Friday, March 3, 2023

Béla Guttmann

Béla Guttmann was a successful Jewish football player who represented Hungary at the Olympics in 1924. He survived the Holocaust by hiding and managed to escape a forced labour camp. After the war he became a famous football coach and manager, leading the Portuguese club Benfica to two successive European Cup wins.

His first significant signing as a football player was for a team called MTK Budapest. He helped them win back-to-back Hungarian League titles in 1920 and 1921, before representing his country four times. However, due to rising antisemitism in Hungary, Béla moved to Austria to play for Hakoah Wien, a Jewish Zionist football club.

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