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Michał Franciszek Mieczysław Matyas (28 September 1910 – 22 October 1975) was a Polish footballer, who represented such teams as Pogoń Lwów and Polonia Bytom,[2] as well as Poland.[3] Among fans in Poland he was known as Myszka and in the Soviet Union he played under name of Mikhail.[1] His real occupation was a petroleum technician.[1]

Michał Matyas
Personal information
Full name Michał Franciszek Mieczysław Matyas
Date of birth (1910-09-28)28 September 1910
Place of birth Brzozów, Poland
Date of death 22 October 1975(1975-10-22) (aged 65)
Place of death Kraków, Poland
Height 176 cm (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Naftowyk Borysław
Youth career
1924–1926 Lechia Lwów[1]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1926–1939 Pogoń Lwów 156[1] (100[1])
1939–1940 Naftovyk Boryslav
1941 Dynamo Kyiv 6[1] (2[1])
1942–1944 Lwów local teams[1]
1945–1948 Polonia Bytom
National team
1932–1939 Poland 18 (7)
Teams managed
1950–1954 Wisła Kraków
1955–1956 Pogoń Szczecin
1957–1958 Stal Mielec
1959–1961 Cracovia
1962–1963 Stal Mielec
Polonia Bytom
1966–1967 Poland
1968–1969 Cracovia
1969–1970 Górnik Zabrze
1970–1971 Wisła Kraków
1972–1973 Cracovia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Matyas was born in Brzozów. After moving to Lwów in 1924 he started playing in junior team of Lechia and in 1926 moved to Pogoń, for which Matyas played for 14 seasons.[1] His debut in the national team took place on 10 July 1932 in Warsaw in a 2–0 win against Sweden 2–0). Altogether he played in 18 international games (including the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin), scoring 7 goals. In Pogoń, in 1935 he was the top-scorer of the Polish Football League, with 22 goals.

During the World War II in 1939–40 Matyas played in Soviet competitions for Naftovyk Boryslav and for short while for FC Dynamo Kiev in 1941.[1] Soon after the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, he returned to Lwow where he played for some local city teams in 1942–44.[1] Following the war, Lwów was secured after the Soviet Union (as part of Soviet Ukraine), together with a group of Pogon’s players and activists, he settled in Bytom, where he played for Polonia Bytom in 1945–48.[1] After finishing his career, he became a coach, in 1950-1952 he was in charge of the national team of Poland. Later, he coached such teams as Stal Mielec and Cracovia.[4] He died on 22 October 1975 in Kraków.


Pogoń Lwów

Lwów city team


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