Josip Skoblar in Amsterdam, 1971
|Full name||Josip Skoblar|
|Date of birth||12 March 1941|
|Place of birth||Privlaka, Kingdom of Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|1966–1967||→ Marseille (loan)||15||(13)|
|1977–1978||Marseille (Tehnical manager)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
He played for Zadar, OFK Belgrade, Hannover 96, Olympique Marseille and NK Rijeka. While playing at Marseille Skoblar won the French First Division twice (1970–71, 1971–72), 1971 Trophée des Champions and 1972 Coupe de France. He was also the league top goalscorer three seasons in a row (1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73) and in 1971 he won the European Golden Shoe. In 2009 he was inaugurated into the Marseille hall of fame and in 2010 he was put into "The Dream Team 110 years of Olympique de Marseille". Skoblar has also be put in the all time XI of OFK Belgrade and NK Rijeka.
At the international level, Skoblar played for Yugoslavia appearing in 32 matches and scoring 11 goals. He the national team at the 1962 FIFA World Cup where they finished in fourth place losing to Czechoslovakia in the semi-final.
As a manager he managed NK Orijent, NK Rijeka, Hamburger SV, NK Čelik Zenica, Dinamo Zagreb, Real Valladolid, Famalicão, NK Zagreb, Nîmes, NK Zadarkomerc, Marseille, national team Lebanon and Hajduk Split, with whom he won two Yugoslav Cup's (1987, 1991).
Skoblar was born in Privlaka near Zadar (at the time in Banovina of Croatia). He started his career with NK Zadar (1957–58). He got spotted there by OFK Beograd goalie Perica Radenković who was serving his mandatory army stint in Zadar. Radenković recommended Skoblar to club management and the 19-year-old was soon on his way to Belgrade. With OFK Beograd Skoblar won the Yugoslav Cup in 1962 and 1966. In Germany he played for Hannover 96 (1967–70). In 57 games in Bundesliga, he scored 30 goals.
He was willing to play in Marseilles, but the chairman of Hannover didn't want to lose such a player. Marcel Leclerc, chairman of Marseilles, went to Hannover on a quick journey and came back with the player, it was the beginning of a great adventure with Marseilles. The player was applauded at the airport by many fans.
In France, Skoblar played for Olympique de Marseille and was three time top goalscorer in Ligue 1 (1971–73). Skoblar won the European Golden Boot in 1971 for 44 goals in Ligue 1, he still remains as the best scorer in a season in Ligue 1. With Olympique, he won the French league title in 1971, and French league and cup title in 1972. OM fans refer to him as "l'Aigle Dalmate", "l'Aigle Dalmate"/"l'aigle des Dalmates" (The Dalmatian Eagle), or "Monsieur Goal" (Mister Goal).
For Yugoslavia Skoblar played between 1961 and 1967. In 32 games for Yugoslavia, he scored 11 goals. Skoblar participated in World Cup 1962. Skoblar scored one goal, and Yugoslavia finished in the fourth place. He first played for the national team on 7 May 1961, for a Friendly match against Hungary. He ended his international career on 7 October 1967 against West Germany, before the end of the Euro 68 qualification competition. The Yugoslavia national football team ended 2nd of the Euro 1968 without him.
Style of play
When he came to OFK Belgrade he was assigned left winger (outside-left) position, because of his versatility, technique and speed. While being a winger he continued to score goals although as winger he couldn't completely fulfill his goalscoring potential. While at Marseille he was moved to centre forward while being able to play all forward positions. Skoblar was very well known scoring with headers. He was also a solid dribbler with tremendous speed.
Just Fontaine says about him : "When I watched him front of the goal, each time, I was thinking, kick from the inside of the left foot, ... from the outside of the right foot ... a header, now! ... he had already done it ... scoring each time, exactly by the only possible way, and in just a split second. In the last 30 years, he has been the only striker that I've seen like that in France"
|1959-60||OFK Beograd||Yugoslav First League||18||5||2||0||–||20||5|
|France||League||Coupe de France||Europe||Total|
|France||League||Coupe de France||Europe||Total|
|1974-75||NK Rijeka||Yugoslav First League||14||6||0||0||–||14||6|
|Yugoslavia national team|
|1||16 May 1962||Stadion JNA, Belgrade, Yugoslavia||East Germany||Friendly match|
|2||02 June 1962||Estadio Carlos Dittborn, Arica, Chile||East Germany||1962 FIFA World Cup|
|3||04 November 1962||JNA Stadium, Belgrade, Yugoslavia||Belgium||1964 European Nations' Cup qualifying|
|5||06 October 1963||Stadion JNA, Belgrade, Yugoslavia||Hungary||Friendly match|
|6||03 November 1963||Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb, Yugoslavia||Czechoslovakia||Friendly match|
|7||17 May 1964||Stadion Československé Armády, Prague, Czechoslovakia||Czechoslovakia||Friendly match|
|8||25 October 1964||Praterstadion, Vienna, Austria||Australia||Friendly match|
|9||27 September 1964||Népstadion, Budapest, Hungary||Hungary||Friendly match|
|10||08 May 1966||Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb, Yugoslavia||Hungary||Friendly match|
|11||03 May 1967||Red Star Stadium, Belgrade, Yugoslavia||West Germany||UEFA Euro 1968 qualifying|
With his playing career over, he came back to Marseille, and became technical manager in 1977 under manager Ivan "Ðalma" Marković. Due to an internal conflict he left the club after one season to pursue a career as a manager. He began his career as a manager in third tier club NK Orijent in Rijeka. He took the club to the quarter final of the 1981 Yugoslav Cup beating NK Zagreb and OFK Beograd. In the quarter final Orijent lost to Budućnost Titograd of penalties.
