Ferdinand Daučík

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Ferdinand Daučík
Personal information
Full name Ferdinand Daučík
Date of birth (1910-05-30)30 May 1910
Place of birth Ipolyság, Austria-Hungary (now Slovakia)
Date of death 14 November 1986(1986-11-14) (aged 76)
Place of death Alcalá de Henares, Spain
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1928–1933 1. ČsŠK Bratislava
1933–1942 SK Slavia Praha
National team
1931–1938 Czechoslovakia 15 (0)
1942 Slovakia 1 (0)
Teams managed
1942–1946 Slovan Bratislava
1942–1944 Slovakia
1948 Czechoslovakia
1948 Slovan Bratislava
1949–1950 Hungaria
1950–1954 Barcelona
1954–1957 Athletic Bilbao
1957–1959 Atlético Madrid
1959–1960 Porto
1960–1962 Betis
1963–1964 Murcia
1964–1965 Sevilla
1966–1967 Zaragoza
1967–1968 Toronto Falcons
1968 Elche
1968–1969 Betis
1969–1970 Sant Andreu
1970–1971 Espanyol
1971 Cádiz
1973–1974 Sant Andreu
1974–1975 Levante
1975 Levante
1976–1977 Sant Andreu

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Ferdinand Daučík (also known as Fernando Daucik; 30 May 1910 – 14 November 1986) is a former Slovak football player and manager. Daucik was the manager of several La Liga clubs, most notably CF Barcelona, Atlético Bilbao, Atlético Madrid and Real Zaragoza. During his career he managed La Liga clubs in 488 games, won three La Liga titles and won the Copa del Generalísimo on five occasions and won three La Liga/Copa doubles. He died in Alcalá de Henares.

Early career

Daucik played as a defender for 1. ČsŠK Bratislava, SK Slavia Praha and Czechoslovakia. He was only the third Slovak player ever to play for Czechoslovakia. He represented them at both the 1934 and 1938 World Cups. He also coached ŠK Slovan Bratislava between 1942 and 1946 and again in 1948. In 1948 he coached Czechoslovakia for two games.

Daucik arrived in Spain as coach of Hungaria, a team made up of refugees fleeing the various Communist regimes of Eastern Europe. The team included his son-in-law, Ladislao Kubala, who had married Daucik's daughter, Anna Viola Daucik, in 1947. Hungaria played a series of friendlies against Madrid Select XI, a Spain XI and RCD Español and during these games, Kubala was spotted by Josep Samitier, then chief scout at CF Barcelona. Kubala was offered a contract and as part of the deal, Daucik became the CF Barcelona coach in 1950.

CF Barcelona

Daucik coached CF Barcelona during one of the club's most successful periods. As well as Nicolae SimatocKubala, the team also included Velasco, Ramallets and Joan Segarra. During his four seasons in charge the club won two consecutive La Liga/Copa del Generalísimo doubles in 1952 and 1953. In 1952 CF Barcelona won five different trophies including La Liga, the Copa del Generalísimo, the Copa Latino and the Copa Eva Duarte. His contract ended in 1954 and after clashing with some players he left the club.

Atlético Bilbao

Daucik subsequently joined Atlético Bilbao where he won the Copa del Generalísimo in 1955 and a his third La Liga/Copa del Generalísimo double in 1956. Then with a squad that included Agustín Gaínza, Armando Merodio and Jesús Garay, Daucik then led Atlético to the quarter-finals of the European Cup in 1957. They knocked out FC Porto and Honvéd before losing 6-5 on aggregate to Manchester United.

Atlético Madrid

The 1957/58 season saw Daucik take charge of Atlético Madrid and lead them to second place in La Liga. This resulted in Atlético qualifying for the 1958/59 seasons European Cup since the winners, Real Madrid were also the reigning European champions. Inspired by Vavá and Enrique Collar, Atlético reached the semi-finals after beating Drumcondra FC, CSKA Sofia and FC Schalke 04. In the semi-finals they met Real Madrid. Real won the first leg 2-1 at the Bernabéu while Atlético won 1-0 at the Metropolitano. If away goals had counted double Atlético would have progressed to the final. However the tie went to a replay and Real won 2-1 in Zaragoza.

Later Years

Daucik remained in demand as a manager throughout his career. After leaving Atlético Madrid in 1959 he had a spell at FC Porto during the 1959/60 season. He then spent two years at Real Betis between 1960 and 1962. While there he gave a La Liga debut to his son Yanko Daucik. Daucik then had a season each with Real Murcia and Seville CF before he joined Real Zaragoza in 1966. He took over Real towards the end of the 1965/66 season, leading them to victory in the Copa del Generalísimo final when they beat Atlético Bilbao 2-0. They also reached the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup final, but after beating CF Barcelona 1-0 in the home-leg, Real eventually lost 4-3 on aggregate.

In 1967 Daucik went to Canada to coach the Toronto Falcons of the National Professional Soccer League. This proved to be something of a family reunion as he was joined at the club by his son Yanko, son-in-law Kubala and grandson Branko Kubala. After returning to Spain he had a spells at Elche CF, RCD Espanyol, CD Colonia Moscardó among others.[1]


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