Eddie Krncevic

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Eddie Krncevic
Personal information
Full name Edward Krncevic
Date of birth (1960-08-14) 14 August 1960 (age 54)
Place of birth Geelong, Australia
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Retired
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1978 Essendon Croatia
1979–1981 Marconi 81 (31)
1981–1984 Dinamo Zagreb 40 (7)
1984 Duisburg 18 (3)
1985 Sydney Croatia 3 (3)
1985–1986 Cercle Brugge 45 (15)
1986–1989 Anderlecht 84 (52)
1988 Marconi (loan) 1 (0)
1989–1990 Mulhouse 29 (7)
1990–1992 FC Liège 38 (6)
1992–1995 Eendracht Aalst 51 (12)
1995–1996 Charleroi 17 (4)
1996–1997 Gippsland Falcons 19 (5)
National team
1979 Australia U20
1979–1989 Australia 35 (17)
Teams managed
1997–1999 Carlton SC
1999–2001 Marconi
2001–2002 South Melbourne
2003 Fawkner Blues
2004-2005 Maribyrnong Greens
2007 North Geelong Warriors
2010– Maribyrnong Greens U/14's
South Melbourne
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Edward "Eddie" Krncevic (Croatian: Eddie Krnčević; born 14 August 1960 in Geelong) is a retired Australian footballer who played as a striker, and a current manager.

The son of Croatian immigrants, he played most of his professional career in Belgium.

Football career[edit]

After playing his first four years of professional football in Australia, Krncevic moved to the land of his parents in 1981, joining NK Dinamo Zagreb, where he had relative individual success, besides helping the side win one league and one cup.

Krnčević then played four months in the German second division with MSV Duisburg, after which he embarked on his most successful spell, ten and a half years in Belgium – with one season in France with FC Mulhouse in between – where he represented Cercle Brugge KSV, Royal Charleroi, R.S.C. Anderlecht, R.F.C. de Liège and K.S.C. Eendracht Aalst; he became the first Australian-born player to be crowned top scorer in a European league.

Even though silverware was hard to come even at Anderlecht, in 1988–89 Krnčević was crowned the league's top scorer at 23 goals, and helped the capital side to the domestic cup – in that competition, he scored in all three finals he won, the first being with Cercle.

In 1996, already at 36, Krncevic returned to his country and played one final season with the Gippsland Falcons. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, he had a coaching career, with all the clubs hailing from his homeland, in the National Soccer League. Internationally, he opted to represent his birth country, scoring every other match in 35 caps, and helping the country to the 1980 OFC Nations Cup.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

  • Essendon Croatia:
    • Victorian Champions: 1978
    • Victorian State League Cup: 1978
    • Ampol Cup: 1977, 1978
    • Armstrong Cup: 1977

Country[edit]

Individual[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Ian Souness
NSL U21 Player of the Year
1979
Succeeded by
John Spanos
Preceded by
Belgium Paul Sanders
Cercle Brugge top scorer
1986
Succeeded by
Patrick Ipermans
Didier Wittebole