Józef Korbas

Józef Franciszek Korbas (November 11, 1914 in Kraków – October 2, 1981 in Katowice) was an interwar Polish football player, forward of Cracovia (Champion of Poland 1937) and Polish National Team. He played two games for Poland.

Józef Korbas
Personal information
Full name Józef Franciszek Korbas
Date of birth (1914-11-11)11 November 1914
Place of birth Kraków, Austria-Hungary
Date of death 2 October 1981(1981-10-02) (aged 66)
Place of death Katowice, Poland
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position(s) Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1928–1935 Nadwiślan Kraków
1935–1939 Cracovia 57 (37)
National team
1937–1938 Poland 2 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Korbas is famous for his excellent national team debut. On September 12, 1937 in Sofia, versus Bulgaria, he scored 3 goals and the match ended in 3-3 draw. In the history of the Polish national football team only two players managed to score a hat-trick in their first game, the other being Zygmunt Steuermann.[1] Korbas's second and last match in white-red jersey took place in Warsaw, on September 25, 1938 (Poland - Jugoslavia 4-4). In this game, he also scored a goal.

In Cracovia, played in 1935–1939. In 69 games during that time, scored 54 goals. Considering this data, he was a very skilled scorer. In spite of modest frame, Korbas was famous for his very powerful kicks.

During Nazi occupation of Poland, in 1942 was arrested by the Germans and in March 1943 sent to Auschwitz concentration camp. From there, was shuttled to Sachsenhausen concentration camp. Having survived this, after the war returned to Poland, Korbas became a sport official as well as a coach.

He was also a trainer such as Stilon Gorzów in 1954.

Korbas died October 2, 1981 in Katowice.


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