Aleksandar Tirnanić

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Aleksandar Tirnanić
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Personal information
Date of birth (1910-07-15)15 July 1910
Place of birth Krnjevo, Kingdom of Serbia
Date of death 13 December 1992(1992-12-13) (aged 82)
Place of death Belgrade, FR Yugoslavia
Playing position Winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1927–1937 BSK Belgrade
1937–1941 BASK
1941–1942 Jedinstvo Belgrade
1942–1943 Sloga Belgrade
National team
1929–1940 Kingdom of Yugoslavia 50 (12)
Teams managed
1953–1960 Yugoslavia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Aleksandar "Tirke" Tirnanić (Serbian Cyrillic: Александар Тирнанић Тирке) (15 July 1910 in Krnjevo village near Velika Plana, Kingdom of Serbia – 13 December 1992 in Belgrade, Serbia, FR Yugoslavia) was a Serbian football (soccer) player and manager.

Early life and beginnings[edit]

Born in a central Serbian village, Tirnanić was still in infancy when his working-class family moved to the capital Belgrade. He barely remembered his father, a metal factory worker who died in 1914 as part of Royal Serbian Army World War I effort.

Raised by a single mother, young Tirnanić quickly developed a love for football, which he played endlessly at Bara Venecija pitches on the Sava River's right bank. He got spotted there by coach Radenko Mitrović who brought the talented youngster to SK Jugoslavija youth setup. However, Tirnanić soon moved to arch crosstown rival BSK youth squad where he quickly developed into a notable right winger. Realizing his potential, he completely immersed himself in football and abandoned school.

Career[edit]

He made his first team senior debut as a 17-year-old, quickly marking himself out as an able and temperamental player, and forming a midfield partnership with Moša Marjanović.

Tirnanić spent most of his senior club career with BSK Beograd for which he appeared in 500 matches. During his career with BSK Tirnanić had great rivals Leo Lemešić (1924-1940) and Ljubo Benčić (1921-1935) who played for Hajduk Split. Additionally, he earned 50 caps and scored 12 goals for the Kingdom of Yugoslavia national team from 1929 to 1940. In 1937 he moved to BASK[1] where he played until 1941 when he joined Jedinstvo Belgrade.[2] He later joined another club in the Serbian League, Belgrade based Sloga.[3]

International career[edit]

He also appearing in the 1930 FIFA World Cup. The day before he turned 19 he scored a goal, which made him at the time the youngest goalscorer in the World Cup. Later he has been beaten by Manuel Rosas in 1930, Pelé in 1958, Michael Owen in 1998, Dmitri Sychev in 2002 and latest Lionel Messi in 2006, which makes him the sixth youngest goalscorer in the FIFA World Cup. Later, he coached the Yugoslav team in two more World Cups, 1954 and 1958, the football tournaments at the Summer Olympics, 1948, 1952 and 1960 when is Yugoslavia won gold medal, also appearing in the 1960 European Nations' Cup when is Yugoslavia scored second place.

During the Balkan Cup, held in 1935 in Athens, Greece, Tirnanić and Tomašević were the top goalscorers of the tournament with 3 goals each. Thanks to these contributions Yugoslavia won the Balkan Cup in that edition, leaving behind Greece, Romania, and Bulgaria.[4]

In 2010 film Montevideo, God Bless You! and in 2014 film See You in Montevideo, Tirnanić was portrayed by actor Miloš Biković.

International goals[edit]

Yugoslavia's goal tally first

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 13 April 1930 BSK Beograd Stadium, Belgrade, Yugoslavia  Bulgaria 3–1 6–1 Friendly
2. 15 June 1930 Levski Field, Sofia, Bulgaria  Bulgaria 1–2 2–2 Friendly
3. 14 July 1930 Estadio Gran Parque Central, Montevideo, Uruguay  Brazil 1–0 2–1 1930 FIFA World Cup
4. 4 October 1931 Yunak Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria  Bulgaria 1–0 2–3 1931 Balkan Cup
5. 26 June 1932 BSK Beograd Stadium, Belgrade, Yugoslavia  Greece 1–1 7–1 1932 Balkan Cup
6. 10 September 1933 Polish Army Stadium, Warsaw, Poland  Poland 3–4 3–4 Friendly
7. 3 June 1934 BSK Beograd Stadium, Belgrade, Yugoslavia  Brazil 7–4 8–4 Friendly
8. 25 December 1934 Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium, Athens, Greece  Bulgaria 3–1 4–3 1934–35 Balkan Cup
9. 4–1
10. 1 January 1935 Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium, Athens, Greece  Romania 1–0 4–0
11. 12 July 1936 Taksim Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey  Turkey 3–2 3–3 Friendly
12. 6 September 1936 BSK Beograd Stadium, Belgrade, Yugoslavia  Poland 9–3 9–3 Friendly

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