halfback, Pollak was a member of the famed Hakoah-Vienna team in the mid-1920s. The soccer team, which has been inducted 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 at the Polo Grounds in New York City, they played before a record crowd of 46,000 -- the attendance record stood until 1977. After the tour, Pollak remained in the U.S. to play in the American Soccer League.

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Career Highlights:
Pollak appeared in one international game for the Austrian National team in 1924, and played with Hakoah-Vienna for many years. After the 1926 U.S. tour, he signed to play with the New York Giants of the American Soccer League. In his sole ASL season, Pollak appeared in 19 games for the Giants, who finished in fifth place. Later, he was among the founders of Israel's most successful club, Maccabi Tel Aviv and became one of the most successful managers in Israeli history.


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