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Weisz, Arpad

Weisz , an outside left (wing forward), played for Hungary in the early 1920s. According to Andrew Handler in From the Ghetto to the Games, Weisz had a slight build, but used his great speed to avoid body contact with defenders and center the ball accurately. He later became a famous coach in Italy.

Birth and Death Dates:
b. April 16, 1896 - d.. unknown

Career Highlights:
In 1922-23, Weisz appeared in six games for the Hungarian National team despite playing in the shadow of the great Rudolf Jeny. That same year, he played for the club team Torekves in the Hungarian League. In 1923-24, Weisz left Hungary and went to play for Makkabi Brno in Czechoslovakia. After a season there, he moved to Italy and played for Alessandria FC. In 1925-26, his final season as a player, Weisz played for Internazionale Milan and appeared in 10 games (he scored three goals).

After his playing career ended, Weisz became a famous coach throughout Europe. He remained in Italy in 1926 and was an assistant coach for Alessandria. He then coached Inter Milan from 1926-1931, including taking the team on a tour of South America in 1928-29. Weisz remained in Italy until 1937 and coached Bari FC (1931-32), Inter Milan for a second time (1932-33), Novara in the Second Division (1934-35), and Bologna FC (1935-37). He then coached in Paris and the Netherlands. Weisz died during World War II.

Origin:
Solt, Hungary



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References:
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)


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