Károly Nemes

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Károly Nemes
Personal information
Place of birth Austro-Hungary
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
19xx–1917 MTK Budapest
1917–1919 Rapid Wien 27 (0)
1919–192x NAK Novi Sad
192x–192x Jugoslavija Belgrade
Teams managed
1930 Bulgaria
1930–1931 Luzern
1933 Vojvodina
1934 Jugoslavija Belgrade
1934–1936 NAK Novi Sad
1940–1941 Bata Borovo
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Károly Nemes also known as Dragan/Dragutin Nemeš, was an Hungarian football goalkeeper and later coach. He is best known for having been part of the championship winning teams of SK Rapid Wien and SK Jugoslavija, and he later had coaching career throughout Central and South-Eastern Europe.

Playing career[edit]

After playing with MTK Budapest[1] he became the first foreigner to play in SK Rapid Wien. He played two seasons with Rapid, between 1917 and 1919, and, after being vice-champion in 1917–18, a year later he won the double, the 1918–19 Austrian football championship and the 1919 Austrian Cup.[1] He has played a total of 27 league matches for Rapid.[1]

In 1919 he moved to Yugoslavia, known back then as the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, where he continued his career. Initially he joined NAK Novi Sad[2] and later he was brought to Belgrade where he will join SK Jugoslavija and win the Yugoslav Championship two times in a row, in 1924 and 1925. While in Yugoslavia he became commonly known either as Karlo or Dragutin Nemeš.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

In 1927 he was brought by FK Vojvodina president Kosta Hadži to Novi Sad where he had his first spell as a coach in the club by replacing for a short period Otto Necas who was the main coach back then.[2] This was the beginning of a good relation he would have with the club, and he would later have a second spell as a coach with Vojvodina in 1932 when he stayed for almost two years.[2] He would return again in 1939. Between Summer 1930 and September 1931 he coached Swiss side FC Luzern.[3]

Károly Nemes coaching abilities were characterised as typical of the, back then, avangarde Central European football schooll, and he is reminded as specially strong in the psichical preparation of the team before the matches, beside a developed work in the physical condition of the players.[2]

He also coached his former team SK Jugoslavija in 1934[2] Then he coached NAK Novi Sad winning with them the Novi Sad Football Subassociation League and a third place in the 1935–36 Yugoslav Football Championship.[4] He also worked as a coach in Germany, Switzerland and Bulgaria.[2] He was the coach of the Bulgarian national team in 1930.[5] In the early 1940s he returned to Yugoslavia and coached SK Bata Borovo in the 1940–41 Serbian League.[5]

He later moved to Hungary and lived in Jánoshalma.[2]


As player:

Austria Rapid Wien

Kingdom of Yugoslavia SK Jugoslavija

As coach:

Kingdom of Yugoslavia NAK Novi Sad

Kingdom of Yugoslavia Vojvodina


  1. ^ a b c Karoly Nemes at Rapidarchiv.at
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Pola veka" by Vladislav Beljanski, Jovan Dejanović, Luka Dotlić, Kosta Hadži and Jovan Vilovac (pags. 104, 105) (Serbian)
  3. ^ List of coaches at FC Luzern official website
  4. ^ fkvojvodina.com (see bottom image)
  5. ^ a b "Fudbal u Kraljevini Jugoslaviji" by Milorad Sijić, (pag. 172) (Serbian)