Hungary mourns former manager József Verebes
According to MLSZ’s press release: Three-time Hungarian league-winning coach and former Hungary national team surpremo József Verebes has passed away at the age of 74 after a short illness.
Verebes was born in Budapest in 1941 and joined Ferencváros, then known as Kinizsi, in 1952. He spent 10 years with the Green Eagles, playing three times in NBI in 1962 before moving on to Oroszlányi BSK, BVSC, Ganz-Mávag, Budafoki MTE and Középítők. His coaching career started at Kecskemét in 1978 and after short stints at Sülysáp and Videoton he embarked on his greatest successes with Győri ETO, taking them to the NBI title for the first time in 19 years in 1981 and a successful defence of the championship in 1982, the same year in which he was given the Football Coach of the Year award in Hungary.
In 1986 he left for MTK Budapest where he won another Hungarian league title in his first season, for a part of that time combining club duties with the Hungarian national team which he led for four matches, the highlight of which was a 5-3 home win against Poland.
In 1992 Verebes switched from MTK to Budapest rivals Kispest Honvéd who he coached for eight matches during their championship season of 1992/93 before a brief spell back at Győr and then at the national team for a second time in a temporary capacity. He later coached Diosgyőr, Vasas, Szeged and Videoton amongst other clubs.
– press release –
Photo: MTI, mlsz.hu