|Date of birth||29 December 1911|
|Place of birth||Ekés, Austria–Hungary|
|Date of death||7 July 1977(aged 65)|
|Place of death||Timişoara, Romania|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Nicolae Kovács (Hungarian: Kovács Miklós, sometimes rendered as Nicolae Covaci, 29 December 1911 – 7 July 1977) was a Romanian-Hungarian football player and coach. He was a dual international football player and played both for Romania and Hungary.
For the Romania national football team, he won 37 caps and participated in the 1930, 1934 and 1938 World Cups, being one of five players to have appeared in all three of the pre-war World Cups. The other players were Edmond Delfour, Étienne Mattler, Bernard Voorhoof and Rudolf Bürger, according to official FIFA match reports. Later he also represented the Hungary national football team once.
Romania's goal tally first
|1.||15 September 1929||Levski Field, Sofia, Bulgaria||Bulgaria||2–2||3–2||Friendly|
|2.||14 July 1930||Estadio Pocitos, Montevideo, Uruguay||Peru||3–1||3–1||1930 FIFA World Cup|
|3.||28 June 1931||Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb, Yugoslavia||Yugoslavia||3–1||4–2||1931 Balkan Cup|
|4.||8 May 1932||Stadionul ONEF, Bucharest, Romania||Austria||1–1||4–1||1932 Central European Cup|
|5.||3 July 1932||Red Star Stadium, Belgrade, Yugoslavia||Yugoslavia||1–2||1–3||1932 Balkan Cup|
References and notes
- "Nicolae Kovács - International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation.
- Nicolae Kovacs at fifa.com,www.weltfussball.de
- Ion Văduva-Poenaru Enciclopedia marilor personalități: A-I Contemporanii 1999 - Page 496 "H. a egalat recordul deţinut timp de 60 de ani, de fotbalistul român Nicolae Kovacs, cu 3 participări consecutive la tumeele finale ale CM (1990 -Italia, 1994- SUA şi 1998- Franţa), evoluând în 12 meciuri din faza finală a competiţiei mondiale."
- Players Appearing for Two or More Countries