Date of birth
23 March 1953
Place of birth
Split, FPR Yugoslavia
1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Hajduk Split 272
Paris SG 33
Real Zaragoza 22
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Ivan "Ivica" Šurjak (born 23 March 1953) is a former Croatian footballer. He was the driving force behind Hajduk Split as it led the Yugoslav First League and Europe in the old stadium (before Poljud stadium was built). He started his career as a left-back, but with time learned to play total football, the prototype for the footballer who can play every position successfully.
He played 54 games for the Yugoslav national team. He continued his career in Paris and
Udine but turned down offers by the New York Cosmos and Real Madrid.
He served as sports director at
Hajduk Split of the Croatian First League from 1999 to 2003.
Speedboat incident [ edit ]
In July 1999. Šurjak killed a swimmer while driving a speedboat near the coast of Trogir (Croatia). The swimmer (Miroslav Didak) died a few days after the accident, while in a coma in the intensive care unit of the Firule hospital. Šurjak was subsequently cleared of any wrongdoing.
Career by club [ edit ]
Accomplishments [ edit ]
Champion of Yugoslavia – 1974, 1975 and 1979
Co-champion of Yugoslavia – 1976 and 1981
Cup winner of Yugoslavia – 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976 and 1977
Coupe de France – 1982 54 caps for Yugoslavia, 10 goals scored between 1973 and 1982
Yugoslav Footballer of the Year – 1976
References [ edit ]