|Date of birth||20 December 1956|
|Place of birth||Obrovac, SFR Yugoslavia|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Born in Obrovac, Croatia, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Desnica spent much of his career with HNK Rijeka, appearing in nearly 300 official games and winning two Yugoslav Cups in the process. In 1985, aged nearly 29, he moved abroad and signed for Belgium's K.V. Kortrijk.
Desnica returned to his country after five years, and joined NK Zadar. After a brief spell with NK Orijent, he signed with NK Pazinka, and retired at 41 after representing, in both Rijeka and its outskirts, lowly clubs NK Halubjan, NK Klana and NK Lučki Radnik.
Desnica was one of the very few deaf persons to play football professionally – he also only communicated manually. On 7 November 1984, in a match against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium for the season's UEFA Cup, he was sent off for two bookable offences by referee Roger Schoeters, the second for allegedly protesting; Rijeka finished the match with eight players and lost the tie 3–4 on aggregate.
|1974–75||Rijeka||Yugoslav First League||3||0||–||–||3||0|
|1985–86||Kortrijk||Belgian Pro League||30||6||?||–||30||6|
|Career total (incomplete)||360||73||21||9||12||4||393||86|
- Yugoslav Inter-Republic League (West): 1990–91
- Croatian Second Football League (West): 1992
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