Iuliu Bodola

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Iuliu Bodola / Gyula Bodola
Fortepan Bodola Gyula (cropped) 1949 54984.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1912-02-26)26 February 1912
Place of birth Brassó, Austria-Hungary
Date of death 10 September 1992(1992-09-10) (aged 80)
Place of death Budapest, Hungary
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1922–1929 Braşovia Braşov
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1929–1937 CA Oradea 89 (62)
1937–1940 Venus Bucureşti 61 (47)
1940–1945 Nagyváradi AC 93 (451)
1945–1946 Ferar Cluj 3 (3)
1946–1949 MTK Hungária 83 (35)
National team
1931–1939[1] Romania 48 (30)
1940–1948[1] Hungary 13 (4)
Teams managed
1950–1951 Szolnoki MÁV
1951–1953 Haladás
1953–1954 Pécsi VSK
1954–1957 Komlói Bányász
1957–1959 Pécsi VSK
1959–1960 Gyulai SE
1960–1961 Diósgyőri VTK
1963 Salgótarjáni BTC
1964–1971 Ormosbányai Bányász

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

† Appearances (goals)

Iuliu Bodola (also known as Gyula Bodola; 26 February 1912 – 12 March 1992) was a Romanian-Hungarian footballer who played international football for both of those nations.[1][2] His nickname was Duduş.[3]


Bodola played club football for Clubul Atletic Oradea, Venus Bucureşti, Ferar Cluj-Napoca and MTK.[4] In November 2008, the name of the Municipal Stadium in Oradea was named after him, becoming the Stadionul Iuliu Bodola. He was the top scorer of the Romanian First League in the 1938–1939 and 1939–1940 seasons. He lived in Budapest from 1946 until his death.

International career

For me, the greatest Romanian footballer of all time was Iuliu Bodola. Neither Nicolae Dobrin, nor Gheorghe Hagi could be compared with him.

Former Romania coach Angelo Niculescu[5]

Bodola was a very prolific scorer for Romania. He and Wetzer were the top two goalscorers of the 1929–1931 (first) edition of the Balkan Cup (which Romania won). They scored seven goals each for their country in that tournament alone.[6] He played at both the 1934 FIFA World Cup and 1938 FIFA World Cup for Romania. After World War II he represented Hungary.


Venus Bucureşti
Nagyváradi AC


1 In the 1940–41 season, Bodola played for Nagyváradi AC in the Second League, but the appearances and the goals are unknown.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Iuliu Bodola - Goals in International Matches". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Players Appearing for Two or More Countries". RSSSF. Retrieved 2008-04-15.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. http://adevarul.ro/news/sport/iuliu-dudus-bodola-golgheterul-antisemit-1_50ac96fa7c42d5a663865cc5/index.html
  4. "Iuliu Bodola – Stats". Romanian Soccer. Retrieved 2008-11-30.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Adevărul
  6. "Balkan Cup (for Nations) 1929/31". RSSSF.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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