Žarko Odžakov

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Žarko Odžakov
Personal information
Full name Žarko Odžakov
Date of birth (1955-11-11) 11 November 1955 (age 58)
Place of birth Skopje, SFR Yugoslavia
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974-1982 FK Vardar 109 (9)
1982-1984 Preston Makedonia 54 (10)
1985-1987 Sydney Croatia 67 (17)
1988-1990 Blacktown City 55 (2)
National team
1985-1987 Australia 13 (3)
Australia - Futsal
Teams managed
2001 FK Vardar
2002-2003 Macedonia U-21
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Žarko Odžakov (Macedonian: Жарко Оџаков) (born 11 November 1955 in Skopje[1]) is a retired footballer who represented Australia 13 times in full international matches.[2][3][4] Former Australia coach Ralé Rašić in 2006 picked Odžakov in his greatest Socceroo team.[5]

Playing career[edit]

Club career[edit]

FK Vardar[edit]

Odžakov played 109 matches over eight years for FK Vardar in the Yugoslav First League, scoring nine goals.[1]


In 1982 he emigrated to Australia where he played for Preston Makedonia in the National Soccer League.[1]

Sydney Croatia[edit]

From 1985 until 1987 he played at NSL club Sydney Croatia. It was at Croatia that he took the notice of the Australian selectors.[1][3]

Blacktown City[edit]

After two years at Croatia he moved to Blacktown City where he played two years, playing 55 NSL matches.[1]

International career[edit]

Outdoor football[edit]

In 1985 Odžakov played his first international match for the Australia. In all he played 13 full international matches for the Socceroos, playing his last match in 1987.[1]


Odžakov played three matches for the Australia national futsal team at the 1989 FIFA Futsal World Championship.[4]

Coaching career[edit]

Soon after retiring Odžakov returned to his native Macedonia. He soon received his coaching accreditation in Belgrade.[2]

After a string of assistant coaching roles Odžakov had stint managing FK Vardar, where he managed to place Vardar in the top half of the Macedonian First League.[2]

Odžakov managed various Republic of Macedonia youth teams, including the Republic of Macedonia national under-21 football team.[2]

Zarko Odzakov Cup[edit]

The Zarko Odzakov Cup is named in honour of Odžakov. It is contested by Sydney United (formerly Sydney Croatia) and Bankstown City (a team representing the Macedonian-Australian community).[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Australian Player Database - OB". ozfootball.net. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  2. ^ a b c d Murray, Les (3 March 2009). "Aussie coach with the right stuff". The World Game (Special Broadcasting Service). Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  3. ^ a b Murray, Les (2 December 2008). "Old soccer, ethnics and our future". The World Game (Special Broadcasting Service). Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  4. ^ a b "FIFA Player Statistics - Zarko ODZAKOV". FIFA. Retrieved 2009-05-29. 
  5. ^ "Rasic snubs Socceroos Kewell and Viduka". Sydney Morning Herald. 20 April 2006. Retrieved 2009-05-29. 
  6. ^ "The ZARKO ODZAKOV Cup". Sydney United Football Club. Retrieved 2009-05-29. [dead link]