Skoblar joined NK Rijeka in May 1983 replacing Marijan Brnčić. He concluded the last six matches of 1982–83 season and saved the club from relegation and finished at 15 place. In his second season at the club Skoblar nearly won the League short three point from first placed Red Star Belgrade, Rijeka finished in fourth place behind Željezničar and Partizan. This result was the club best league result since 1965–66, they also reached the quarter final of Yugoslav Cup and qualified for UEFA Cup.
On 24 October Rijeka beat Real Madrid 3:1 in the second round of the UEFA Cup. This match made Skoblar reputation with the supporters and club rise to a status of legend. In their away match against the Spanish side they lost 3:1 with Real Madrid advancing and eventually winning the Cup. Many of the players and Skoblar himself have stated that they were cheated from victory by the referee. The season ended with the club at a mid-table eight place, four points shy of a European qualification.
1985–86 season started out poorly with losses in the league and elimination in the second round of the Cup. During the second part of the season Skoblar managed to secured fifth place with the club and secured a place in the UEFA Cup. Rijeka was eliminated during the first round of the 1986–87 UEFA Cup by Standard Liège. Mid-season Rijeka was in tenth place in the league and had reached the semi final in the Cup. Skoblar left the club in December 1986.
He also had short stints in Spain with Real Valladolid and Portugal with F.C. Famalicão. He also coached Croatian clubs Dinamo Zagreb, NK Zagreb, Zadarkomerc and HNK Rijeka. At his second stint at Rijeka Skoblar's results were unfavorable so he was sacked after two months in 1995. Later during the year in October he was again set as manager of Rijeka but was again sacked due to results in February 1996. Years later Skoblar stated that he wasn't given enough freedom by the (then) president of the club Hrvoje Šarinić to work properly with the team.
He is employed at the Olympique de Marseille since 2001 as scout, and he is now close to retirement. During the summer 2001, he was with Marc Levy the co-manager of the team for 3 days, few days before the nomination of Tomislav Ivić. He managed the Lebanon national football team. He joined them in March 2000 and got sacked later in the year (October) after failing to qualify to the second round of the 2000 AFC Asian Cup.
|NK Orijent||1979||1981||Croatian Republic League||60||25||15||20||41.67|
|NK Orijent Total||63||27||16||20||42.86|
|NK Rijeka||22 May, 1983||14 December, 1986||First League||125||50||39||36||40.00|
|NK Rijeka Total||142||57||45||40||40.14|
|Hajduk Split||22 February, 1987||14 June, 1987||First League||17||9||2||6||52.94|
|Hajduk Split Total||20||10||3||7||50.00|
|Hamburger SV||28 July, 1987||9 November, 1987||Bundesliga||15||5||4||6||33.33|
|Hamburger SV Total||18||7||4||7||38.89|
|Čelik Zenica||6 March, 1988||12 June, 1988||First League||17||8||2||7||47.06|
|Čelik Zenica Total||17||8||2||7||47.06|
|Dinamo Zagreb||2 August, 1988||6 May, 1989||First League||27||13||6||8||48.15|
|Dinamo Zagreb Total||36||16||9||11||44.44|
|Real Valladolid||2 September, 1989||28 October, 1989||La Liga||9||3||1||5||33.33|
|European Cup Winners' Cup||6||3||3||0||50.00|
|Real Valladolid Total||15||6||4||5||40.00|
|F.C. Famalicão||18 August, 1991||8 March, 1992||Primeira Divisão||25||6||7||12||24.00|
|Taça de Portugal||3||2||0||1||66.67|
|F.C. Famalicão Total||28||8||7||13||28.57|
|NK Zagreb||27 February, 1994||12 June, 1994||Prva HNL||17||9||3||5||52.94|
|NK Zagreb Total||17||9||3||5||52.94|
|Nîmes Olympique||August, 1994||October, 1994||French Division 2||12||3||5||4||25.00|
|Nîmes Olympique Total||12||3||5||4||25.00|
|HNK Rijeka||12 April, 1995||4 June, 1995||Prva HNL||9||1||4||4||11.11|
|HNK Rijeka||25 October, 1995||17 February, 1996||Prva HNL||8||0||3||5||0.00|
|HNK Rijeka Total||18||2||7||9||11.11|
|NK Zadarkomerc||22 November, 1998||13 December, 1998||Prva HNL||4||1||1||2||25.00|
|NK Zadarkomerc Total||4||1||1||2||25.00|
|Lebanon||12 October, 2000||18 October, 2000||2000 AFC Asian Cup||3||0||1||2||0.00|
|Olympique de Marseille||25 August, 2001||25 August, 2001||Ligue 1||1||0||1||0||0.00|
|Olympique de Marseille Total||1||0||0||1||0.00|
- *Dates of first and last games under Skoblar; not dates of official appointments
- OFK Beograd
- FIFA World Cup 1962: 4th Place
- European Golden Shoe: 1970–71
- French championship top goalscorer: 1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73
- French Division 1 Foreign Player of the Year: 1970, 1971
- Coupe de France top scorer: 1972
- French Ligue 1 Record holder for most goals in single season (44)
- The Dream Team 110 years of OM: 2010
- "Romantičari" (The romantics): Golden era of OFK Beograd
- Oympique Marseille hall of fame
- NK Rijeka all time XI
- Most goals scored in a single French First Division season: 44
- Olympique Marseille 3rd all time goalscorer
- Hajduk Split
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