László Raffinsky

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László Raffinsky
Personal information
Full name László Raffinsky
Date of birth (1905-04-23)23 April 1905
Place of birth Miskolc, Hungary (Austria-Hungary)
Date of death 31 July 1981(1981-07-31) (aged 76)
Place of death Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1924–1925 Unirea Timişoara - (-)
1925–1927 CA Timişoara - (-)
1927–1929 Chinezul Timişoara - (-)
1929–1931 Juventus Bucureşti - (-)
1931–1933 Ripensia Timişoara - (-)
1933–1935 SK Židenice - (-)
1935–1940 Rapid Bucureşti - (-)
National team
1929–1938 Romania[1] 20 (1)
Teams managed
1944–1945 Prahova Ploieşti
1950 Mica Brad
1953 Prahova Ploieşti
1954 Chimica Târnăveni
1955 Aurul Zlatna
1962–1964 Tehnofrig Cluj-Napoca
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

László Raffinsky (Romanian: Ladislau Raffinsky) (born 23 April 1905 in Miskolc, Hungary (Austria-Hungary) - died 31 July 1981 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania) was a Romanian football player of Hungarian ethnicity who was a member of Romanian team which participated at the 1930 FIFA World Cup in Uruguay and 1938 FIFA World Cup in France. He holds the record for most goals scored in a Liga I match, scoring ten goals in the match between Juventus Bucureşti and Dacia Unirea Brăila from 1929-1930 season.[2]


Club career[edit]

László Raffinsky begun his football career in 1924, playing for Unirea, a football club from Timişoara. In 1925, Raffinsky moved to CA Timişoara, and then, in 1927, at Chinezul Timişoara, one of the Romania's best clubs at that time.[3] But Raffinsky's new club entered in a financial crisis, and for the first time in seven years, Chinezul lost the Romanian championship. Eventually, Raffinsky leaves Chinezul in 1929, signing with Juventus Bucureşti. In 1929-1930 season of Liga I, Raffinsky won his first title of champion with Juventus. In 1931, he returns to Timişoara, playing for another symbol of interwar period Romanian football, Ripensia. He leaves Ripensia in 1933, after winning another Liga I - champion title, leaving Romania for playing in Czechoslovakia, at SK Židenice. He returns in Romania after two years, his come-back to Bucharest, where he previously played at Juventus, being linked with a move to Rapid. He played until 1940 for Rapid, winning for three times the Romanian Cup. In 1939, he was arrested, together with another three players of Rapid, Iuliu Baratky, Ştefan Auer and Ioan Bogdan, because of their win in the final of the Romanian Cup against Venus Bucharest.[4] They were arrested at the order of Gabriel Marinescu, the Minister of Internal Affairs and the Prefect of Bucharest, who was also the chairman of Venus.[5] After a huge scandal initiated by the press, the four players were released from the jail after a few days, and Gabriel Marinescu was arrested and executed in 1940. In 1940, Raffinsky retired from his playing career.

National Team[edit]

László Raffinsky won twenty caps for the Romania national football team. His first match for Romania was a defeat, in 1929, against Yugoslavia.[6] At his fourth match for the national team, Raffinsky scored his first and only goal for Romania, against Greece.[7] In 1930, he was called to the Romanian squad which participated at the first FIFA World Cup, in Uruguay.[8] But the chairman of Astra Romana, a company where Raffinsky and his team-mate Emerich Vogl were office workers, interdicted the two players to leave their workplace.[9] At the intervention of Octav Luchide, the two players eventually took the SS Conte Verde ship to Uruguay. In Uruguay, Raffinsky played in the both matches for Romania, against Peru and Uruguay.[10] In the match against Peru, he was fouled by Plácido Galindo of Peru, who was dismissed for the foul, being the first player ever to be dismissed at the FIFA World Cup.[11] He was also included in the 1930 FIFA World Cup Best Eleven.[12] Raffinsky was not called up again at the national team until 1932, when he played in a 6-3 victory of Romania against France. After another three consecutive matches against Greece, Bulgaria and Yugoslavia, Raffinsky was not called up until 1937. In 1938, he was called again at a FIFA World Cup, playing for Romania in the two matches against Cuba. These two matches were the last matches at the national team for Raffinsky.

International goals[edit]

Ladislau Raffinsky: International Goals
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 25 May 1930 ONEF Stadium, Bucharest, Romania  Greece 8-1 Win Balkan Cup

Manager career[edit]

Despite being a successful player, László Rafinsky was not a great manager. He began his managerial career in 1944, coaching Prahova Ploieşti. He was the manager of the team from Ploieşti until 1945.[12] He was the manager of another few Liga II and Liga III clubs, like Mica Brad, Chimica Târnăveni or Aurul Zlatna.[12] In 1962, he moved to Cluj-Napoca, being for two years the manager of Tehnofrig, a small football club of the factory with the same name.[12] In 1964, Ladislau Raffinsky retired from football.[12]

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