János Biri

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János Biri
Personal information
Date of birth (1901-07-21)21 July 1901
Place of birth Budapest, Austria-Hungary
Date of death 20 February 1974(1974-02-20) (aged 72)
Place of death Budapest, Hungary
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1920–1925 Kispest AC 62 (2)
1925–1927 Padova 35 (0)
1927–1928 MTK Budapest 2 (0)
1928 33 FC 5 (0)
1929 Sabaria 3 (0)
1930–1931 Pécs-Baranya 18 (0)
1931–1932 Kerületi 20 (2)
1933 Amiens
1933–1936 Boavista
National team
1924–1934 Hungary 5 (0)
Teams managed
1935–1936 Porto
1937–1939 Académico Porto
1939–1947 Benfica
1947–1949 Estoril Praia
1949–1951 Guimarães
1951–1952 Atlético
1952–1955 Setúbal
1955–1956 Oriental
1956–1957 Fabril Barreiro
1957–1958 Oriental
1958 Lusitânia
1958–1959 Académica
1960–1962 Setúbal
1965–1966 Lusitano Evóra
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

János Biri (21 July 1901 – 20 February 1974) was a Hungarian footballer and coach.

Biri played as a goalkeeper for a number of clubs, most notably Padova and MTK Budapest FC, also representing Hungary in the 1924 Summer Olympics. He is best known for his coaching career in Portugal which spanned more than three decades.

Career[edit]

Born in Budapest, Biri career in football started in a hometown club, Kispest AC at the age of 19. His performances earned him a place in the Hungary squad for the 1924 Summer Olympics.[1]

In 1925, he moved to Italy, representing Padova in the early days of what was to known as Serie A. After two seasons in Italy, he returned to Hungary, passing through several teams,[2] without much success, having short spells in France and Portugal, retiring in 1936, at age 35.

Shortly after, Biri started coaching Porto, winning Campeonato de Porto and coming runner-up in Primeira Liga in his only season there. After a brief spell with Académico Porto, he was then hired by Benfica's President, Augusto da Fonseca Jr. In the eight seasons he spent there, he successfully challenged Sporting dominance, claiming 3 Primeira Liga titles and 3 Taça de Portugal.[3]

He held the record for most games managed and won, for over 75 years, until Jorge Jesus surpassed him in 2014. However, he still has the highest winning percentage of any other coach with at least 100 games and the second longest reign with 8 years, after Cosme Damião.[4]

After Benfica, János managed eleven other teams, retiring as coach in 1966, after more than 30 years in managerial roles.[5]

Managerial Record[edit]

Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Benfica[4] 1 August 1939 2 July 1947 272 194 25 53 071.32

Honours[edit]

Porto
  • Campeonato do Porto: 1935–36
Benfica[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Janos Biri". Oympic.org. 
  2. ^ János Biri profile, nela.hu; accessed 15 October 2017.(in Hungarian)
  3. ^ Carlos Perdigão (2004). 100 Anos de Lenda (in Portuguese) (1 ed.). Diário de Noticias. pp. 139–144. ISBN 972-9335-52-4. 
  4. ^ a b Almanaque do Benfica. Portugal: Lua de Papel. 2012. pp. 157–207, 764. ISBN 978-989-23-2087-8. 
  5. ^ "János Biri". Finalball.com. Retrieved 22 June 2018. 
  6. ^ Carlos Perdigão (2004). 100 Anos de Lenda (in Portuguese) (1 ed.). Diário de Noticias. p. 143. ISBN 972-9335-52-4. 

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