Safet Sušić

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Safet Sušić
Safet Susic 2013.JPG
Personal information
Full name Safet Sušić
Date of birth (1955-04-13) 13 April 1955 (age 60)
Place of birth Zavidovići, FPR Yugoslavia
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Second striker
Youth career
1971–1972 FK Krivaja
1972–1973 FK Sarajevo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1982 FK Sarajevo 221 (85)
1982–1991 Paris Saint-Germain 343 (85)
1991–1992 Red Star Saint-Ouen 17 (3)
Total 581 (184)
National team
1977–1990 Yugoslavia 54 (21)
1993 Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 (0)
Teams managed
1994–1995 Cannes
1996–1998 İstanbulspor
2001 Al-Hilal Riyadh
2004–2005 Konyaspor
2005–2006 Ankaragücü
2006 Çaykur Rizespor
2008 Çaykur Rizespor
2008–2009 Ankaraspor
2009–2014 Bosnia and Herzegovina
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Safet Sušić[pronunciation?] (born 13 April 1955) is a Bosnian football manager and former player. Sušić was a gifted midfielder with superb technical abilities and dribbling skills. He is strongly reputed to have been one of the finest European players of his generation. Sušić played in two World Cups, 1982 and 1990, and at Euro 1984. As manager he took Bosnia and Herzegovina to the 2014 World Cup.

Sušić played as an attacking midfielder or second striker for FK Sarajevo, Paris Saint-Germain and Red Star Saint-Ouen and internationally for Yugoslavia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. He was voted Paris Saint-Germain's best player of all time and the best foreign player of Ligue 1 of all time by France Football.[1][2][3] He scored three international hat-tricks for Yugoslavia, in victories against Romania, Italy, and Argentina in the late 1970s,[4] and was voted, as part of the UEFA Jubilee Awards, the greatest ever player from Bosnia.

Following his retirement from playing, Sušić started working as a manager. Before his recent position as manager of Bosnia and Herzegovina he worked for a number of club sides: Cannes, İstanbulspor, Al-Hilal, Konyaspor, Ankaragücü, Çaykur Rizespor, and Ankaraspor.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Sušić began his career with the football club Krivaja in his hometown Zavidovići. In 1973, he was transferred to FK Sarajevo. During the 1979–80 season, he was top scorer in the Yugoslav First League with 17 goals. In 1979, he was honoured as the Yugoslav Footballer of the Year, also being selected as the best athlete hailing from the republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Paris Saint-Germain[edit]

In 1982, Sušić signed with Paris Saint-Germain, where he became a star on the European stage. Hardly ever injured, he performed at a high level well past his 30s. The Yugoslav international was never injured nor suspended, thus allowing him to score 96 goals and make a record 61 assists for PSG between 1982 and 1991. On 22 September 1984, in a 7–1 home drubbing of Bastia, he assisted on five of the side's goals. At 36, Sušić left the capital for a final year with Red Star Saint-Ouen.

During a 13-year span, Sušić appeared 54 times with the Yugoslav national team, netting 21 goals, in spite of the fact that he was always in the role of midfield playmaker. He represented the nation at the 1982 and 1990 World Cups, and at Euro 1984. On 19 June 1990, Sušić opened the score in Yugoslavia's 4–1 World Cup win against the United Arab Emirates, aged 35.

In 2004, to celebrate UEFA's Jubilee, he was selected as the Golden Player of Bosnia and Herzegovina by the Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina as their most outstanding player of the past 50 years.[5][6]

Footballer Gerd Müller declared:

"If you were to rank Safet Sušić with the all-time greats, you would have to put him in at least the top 40."

Footballer Darko Pančev declared:

"It's well known how much I valued and still do value Safet Sušić. For me he's unsurpassable, the best Yugoslavia had. Probably one of the best in the world. I was often known to say that us other players should have to pay to play in the same team as Pape. At least I always talked and thought like that. Pape was a treasure for every forward. His crosses were unbelievable. Sometimes his ball would hit me without me even being aware of it. A wonderful player."[7]

On 5 February 2010, France Football chose Sušić as the best player in the history of Paris Saint-Germain, ahead of players such as Carlos Bianchi, Mustapha Dahleb, Ronaldinho, George Weah, Joël Bats, Raí and Luis Fernández.[8][9]

Managerial career[edit]

Safet Sušić portrait.

