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|Date of birth||25 November 1918|
|Place of birth||Split, State of Slovenes,
Croats and Serbs
|Date of death||29 October 2007(aged 88)|
|Place of death||Split, Croatia|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
He is the all-time leading goalscorer of HNK Hajduk Split and one of its most legendary players.
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
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.
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"
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.
- (Croatian) Index.hr Otišao je veliki šjor Frane
- (Croatian) Dnevnik.hr Umro Frane Matošić, najbolji strijelac Hajduka svih vremena
- (Dutch) Het Belang van Limburg - online krant Voetballegende Frane Matosic overleden
- (Croatian) Nogometni-magazin.com Matošić je umro na dan povijesne pobjede nad Crvenom zvezdom iz 1950. godine]
- (Croatian) Kapetan koji je i Titu rekao "ne"
- Matosic, Legenda Bola Kroasia, Meninggal Dunia