Božo Janković

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Božo Janković
Божо "Бошко" Јанковић
Personal information
Full name Božo Janković
Date of birth (1951-05-22)May 22, 1951
Place of birth Sarajevo, FPR Yugoslavia
Date of death 1 October 1993(1993-10-01) (aged 42)
Place of death Kotor, FR Yugoslavia
Playing position Forward
Youth career
0000–1968 FK Željezničar
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1968–1978 FK Željezničar 256 (96)
1978–1981 Middlesbrough[1] 50 (16)
1981–1982 FC Metz 19 (3)
1982–1983 FK Željezničar 9 (1)
National team
1972 Yugoslavia 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Božo "Boško" Janković (Serbian Cyrillic: Божo "Бошko" Јанковић; May 22, 1951 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FPR Yugoslavia – October 1, 1993 in Kotor, Montenegro, FR Yugoslavia) was a Bosnian Serb football player.

Sometimes also referred to by another nickname Boško, Janković grew up in Sarajevo where he began playing football in FK Željezničar youth system. He signed a professional contract at the age of 17 after passing through every age level at the club, making his First League debut during 1968–69 season. He was the Yugoslav First League joint topscorer in 1970–71 season alongside Hajduk's Petar Nadoveza. Particularly notable during this season was Janković's performance in an away league match versus Red Star Belgrade at Marakana when he scored 4 goals - the game ended 4–1 for Željezničar. Janković also played for Yugoslav national team.

He spent 11 seasons with FK Željezničar (256 league matches, 96 goals) before leaving to join English side Middlesbrough FC in February 1979. He played 42 games in two and a half seasons spent there. He scored 16 goals and he was a club topscorer in 1980–81 season with 12 goals. At the end of the season, he surprised everyone as he decided to end his playing career and start a new one as a lawyer. However, he postponed that decision and signed a contract with FC Metz. This excellent finisher ended his career there.

He had returned to Sarajevo where he eventually started his law practice. He was also a member of FK Željezničar board. He left the city after the start of War in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In October 1993 he died in Kotor of natural causes at the age of 42.[2]



  1. ^ "MIDDLESBROUGH : 1946/47 - 2008/09". Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Database. Retrieved 26 April 2010. 
  2. ^ story at Serbian Federation site