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Nicolae Kovács (Hungarian: Kovács Miklós, sometimes rendered as Nicolae Covaci, 29 December 1911 – 7 July 1977)[2] was a Romanian-Hungarian football player and coach. He was a dual international football player and played both for Romania and Hungary.[3]

Nicolae Covaci
Nicolae Kovács, internațional timișorean, world cups 1930, 1934, 1938.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1911-12-29)29 December 1911
Place of birth Ekés, Austria–Hungary
Date of death 7 July 1977(1977-07-07) (aged 65)
Place of death Timişoara, Romania
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1924–1928 Chinezul Timişoara
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1928–1930 Banatul Timișoara - (-)
1930–1931 Ripensia Timişoara - (-)
1931–1935 CA Oradea 47 (12)
1935 Ripensia Timişoara 4 (1)
1935–1936 Valenciennes - (-)
1936–1938 CA Oradea 39 (14)
1938–1940 Tricolor Ploieşti 21 (8)
1941–1942 Nagyváradi AC - (-)
1943–1945 Gamma Budapest - (-)
1945–1947 Ferar Cluj 4 (0)
1947 Crişana Oradea - (-)
National team
1929–1938[1] Romania 37 (6)
1941[1] Hungary 1 (1)
Teams managed
1946–1947 Universitatea Cluj
1947 Ferar Cluj
1948–1949 ICO Oradea
1950–1953 Politehnica Timişoara
1953–1954 CSM Mediaş
1954 Flacara Petroşani
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

For the Romania national football team, he won 37 caps and participated in the 1930, 1934 and 1938 World Cups, being one of five players to have appeared in all three of the pre-war World Cups. The other players were Edmond Delfour, Étienne Mattler, Bernard Voorhoof and Rudolf Bürger, according to official FIFA match reports. Later he also represented the Hungary national football team once.[4]

He was the older brother of Ștefan Kovács, the famous coach who led AFC Ajax to two European Cups in 1972 and 1973.

International goalsEdit

Romania's goal tally first

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 15 September 1929 Levski Field, Sofia, Bulgaria   Bulgaria 2–2 3–2 Friendly
2. 14 July 1930 Estadio Pocitos, Montevideo, Uruguay   Peru 3–1 3–1 1930 FIFA World Cup
3. 28 June 1931 Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb, Yugoslavia   Yugoslavia 3–1 4–2 1931 Balkan Cup
4. 8 May 1932 Stadionul ONEF, Bucharest, Romania   Austria 1–1 4–1 1932 Central European Cup
5. 3 July 1932 Avala, Belgrade, Yugoslavia   Yugoslavia 1–2 1–3 1932 Balkan Cup

HonoursEdit

PlayerEdit

Ripensia Timişoara

CoachEdit

CA Oradea
Politehnica Timişoara

References and notesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Nicolae Kovács - International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation.
  2. ^ Nicolae Kovacs at fifa.com,www.weltfussball.de
  3. ^ Ion Văduva-Poenaru Enciclopedia marilor personalități: A-I Contemporanii 1999 - Page 496 "H. a egalat recordul deţinut timp de 60 de ani, de fotbalistul român Nicolae Kovacs, cu 3 participări consecutive la tumeele finale ale CM (1990 -Italia, 1994- SUA şi 1998- Franţa), evoluând în 12 meciuri din faza finală a competiţiei mondiale."
  4. ^ Players Appearing for Two or More Countries

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