Nenad Bjeković

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Nenad Bjeković
Personal information
Full name Nenad Bjeković
Date of birth (1947-11-05) 5 November 1947 (age 66)
Place of birth Zrenjanin, FPR Yugoslavia
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Zadrugar Lazarevo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965–1969 Proleter Zrenjanin 103 (27)
1969–1976 Partizan 198 (82)
1976–1981 Nice 143 (85)
Total 444 (194)
National team
1968–1976 Yugoslavia 22 (4)
Teams managed
1982–1984 Partizan (assistant)
1984–1987 Partizan
1987–1989 Nice
1990 Partizan
1990–2007 Partizan (director)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Nenad Bjeković (Serbian Cyrillic: Ненад Бјековић; born 5 November 1947) is a former Yugoslav and Serbian football player, manager and administrator.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Lazarevo, a village near Zrenjanin, Bjeković began playing football with local Zadrugar Lazarevo, but shortly switched to more famous Proleter Zrenjanin. After several seasons there, already playing in the Yugoslav First League, Bjeković was transferred to Partizan in the summer of 1969.

Bjeković spent seven seasons at Partizan, scoring 82 league goals in 198 appearances for the Black and Whites. He was the top scorer of the Yugoslav First League in the 1975–76 season with 24 goals, thus helping Partizan win their seventh national title, his first.

In the summer of 1976, Bjeković moved abroad for the first time in his career and signed with Nice. After playing five seasons in the French Division 1, he scored a total of 85 league goals in 143 appearances.

Bjeković made 22 appearances for the Yugoslav national team and scored four goals. He scored on his debut for the national team in a friendly match against Brazil in Belo Horizonte on 19 December 1968.

Post-playing career[edit]

Bjeković started his coaching career in 1982 as an assistant coach to Miloš Milutinović at Partizan. After two years of gaining experience, he replaced Milutinović at the start of the 1984–85 season. As head coach of Partizan, Bjeković won two consecutive league titles in 1986 and 1987.

In 1987, Bjeković was appointed as head coach by his former club Nice, but was released after two years. In 1990, he again managed Partizan for two months.

After his coaching career, Bjeković served as a sporting director of Partizan for almost two decades from 1990 to 2007.

Career statistics[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Yugoslavia League Yugoslav Cup Europe Total
1965–66 Proleter Zrenjanin Second League 21 7
1966–67 21 4
1967–68 First League 28 10
1968–69 33 6
1969–70 Partizan 32 7
1970–71 33 8
1971–72 33 14
1972–73 33 13
1973–74 32 14
1974–75 4 2
1975–76 31 24
France League Coupe de France Europe Total
1976–77 Nice Division 1 32 19
1977–78 35 29
1978–79 28 17
1979–80 35 15
1980–81 13 5
Total Yugoslavia 301 109
France 143 85
Career total 444 194

International statistics[edit]

Yugoslav national team
Year Apps Goals
1968 1 1
1969 3 1
1970 0 0
1971 7 0
1972 3 0
1973 5 2
1974 1 0
1975 0 0
1976 2 0
Total 22 4

Personal life[edit]

His son Nenad also played professional football for teams such as Partizan, Marseille and Nantes.

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