Franjo Giler

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Franjo Giler
Personal information
Date of birth (1907-09-01)1 September 1907
Place of birth Sremska Mitrovica, Austro-Hungary
Date of death 20 December 1943(1943-12-20) (aged 36)
Place of death Vršac, Yugoslavia
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1924–1925 Građanski Sr. Mitrovica
1925–1931 Građanski Zagreb
1931–1935 Jugoslavija Belgrade
National team
1926–1932 Yugoslavia 13 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Franjo Giler, sometimes spelled Giller (1 September 1907 – 20 December 1943), was a Yugoslav footballer.


Born in Sremska Mitrovica,[1] Austro-Hungary (nowadays Serbia), he was known as one of the best left wingers in Yugoslavia in the pre-World War II period.[1]

He started playing in Građanski Sremska Mitrovica.[1] and in 1925 he moved to HŠK Građanski Zagreb[2] where he becomes Yugoslav First League champion in 1926 and 1928.[1] In 1929 he suffers a major injury in a national team match against France, and in 1931 he is operated by doctor Köln in Vienna becoming the first Yugoslav footballer to be operated to the meniscus.[1] In 1931 he joins SK Jugoslavija where he plays until 1935 making 35 appearances and 12 goals. Afterwords he became a player/manager at another Belgrade club, FK Čukarički.[1]

He made 13 appearances and 3 goals for the Yugoslavia national football team between 1926 and 1932, and also 2 appearances for the Yugoslavia B team, between 1927 and 1928.[1]

During the World War II, as a volksdeutscher, more precisely Croat of German origin, he was mobilised by the German authorities, however he tries to escape and join Yugoslav Partisans in the region of Srem, however he end up captured by the Gestapo and shot dead in Vršac on 20 December 1943.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Franjo Giler biography at (in Serbian)
  2. ^ Franjo Giler at