Ján Podhradský

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Ján Podhradský
Personal information
Full name Ján Podhradský
Date of birth (1917-08-31)31 August 1917
Place of birth Kisač, Austria-Hungary
Date of death 15 December 1998(1998-12-15)
Place of death Bratislava, Slovakia
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1933–1935 SŠK Bački Petrovac
1935–1936 FK Vojvodina
1936–1939 BSK Belgrade 28 (16)
1939–1941 SK Štefanik
1941–1947 ŠK Bratislava 153 (124)
National team
1938 Kingdom of Yugoslavia 1 (0)
1942–1944 Slovakia 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Ján Podhradský (31 August 1917 – 15 December 1998) is a former Slovak footballer who played in Yugoslavia and Slovakia.

Club career[edit]

He was born during World War I in the town of Kisač,[1] on the outskirts of Novi Sad, at the time still part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire but after the war became part of Serbia and subsequently Yugoslavia. He started playing in a local club named SŠK Bački Petrovac which was a club gathering the local Slovakian community.[1] It was while playng there that he got spotted by one of the major regional clubs, FK Vojvodina, which brought him to their ranks in 1935. His technical abilities were highlighted by the local press,[1] and soon he became the target of BSK Belgrade, the Serbian club which was dominating the Yugoslav championship in the 1930s. One year after joining Vojvodina, Podhradský was again on the move, this time to the capital Belgrade.[1] He became the regular left midfielder of BSK during the three seasons he played with BSK. He made 28 appearances scoring 16 goals in the two editions of the Yugoslav championship he played with BSK,[2] the last one crowned with the national trophy.[3]

In 1939 BSK was bringing numerous new players, and Podhradský left and joined SK Štefanik, a club from Stara Pazova, where he played until 1941 when Second World War started in Yugoslavia with the Axis invasion of the country.[1] That is when Podhradský leaves Yugoslavia and moves to the country his parents came from Slovakia,[1] which was now Nazi-German supported independent state after the dismemberment of Czechoslovakia. Podhradský settles in the capital Bratislava and is immediately incorporated into the Slovak most dominant club, ŠK Bratislava.[1] Since his arrival in 1941 till his retirement in 1947 Podhradský made 124 goals in 153 official matches for ŠK Bratislava,[1] and has won two national titles, in 1942 and 1944. He then retired and lived in Bratislava until his death in 1998.[1]

His name in Slovakian is Ján Podhradský, although during the period he played in Yugoslavia his name was often spelled in a simplified version as Jan Podhradski (Cyrillic: Јан Подхрадски).

International career[edit]

Podhradský is among the players that played for two different national teams. He represented Yugoslavia in a friendly match against Romania in 1938,[1] and, after moving to Slovakia, he played four times for Slovakia in friendlies, in the period Slovak national team was active during the war.[4]


Kingdom of YugoslaviaBSK Belgrade
SlovakiaŠK Slovan Bratislava


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Jan Podhradski at Reprezentacija.rs (in Serbian)
  2. ^ Ján Podhradský at exyufudbal.in.rs
  3. ^ Ján Podhradský at National-Football-Teams.com
  4. ^ Ján Podhradský at EU-Football.info

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