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Ştefan Covaci
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Personal information
Full name Ştefan Kovács
Date of birth 2 October 1920
Place of birth    Timişoara, Romania
Date of death    12 May 1995 (aged 74)
Place of death    Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1931–1934
1934–1937
CA Timişoara
CA Oradea
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1937–1938
1938–1941
1941
1941–1942
1942–1947
1947–1950
1950–1953
CA Oradea
Olympique Charleroi
Ripensia Timişoara
CFR Turnu Severin
KAC
CFR Cluj
Universitatea Cluj
   
Teams managed
1953–1962
1962–1967
1967–1970
1971–1973
1973–1975
1976–1979
1980
1981–1983
1986–1987
Universitatea Cluj
Romania (assistant)
Steaua Bucureşti
Ajax
France
Romania
Romania
Panathinaikos
AS Monaco FC

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Ştefan Covaci (2 October 1920 - 12 May 1995), is with 15 major titles one of the most successful association football coaches in the history of the game. This ethnic Hungarian from Romania will be foremost remembered for his outstanding successes with Ajax Amsterdam in the early 1970s.

Career

Born in Timişoara, Romania, Kovács was an average midfielder, having an individual technique and a tactical intuition. He never played for Romania as his older brother Miklós Kovács did, who was one of five players who participated at all three World Cups before the Second World War.

Kovács had his first major coaching successes at the helm of Steaua Bucureşti, where he won between 1967 and 1971 once the championship and three times the cup of Romania.

After this he succeeded Rinus Michels at the head of Ajax in 1971, continuing and expanding on his "total football" philosophy. With Ajax he achieved 1972 and 1973 two consecutive European Champions Cups. In 1972 he even won the Intercontinental Cup and also the first edition of European Supercup (1973). Further to that he led Ajax to the double of cup and championship in 1972 and another national championship in 1973.

After he left Ajax in 1973, he was called up by the French football federation to take the reins of the national side. In this position he raised the young generations of French talents and prepared his successor, Michel Hidalgo, to the successes of the 80's.

After this episode he returned to Romania becoming its national team coach. Later he had further successes with Panathinaikos and AS Monaco.

Managerial honours

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Romania Petre Rădulescu
Universitatea Cluj Manager
1953–1962
Succeeded by
Romania Nicolae Munteanu
Preceded by
Romania Ilie Savu
Steaua Manager
1967–1970
Succeeded by
Romania Ştefan Onisie
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Rinus Michels
European Cup winning manager
1971–72 & 1972–73
Succeeded by
Udo Lattek
Preceded by
Scotland Jock Stein
Scotland Celtic
European Treble winning manager
Netherlands Ajax Amsterdam

1971–1972
Succeeded by
Netherlands Guus Hiddink
Netherlands PSV Eindhoven
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