Pál Csernai

Pál Csernai

Pál Csernai
Personal information
Date of birth (1932-10-21)21 October 1932
Place of birth Pilis, Kingdom of Hungary
Date of death 1 September 2013(2013-09-01) (aged 80)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1952–1956 Csepeli Vasas
1956–1958 Karlsruher SC
1958–1959 La Chaux-de-Fonds
1959–1965 Stuttgarter Kickers
National team
1955 Hungary 2 (0)
Teams managed
1968–1970 Wacker 04 Berlin
1970–1971 SSV Reutlingen 05
1971–1972 Royal Antwerp
1973–1977 North Baden FA
1978–1983 FC Bayern Munich
1983–1984 PAOK
1984–1985 Benfica
1985–1986 Borussia Dortmund
1987–1988 Fenerbahçe
1988 Eintracht Frankfurt[1]
1990 Young Boys
1990–1991 Hertha BSC
1993–1994 North Korea
1994–1995 Sopron
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Pál Csernai (21 October 1932 – 1 September 2013) was a Hungarian football player and manager.


Playing career

Born in Pilis, Kingdom of Hungary, Csernai played club football in Hungary, Germany and Switzerland for Csepeli Vasas, Karlsruher SC, La Chaux-de-Fonds and Stuttgarter Kickers.[2]

He also earned two caps for Hungary in 1955.[2]

Management career

After retiring as a player, Csernai managed clubs in Germany, Belgium, Greece, Portugal, Turkey, Switzerland and Hungary; he also managed the North Korean national team.[3]

Known for wearing his trade mark silk scarf, he is considered to be the inventor of the so-called "Pal system", a combination of the man-to-man and the zone defenses.[4]

Later life and death

Csernai died on 1 September 2013, after a long illness.[5]


  1. ^ "Profile" (in German). Eintracht Archiv. 
  2. ^ a b Pál Csernai at National-Football-Teams.com
  3. ^ Pablo Gorondi (21 May 2010). "Hungary's Pal Csernai recalls 1990s stint as North Korea's soccer coach". Star Tribune. 
  4. ^ "Bayerns Meister-Trainer Pal Csernai ist tot" (in German).  
  5. ^ "Früherer Bayern-Trainer: Pal Csernai ist tot" (in German). Der Spiegel. 2 September 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2013.