Đorđe Vujadinović

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Đorđe Vujadinović
Personal information
Full name Đorđe Vujadinović
Date of birth (1909-11-29)29 November 1909
Place of birth Smederevo, Kingdom of Serbia
Date of death 5 October 1990(1990-10-05) (aged 80)
Place of death Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1923–1928 BSK Belgrade
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1928–1940 BSK Belgrade
National team
1929–1940 Kingdom of Yugoslavia 44 (18)
Teams managed
Partizan (youth)
OFK Beograd (youth)
1960–1961 OFK Beograd
Yugoslavia under-21
1967 Altay S.K.
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Đorđe "Đokica" Vujadinović (Serbian Cyrillic: Ђорђе Вујадиновић; 29 November 1909 – 5 October 1990) was a Serbian international football player and manager.

Career[edit]

He was born in Kolari, a suburb of Smederevo, but still very young, came to Belgrade to live with his uncle. While playing football with his friends in a sandy field in the Kalemegdan park in the center of the city, he was spotted by a "older serious man with hat" who invite him, together with other two boys, to come and make tests in, the biggest club from that period, BSK. He passed, and joined the youth team, in which played a wonderful generation of players, in which Tirnanić, Valjarević, Krčevinac, Zloković and him make the forward line, that will be, some years latter, the attack of the BSK team that won many Championships in the 1930s. Those late 1920s were years of great expansion in the Yugoslav Kingdom and football was starting to be extremely popular. In those times, the players started to be professionalized and started to be paid monetarily, but he refused, saying that his earnings as a bank employee were enough for him and that he played football only by pleasure. This is a great example of his calm and honest character. Until 1940 he played around 400 matches for the club, was national Champion five times and twice a league top-scorer.[1]

He was the only BSK player to win all five national titles.[2]

National team[edit]

Before the WWII, the Yugoslav team was unimaginable without him in the squad. Between 1929 and 1940 he played 44 international matches, and didn't play more because of his duties as a bank functioner. He was one of the main players of the Yugoslavia national football team in the 1930 FIFA World Cup, and scored a total of 18 goals for the national team.[3]

International goals[edit]

Yugoslavia's goal tally first

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 26 January 1930 Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium, Athens, Greece  Greece 1–0 1–2 1929–31 Balkan Cup
2. 13 April 1930 BSK Beograd Stadium, Belgrade, Yugoslavia  Bulgaria 1–0 6–1 Friendly
3. 5–1
4. 17 July 1930 Estadio Gran Parque Central, Montevideo, Uruguay  Bolivia 4–0 4–0 1930 FIFA World Cup
5. 27 July 1930 Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay  Uruguay 1–0 1–6
6. 24 April 1932 Estadio Buenavista, Oviedo, Spain  Spain 1–2 1–2 Friendly
7. 3 May 1932 Estádio do Campo Grande, Lisbon, Portugal  Portugal 1–1 2–3 Friendly
8. 2–3
9. 26 June 1932 BSK Beograd Stadium, Belgrade, Yugoslavia  Greece 5–1 7–1 1932 Balkan Cup
10. 3 July 1932 BSK Beograd Stadium, Belgrade, Yugoslavia  Romania 3–1 3–1
11. 10 September 1933 Polish Army Stadium, Warsaw, Poland  Poland 1–1 3–4 Friendly
12. 2–1
13. 16 December 1934 Parc des Princes, Paris, France  France 2–1 2–3 Friendly
14. 20 June 1935 Yunak Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria  Greece 3–1 6–1 1935 Balkan Cup
15. 24 June 1935 Yunak Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria  Bulgaria 2–1 3–3
16. 3–3
17. 10 May 1935 ONEF Stadium, Bucharest, Romania  Romania 1–1 2–3 1935 King Carol Cup
18. 6 September 1937 BSK Beograd Stadium, Belgrade, Yugoslavia  Romania 1–1 2–1 Friendly

Manager career[edit]

After returning from captivity, in the end of the Second World War, he ended his playing career and dedicates to the work with the younger generations. He starts coaching the youth teams of FK Partizan and latter OFK Belgrade, where he also managed the senior team in 1960–61.[4] He was also the manager of the Yugoslavia national under-21 football team and Altay S.K..[5] While in a zenith of his managerial time, he invited Mr.Miljan Miljanić ( the latter President of the Yugoslav Football Federation), and with whom had already worked before, to substitute him in the job.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

National team[edit]

Trivia[edit]

He was nicknamed "Leteći fudbaler", translated to English "The flying footballer". This nickname was due to the fact that during the last years he played with BSK he also worked as an employee in the National Bank of Yugoslavia, so as his work did not allowed him to numerous absences, when the club played away he did not travelled earlier with the rest of the team, but he rather departed from Belgrade in last moments by airplane in order to come in time to the match.[6]

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