Blagoje Marjanović

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Blagoje Marjanović
Personal information
Date of birth September 9, 1907
Place of birth Belgrade, Kingdom of Serbia
Date of death October 1, 1984(1984-10-01) (aged 77)
Place of death Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
SK Jugoslavija
SK Olimpija
BSK Beograd
SK Čukarički
FK Dinamo Pančevo
NK Proleter Osijek
National team
1926-1938 Yugoslavia 57 (36)
Teams managed
1953-1956 BSK
1957-1958 AC Torino
1958-1959 Calcio Catania
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only. † Appearances (Goals).

Blagoje "Moša" Marjanović (Serbian Cyrillic: Благоје Марјановић Моша; September 9, 1907 – October 1, 1984) was a Serbian football (soccer) player and manager.

Career[edit]

Born to merchant father Dimitrije and housewife mother Sofija, young Blagoje grew up on the outskirts of Belgrade in 7 Đakovačka Street.

Blagoje Marjanović was one of the best football forward in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. During the tournament his club was BSK. During his career, he scored 36 goals in 57 games for national team (unbroken record, until Bobek came, and scored 38 goals in 63 games, although Marjanović has better scoring ratio at 0,63 goals per game), and 575 goals in 14 seasons for his club BSK. He has won 4 Yugoslavian league titles with BSK, and 3rd place in FIFA World Cup 1930 in Uruguay. He scored one goal in that tournament in the game versus Bolivia.[1] After returning from 1930 World Cup, this excellent striker became (alongside his teammate Tirnanić), first professional footballer in Yugoslavia (although he had a little bit higher salary then Tirnanić). For his services at BSK Marjanović was paid YUS1,800 per month. The exchange rate of dinar against US dollar in December 1930 was $1 = YUS56.39 meaning that his monthly salary was $32 (about $446 in 2014 dollar).[1]He and Tirnanić formed one of the greatest right side partnership in Yugoslavian football history. Although, during the match he understood with Tirnanić very well, he had almost the same understanding with other teammates, from his club and from national team. Marjanović was highly intelligent player, and he was able to realize, how every of his teammates plays. During the game it always seemed that he knew what to do with or without a ball (especially during goalscoring situations in opponent penalty box, when he was highly unpredictable and very clever). He was very accurate shooter, but with average shot power. Moša could score from almost every position (he scored quite a few goals with his back-heel, chests and sometimes even stomach) and he didn't care if the ball came low or high, because he was, also, very good in air game. His main specialty was volley shot. Besides that, he was also one of the best free-kick takers in Yugoslavia. He scored a few times hat-trick for national team, but probably most memorable was against Brazil in 1934, in friendly game in Belgrade (the score was 8:4 for Yugoslavia). Many football experts of that time showed great appreciation for "Moša's" skills, including Hugo Meisl (creator and coach of the Austrian "Wunderteam") who claimed that with Marjanović in the attacking line "Wunderteam" would be perfect.

Marjanovic has enjoyed great fame and was a national superstar but also and a playboy, up to the moment when his club played against Hajduk, in Split. There is on the eve a match met an Dalmatian girl which supports Hajduk. They were married in 1938 with great interest of the public and journals. He retired from football in 1938. During WW II he was captured. He was in a concentration camp in Fürstenberg, Germany. In addition to all adversity, sometimes they are organized and football matches between "war prisoners" against the "guardians" where is Marjanovic showed his skills. When the war ended he returned to Yugoslavia and coached BSK and won one national cup.[2] He was later coach in Italian league (one year in AC Torino and one year in Calcio Catania). After an match in 1961, Moša suffered a stroke. He never came back the power of speech, the right side of his body was taken away. He died in 1984.

International goals[edit]

Yugoslavia's goal tally first

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 15 May 1927 Slavia Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria  Bulgaria 1–0 2–0 Friendly
2. 2–0
3. 6 May 1928 Stadion SK Jugoslavija, Belgrade, Yugoslavia  Romania 2–0 3–1 1928 King Aleksandar Cup
4. 19 May 1929 Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes, France  France 2–0 3–1 Friendly
5. 28 June 1929 Stadion Concordije, Zagreb, Yugoslavia  Czechoslovakia 2–2 3–3 Friendly
6. 3–2
7. 6 October 1929 ONEF Stadium, Bucharest, Romania  Romania 1–2 1–2 1929–31 Balkan Cup
8. 13 April 1930 BSK Beograd Stadium, Belgrade, Yugoslavia  Bulgaria 2–0 6–1 Friendly
9. 4–1
10. 17 July 1930 Estadio Gran Parque Central, Montevideo, Uruguay  Bolivia 2–0 4–0 1930 FIFA World Cup
11. 3 August 1930 Estadio Alvear y Tagle, Buenos Aires, Argentina  Argentina 1–3 1–3 Friendly
12. 16 November 1930 Slavia Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria  Bulgaria 2–0 3–0 1929–31 Balkan Cup
13. 19 April 1931 Stadion SK Jugoslavija, Belgrade, Yugoslavia  Bulgaria 1–0 1–0
14. 21 May 1931 BSK Beograd Stadium, Belgrade, Yugoslavia  Hungary 1–0 3–2 Friendly
15. 28 June 1931 Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb, Yugoslavia  Romania 1–1 2–4 1929–31 Balkan Cup
16. 2 August 1931 Stadion SK Jugoslavija, Belgrade, Yugoslavia  Czechoslovakia 2–0 2–1 Friendly
17. 4 October 1931 Yunak Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria  Bulgaria 2–0 2–0 1931 Balkan Cup
18. 30 April 1933 Stadion SK Jugoslavija, Belgrade, Yugoslavia  Spain 1–1 1–1 Friendly
19. 24 September 1933 BSK Beograd Stadium, Belgrade, Yugoslavia   Switzerland 2–0 2–2 1934 FIFA World Cup qualification
20. 18 March 1934 Stadion AS 23, Sofia, Bulgaria  Bulgaria 1–0 2–1 Friendly
21. 2–0
22. 3 June 1934 BSK Beograd Stadium, Belgrade, Yugoslavia  Brazil 3–4 8–4 Friendly
23. 6–4
24. 8–4
25. 26 August 1934 Stadion SK Jugoslavija, Belgrade, Yugoslavia  Poland 4–1 4–1 Friendly
26. 16 December 1934 Parc des Princes, Paris, France  France 1–1 2–3 Friendly
27. 1 January 1935 Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium, Athens, Greece  Romania 2–0 4–0 1934–35 Balkan Cup
28. 17 June 1935 Yunak Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria  Romania 1–0 2–0 1935 Balkan Cup
29. 20 June 1935 Yunak Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria  Greece 2–0 6–1
30. 24 June 1935 Yunak Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria  Bulgaria 1–0 3–3
31. 12 July 1936 Taksim Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey  Turkey 1–1 3–3 Friendly
32. 6 September 1936 BSK Beograd Stadium, Belgrade, Yugoslavia  Poland 1–0 9–3 Friendly
33. 3–0
34. 5–0
35. 8–1
36. 3 April 1938 BSK Beograd Stadium, Belgrade, Yugoslavia  Poland 1–0 1–0 1938 FIFA World Cup qualification

Popular Culture[edit]

Marjanović was portrayed by Petar Strugar in the popular 2010 film Montevideo, God Bless You!.

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