Dušan Savić

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Not to be confused with Dušan Savić (footballer born 1985).
Dušan Savić
Personal information
Date of birth (1955-06-01) 1 June 1955 (age 59)
Place of birth Ub, SFR Yugoslavia
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1982 Red Star Belgrade 202 (120)
1982-1983 Sporting Gijón 13 (3)
1983–1985 Lille 70 (25)
1985-1989 Cannes 106 (40)
Total 391 (188)
National team
1975–1982 Yugoslavia 12 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Dušan "Dule" Savić (Serbian Cyrillic: Душaн Caвић; born June 1, 1955 in Ub, Serbia, FPR Yugoslavia) is a Serbian former football player.

He started playing football in the local side Jedinstvo Ub in his home town.

Club career[edit]

Savić arrived for a tryout at Red Star's Marakana stadium on March 21, 1972, and was promptly included in the club's youth system. Two years later in 1974, he became a first team player. He quickly grew into a feared striker and a fan favourite. At still only 19, he made his national team debut for Yugoslavia. He ended up playing more than 400 official matches for Red Star Belgrade.

After leaving Red Star halfway through the 1982-83 season, Savić had a six-month stint in La Liga with Sporting de Gijón where he was brought by countryman Vujadin Boškov who was the head coach at the Asturian club. Savić then spent six seasons in French Ligue 1: two with Lille OSC, and four with AS Cannes.

Post-playing[edit]

Savić performed the role of Red Star's(Crvena zvezda) sporting director from 1998 until 2005 under club president Dragan Džajić.

Personal[edit]

Savić is married to TV journalist Marina Rajević who hosted a popular one-on-one talk-show Dok anđeli spavaju on RTS' third channel and later on BKTV.

They have two sons: Uroš and Vujadin. Vujadin Savić started career in Red Star, and now plays for Bordeaux.

Savić in pop culture[edit]

In addition to being a Red Star former great, fondly remembered by football fans across Serbia, Savić unexpectedly grew into somewhat of a pop-culture hero during the late 1990s. Several things contributed to this.

The 1997 movie The Wounds directed by Srđan Dragojević, features a scene with two main characters chanting "Duuuule Savić" during sexual intercourse with a prostitute. The chant is delivered in fashion similar to the way neighbourhood kids exclaim their favourite player's name after scoring a goal on the playground. Also, name Dule Savić is yelled out by disabled soldier in Dragojević's 1996 movie Pretty Village, Pretty Flame when he tries to kick papaya thrown to him by couple of junkies.

Then in 1999, rock band Prljavi Inspektor Blaža i Kljunovi released a track titled "Dule Savić" that is playing on the new meaning of "Dule Savić" with sexual connotations introduced by The Wounds movie.

Finally, in the 2000 comedy Munje! by Radivoj Andrić, Savić plays himself as deus ex machina of sorts in a scene featuring the main characters being stranded with a broken down vehicle in the middle of the night. Just as they're discussing Savić's famous 1979 UEFA Cup eight-final goal vs. Arsenal F.C. at Highbury, he suddenly appears out of nowhere in his oldtimer, dispenses some random life advice, and rides off into the night.

Career stats[edit]

Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Red Star Belgrade 1973/74 9 6 ? ? ? ? 9 6
1974/75 30 20 ? ? ? ? 30 20
1975/76 19 9 ? ? ? ? 19 9
1976/77 25 15 ? ? ? ? 25 15
1977/78 16 6 ? ? ? ? 16 6
1978/79 30 24 ? ? ? ? 30 24
1979/80 28 11 ? ? ? ? 28 11
1980/81 Mandatory army service
1981/82 30 16 ? ? ? ? 30 16
1982/83 15 13 ? ? ? ? 15 13
All 202 120 ? ? ? ? 202 120

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