László Sternberg (28 May 1905 – 1982) was a Hungarian footballer who played professionally in both Europe and the United States. He captained the Hungarian national football team at the 1934 FIFA World Cup.

In 1925, Sternberg began his career with Novese Novi Ligure. After one season, he moved to Andrea Doria[1] In 1927, a new law in Italy banned the use of foreign players on Italian teams. Sternberg returned to Hungary and joined Újpest FC. In 1928, Sternberg moved to the United States and signed with the New York Giants of the American Soccer League. With the outbreak of the "Soccer Wars" between the ASL and the United States Football Federation, Sternberg briefly played in the Eastern Professional Soccer League. In 1929, he moved to Brooklyn Hakoah, a predominantly Jewish team. In 1930, Brooklyn merged with New York Hakoah to form the Hakoah All-Stars.[2] Brooklyn Hakoah won the 1929 National Challenge Cup.[3] In 1932, he briefly played for the New York Americans. He then he returned to Europe and joined Újpest FC before finishing his career with Red Star Paris. He gained nineteen caps as a defender for Hungary.

He went on to coach Újpest FC from 1937 to 1938.

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  2. ^ Jose, Colin (1998). American Soccer League, 1921-1931 (Hardback). The Scarecrow Press. (ISBN 0-8108-3429-4). 
  3. ^ The US Open Cup Final: 1914-2010