Krešimir Arapović

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Krešimir Arapović
Personal information
Date of birth (1924-10-23)23 October 1924
Place of birth Čapljina, Kingdom SCS
Date of death 17 July 1994(1994-07-17)
Place of death Split, Croatia
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1945–1946 Neretva Metković
1947–1954 Hajduk Split
1954– Srem S. Mitrovica
Teams managed
Srem S. Mitrovica
RFK Novi Sad
Hajduk Split (youth)
1963–1964 Hajduk Split (assistant)
1964 Hajduk Split
Troglav Livno
RNK Split
Sloboda Užice
Borac Banja Luka
Sloga Mravinci
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Krešimir Arapović (23 November 1924 – 17 July 1994) was a Bosnian football player and manager.

Born in Čapljina, Mostar Oblast, in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, he became a trophy winning HNK Hajduk Split player and coach. He played mostly as an offensive right-winger.[1]

He started playing football while with the Partisans during the Second World War. In 1945 he became a player of NK Neretva where he played one season. In 1947 he started wearing the white shirt of Hajduk Split which he wore all the way until 1954. Nicknamed "Arap", he played with Hajduk a total of 216 matches having scored 81 goals, winning two national titles, in 1950 and 1952.[1]

He leaves Split in direction of Sremska Mitrovica where he becomes player/manager of FK Srem. He earns his coaching diploma in Belgrade in 1961 and becomes the manager of Yugoslav Second League club RFK Novi Sad. Afterwards, he coached the youth team of Hajduk Split in a period when the club was giving much emphasis to working and discovering young talents throughout the lower leagues. He was also the assistant manager of Milovan Ćirić during the 1963–64 season. Arapović insisted in the creation within the club of a B team where the reserve and younger players would gain the necessary experience, a practice which ended up being very successful, with many players from his team becoming regular starters in the main team in future. For a short period during June 1964 he was the club's main coach.[1]

In his coaching career he also managed NK Troglav Livno, RNK Split, FK Sloboda Užice, FK Borac Banja Luka and Sloga Mravinci.[1]

He died on July 17, 1994, in Split and was buried in the city cemetery Lovrinac.[1]


As player:

Hajduk Split


  1. ^ a b c d e Krešimir Arapović at Hajduk Split official website (Croatian)