Joe Vlasits
Personal information
Full name Joseph Vlasits
Date of birth 1921
Place of birth Budapest, Hungary
Date of death (aged 64)
Position(s) Winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1939–1940 Nemzeti 2 (1)
Managerial career
1958–1960 Canterbury-Marrickville
1961 Sydney Prague
1962 Budapest
1963–1964 Pan-Hellenic
1965 Bankstown
1966 SSC Yugal
1967–1968 Melita Eagles-Newtown
1967–1970 Australia
1972 Pan-Hellenic
1974 Northern Districts
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Joseph "Uncle Joe" Vlasits (1921 – 23 April 1985) was a Hungarian football player and manager who coached the Australian national side from 1967 to 1970.

Early life and playing career

Vlasits was born in 1921 in Budapest, Hungary. 1939/40 he played for Budapest First Division club Nemzeti but his career was cut short by injury and he moved to Australia in the late 1940s.[1]

Managerial career

In Australia, Vlasits moved into management, and coached New South Wales Division One side Canterbury-Marrickville from 1958 to 1960, winning titles in 1958 and 1960 and winning the Ampol Cup in '58. He then coached Sydney Prague and Budapest in 1961 and '62 respectively, winning the Division One title with both clubs. He then took over at fellow Division One side Pan-Hellenic for 1963 and '64, but could only manage fourth- and sixth-place finishes. He then dropped down a league to Division Two side Bankstown, which placed sixth in his only year of management, 1965. He returned to Division One in 1966 with strugglers SSC Yugal, which came third-last that season. A two-year stint at Melita Eagles-Newtown saw the club finish third-last in both the 1967 and '68 Division One seasons.

He coached the Australian national side from 1967 to 1970, and coached the team to victory in the 1967 Quoc Khanh Cup, winning all five matches they played. It was Australia's first international footballing honour. He coached Australia for a total of 23 games — 13 wins, seven draws, and three losses.[2] In 1970 he took an Australian side to the Friendship Cup in Saigon, Vietnam. Later that year Rale Rasic was appointed his successor. Vlasits is credited having elevated Jonny Warren to Australian captain.

He returned to Pan-Hellenic for the 1972 season, and the team came seventh in Division One. He then managed Northern Districts to the Division Three title in 1974.

Joe Vlasits became in 1999 one of the original inductees to the Football Australia Hall of Fame.


Vlasits died at the age of 64 on 23 April 1985.[3]


As a manager


Sydney Prague



Northern Districts

Managerial statistics

Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Australia 1967 1970 23 13 7 3 056.52


  1. ^ Tamás Dénes, Mihály–B. Sándor, Éva Bába: "A magyar labdarúgás története Vol. II: Proikorszak vb-ezüsttel (1926–1944)", Campus Kiadó (Debrecen), p. 381. ISBN 978-963-9822-11-2
  2. ^ "Teams of the Decade | Men's 1963-1970". Australia national football team. 18 December 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  3. ^ "'Uncle Joe' Vlasits dies at 64 after long illness". The Sydney Morning Herald. 24 April 1985. p. 42. Retrieved 3 April 2023.