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Gyula Mándi, also referred to as Mándi Gyula or Julius Mandel (born January 21, 1899 in Budapestmarker- died October 18, 1969 in Budapestmarker) was a Hungarian footballer and manager.

Player

Mándi was part of the greatest era of MTK, the 1920s and 1930s. He played alongside the likes of Franz Platko, Béla Guttmann, Gusztáv Sebes, Jenő Kálmár, Imre Schlosser, Iuliu Baratky and Ferenc Sas. Between 1919 and 1925 he won seven consecutive championships with MTK.

The professionalisation of the game in Hungary weakened MTK's absolute dominance, but they remained amongst the leading sides. Until the end of his career in 1937 he could celebrate three more championships. Between 1923 and 1933 he also won cups with the club. Altogether Mándi Mándi made 325 appearances for MTK.

National Team

Mándi's career with the Hungarian national football team commenced in June 1921 with a match against Germany. Soon he featured regularly in the side, forming the defense together with Károly Fogl.

In 1924 Hungary participated in the football tournament of the Olympic Games in Parismarker. Hungary's hopes rose after a decisive first round win over Poland. However, a sensational 0-3 defeat at the hands of Egypt in the second stage ended the aspirations of the Magyars. Mándi played in both matches.

A knee injury prevented Mándi from continuing his international career until 1929, when he again featured regularly until 1932, including five matches for the Central European International Cup. After missing out on further nominations for a two years, he returned once more to the Hungarian side for a World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria in 1934. Altogether he played 31 times for his country.

Coach

After retiring as a player, Mándi became a coach and was the nominal manager of Hungary during the era of the Mighty Magyars. However, his former MTK team mate, Gusztáv Sebes, who outranked him as the Deputy Minister of Sport, had the final say in the major decisions and was effectively in charge.

In 1958 Mándi moved to Brazilmarker where he coached América in Rio de Janeiromarker. Alongside his compatriots, the aforementioned Béla Guttmann and Izidor Kürschner, also a former MTK player, he remains to date one of only three European coaches to have some impact in Brazil.

Between 1959 and 1964, Mandi had two spells as coach of Israel, with who he reached the final of the 1960 AFC Asian Cup.

Honours

MTK Hungária FC

  • Hungarian League
    • Winner : 1919, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1929, 1936, 1937 : 10
    • Runner-up : 1926, 1928, 1931, 1933: 4


  • Hungarian Cup
    • Winner : 1923, 1925, 1932 : 3
    • Runner-up : 1930, 1935: 2


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