Goran Čengić

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Goran Čengić
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Personal information
Born 1946
Sarajevo, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia
Died 14 June 1992(1992-06-14)
Sarajevo, Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Goran Čengić (1946 – 14 June 1992) was a Yugoslav handball player who played for RK Bosna Sarajevo, RK Mlada Bosna, RK Crvena Zvezda and the Yugoslavia national handball team.

Early life[edit]

Goran Čengić was born in Sarajevo in 1946 to Natasha and Ferid. His mother was a descendant of the Montenegrin royal family.[1] Both of his parents were Yugoslav Partisans in World War II. His father served in Sarajevo's Partisan municipal committee and in the city council.[2] He later was the first post-war mayor.[1]

In 1963, at the age of 17, while playing for RK Bosna Sarajevo he helped win the Yugoslav Handball Cup.[3] Čengić completed his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts at the University of Sarajevo.[1]


Čengić was killed on 14 June 1992 by Veselin Vlahović after he tried to protect his Bosniak neighbor, Husnija Ćerimagić. Nine years after his murder, Čengić's body was found and buried.[4] In 2006, RK Bosna Sarajevo began holding the Goran Čengić Memorial Tournament in his honor.[5] In 2013, he was posthumously awarded the Duško Kondor Civil Courage Award.[4] Former Croatian president Stjepan Mesić presented the award to Čengić's son Vladimir.[3]