Sándor Popovics (footballer)
Popovics with Sparta in 1964
|Date of birth||22 June 1939|
|Place of birth||Keszthely, Hungary|
|Date of death||1 July 2019 80)(aged|
|Place of death||Roosendaal, Netherlands|
|1995–1998||ADO Den Haag (gen. manager)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
As a footballer he played for Újpest Dózsa (1958–1960). When in 1960 he played a game in Austria, he defected from Soviet Union-oppressed Hungary. He continued his football career in Germany at SpVgg Fürth (1960–1963) and later moved to Holland to play for Sparta (1963–64), and FC Zaanstreek (1964–1966).
After retiring form playing, Popovics coached Dutch amateur clubs Quick (1970–1971), MVV '27 (1971–1972), RFC Rotterdam (1972–1974), Overmaas (1974-1976), Unitas (1976–1977), Xerxes (1977–1978) and Barendrecht (1978–1980). The first professional team he managed was SVV Schiedam (1980–1981), then Belgian side KSV Waregem (1981–83). Back in the Netherlands he continued coaching professional teams De Graafschap (1983–1985), N.E.C. (1985–1987), Cambuur (1988–1990), Excelsior Rotterdam (1990–1992), FC Eindhoven (1993–1994) and RBC (July 2010). At Roosendaal he left after six days as the club tried to have his unlicensed deputies do the main work. He also managed Hungarian club MTK Budapest twice and Belgian side Verbroedering Geel, succeeding Dimitri Mbuyu.
He became a naturalized Dutch citizen in 1970. Popovics was married to Corrie, the ex-wife of Theo Laseroms, and was father-in-law of former NEC and Hungary goalkeeper Gábor Babos. He suffered from Alzheimer's disease and died on 1 July 2019.
- Hongaarse baltovenaars - NRC (in Dutch)
- Popovic - NRC (in Dutch)
- Sandor Popovics traint Geel - De Standaard (in Dutch)
- HONGAAR POPOVICS WORDT MANAGER BIJ DEN HAAG - Volkskrant (in Dutch)
- Sandor Popovics hoofd scouting - NAC (in Dutch)
- Sandor Popovics overleden - N.E.C. (in Dutch)
- Oud-trainer Sandor Popovic (80) overleden - Capels Dagblad (in Dutch)
- Alarm, alarm, het nieuwe NEC komt eraan - De Trouwe Honden (in Dutch)
- Oud-trainer Popovics van De Graafschap en NEC overleden - Gelderlander (in Dutch)