Ivan Mršić

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Ivan Mršić
Personal information
Full name Ivan Jozo Mršić
Date of birth (1949-08-01) August 1, 1949 (age 67)
Place of birth Teslić, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1963–1965 Proleter Teslić
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965–1966 Proleter Teslić
1966–1967 Borac Banja Luka
1967–1968 Slavija Osijek
1968–1969 Partizan Belgrade
1969–1970 Olimpija Ljubljana
1971–1972 Radnički Kragujevac
1972–1973 Sloga Doboj
1973–1975 Jedinstvo Bihać
1975 Spartak Subotica
1976 Pelister Bitola
1978 Fort Lauderdale Strikers
1980 Columbus Magic
1981–1982 Cleveland Force (indoor)
1982–1983 Toronto Croatia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Ivan Mršić (born August 1, 1949), also known as John Mrsic and Big J, is a Yugoslav retired footballer.

Born in Teslić, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia, he began his career in 1963, with local club FK Proleter Teslić. He was picked up by bigger club FK Borac Banja Luka the next season. He turned down an offer from Croatian Giants HNK Hajduk Split and went on to play with many Yugoslav clubs including three first division clubs NK Olimpija Ljubljana, FK Radnički 1923, and Yugoslav power house FK Partizan Belgrade although only playing two matches, both friendly.[1] He finished his European career playing with FK Spartak Subotica and FK Pelister in the Yugoslav Second League[2] before coming and playing professional in the United States for Fort Lauderdale Strikers in 1978. After a season he went on to play for ASL`s Columbus Magic[3] In 1981, Mršić signed with the Cleveland Force of the Major Indoor Soccer League. He then moved to Canada where he finished his career with Toronto Croatia.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12]

His son, Simon Mrsic, born 1991, is also a footballer, and hs played with San Jose Earthquakes, reserves team of NK Osijek, FK Rudar Prijedor and FK Bačka Bačka Palanka.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Partizan Players 1945 – 2011 | FK PARTIZAN". Partizan.rs. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  2. ^ Stats from Yugoslav First and Second Leagues at B92 (copy of zerodic.com)
  3. ^ Brett, Dave. "Scores a Hatrick (3goals) to Get Columbus Magic the Win" NCR September 13, 1981.
  4. ^ Franjic, Stipe. "Toronto Croatia sign Ivan Mrsic", Toronto Sport June 27, 1983.
  5. ^ "Ivan Mrsic Signs with New Klub". Jugoslovenski Sportski Jurnal. May 17, 1966. 
  6. ^ Sovic, Miodrag ."Kk Ljubljana Igra Protiv Sibenik do a I Pobidju 3–1 List a Strelac Mrsic." Ljubljana Vrjeme. October 17, 1970.
  7. ^ Petkovic, Simo. "Lleaving His Home Town Club Proleter Tesilic!" Jugoslovenski Sportski List. May 17, 1966.
  8. ^ Petkovic, Simo."Five New Players Including Ivan Mrsic Sign Pro Contracts for Fk Pelister Bitola." Jugoslovenski Sportski Jurnal, 1976.
  9. ^ Petrovic, Goran "Vracam se Proletaru Ivica Mrsic Grad a Teslicu" February 14, 1969. Grad Teslic Danas Vjernji
  10. ^ Suljakovic,Safet. "Jedinstvo Igra I Mrsic Jedinstvo Bihac Pobjedu." SportskI Grad Bihac. July 19, 1973.
  11. ^ Suljakovic,Safet. "Ivan Mrsic Scores in Season Debut for, NK Jedinstvo Bihac." September 14, 1972. Jugoslovenski Sportski Jurnal.
  12. ^ Markovic,Sinisa." Novi Graca za Fk Radnicki Kraguejevac Ivan mrsic". Jugoslevenski Sportski Journal. July 1971.
  13. ^ Simon Mršić: Mi smo momci iz Palanke, ostaćemo u eliti at vesti.meridianbet.rs, 2-5-2017, retrieved 4-5-2017 (Serbian)

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