Željko Đurđić

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Željko Đurđić
Personal information
Full name Željko Đurđić
Date of birth (1962-11-08)8 November 1962
Place of birth Doboj, Yugoslavia
Date of death 28 July 2014(2014-07-28) (aged 51)
Place of death Zrenjanin, Serbia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1988 RK Sloga Doboj
1988–1996 RK Proleter Zrenjanin
National team
Yugoslavia Handball 45 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Željko Đurđić (Serbian Cyrillic: Жељко Ђурђић; 1962–2014) was a Serbian team handball goalkeeper.

Known locally by the nickname Džigi, he captained RK Proleter Zrenjanin to the 1990–91 European Handball Cup final where Proleter narrowly lost to Barcelona. He played 45 times for the Yugoslav national handball team.

Health issues[edit]

Falling out of the limelight after his retirement in 1996, his name began been appearing in Serbian language newspapers once again in November 2011. It was announced that Đurđić was living in poverty and was close to being bound to a wheelchair due to not being able to afford a knee operation in Novi Sad. German-based newspaper Vesti wrote about him and offered ways to help him collect the necessary 5,000 for the operation.[1]

Đurđić died in Zrenjanin on 28 July 2014 after a long battle with various illnesses.[2]


  1. ^ Vesti online (2011-12-04). "Tračak svetlosti posle mnogo tmurnih godina" (in Serbian). Retrieved 2011-12-19. 
  2. ^ "Grad Zrenjanin - Preminuo nekadašnji rukometni reprezentativac Željko Đurđić - Džigi". Zrenjanin.rs. Retrieved 2014-07-30. 

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