Sušić coached Cannes, where he retired as a player, briefly in 1994–95. Between 1997–1999, he managed İstanbulspor during 2003–04, with Konyaspor, and in the first half of 2006–07, taking charge of Çaykur Rizespor (12 matches). After he was sacked by Rizespor, another Turkish side, in February 2008,[10] Sušić was hired by Ankaraspor in March.[11]

Bosnia and Herzegovina[edit]

On 28 December 2009, Sušić was named coach of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team.[12] His debut was a friendly match against Ghana in Sarajevo. Bosnia and Herzegovina won the game 2–1 after goals from Vedad Ibišević and Miralem Pjanić. After only 2 wins in Sušić's 6 first matches in charge of the national team, including an important 2–0 loss to France in the qualification for Euro 2012, Sušić came under a lot of criticism from several journalists and columnists who called for his head.[13][14] Sušić recorded a 1–1 draw with France during a second game in Paris and ensured Bosnia qualified for their second consecutive qualification play-off birth for EURO 2012 to be played against Portugal in November.[15][16]

2014 FIFA World Cup with Bosnia[edit]

From August 2012 to August 2013, Sušić's Bosnia national football side was on a nine-game unbeaten streak run. On 8 August 2013, the Bosnian national team achieved their highest ever FIFA ranking, the 13th place.[17] On 15 October 2013, Bosnia qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, their first major tournament in their history as an independent nation.[18] Sušić's side fared well in their first World Cup match against Argentina despite losing 2-1. An unlucky own goal and some brilliance from football legend Lionel Messi saw them to a defeat. However, highs taken from the match were the good play the team demonstrated and the materialisation of their first World Cup goal scored by Vedad Ibišević. The team however controversially exited the competition at the group stage of the tournament after their second game against Nigeria having an equaliser scored by Edin Džeko wrongly disallowed for offside. This revitalised the calls for reformation of the FIFA governing body and the replacement of linesmen with technology so as to remove human error from lines decisions. Bosnia won their last game in the competition against Iran with a healthy 3–1 victory which would've seen them through instead of Nigeria, who incidentally failed to defeat Iran, to a round of 16 match with France. In July 2014, Sušić signed a two year contract to continue as coach, after he removed his resignation.[19]

On 17 November 2014, Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Safet Sušić parted ways after poor showing of the national team in the first 4 games of the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying.[20][21][22][23][24]


Managerial statistics[edit]

Team Tenure M W D L Win % Points per game[25] Achievements
 France Cannes  1994–1995 42 17 10 15 40.5% 1.45
 Turkey İstanbulspor  1996–1998 62 33 9 20 53.2% 1.74
 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal  2001 3 1 1 1 33.3% 1.33
 Turkey Konyaspor  2004–2005 1 1 0 0 100.0% 3.00
 Turkey Ankaragücü  2005–2006 2 2 0 0 100.0% 3.00
 Turkey Çaykur Rizespor  2006–2008 17 6 3 8 35.3% 1.24
 Turkey Ankaraspor  2008–2009 10 5 2 3 50.0% 1.70
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia-Herzegovina  2009–2014 50 23 9 18 44.0% 1.50 Play-offs for EURO 2012;
2014 FIFA World Cup
Totals 187 88 34 65 46.8 1.59

Table correct as of 16 November 2014, after the European qualifiers game against Israel.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results table. Yugoslavia's goal tally first:



FK Sarajevo
Paris Saint-Germain


Personal life[edit]

Sead Sušić, a former footballer, is his older brother. His nephew, Tino-Sven Sušić, is also a footballer.


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  5. ^ Golden players take center stage;, 29 November 2003
  6. ^ (30 January 2013). "Sušić hoping for Bosnian breakthrough". Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  7. ^ Pančev interview on Sportin (Bosnian), 24 February 2008
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  10. ^ "Sušić pays for Rizespor slump". 1 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-03. 
  11. ^ "Ankaraspor turn to Sušić". 3 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-03. 
  12. ^ "Safet Sušić named new Bosnia football coach". USA Today. 29 December 2009. Retrieved 23 May 2010. 
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  15. ^ (13 October 2011). "Draw for the UEFA EURO 2012 play-offs". 
  16. ^ Piotr Kozminski (13 October 2011). "Sušić and Bento expect to be pushed all the way". 
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  18. ^ World Cup 2014: Dzeko & Begovic in Bosnia-Hercegovina squad, BBC Sport.
  19. ^ Bosnia-Hercegovina coach Safet Susic signs two-year deal, BBC Sport.
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  25. ^ Calculated by multiplying wins by three, plus draws, divided by games played.

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