Branko Šegota

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Branko Šegota
Personal information
Full name Branimir Šegota
Date of birth (1961-06-08) 8 June 1961 (age 55)
Place of birth Rijeka, FPR Yugoslavia
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1981 New York Arrows (indoor) 87 (94)
1979–1980 Rochester Lancers 39 (25)
1981–1983 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 74 (30)
1983 Fort Lauderdale Strikers (indoor) 9 (10)
1984 Golden Bay Earthquakes 24 (18)
1984–1991 San Diego Sockers (indoor) 282 (298)
1988–1989 Toronto Blizzard
1991–1992 St. Louis Storm (indoor) 34 (47)
1994–1995 Las Vegas Dustdevils (indoor) 25 (34)
1996–1997 Baltimore Spirit (indoor) 18 (15)
National team
1980–1988 Canada 19 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Branimir "Branko" Šegota (born June 8, 1961) is a former Canadian professional soccer forward, starring in the original Major Indoor Soccer League, the North American Soccer League, the Continental Indoor Soccer League, the National Professional Soccer League, and the Canadian Soccer League.

Born in Rijeka, then part of PR Croatia, FPR Yugoslavia, Branko Šegota moved with his family to Canada at the age of 7.[1] Raised in Toronto, Šegota began his pro soccer career at age 17, signing with the New York Arrows of MISL. He was named NASL's North American player of the year in 1984 with the Golden Bay Earthquakes.[2] During his 18 year pro career he also played outdoors in the NASL in 1979 and 1980 with Rochester Lancers and from 1981 to '83 with Fort Lauderdale Strikers and several summers after that in the Canadian Soccer League with the Toronto Blizzard. Šegota played winters in the MISL with the Arrows, San Diego Sockers from 1984-85 through 1990-91, and St. Louis Storm. He played indoors (in 1994 and 1995) for the Las Vegas Dustdevils of the CISL and as recently as 1997 for the Baltimore Spirit of the National Professional Soccer League.

Šegota scored 73 goals in 147 regular season NASL games to rank 13th in the history of the league. He also scored 12 goals in 13 play-off games, including 11 in the 1981 play-offs. In the history of the original MISL he ranked second in career goal and points scoring with 463 goals and 841 points. His 378 assists ranks him third. His being nine MISL championship teams, three with the Arrows and 6 with the Sockers is also a record. He was a five-time MISL all-star.

Šegota earned 19 caps for Canada men's national soccer team including appearances as a substitute in all 3 of the country's 1986 World Cup games. He played for Canada at the 1979 FIFA World Youth Championship, scoring twice in a 3-1 win over Portugal. He earned his first senior cap in a 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw against Mexico in 1980. Šegota scored twice in his 19 appearances. His final cap came in a 3-2 win over Guatemala in a World Cup qualifier in 1988. He was inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame in 2002.

Šegota served as an assistant coach with the Cleveland Internationals of the Premier Development League in 2004 after coaching their youth program for 6 years. He has three children, Ashley, Toni, and Emma, with his wife Ena Šegota.

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