Frane Matošić

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Frane Matošić
Personal information
Date of birth (1918-11-25)25 November 1918
Place of birth Split, State of Slovenes,
Croats and Serbs
Date of death 29 October 2007(2007-10-29) (aged 88)
Place of death Split, Croatia
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1935–1938 Hajduk Split 73 (54)
1938-1939 BSK Beograd 14 (9)
1940-1941 Hajduk Split 8 (13)
1943 AC Bologna 28 (13)
1946-1956 Hajduk Split 196 (122)
National team
1938-1953 Yugoslavia 16 (6)
Teams managed
1956-1958 Hajduk Split
1961-1963 Tunisia
1965 Hajduk Split
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Frane Matošić (25 November 1918 – 29 October 2007) was a Croatian football player and coach. Born in Split, he played at the position of striker.

He is the all-time leading goalscorer of HNK Hajduk Split.

Player career[edit]

Club career[edit]

Matošić started to play football with HNK Hajduk from Split. In his very first game for Hajduk in 1935 against Slavija from Sarajevo, Matošić scored a hat-trick. He played 16 seasons for Hajduk.

While serving the obligatory military service in the season 1939, he played for the BSK from Belgrade. Next season, season 1939/40, he returned to Hajduk. After Hajduk's management suspending the work of Hajduk in 1941, he went abroad to play for Bologna F.C. 1909, played in season of 1942/43. When the information about restoring of Hajduk's work came to Frane Matošić, he returned to Croatia and smuggled himself on the free territory. There he joined Hajduk, that restarted its work on the free, Allied controlled part of Croatia, on the island of Vis. Since then, Matošić was playing the games for Hajduk (that was playing friendly games against Allied teams on the Mediterranean).

All together, Matošić played 739 games for Hajduk and scored impressive 729 goals.

National team career[edit]

Matošić was a long time Yugoslav national team player. He played 16 games and scored 6 goals for Yugoslavia. His last game was in 1953, and in that game he also scored a goal.

Coach career[edit]

After the ending of career as player, he turned to coaching career, with success. He was the coach of his Hajduk (few years after his brother Jozo was coaching it) in the seasons 1955/56 and 1956/57. In 1957, he was the coach of Yugoslav national football team. He was also the coach of Tunisian football team and the coach of Split's second football squad, RNK Split.


Frane Matošić was a younger brother of Jozo Matošić, also the great Hajduk's and Croatian soccer player legend.

He twice refused Josip Broz Tito's offer of transferring of Hajduk to Belgrade and renaming it into "Partizan"

Frane Matošić died in Split on the anniversary of Hajduk's historical victory over Red Star Belgrade in 1950.


All his trophies were won with Hajduk.

  • champion of Croatia: 1941 (championship of Hrvatski nogometni savez, Croatian Football Federation)
  • champion of Yugoslavia: 1950, 1952 i 1955.

He won the silver medal on the 1948 Summer Olympics in London.


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