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The Central European International Cup was an international football competition played for by national teams from Central Europe between 1927 and 1960. There was a competition for professional and amateur teams. Participating nations were Austria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Italy, Switzerland and Yugoslavia.

Played as a league on a home and away basis, it was contested six times and each single tournament usually took more than two years to complete. The last two tournaments lasted five years. It was discontinued in 1960, when the European Football Championship started. Winners of the competition included the Austrian Wunderteam of the early 1930s, the Italy team that also won two World Cups in the 1930s, the legendary Mighty Magyars from Hungary and the Czechoslovakia team that later finished as World Cup runners up in 1962.

Trophy

The trophy of the early competitions was named Švehla Cup after Antonín Švehla, the prime minister of Czechoslovakiamarker, who donated it. After the Second World War the new trophy was known as the Dr. Gerö Cup in honour of Josef Gerö, a director of the Austrian Football Association and former match referee.

History of the professional competition

The competition was conceived by the Austrianmarker football pioneer Hugo Meisl, regarded by some as one of the fathers of European football. Meisl was also behind the launch of the Mitropa Cup, a knockout competition for club teams from the same countries which also began in 1927. He also managed Austria during the Wunderteam era of the 1930s and led them to victory in the 1931-32 competition.

The first tournament played between 1927 and 1930 had been won by an Italy team inspired by Giuseppe Meazza. Meazza and Italy also won the 1933-35 competition. This time the team was coached by the legendary Vittorio Pozzo and either side of winning this competition they also won two World Cups in 1934 and 1938. The fourth tournament which began in 1936 was eventually abandoned due to the Anschluss Crisis and because of the Second World War the fifth tournament did not begin until 1948. This tournament marked the advent of the legendary Mighty Magyars of Hungary, coached by Gusztáv Sebes and featuring Ferenc Puskás, Zoltán Czibor, Sándor Kocsis, Nándor Hidegkuti, József Bozsik and Gyula Grosics. They claimed the trophy after a 3-0 win over Italy in Romemarker in 1953.

Winners



Final Placings



Years Classification
Winner Points Runner-up Points Third place Points

1927 - 1930
Italy
11
Austria
10
Czechoslovakia
9
1931 - 1932
Austria
11
Italy
9
Hungary
8
1933 - 1935
Italy
11
Austria
9
Hungary
9
1936 - 1937 Tournament was interrupted due to Anschluss March 12 1938.
1948 - 1953
Hungary
11
Czechoslovakia
9
Austria
9
1954 - 1960
Czechoslovakia
16
Hungary
15
Austria
11





Years Classification (amateur competition)
Winner Points Runner-up Points Third place Points

1929-1930
Poland
7
Hungary (A)
6
Austria(A)
6
1931-1934
Romania
9
Hungary (A)
6
Czechoslovakia (A)
5


Topscorers

Years Topscorer
goals striker national team
1927-1930 6 goals Julio Libonatti
Gino Rossetti
Italy
Italy
1931-1932 8 goals István Avar Hungary
1933-1935 7 goals Leopold Kielholz
György Sárosi
Switzerland
Hungary
1936-1938 10 goals György Sárosi Hungary
1948-1953 10 goals Ferenc Puskás Hungary
1955-1960 7 goals Lajos Tichy Hungary


References

  1. Leo Schidrowitz "Internationaler Cup", Vienna 1954


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