Aleksandar Benko

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Aleksandar Benko
Personal information
Full name Aleksandar Benko
Date of birth (1925-02-16)16 February 1925
Place of birth Čakovec, Kingdom of SCS
Date of death 26 May 1991(1991-05-26) (aged 66)
Place of death St. Gallen, Switzerland
Playing position striker
Youth career
1943 NK Čakovec
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1947 – 1958 NK Dinamo Zagreb
1958 – 1959 Grasshopper Club Zürich
1959 – 1960 AC Lugano
1961 – 1963 FC Wohlen
1963 – 1967 FC St. Gallen
National team
1949  Yugoslavia 1 (0)
1956 Socialist Republic of Croatia Croatia 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Aleksandar Benko (Čakovec, 16 February 1925 - St. Gallen Switzerland, 26 May 1991) was a Croatian footballer who played one game internationally for both the Yugoslavian and Croatian national teams.[1]

A striker, he began his career with NK Čakovec in 1943, and in 1947 moved to Dinamo Zagreb with whom he won the Yugoslav Federal League in 1948, 1954 and 1958. In 1958 he moved to Switzerland where he played for Grasshopper (1958–59), Lugano (1959–60), Wohlen (1961–63) and St. Gallen (1963–67). There he remained for the rest of his life. He is buried in Zagreb's Mirogoj cemetery.[2]

He played for the Croatian national team in a friendly against Indonesia in Zagreb in 1956 and served as the team's captain. He also played for the Yugoslavian national team in a 1949 match against France.

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