Asim Ferhatović

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Asim Ferhatović
Personal information
Full name Asim Ferhatović
Date of birth (1933-01-24)24 January 1933
Place of birth Sarajevo, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Date of death 25 January 1987(1987-01-25) (aged 54)
Place of death Sarajevo, SFR Yugoslavia
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1945–1948 FK Vratnik
1948–1950 FK Sarajevo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1952–1960 FK Sarajevo 161 (66)
1960–1961 Fenerbahçe 9 (0)
1961–1967 FK Sarajevo 43 (9)
Total 213 (75)
National team
1961 Yugoslavia 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Asim "Hase" Ferhatović (24 January 1933 – 25 January 1987) was a Bosnian footballer. He started his football career in 1948 with FK Sarajevo, for whom he made his first-team debut in 1952. Ferhatovic remained with the club until his retirement in 1967, although he represented Fenerbahçe in the 1960-61 season, winning the Turkish league title. He won a solitary cap for the Yugoslavia national football team in 1961.

Career[edit]

Club[edit]

During the 1950s and 1960s, Ferhatović led FK Sarajevo to great heights, and became the club's best and most famous player, scoring 198 goals in 422 games. His greatest personal achievement was becoming lead scorer in the Yugoslavian First League with 19 goals for FK Sarajevo in the 1963-1964 season. His last season (1966-67) saw Sarajevo win their first-ever First League title and qualify for the European Cup.

Ferhatović's retirement was one of the most important events in Sarajevo's sporting history, and the local newspapers ran the headline Jedan je Hase! (There is Only One Hase!) in his honour that day.

International[edit]

Ferhatović played once for the Yugoslavia national football team, on 8 October 1961 against South Korea in qualification for the 1962 FIFA World Cup.[1][2]

Death and Legacy[edit]

He died on 25 January 1987, the day after his 54th birthday, of a heart attack.

Sarajevo's Asim Ferhatović Hase Stadium, the site of the Opening Ceremonies of the 1984 Winter Olympics and the home of FK Sarajevo, is named in his honour. The Bosnia-Herzegovina national team often use the stadium for their international matches. It is also the largest stadium in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In Popular Culture[edit]

The Bosnian rock band Zabranjeno Pušenje wrote a song in honour of Ferhatović called Nedjelja kad je otišao Hase ("The Sunday When Hase Left").

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