Ivica Šurjak

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Ivica Šurjak
Personal information
Full name Ivan Šurjak
Date of birth (1953-03-23) 23 March 1953 (age 66)
Place of birth Split, FPR Yugoslavia
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1981 Hajduk Split 272 (52)
1981–1982 Paris SG 33 (11)
1982–1983 Udinese 29 (2)
1984–1985 Real Zaragoza 22 (4)
National team
1973–1982 Yugoslavia 54 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ivan "Ivica" Šurjak (born 23 March 1953) is a former Croatian footballer. He was the driving force behind the success of Hajduk Split as it became a force in the Yugoslav First League in the 1970s. He started his career as a left-back, but with time learned total football, according to which all players can, during the ebb and flow of the match, slot into every position as needed.

He played 54 games for the Yugoslav national team. He continued his career at Paris Saint-Germain and Udinese, but turned down offers by the New York Cosmos and Real Madrid. He concluded his playing career in Spain at Real Zaragoza.

He served as sports director at Hajduk Split of the Croatian First League from 1999 to 2003.

Speedboat incident[edit]

In July 1999, Šurjak killed a swimmer while driving a speedboat near the coast of Trogir (Croatia). The swimmer, Miroslav Didak, died a few days after the accident, while in a coma in the intensive care unit of the Firule hospital. Šurjak was subsequently cleared of any wrongdoing.[1]

Accomplishments[edit]

  • Champion of Yugoslavia – 1974, 1975 and 1979
  • Co-champion of Yugoslavia – 1976 and 1981
  • Cup winner of Yugoslavia – 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976 and 1977
  • Coupe de France1982
  • 54 caps for Yugoslavia, 10 goals scored between 1973 and 1982
  • Yugoslav Footballer of the Year – 1976

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ivica Šurjak gliserom naletio na kupača" (in Croatian). Retrieved 21 May 2011.