Blum, Zoltan : Jews In Sports @ Virtual Museum

Blum, Zoltan

Blum, a halfback, was a member of the Hungarian National team for 13 years (1912-1925). Over that span, he played in 38 international games (caps) and scored one goal. He captained the Hungarian team in a 2-1 win over Italy in 1925. During this time, Blum also played for the club team FTC in Hungary's top league and appeared in 416 matches during his career.

One of Hungary's most popular players during his career, the slender and soft-spoken Blum was a workhorse who played with enthusiasm and determination. Commanding in the air, his headers figured decisively in many games. Blum's sole weaknesses, according to Andrew Handler in From the Ghetto to the Games, was his excessive use of his left foot and his inaccurate passing.

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Career Highlights:
One of Hungary's top players in the 1910s and 1920s, Blum joined the National team in 1912, the same year he began playing on the first team with FTC (Ferencvarosi TC) in Hungary's top league. Blum helped his club win the Hungarian Championship in 1912, 1913, and 1926 (he retired from soccer following the 1926 season). A member of Hungary's Olympic team at the 1912 Games (they finished fifth overall), Blim was a mainstay at left halfback during his 12-year international career and played in 38 international games.


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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)