Ivica Šurjak

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Ivica Šurjak
Personal information
Full name Ivan Šurjak
Date of birth (1953-03-23) 23 March 1953 (age 61)
Place of birth Split, FPR Yugoslavia
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1981 Hajduk Split 272 (52)
1981–1982 Paris SG 33 (11)
1982–1983 Udinese 29 (2)
1984–1985 Real Zaragoza 22 (4)
National team
1973–1982 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 54 (10)
* 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.[1]

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 France1982
  • 54 caps for Yugoslavia, 10 goals scored between 1973 and 1982
  • Yugoslav Footballer of the Year – 1976

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ivica Šurjak gliserom naletio na kupača" (in Croatian). Retrieved 21 May 2011.