Alois Hess

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Alois Hess
Personal information
Full name Alois Hess
Date of birth 3 January 1903
Place of birth Austria
Date of death July 3, 1956(1956-07-03) (aged 53)
Place of death Tel Aviv, Israel
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1919–1934 Hakoah Wien
1934–1937 Maccabi Tel Aviv
National team
Austria 4
Teams managed
1936–1937 Maccabi Tel Aviv
1937–1947 Beitar Tel Aviv
1949 Israel
1954–1956 Beitar Tel Aviv
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Alois Hess (Hebrew: לאיוש (אהרון) הס‎‎)[1] (1903–1956) was an Austrian football player who played for Hakoah Vienna.


Hess started playing for Hakoah Vienna in 1919[2] was part of the squad that beat West Ham United F.C. in London, scoring the third goal of the match, as well as being part of the team that toured North America in 1927 and 1929.

Hess emigrated to Mandatory Palestine in 1934, joining Maccabi Tel Aviv,[3][4] as well as serving as the team's manager.[5] In 1937 Hess was appointed as manager of the newly formed Beitar Tel Aviv,[2] a position he held until 1947.[6]

In 1949, Hess was appointed as manager of the Israel national football team ahead of the national team's 1950 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign. In his first match as manager of the national team, against Cyprus, Israel recorded its first victory as independent country (having previously beaten Lebanon as Mandatory Palestine in 1940), beating its rivals 3–1.[7] The national team was beaten in both qualification matches by Yugoslavia, and Hess left the position.[8]

Hess returned to Beitar Tel Aviv in 1954, as the team was at risk of relegation to Liga Bet[8] He died in Tel Aviv on 3 July 1956 during a practice.[3]


  1. ^ Aharon Hess - To Final Rest Herut, 5 July 1956, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)
  2. ^ a b Nordia Good-Will Tour to U.S.A. Fall 1948 Zvi Levin, pp. 37-38
  3. ^ a b The manager of Beitar Tel Aviv Dies Davar, 4 July 1956, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)
  4. ^ Maccabees Soccer Team is Welcomed Chicago Tribune, 20 October 1936
  5. ^ Rabin at the Stands, Glazer on Field Asher Goldberg, 2 October 2009, Telesport (Hebrew)
  6. ^ The Sport in Beitar Tel Aviv D. Ben Haim, 1947, p. 5 (Hebrew)
  7. ^ Israel's First Victory Asher Goldberg, 20 March 2014, IFA (Hebrew)
  8. ^ a b The Tragedy of Lajos Hess RIP Herut, 5 August 1956, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)