Branko Stanković

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Branko Stanković
Personal information
Full name Branislav Stanković
Date of birth October 31, 1921
Place of birth Sarajevo, Kingdom of SCS
Date of death February 20, 2002(2002-02-20) (aged 80)
Place of death Belgrade, FR Yugoslavia
Playing position Right back
Youth career
1936–1939 SK Slavija Sarajevo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1939–1941 SK Slavija Sarajevo
1941–1945 BSK Beograd
1945 PR Serbia team 1 (0)
1946–1958 Red Star Belgrade 195 (14)
Total 196 (14)
National team
1946–1956 Yugoslavia 61 (3)
Teams managed
1960 Željezničar Sarajevo
1963–1964 Olimpija Ljubljana
1964–1967 FK Vojvodina
1966 Yugoslavia (co-coach)
1968–1973 AEK Athens
1973–1974 Aris Thessaloniki
1975–1976 FC Porto
1976–1977 PAOK Thessaloniki
1977–1978 FK Vojvodina
1978–1981 Red Star Belgrade
1982–1984 Fenerbahçe S.K.
1984–1986 Beşiktaş J.K.
1986–1987 Fenerbahçe S.K.
1988 Red Star Belgrade
1989 Karşıyaka S.K.
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Branislav "Branko" Stanković (Serbian Cyrillic: Бpaниcлaв "Бpaнкo" Cтaнкoвић; October 31, 1921 – February 20, 2002) was a Bosnian Serb footballer and manager, from Sarajevo.

Playing career[edit]

He mainly played for Red Star Belgrade and was capped 61 times for Yugoslavia. He participated at two World Cups and twice at Olympic Games. Stanković is one of the most elegant defense players of his time. Because of his playing style, he earned his nickname Ambassador. Players such as Bruno Belin, Milovan Đorić, Fahrudin Jusufi, Petar Krivokuća used to copy his playing style. He was strong, fast and very brave player, also a good header.

He started his career in Slavija Sarajevo, as a youth player in 1936. After he had to escape from Sarajevo, he joined BSK Beograd in 1941, and in 1946 he came to Red Star Belgrade, where he established himself as one of the best defenders in the league. Stanković played 195 games, with 14 scored goals.

He retired in 1958 before his 37th birthday.

Coaching career[edit]

He started his coaching career in Sarajevo in 1960, as a head coach of Željezničar. Later, he coached Red Star Belgrade and reached the 1979 UEFA Cup Final with them. Beside Red Star, he also coached number of teams in different countries, such as Fenerbahçe S.K. and Beşiktaş J.K. in Turkey, FC Porto in Portugal, AEK Athens, Aris Thessaloniki and PAOK Thessaloniki in Greece. He also coached Željezničar Sarajevo, Olimpija Ljubljana and FK Vojvodina in the spells. During 1966, he was also co-coach in Yugoslavia along with Aleksandar Tirnanić, Miljan Miljanić, Rajko Mitić and Vujadin Boškov.

He is also famous because of his incident with one of the most popular Yugoslav players during that time, Dragan Stojković Piksi. Stanković retired from coaching in 1989.

Personal life[edit]

He had a degree in Physical education. He was married and had two sons, Dragan and Ratko.

Honours[edit]

As a player[edit]

Kingdom of Yugoslavia BSK Beograd
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade

As a coach[edit]

Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia FK Vojvodina
Greece AEK Athens
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade
Turkey Fenerbahçe
Turkey Beşiktaş

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