Slobodan Santrač

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Slobodan Santrač
Personal information
Full name Slobodan Santrač
Date of birth (1946-07-01)1 July 1946
Place of birth Koceljeva, FPR Yugoslavia
Date of death 13 February 2016(2016-02-13) (aged 69)
Place of death Belgrade, Serbia
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1959–1960 Takovo
1960–1965 Metalac Valjevo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965–1974 OFK Beograd 244 (169)
1974–1976 Grasshoppers 42 (29)
1976–1977 OFK Beograd 40 (17)
1978–1980 Partizan 63 (29)
1980–1983 Galenika Zemun 56 (31)
Total 445 (275)
National team
1966–1974 Yugoslavia 8 (1)
Teams managed
1994–1998 FR Yugoslavia
1999–2000 Shandong Luneng
2001 Saudi Arabia
2005 Macedonia
2008 Changsha Ginde
2009 Qingdao Jonoon
2011 Shaanxi Renhe
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Slobodan Santrač (Serbian Cyrillic: Слободан Сантрач; 1 July 1946 – 13 February 2016) was a Yugoslav and Serbian football manager and player. He is the all-time top scorer of the Yugoslav First League with a total of 218 goals,[1] as well as the top scorer in the history of OFK Beograd. After finishing his playing career, Santrač was manager of numerous clubs and national teams. He reached the knockout stage with FR Yugoslavia at the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France.[2]

Club career[edit]

Born in Koceljeva, Santrač played for Metalac Valjevo in the early 1960s, before transferring to OFK Beograd in 1965.[3] He spent the following nine seasons with the Romantics, making 244 league appearances and scoring 169 goals. During that time, Santrač was the Yugoslav First League top scorer on four occasions (1968, 1970, 1972 and 1973). He also won the Yugoslav Cup in 1966, scoring a brace in the final against Dinamo Zagreb.

In 1974, after completing his mandatory military service,[4] Santrač moved abroad and joined Swiss club Grasshoppers. He was their best scorer in both seasons during his stay with the club,[5] before returning to OFK Beograd midway through the 1975–76 season. Santrač was transferred to Partizan in the winter of 1978, winning the league after only a few months upon arriving at the club. He spent two more seasons with the Black-Whites, before joining Galenika Zemun during the 1980–81 season.

International career[edit]

Despite being a prolific striker during his entire active playing career, Santrač never established himself in the national team. He made only eight appearances (only 110 minutes played) for Yugoslavia between 1966 and 1974. Santrač scored one goal for the national team in a friendly against Sweden, a game that ended in a 1–1 draw.[6]

Managerial career[edit]

In December 1994, Santrač started his managerial career at the helm of the national team of FR Yugoslavia, while the country was still under UN sanctions. He served as their manager for almost four years, qualifying the team for the 1998 FIFA World Cup.[7] Santrač then moved to China and took charge of Shandong Luneng, winning the double in 1999.[8] He was also manager of Saudi Arabia (2001),[9] and Macedonia (2005).[10]

Death[edit]

On 13 February 2016, Santrač died of a heart attack, aged 69. He was survived by his wife Biljana and sons Aleksandar and Nenad.[11]

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club Season League Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
OFK Beograd 1965–66 26 20 0 0 26 20
1966–67 28 12 2 0 30 12
1967–68 28 22 0 0 28 22
1968–69 34 16 6 9 40 25
1969–70 31 20 0 0 31 20
1970–71 32 19 0 0 32 19
1971–72 34 33 4 2 38 35
1972–73 28 25 8 5 36 30
1973–74 3 2 0 0 3 2
Total 244 169 20 16 264 185
Grasshoppers 1974–75 24 17 4 2 28 19
1975–76 18 12 2 2 20 14
Total 42 29 6 4 48 33
OFK Beograd 1975–76 6 5 0 0 6 5
1976–77 29 11 0 0 29 11
1977–78 5 1 0 0 5 1
Total 40 17 0 0 40 17
Partizan 1977–78 16 11 0 0 16 11
1978–79 29 14 1 0 30 14
1979–80 18 4 0 0 18 4
Total 63 29 1 0 64 29
Galenika Zemun 1980–81 14 9 0 0 14 9
1981–82 24 19 0 0 24 19
1982–83 18 3 0 0 18 3
Total 56 31 0 0 56 31
Career total 445 275 27 20 472 295

International[edit]

Yugoslavia national team
Year Apps Goals
1966 3 1
1967 0 0
1968 0 0
1969 0 0
1970 0 0
1971 0 0
1972 4 0
1973 0 0
1974 1 0
Total 8 1

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

OFK Beograd
Partizan
Galenika Zemun

Manager[edit]

Shandong Luneng

Individual[edit]

Player
Manager

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kraljevi strelaca" (in Serbian). arhiva.srbija.gov.rs. Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Deseto mesto u svetu - uspeh ili ne?" (in Serbian). arhiva.srbija.gov.rs. Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "INTERVJU NEDELJOM - Slobodan Santrač: Čiča je rekao da fudbal ne sme da stane!" (in Serbian). mozzartsport.com. 30 November 2014. Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "Zvezde u JNA - Vojnik Slobodan Santrač raportira ocu Danetu (1973)" (in Serbian). yugopapir.com. 1 July 2013. Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Switzerland - List of Topscorers". rsssf.com. Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "Slobodan Santrač" (in Serbian). ofkbeograd.co.rs. Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "The Yugoslavia Squad". bbc.co.uk. 3 May 1998. Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
  8. ^ "Kineski car" (in Serbian). glas-javnosti.rs. 13 December 1999. Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
  9. ^ "Santrac loses Saudi job". bbc.co.uk. 28 August 2001. Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
  10. ^ "Santrac quits as F.Y.R. Macedonia coach". uefa.com. 23 August 2005. Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
  11. ^ "ODLAZAK FUDBALSKE LEGENDE Preminuo Slobodan Santrač!". blic.rs. 13 February 2016. Retrieved 14 February 2016. 

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