István Nyers (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈiʃtvaːn ˈɲɛrʃ]; 25 May 1924 – 9 March 2005), also known as Stefano Nyers, was a Hungarian footballer who played as a forward or as a winger. Although he played in only two international matches for Hungary, he is considered one of the greatest football legends of his country, reaching the peak of his career in the 1940s and 1950s.
|Full name||István Nyers or Stefano Nyers|
|Date of birth||25 May 1924|
|Place of birth||Freyming-Merlebach, France|
|Date of death||9 March 2005(aged 80)|
|Place of death||Subotica, Serbia and Montenegro|
|Playing position||Winger, Forward|
|1938–1941||III. Kerületi TUE|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Nyers was born in Freyming-Merlebach, Moselle, France into an immigrant Hungarian mining family; his younger brother was Ferenc Nyers. When he was 14 he moved with his family to Budapest where he started playing with III. Kerületi TUE. He will have his first official debut aged 17 and playing with Szabadkai VAC which was a Yugoslav club from Subotica that played in the Hungarian league system after the Hungarian annexation of Bačka during World War II (1941–1944). When Yugoslavs retook Subotica, Nyers moved to Budapest where he had a short spell with Ganz-MÁVAG SE where he played along László Kubala. Still that year, he returns Szabadkai VAC, known as ŽAK Subotica in Serbo-Croatian. In April 1945, ŽAK is disbanded by new Yugoslav authorities, but players stay together and they make a tour throughout Serbia as a representing team of Subotica. In this tour they archive many large-margin wins. By scoring in all important games, Nyers confirms himself as prolific goalscorer. Upon their return to Subotica, the new authorities merge the team with some minor clubs, and the team becomes Spartak Subotica. However, later that year, Nyers leaves Yugoslavia and returns to Budapest, where he joins 1945 Hungarian champions Újpest FC a title they will repeat, with Nyers, in 1946. In 1946 he transferred briefly to the Czechoslovakian team FK Viktoria Žižkov and then to the French club Stade Français.
After two years in Paris he was recruited by the Italian side Inter. Here he developed to one of the strongest forwards in the history of Serie A. With 26 goals in his first season he became the top scorer of the league. In 182 games for Inter he scored a total of 133 goals. Twice, in 1953 and 1954, he became Italian champion with Inter.
After winning the championship for the second time Nyers left Milan and changed via Servette FC of Geneva to A.S. Roma, where he remained for two years. A season with the Catalan sides CF Barcelona, Terrassa FC and CD Sabadell followed before he played out the remainder of his career with minor league Italian clubs.
- Nyers István at internazionale.hu, Retrieved 5-10-2012 (in Hungarian)
- GANZ 1944-45 sezn at nela.hu
- Istorija FK Spartak at FK Spartak Subotica official website, retrieved 21-8-2018 (in Serbian) (indicated as Njerš in Serbian)
- István Nyers Hungarian championship stats Archived 9 June 2016 at the Wayback Machine at nela.hu
- Addio Nyers at gradsubotica.co.rs, 22-3-2010, retrieved 16-10-2013 (in Serbian)