Árpád Weisz

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Árpád Weisz
Weisz Árpád.jpg
Árpád Weisz (around 1920)
birthday April 16, 1896
place of birth SoltAustria-Hungary
date of death January 31, 1944
Place of death Auschwitz concentration campGerman Empire
position Winger
Years station Games (goals) 1
1922-1923 Törekvés SE
1923-1924 Makkabi Brno
1924-1925 US Alessandria 6 (1)
1925-1926 Inter Milan 11 (3)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1922-1923 Hungary 6 (0)
Stations as a trainer
Years station
1926 US Alessandria ( assistant coach )
1926-1928 Inter Milan
1929-1931 Inter Milan
1931-1932 AS Bari
1932-1933 Inter Milan
1933-1934 Novara Calcio
1934-1938 AGC Bologna
1938-1940 FC Dordrecht
1 Only league games are given.

Árpád Weisz , in Italy also Árpád Veisz (born April 16, 1896 in Solt , Austria-Hungary , † January 31, 1944 in Auschwitz concentration camp , German Reich ), was a Hungarian football player and later coach . With three championship titles, he is one of the most successful coaches in the history of the Italian Serie A .

Player career

Árpád Weisz, the son of Jewish parents, was a player in Budapest at Törekvés SE . In the early 1920s, the winger and Ferenc Hirzer formed the left side of the storm among the railroad workers . The team regularly reached final places in the upper half of the table of the Hungarian league, but could not be dangerous to the established clubs, especially the dominant MTK Budapest at the time . Just like his strike partner, Weisz was also used in the national team , where he made his debut in 1922 and made a total of six missions. He was also in the Hungarian squad at the 1924 Summer Olympics , but was not used.

In 1923 he left his homeland and played with many of his compatriots, including Hirzer, in Czechoslovakia for the Jewish club Makkabi Brno until 1925 . He then followed the trend of the times and was one of many Hungarians who moved to Italy in the mid-1920s. His first station was Calcio Padova , for which he played a few games in the Northern League, before moving to Inter Milan for the 1925/26 season, for which he scored three goals in eleven games, but not with the team for the finals qualified the Italian championship.

Coaching career

He then ended his active career, but stayed in Italy to work as a coach from then on. Initially, he was briefly assistant coach to Augusto Rangone at US Alessandria , but soon returned to Inter and took over the coaching position at the Milanese. After only reaching midfield positions in the first two seasons, he left the club temporarily and went on an extensive study trip to South America, where he studied football in Argentina and Uruguay. During this time he was replaced in Milan by his compatriot and former teammate at Törekvés József Viola . After his return, he took over the club, which has since been renamed AS Ambrosiana , in 1929 and led the team around Giuseppe Meazza and Luigi Allemandi to the championship title in Serie A, which was held for the first time in the form of a uniform all-Italian league. At 34, Weisz is the youngest coach to this day who has ever won an Italian championship title. At this time Weisz also brought out a football textbook called Il Giuoco del Calcio .

In the Mitropapokal 1930 the Milanese failed in the semifinals to Sparta Prague , in the championship it was only enough for fifth place and Weisz was replaced by the Hungarian István Tóth-Potya . He took over the newly promoted AS Bari and manages to stay in the relegation playoff with the southern Italians. After Inter acted haplessly in his absence, Weisz was brought back after just a year and led the Milanese to two second places in the championship, each behind Juventus Turin , as well as the final of the Mitropa Cup in 1933 , where the Italians after a 2-1 home win in Second leg to FK Austria Wien with 1: 3 defeated. In 1934 Weisz and Inter parted ways and for the third time he was replaced by a fellow countryman, this time by Gyula Feldmann .

After brief employment with the second division club Novara Calcio , the Hungarian took over the coaching position at AGC Bologna in January 1935 . In the first season, a place in midfield was achieved, then get with the team around Angelo Schiavio and Miguel Andreolo in 1935/36 and 1936/37 two championship titles in a row. In the Mitropapokal, however, Bologna failed twice in the first round, each against Austria Wien, but won the tournament held on the occasion of the Paris World Exhibition in 1937 with a 4-1 win against Chelsea .

Because of the Italian racial laws introduced by the fascists , the Jew Weisz lost his post near Bologna in October 1938. His successor Hermann Felsner led the team to the next championship title, while Weisz and his family had to leave Italy in January 1939. After a short stay in Paris , he took over FC Dordrecht in the Netherlands in the spring of 1939 . First he managed to stay up with the relegation candidate, in the two following seasons each fifth place was achieved.

With the occupation of the Netherlands by German troops, Weisz's living and working conditions became increasingly difficult, and in September 1941 he was banned from working. In August 1942 he and his family were arrested, sent to the Westerbork transit camp , and a few weeks later deported to the Auschwitz concentration camp . His wife and two children were murdered in Birkenau on October 5, 1942 , Weisz himself died in Auschwitz in January 1944.



  • Matteo Marani: Dallo Scudetto ad Auschwitz. Aliberti Editore, Reggio Emilia 2007, ISBN 978-88-7424-200-9 . (Italian)
  • Dietrich Schulze-Marmeling : Italy's youngest master maker: About Arpád Weisz, the Hungarian-Jewish football player and coach. In: Diethelm Blecking , Lorenz Peiffer (ed.): Sportsmen in the "Century of the Camps". Profiteers, resistors and victims. Die Werkstatt, Göttingen, 2012, pp. 272–274

Web links

Commons : Árpád Weisz  - collection of images, videos and audio files