Nyilasi was the big Hungarian football star of the 1970s and 1980s, at six foot two inches he was unusually tall for an attacking midfielder but he was a fantastic talent, not only a great goalscorer but also a player who knitted all the play together with great combination play, passing and positioning. GusztÃ¡v Sebes, the coach of the legendary Mighty Magyars, said that Nyilasi was one of the few players who was good enough to have played in the great team of the 1950s.
Nyilasi began his professional career with Ferencvaros in 1972, where he quickly established himself as a talented and prolific forward. He helped Ferencvaros to win the Hungarian league title four times and the Hungarian Cup twice. Nyilasi was also instrumental in Ferencvaros' run to the final of the UEFA Cup in 1975, where they were defeated by German club Borussia Monchengladbach.
In 1983, Nyilasi was signed by Austrian club Austrian Vienna, where he played for five seasons. He was a key player for Austria Vienna during his time at the club, helping them to win the Austrian Bundesliga title three times and the Austrian Cup once. Nyilasi's performances and his goal-scoring rate were nothing short of phenomenal and when he retired from professional football in 1988, he was a fully-fledged legend of the Austrian club.
Nyilasi also represented the Hungarian national team on 70 occasions, scoring 31 goals. He was a key player for Hungary during his playing career, helping the team to reach the quarter-finals of the 1986 World Cup, where they were eliminated by Soviet Union.
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