Nenad Bjeković

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Nenad Bjeković
Personal information
Full name Nenad Bjeković
Date of birth (1947-11-05) 5 November 1947 (age 69)
Place of birth Zrenjanin, FPR Yugoslavia
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Second Striker
Youth career
Zadrugar Lazarevo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965–1969 Proleter Zrenjanin 103 (27)
1969–1976 Partizan 198 (82)
1976–1981 Nice 143 (85)
Total 444 (194)
National team
1968–1976 Yugoslavia 22 (4)
Teams managed
1982–1984 Partizan (assistant)
1984–1987 Partizan
1987–1989 Nice
1990 Partizan
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Nenad Bjeković (Serbian Cyrillic: Ненад Бјековић; born 5 November 1947) is a former Yugoslav and Serbian football player, manager and administrator.

Club career[edit]

Born in Lazarevo, a village near Zrenjanin, Bjeković started out at his local club Zadrugar Lazarevo, before switching to Proleter Zrenjanin. He stayed there for four years, making his Yugoslav First League debut in the 1967–68 season. Finally, Bjeković was transferred to Partizan in the summer of 1969.

Bjeković spent seven seasons at Partizan, scoring 82 league goals in 198 appearances for the Black-Whites. He was the top scorer of the Yugoslav First League in the 1975–76 season with 24 goals, thus helping Partizan win its seventh national title.

In the summer of 1976, Bjeković moved abroad for the first time in his career and signed with Nice. He stayed the following five seasons at the club, scoring a total of 85 goals in 143 league appearances. In 2013, Bjeković was named the club's player of the century.[1]

International career[edit]

Bjeković made 22 appearances for Yugoslavia and scored four goals. He scored on his debut for the national team in a friendly match against Brazil in Belo Horizonte on 19 December 1968.

Post-playing career[edit]

Bjeković started his managerial career in 1982 as an assistant to Miloš Milutinović at Partizan. He subsequently replaced Milutinović at the start of the 1984–85 season. As the club's manager, Bjeković won two consecutive league titles in 1986 and 1987.

In 1987, Bjeković was appointed as manager by his former club Nice, but was released after two years. He again managed Partizan for two months in 1990.

After his managerial career, Bjeković served as the director of football at Partizan for almost two decades from 1990 to 2007.

Personal life[edit]

His son, also named Nenad Bjeković, played professional football for clubs such as Marseille and Nantes, after starting out with Partizan.

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club Season League Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Proleter Zrenjanin 1965–66 21 7 0 0 21 7
1966–67 21 4 0 0 21 4
1967–68 28 10 0 0 28 10
1968–69 33 6 0 0 33 6
Total 103 27 0 0 103 27
Partizan 1969–70 32 7 2 0 34 7
1970–71 33 8 2 0 35 8
1971–72 33 14 0 0 33 14
1972–73 33 13 0 0 33 13
1973–74 32 14 0 0 32 14
1974–75 4 2 0 0 4 2
1975–76 31 24 0 0 31 24
Total 198 82 4 0 202 82
Nice 1976–77 32 19 2 1 34 20
1977–78 35 29 0 0 35 29
1978–79 28 17 0 0 28 17
1979–80 35 15 0 0 35 15
1980–81 13 5 0 0 13 5
Total 143 85 2 1 145 86
Career total 444 194 6 1 450 195

International[edit]

National team Year Apps Goals
Yugoslavia 1968 1 1
1969 3 1
1970 0 0
1971 7 0
1972 3 0
1973 5 2
1974 1 0
1975 0 0
1976 2 0
Total 22 4

Honours[edit]

Partizan

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nenad Bjeković – igrač veka Nice (FOTO i VIDEO)" (in Serbian). mozzartsport.com. 13 September 2013. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 

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