Vladimir Beara in 1953
|Full name||Vladimir Beara|
|Date of birth||2 November 1928|
|Place of birth||Zelovo, Kingdom of SCS|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|1955–1960||Red Star Belgrade||83||(0)|
|1970–1972||Hajduk Split (assistant coach)|
|1986–1987||BŠK Zmaj Blato|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Beara was born in Serbian family the village of Zelovo near Sinj, Croatia
He made, however, a transfer in 1955 to Belgrade's Red Star (1955–60), after the season he had won the third league title. With Red Star he won even more Yugoslav league titles, in 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960, and won the Yugoslav Cup in 1958 and 1959. He was Red Star's goalkeeper against Manchester United in the last game United had played before the Munich Air Disaster. In 1963, the great Soviet goalkeeper, Lev Yashin said that not him, but Vladimir Beara is the greatest keeper of all times.
For Yugoslav national team, between 1950 and 1960, he played 59 games. Immediately after being selected to play for the Yugoslav national team he became famous mostly due to his fabulous defences in the match against England at the Highbury Arsenal Stadium. Since then he was often called by his nickname "Big Vlad". Beara participated in 1952 Olympic Games, in the finals won the silver medal and saved a penalty to Ferenc Puskás. He played on three World Cups; World Cup 1950, World Cup 1954 and World Cup 1958. In 1953, Beara was one of four Croatian players on the FIFA Select XI who played against England, it finished 4:4, with Beara receiving only one goal.
In 1967 Beara finished a coaching course at the sports academy at the German Sport University Cologne, today's Hennes Weisweiler Academy. He went on to coach clubs in Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and Yugoslavia as well as the national team of Cameroon. A highlight of his coaching career was winning the Yugoslav national championship with Hajduk Split in 1971 as assistant coach to Slavko Luštica. This was the club's first championship since his departure as player in 1955. He also won the African Cup Winners' Cup with Tonnerre Yaoundé in 1975.
"A good goalkeeper, still has to be a lot like he was in my time. He has to have courage and self-confidence."—Beara himself on goalkeepers.
"My confidence in goal, the way I seemed to be able to catch a ball easily, and my technique for taming shots I put down to Barba Luka (aka Luka Kaliterna, one of his first coaches). It was a simple drill we did in practice. He made me catch a small ball about the size of a baseball and after that it was very easy for me to catch a football."—Beara himself on his goalkeeping technique.
"There was an entertaining, aesthetic air about him, that's why his jumps and dives with feet curled and body perfectly poised appealed. He kept goal on his toes, like a coiled spring, always ready to pounce."
"I am not the best goalkeeper in the world, it is Vladimir Beara."
Statistical career overview
- 1950–1959: Yugoslavia, 59 matches
- 1947–1955 Hajduk Split, 136 league matches
- 1955–1960 Red Star Belgrade, 83 league matches
- 1960–1963 Alemannia Aachen, 23 league matches
- 1963–1964 Viktoria Köln, 23 league matches (2nd division)
- Olympic Games: Silver Medal 1952
- Championship of Yugoslavia: 1950, 1952, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960
- Cup of Yugoslavia: 1958, 1959
Coach / Manager:
- 1964–1966: Freiburger FC
- 1966–1968: Sittardia Sittard
- 1969–1970: SC Fortuna Köln
- 1973–1975: National team of Cameroon
- 1979–1979: First Vienna FC
- 1980–1981: RNK Split
- 1986–1987: BŠK Zmaj Blato
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Vladimir Beara.|
- Jonathan Wilson (2008-08-05). "Meet Yugoslavia's ballerina Beara, once the best keeper in the world". The Guardian. Retrieved December 21, 2013.
- Alex Buturugeanu (2010-10-01). "Trădătorii (III): Vladimir Beara". Istoria Fotbalului. Retrieved December 21, 2013.
- Nogometni leksikon (2004, in Croatian)
- Profile at Serbian football federation
- Profile at weltfussball.de
- Meet Yugoslavia's ballerina Beara, once the best keeper in the world; Jonathan wilson Blog @ Guardian.co.uk, 5 August 2008