Jozo Matošić

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Jozo Matošić
Personal information
Full name Jozo Matošić
Date of birth (1913-01-27)27 January 1913
Place of birth Split, Austria-Hungary
Date of death 1 March 1999(1999-03-01) (aged 86)
Place of death Dubrovnik, Croatia
Playing position Defender, Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1931–1946 Hajduk Split 187 (26)
1946–1947 Kvarner Rijeka 22 (3)
National team
1934–1940 Yugoslavia 24 (0)
Teams managed
1946–1947 Kvarner Rijeka
1950 RNK Split
1952–1954 Hajduk Split
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Jozo Matošić (27 January 1913 – 1 March 1999) was a Yugoslav football coach and player. He was captain of the famous Hajduk Split side during World War II. He was also the older brother of Frane Matošić, Hajduk's best goalscorer of all time.[1]


He began his career at Hajduk Split as a goalkeeper but Luka Kaliterna made him a right-back. He was known for his great strength and character. He was also a regular player in the Yugoslavia national football team during the 1930s. He won the 1940–41 Croatian First League at that time also. From 1941 to 1944, he was in the Yugoslav Partisans. In 1944, he was captain of the Hajduk Split squad that formed again on the island of Vis. From 1944 to 1945, he toured the liberated territory with Hajduk Split. He won two SR Croatia championships after the war, in 1945 and 1946. In August 1946, Matošić moved to Kvarner (today's HNK Rijeka), where he was player–manager for the duration of the 1946–47 Yugoslav First League. Shortly thereafter, he retired from football.

Jozo Matošić is known for discovering Vladimir Beara.[2]

During his managerial time at Hajduk Split, he won the 1952 Yugoslav First League. He later went to live in Dubrovnik where he worked at NK GOŠK. In his honour, the football academy in Dubrovnik was named after him.


  1. ^ "Hajduk u sto i jednoj priči". Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Jozo Matošić mu je reka: Mali, ajde stani na branku!". Retrieved 1 June 2016.

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