Iuliu Bodola

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Iuliu Bodola / Gyula Bodola
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Personal information
Date of birth (1912-02-26)26 February 1912
Place of birth Brassó, Austria-Hungary
Date of death 10 September 1992(1992-09-10) (aged 80)
Place of death Budapest, Hungary
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1922–1929 Braşovia Braşov
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1929–1937 CA Oradea 89 (62)
1937–1940 Venus Bucureşti 61 (47)
1940–1945 Nagyváradi AC 93 (451)
1945–1946 Ferar Cluj 3 (3)
1946–1949 MTK Hungária 83 (35)
Total 329 (192)
National team
1931–1939[1] Romania 48 (30)
1940–1948[1] Hungary 13 (4)
Teams managed
1950–1951 Szolnoki MÁV
1951–1953 Haladás
1953–1954 Pécsi VSK
1954–1957 Komlói Bányász
1957–1959 Pécsi VSK
1959–1960 Gyulai SE
1960–1961 Diósgyőri VTK
1963 Salgótarjáni BTC
1964–1971 Ormosbányai Bányász
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Iuliu Bodola (also known as Gyula Bodola; 26 February 1912 – 12 March 1992) was a Romanian association football striker who played internationally for Romania and Hungary.[1][2] His nickname was Duduş.[3]


Bodola played club football for Clubul Atletic Oradea, Venus Bucureşti, Ferar Cluj-Napoca and MTK.[4] In November 2008, the name of the Municipal Stadium in Oradea was named after him, becoming the Stadionul Iuliu Bodola. He was the top scorer of the Romanian First League in the 1938–1939 and 1939–1940 seasons. He lived in Budapest from 1946 until his death.

International career[edit]

For me, the greatest Romanian footballer of all time was Iuliu Bodola. Neither Nicolae Dobrin, nor Gheorghe Hagi could be compared with him.

Former Romania coach Angelo Niculescu[5]

Bodola was a very prolific scorer for Romania. He and Wetzer were the top two goalscorers of the 1929–1931 (first) edition of the Balkan Cup (which Romania won). They scored seven goals each for their country in that tournament alone.[6] He played at both the 1934 FIFA World Cup and 1938 FIFA World Cup for Romania. After World War II he represented Hungary.


Venus Bucureşti
Nagyváradi AC

Personal life[edit]

His son György Bodola was a Hungarian illustrator.


1 In the 1940–41 season, Bodola played for Nagyváradi AC in the Second League, but the appearances and the goals are unknown.


  1. ^ a b c "Iuliu Bodola – Goals in International Matches". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation.
  2. ^ "Players Appearing for Two or More Countries". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 3 August 2008. Retrieved 15 April 2008.
  3. ^ Iuliu „Duduş“ Bodola, golgheterul antisemit. adevarul.ro.
  4. ^ "Iuliu Bodola – Stats". Romanian Soccer. Retrieved 30 November 2008.
  5. ^ Iuliu „Duduş“ Bodola, golgheterul antisemit. Adevarul.ro (26 March 2011). Retrieved on 2017-05-29.
  6. ^ "Balkan Cup (for Nations) 1929/31". RSSSF.

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