Ernő Egri Erbstein

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Ernő Egri Erbstein
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Personal information
Full name Ernő Egri Erbstein
Date of birth (1898-05-13)13 May 1898
Place of birth Nagyvárad, Austria-Hungary
Date of death 4 May 1949(1949-05-04) (aged 50)
Place of death Superga, Italy
Playing position Wing half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1915–1922 Budapesti AK
1922 Hakoah Arad
1922–1924 Budapesti AK
1924–1925 Olympia Fiume 18 (5)
1925–1926 Vicenza 28 (2)
1926–1928 Husos
Teams managed
1928–1929 Bari
1929–1930 Nocerina
1930–1932 Cagliari
1932–1933 Bari
1933–1938 Lucchese
1938–1939 Torino
1946–1949 Torino (technical director)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ernő Egri Erbstein (Hungarian: Erbstein Ernő), also known as Ernest and Ernesto Erbstein (13 May 1898 – 4 May 1949), was a Hungarian football player manager from Nagyvárad, now known as Oradea, in Romania. He carried out his footballing activities in several countries, he was most noted for his association with Italian football.


Erbstein, first on the right with the Grande Torino

Erbstein carried out the majority of his playing career with Budapesti AK, with whom he spent almost a decade, either side of a brief spell with Hakoah Arad in 1922. After first getting a taste for Italian football with Olympia Fiume (Fiume was the Italian name for the present-day Croatian city of Rijeka) he moved to Vicenza for a season.[1]

As a manager Bari gave him his first chance, he had short spells at Nocerina, Cagliari and Bari again before moving on to Lucchese where he spent five years. Erbstein moved to Torino after that, but because of World War II and the fact that he was Jewish he returned to Hungary.

After the war Erbstein rejoined Torino, this time in the capacity of a trainer; this was one of the most noted spells in Italian football as the Torino side became known as Grande Torino.[2] Erbstein (as technical director) along with Englishman Leslie Lievesley (as trainer) were co-managers during the 1948–49 season. Disaster struck on 4 May 1949 when Erbstein and the majority of the Torino team died in the Superga air disaster.[3]


Technical director





  1. ^ Bliss, Dominic (2014). Erbstein: The triumph and tragedy of football’s forgotten pioneer.
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  3. ^ Masters, James (3 March 2015). "Ernő Egri Erbstein: Tragic tale of Jewish soccer hero who defied Nazis". CNN. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  4. ^ Bliss, Dominic (2014). Erbstein: The triumph and tragedy of football’s forgotten pioneer.
  5. ^ Bliss, Dominic (2014). Erbstein: The triumph and tragedy of football’s forgotten pioneer.

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