Béla Guttmann, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Béla Guttmann

Hungarian footballer and manager

Date of Birth: 27-Jan-1899

Place of Birth: Budapest, Hungary

Date of Death: 28-Aug-1981

Profession: association football manager, association football player

Nationality: Hungary

Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

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About Béla Guttmann

  • Béla Guttmann (Hungarian: ['be?l? 'gutm?nn]; 27 January 1899 – 28 August 1981) was a Hungarian footballer and coach.
  • He was born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary, and was Jewish.
  • Because he was a Jew, he was deported by the Nazis to a Nazi slave labor camp; he survived the Holocaust.
  • Before the war, he played as a midfielder for MTK Hungária FC, SC Hakoah Wien, Hungary and several clubs in the United States.
  • However, he is perhaps best remembered as a coach and manager after the war of A.C.
  • Milan, São Paulo FC, FC Porto, Benfica and C.A.
  • Peñarol.
  • His greatest success came with Benfica when he guided them to two successive European Cup wins in 1961 and in 1962. Together with Márton Bukovi and Gusztáv Sebes, Guttmann formed a triumvirate of radical Hungarian coaches who pioneered the 4–2–4 formation and he is also credited with mentoring Eusébio.
  • However throughout his career he was never far from controversy.
  • Widely travelled, as both a player and coach, he rarely stayed at a club longer than two seasons, and was quoted as saying "the third season is fatal".
  • He was sacked at Milan while they were top of Serie A and he walked out on Benfica after they refused a request for a pay rise, reportedly leaving the club with a curse.

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