Franjo Glaser

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Franjo Glaser
Personal information
Date of birth (1913-01-13)January 13, 1913
Place of birth Osijek, Austro-Hungary
Date of death March 1, 2003(2003-03-01) (aged 90)
Place of death Zagreb, Croatia
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1929–1930 Hajduk Sarajevo
1930–1933 Slavija Osijek
1933–1937 BSK Belgrade
1937–1945 Građanski Zagreb
1945–1947 Partizan
1947–1949 Mornar Split
National team
1933–1940 Yugoslavia 35 (0)
1940–1944 Croatia 11 (0)
Teams managed
1945 Partizan
1947–1948 Rijeka
1948–1949 Mornar Split
1949–1950 Rijeka
1954–1956 Rijeka
1968–1970 NK Zagreb
Borac Banja Luka
Sloga Doboj
Rudar Breza
Bratstvo Novi Travnik
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Franjo Glaser (surname sometimes written Glazer; 13 January 1913 – 1 March 2003) was a Croatian football goalkeeper and football manager. He is the only Yugoslav footballer who won national titles before and after the Second World War, with three clubs BSK Belgrade, Građanski Zagreb and FK Partizan.[1]


Glaser was born in Osijek.[1] He started playing for SK Hajduk Sarajevo having debuted for their first team being only 15. He was Hajduk goalkeepper in their games in the 1930 Yugoslav Cup.[2] In 1930 he moved to NK Slavija Osijek where he will play until 1933 when he moved to BSK Belgrade. With BSK he made immediate impact becoming clubs main goalkeeper, and already that year he became national team player, as well. He played with BSK between 1933 and 1937 winning the Yugoslav championship on two occasions, in 1935 and 1936, and playing a total of 269 matches with the club.[3]

In summer 1936 he was considered guilty by the court in Belgrade of the drowning of one boy in the Sava river resort. The episode affected Glaser and ended up being decisive for his decision to move to another giant of Yugoslav football, Zagreb´s HŠK Građanski. Fortunately there he acquired almost a legendary status. He restored his place as the national team main goalkeeper, and with Građanski he will win another Yugoslav championship in 1940 as well as the Croatian championship in 1943. He played a total of 623 games for Građanski.[3]

After the end of the Second World War, FPR Yugoslavia was formed, he signed with Partizan Belgrade where he won another Yugoslav title in 1947. After that season, he became simultaneously coach and goalkeeper of NK Mornar Split, where he will stay until 1949.[3]

Between 1933 and 1949 he played a total of 1.225 matches. Tall, strong, elastic, with excellent reflexes and brave interventions, he is definitely considered one of the best Yugoslav players from that period. He has also the impressive record of having defended 73 of 94 penalties he stood against.[4]

National team[edit]

While playing for BSK and Građanski Glaser was the regular goalkeeper of the Yugoslav national team having earned a total of 35 caps. His debut was on April 3, 1933, in a friendly match against Spain, 1-1 draw, and his fairway was in a friendly played on November 3, 1940 against Germany, 2-0 win.[3]

After the invasion of Yugoslavia, Glaser played further eleven matches for the Croatian national team, all four matches that Banovina Croatia played, and seven matches for the Independent State of Croatia.[4]

Coaching career and retirement[edit]

When coming to the newly formed FK Partizan in 1945 Glaser beside their goalkeeper became their first manager. However that year the league has not been yet reestablished and by the end of the year he was replaced by the Hungarian Illés Spitz. He stayed in Belgrade until 1947, but when he moved to Mornar Split he would experience again the feeling of being a manager/player. This early coaching experiences proved to be an excellent way of gaining experience, and Glaser later managed numerous clubs, such as NK Dinamo Zagreb, NK Kvarner Rijeka, NK Proleter Osijek, NK Trešnjevka Zagreb, Austria FC Klagenfurt (today's FC Kärnten), FK Velež Mostar and FK Sartid Smederevo, among others.[3]

He spent his final years at a retirement home in Zagreb. He is buried in Mirogoj Cemetery.[5]


  1. ^ a b Career story at OFK Beograd official website, retrieved 13-9-2013 (in Serbian)
  2. ^ 1930 at
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  4. ^ a b Nogometni leksikon
  5. ^ Franjo Glaser at Gradska Groblja.

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