József Zakariás

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József Zakariás
in 1949
Personal information
Full name József Zakariás
Date of birth (1924-03-25)25 March 1924
Place of birth Budapest, Hungary
Date of death 22 November 1971(1971-11-22) (aged 47)
Place of death Budapest, Hungary
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Defender / Defensive Midfielder
Youth career
1936–1941 Budafoki MTE
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1941–1944 Kábelgyár SC
1944 Gamma FC
1945 Budai Barátság SE
1946 Budai MSE
1946–1950 MATEOSZ Munkás SE
1950 Teherfuvar SE
1950 Budapest Előre
1951–1953 Bástya SE
1953–1956 Vörös Lobogó SE
1957–1958 Egyertértés SE
National team
1947–1954 Hungary 35 (0)
Teams managed
1959–1960 Szigetszentmiklósi SE
1961–1968 Guinea
1968–1971 Medosz Erdért SE

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

† Appearances (goals)

József Zakariás (25 March 1924 – 22 November 1971), was a Hungarian footballer and manager. During the 1950s he was a member of the legendary Hungary team known as the Mighty Magyars. Other members of the team included Nándor Hidegkuti, Ferenc Puskás, Zoltán Czibor, Sándor Kocsis and József Bozsik.

MTK Hungária FC

Zakariás was born and died in Budapest and spent the peak of his career at MTK Hungária FC. However while he was with the club they were known as Bástya SE and then Vörös Lobogó SE. Under coach Márton Bukovi and with a team that also included Nándor Hidegkuti, Péter Palotás and Mihály Lantos, Zakariás helped MTK win two Hungarian League titles, a Hungarian Cup and a Mitropa Cup.

Hungarian International

Between 1949 and 1954, Zakariás won 35 caps for Hungary. As one of the legendary Mighty Magyars, he helped Hungary become Olympic Champions in 1952, Central European Champions in 1953 and defeat England twice. He then helped Hungary reach the 1954 World Cup final. During the World Cup finals he played in four of the five games Hungary played in. He allegedly broke a curfew before the final, spending the previous night with a hotel maid. Zakariás never played for Hungary again.

Olympic medal record
Representing  Hungary
Men's Football
Gold medal – first place 1952 Helsinki Team competition



MTK/Bástya/Vörös Lobogó

External links


  • Behind The Curtain - Travels in Eastern European Football: Jonathan Wilson (2006) [1]