Boško Simonović

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Boško Simonović (Serbian Cyrillic: Бoшko Cимoнoвић) (February 12, 1898; Šid, Austria-Hungary – August 5, 1965; Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia) was a Yugoslavian football coach, player, referee, and administrator. His most notable feat was coaching the Kingdom of Yugoslavia national football team at the very first World Cup in 1930 in Uruguay.

Though an architect by vocation, Simonović never worked in the profession he was trained for, instead devoting his whole life to sports - particularly football.

He played football as a goalkeeper in SK Srpski mač and later in BSK. Following a playing career he became a football referee and even holds the distinction of being the first Serb to referee an international match in 1923 in Bucharest. He was forced into retirement from refereeing following a broken leg in a sledding accident.[1]


  1. ^ Golman, sudija, funkcioner...; Blic, 13 April 2010