József Pecsovszky

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József Pecsovszky
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Personal information
Full name József Pecsovszky / Iosif Petschovschi
Date of birth (1921-07-02)2 July 1921
Place of birth Timişoara, Romania
Date of death 6 October 1968(1968-10-06) (aged 47)
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1939–1940 Chinezul Timişoara
1940 CAM Timișoara
1940–1941 Chinezul Timişoara
1941–1944 Nagyváradi AC
1944–1945 CA Cluj
1946–1951 FC UTA Arad 94 (34)
1952–1954 CCA Bucureşti 50 (19)
1955–1961 FC UTA Arad 133 (35)
Total 277 (88)
National team
1942–1943[1] Hungary 3 (0)
1945–1958[1] Romania 32 (11)

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

† Appearances (goals)

József Pecsovszky or Iosif Petschovschi (2 July 1921 – 6 October 1968), was a Romanian football player with Hungarian nationality. His nickname was Peci. He could play in any position on the pitch, he was even goalkeeper once.

Petschovschi played 273 games in Divizia A, scoring a massive 86 goals. For Romania he won 32 caps, scoring 11 goals.

Petschovschi made his debut in Divizia A at the age of 16, as player of Chinezul Timişoara.

Petschovschi played in the Hungarian Football Championship between 1941 and 1944 under the name of József Perényi, winning the Hungarian title with Nagyváradi AC, and played three times for Hungarian national team.

His fame was such that in 1946 a Hungarian footballer tried, and even did so for a short while, to steal Petschovschi's identity, when he recommenced himself as the real Petschovschi in order to sign a contract with RC Strasbourg of France.

Petschovski was suspended in October 1947 for a period of three months because before an international game between Romania and Poland he bet on the Polish team.

In 1952 he became the first footballer to receive the title of Master of Sport. He was also the first Romanian footballer to be called to play for a World Team alongside the biggest names of football.

In 1952 he moved to Steaua Bucureşti for three years, before returning to Arad to play for UT Arad until 1961 when he retired from professional football.

Petschovschi coached UT Arad during the 1962-63 season.

His former club, UT Arad raised him a statue, which can be found at the main entrance of the UTA Stadium.


Nagyváradi AC
CCA Bucureşti


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Iosif Petschovschi - International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links


  • Oroszhegyi Károly: Pecsovszky – das blonde Wunder, Neue Banater Zeitung, 1978.
  • Oroszhegyi Károly: Csala, a Szőke Csoda, Jelenkor kiadó, 2000.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Victor Moldovan
Steaua Top Scorer
Succeeded by
Nicolae Tătaru