István Tóth (footballer)

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István Tóth
Personal information
Full name István Tóth-Potya
Date of birth (1891-07-28)28 July 1891
Place of birth Budapest, Austria-Hungary
Date of death 6 February 1945(1945-02-06) (aged 53)
Place of death Budapest, Hungary
Position(s) Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
National team
1909–1928 Hungary 19 (8)
Teams managed
1926–1930 Ferencváros
1930–1931 Triestina
1931–1932 Internazionale
1932–1934 Újpest
1934–1936 Triestina
1938–1939 Triestina
1943 Ferencváros[1]
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

István Tóth-Potya (28 July 1891 – 6 February 1945) was a Hungarian amateur footballer.

He was a member of the Hungarian Olympic squad at the 1912 Summer Olympics. He was an unused reserve player for the duration of the games and did not play a match in the 1912 football tournament.[2]

For the Hungary national team he played 19 games and scored 8 goals. He later had a coaching career, with alternating spells managing teams in Hungary and Italy.


Returning from Italy and serving as a reserve officer in the Hungarian army, during World War II he became a member of the Hungarian anti-fascist resistance following Hungary's invasion by Germany, in association with former team mate Geza Kertesz[3] helping several hundred people escape from Nazi custody and death.[4] He and Kertesz were arrested by the German Gestapo in late 1944 and executed in February 1945 in Budapest by Hitler's Hungarian allies, Szálasi's Arrow Cross henchmen.[3]

His body and that of Kertesz were reburied after the war in April 1946 in Kerepesi Cemetery, Budapest.[3]


  1. ^ "Hungarian Players and Coaches in Italy".
  2. ^ "István Tóth". Olympedia. Retrieved 25 May 2021.
  3. ^ Jump up to: a b c [1] news archive in Hungarian, from Four Four Two, Toth-Potya, Brull, Kertesz - Soccer victims of the Holocaust, accessed 17 May 2021.
  4. ^ "AS Roma official website Remembering Geza Kertesz, Roma coach and war hero". Retrieved 14 March 2021.
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