Pogačnik led arguably the most successful Indonesian national team. Under him, Indonesia held the Soviet Union to a 0-0 draw in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics quarter final game before losing 0-4 in the replay two days later. It was a strong Soviet team captained by the great Lev Yashin which then went on to win the gold medal.
As the Dutch East Indies, Indonesia competed in the 1938 World Cup but since then has not appeared in a world tournament at a senior level. Antun Pogačnik is the only coach who has been able to take the Indonesian national team to the Olympic Games. He is remembered very fondly in Indonesian football circles.  He later became a manager, with Metalac Zagreb, FK Partizan, Grasshopper Club Zürich.