Dušan Petković (footballer, born 1903)

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Dušan Petković
Personal information
Date of birth (1903-04-13)13 April 1903
Place of birth Belgrade, Kingdom of Serbia
Date of death 2 December 1979(1979-12-02) (aged 76)
Place of death New York City, United States
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1922–1933 SK Jugoslavija 175 (219)
1927 Montpellier SC ?  ?
National team
1923–1926 Yugoslavia 8 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Dušan Petković (13 April 1903 – 2 December 1979) was a Serbian and Yugoslav football forward.

Nicknamed Senegalac (English: The Senegalese) due to somewhat darker complexion, Petković is remembered as a superb striker who had excellent finishing and playmaking abilities. He spent his whole playing career at SK Jugoslavija based in his hometown. He appeared in a total of 175 official games and scored 219 goals for SK Jugoslavija, becoming the second all-time scorer for the club (SK Jugoslavija's top scorer being Dragan Jovanović with 311 goals).

He was part of the squad that won the 1924 and 1925 Yugoslav championships, and in 1926 he was the Yugoslav league top scorsr with 8 goals in just 6 appearances. In 1927 he had a short stint playing for Montpellier SC, along with fellow Serb Branislav Sekulić.

Between 1923 and 1926 Petković also played for Yugoslavia national football team. He debuted on 28 October 1923 against Czechoslovakia and scored 1 goal in the game which eventually ended in a 4–4 draw. His last game for the national team was on 28 June 1926, also against Czechoslovakia in Zagreb. Petković was part of the squad that represented Yugoslavia at the 1924 Summer Olympics, when the team was knocked out in the first round after taking a 0–7 beating against Uruguay.

After retiring from active football, he worked as a sports editor at the Belgrade daily Vreme until 1941, when he left to Sofia, Bulgaria and worked at Yugoslavia's embassy there. He later moved to the United States and, never returning to Yugoslavia again, died in 1979 in New York City.


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