Žarko Odžakov

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Žarko Odžakov
Personal information
Full name Žarko Odžakov
Date of birth (1955-11-11) 11 November 1955 (age 62)
Place of birth Skopje, SFR Yugoslavia
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974–1982 FK Vardar 109 (9)
1982–1984 Preston Makedonia 54 (10)
1985–1987 Sydney Croatia 67 (17)
1988–1990 Blacktown City 55 (2)
National team
1985–1987 Australia 13 (3)
1989 Australia (futsal) 3 (1)
Teams managed
2001 FK Vardar
2002–2003 Macedonia U-21
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Žarko Odžakov (Macedonian: Жарко Оџаков) (born 11 November 1955 in Skopje[1]) is a retired footballer who represented Australia 13 times in full international matches.[2][3][4] Former Australia coach Ralé Rašić in 2006 picked Odžakov in his greatest Socceroo team.[5]

Playing career[edit]

Club career[edit]

FK Vardar[edit]

Odžakov played 109 matches over eight years for FK Vardar in the Yugoslav First League, scoring nine goals.[1]


In 1982, he emigrated to Australia where he played for Preston Makedonia in the National Soccer League.[1]

Sydney Croatia[edit]

From 1985 until 1987 he played at NSL club Sydney Croatia. It was at Croatia that he took the notice of the Australian selectors.[1][3]

Blacktown City[edit]

After two years at Croatia he moved to Blacktown City where he played two years, playing 55 NSL matches.[1]

International career[edit]

Outdoor football[edit]

In 1985 Odžakov played his first international match for the Australia. In all he played 13 full international matches for the Socceroos, playing his last match in 1987.[1]


Odžakov played three matches for the Australia national futsal team at the 1989 FIFA Futsal World Championship.[4]

Coaching career[edit]

Soon after retiring Odžakov returned to his native Macedonia. He soon received his coaching accreditation in Belgrade.[2]

After a string of assistant coaching roles Odžakov had stint managing FK Vardar, where he managed to place Vardar in the top half of the Macedonian First League.[2]

Odžakov managed various Republic of Macedonia youth teams, including the Republic of Macedonia national under-21 football team.[2]

Zarko Odzakov Cup[edit]

The Zarko Odzakov Cup is named in honour of Odžakov. It is contested by Sydney United (formerly Sydney Croatia) and Bankstown City (a team representing the Macedonian-Australian community).[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Australian Player Database – OB". ozfootball.net. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  2. ^ a b c d Murray, Les (3 March 2009). "Aussie coach with the right stuff". The World Game. Special Broadcasting Service. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  3. ^ a b Murray, Les (2 December 2008). "Old soccer, ethnics and our future". The World Game. Special Broadcasting Service. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  4. ^ a b "FIFA Player Statistics – Zarko ODZAKOV". FIFA. Retrieved 2009-05-29. 
  5. ^ "Rasic snubs Socceroos Kewell and Viduka". Sydney Morning Herald. 20 April 2006. Retrieved 2009-05-29. 
  6. ^ "The ZARKO ODZAKOV Cup". Sydney United Football Club. Archived from the original on 2005-11-24. Retrieved 2009-05-29.