Gyula Zsengellér

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Gyula Zsengellér
Personal information
Full name Gyula Zsengellér
Date of birth (1915-12-27)27 December 1915
Place of birth Cegléd, Hungary
Date of death 29 March 1999(1999-03-29) (aged 83)
Place of death Nicosia, Cyprus
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1935-36 Salgótarjáni TC 24 (19)
1936-47 Újpest FC 303 (368)
1947-49 AS Roma 34 (6)
1949-50 AC Ancona 30 (18)
1951-53 Deportivo Samarios 37 (23)
National team
1936-47 Hungary 39 (32)
Teams managed
1950 AS Cosenza
1951-53 Deportivo Samarios (player-manager)
1953-56 Pezoporikos Larnaca
1956-57 APOEL FC
1958-59 Cyprus
1959-61 AS Cosenza
1961-62 Salernitana
1962-64 US Sarom Racenna
1964-65 Apollon Kalamarias
1965-66 APOEL FC
1966-68 Pezoporikos Larnaca
1968-70 Anorthosis Famagusta
1970-72 AS Cosenza (assistant)
1972-74 ASK Olympiakos Volos F.C.
1974-76 APOEL FC
1976-79 APOP Paphos
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Gyula Zsengellér (Cegléd, 27 December 1915 - Nicosia, 29 March 1999) was a Hungarian footballer and a legend of Újpest FC, most famous for his part in taking the Hungarian national team to the 1938 World Cup Final. He was that tournament's second-highest scorer, behind Leonidas of Brazil.

His first international cap came on 2 December 1936, when Hungary lost 6-2 against England. In total, he gained 39 caps for his country, scoring 32 goals. This makes him the eighth-highest goalscorer of all-time for the Hungarian national side.

Zsengellér also played 325 games in the Hungarian league and scored 387 goals between 1935 and 1947, making him the third-highest goalscorer of all-time in the Hungarian league. He began his career at Salgotarjani TC, then moving to Újpest FC in 1936. Zsengellér spent 11 years serving Újpest, when in 1947 he joined Italian side AS Roma. In the 1949/50 season Zsengellér played for Ancona and he finished his career playing for Colombian Deportivo Samarios between 1951 and 1952.[1]

He was the Hungarian league's top-scorer in five seasons: 1938, 1939, 1943, 1944 and in the spring season of 1945. He was Europe's top goalscorer in 1939 and 1945.

After his retirement, Zsengellér started a long and successful managerial career, working mainly in Italy and Cyprus. He won the Cypriot First Division with Pezoporikos Larnaca in 1954 and the Cypriot Cup with APOEL FC in 1976 as well as leading the Cyprus national football team from 1958 to 1959. He died in 1999 aged 83.

IFFHS named Zsengellér the 7th most successful Top Division Goal Scorer of all time.


  1. ^ Ruiz M., Juan Guillermo (27 December 2011). "Un dí­a como hoy en el fútbol: Diciembre 27" [On this day in football: December 27]. GolGolGol Futbol. 

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