Kálmán Konrád

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Kálmán Konrád
Personal information
Full name Kálmán Konrád
Date of birth (1896-05-23)23 May 1896
Place of birth Bácspalánka (Bačka Palanka),
Austria-Hungary (today Serbia)
Date of death 10 May 1980(1980-05-10) (aged 83)
Place of death Stockholm, Sweden
Playing position Inside Forward, Outside Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1910-1916 MTK Hungária
1916-1917 Magyar Athletikai Club
1917-1919 MTK Hungária 94 (88)
1919-1926 Wiener Amateure
1926-1927 Brooklyn Wanderers 27 (2)
1927-1928 MTK Hungária
National team
1914-1928 Hungary 12 (2)
Teams managed
1928-1930 Bayern Munich
1930-1931 FC Zürich
1933-1935 Slavia Prague
1936-1937 Rapid Bucharest
1937-1939 1. FC Brno
1939-1942 Örebro SK
1942-1947 Åtvidabergs FF
1947-1950 Malmö FF
1950-1951 Råå IF
1951-1955 BK Derby
1955-1956 Junsele IF
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Kálmán Konrád (23 May 1896 in Bácspalánka – 10 May 1980 in Stockholm, Sweden), an inside right, was one of the best football players in the Kingdom of Hungary in the 1910s, and played on the Hungarian National team with his brother, Jenő Konrád. Kálmán, who later played for Austria, coached the Romanian National team for five games in the mid-1930s. In 1999, he was listed by World Soccer as one of the 100 greatest players of all-time.

Career[edit]

Born in Bácspalánka (Bačka Palanka), a town on the Danube River in Austria-Hungary (now part of Vojvodina, Serbia), Konrád moved to Budapest as a small child. He joined the club MTK Hungária FC in 1910 at the age of 14 and then joined the first team in the Hungarian League in 1913 at the age of 17. Konrád played for MTK from 1913-1919 and helped the team win the Hungarian Championship in 1914, 1917-1919 (there was no league in 1915 or 1916 because of World War I). In the three championship seasons between 1917-1919, MTK outscored their opponents, 376-46, and had an overall record of 60-4-2. Kálmán played in 94 games during this incredible run and scored 88 goals while a player for MTK. He was also a member of the National team, appeared in 12 games and scored two goals.

In August 1926, Kálmán was brought to the United States by Nat Agar, the owner-manager of the Brooklyn Wanderers of the American Soccer League (ASL). Kálmán's talent was so legendary, that Agar was forced to keep the transfer a secret until he was on his way to the U.S. That year, Konrád played for Brooklyn and appeared in 27 games and scored two goals. That season, he also played in the International Soccer League, a new league of American and Canadian teams. The Wanderers of the ASL participated and won the league championship with a 5-3-1 record. Konrád scored four goals while playing in every game.

After his only season in the United States, Konrád returned to Hungary and ended his playing career with MTK during the 1927-28 season. He then became a world-renowned coach and led powerful clubs such as Bayern Munich, FC Zurich, and Slavia Prague. Konrád also coached a number of teams in Sweden,[1] where he settled and lived until his death in 1980.

Honours as manager[edit]

Malmö FF

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