Vladimir Šenauer

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Vladimir Šenauer
Personal information
Full name Vladimir Šenauer
Date of birth (1930-11-29)29 November 1930
Place of birth Split, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Date of death 5 January 2013(2013-01-05) (aged 82)
Place of death Split, Croatia
Playing position Forward or left winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1950–1954 Hajduk Split
1955–1957 OFK Beograd
1957–1962 Hajduk Split
1962–1964 Austria Klagenfurt
1964 RNK Split
National team
1951 Yugoslavia B 2 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Vladimir "Geza" Šenauer (29 November 1930 – 5 January 2013) was a Croatian professional footballer.

Early life and family[edit]

Šenauer was born in Split, Littoral Banovina, to Geza Šenauer, Jewish leather merchant from Daruvar, and Zorka (née Rakelić), Split born Catholic. He was raised Jewish by his family. His father owned the boutique and newsstand in Split. During World War II, officer of the Italian army protected the Šenauer family from persecutions. In 1943, he advised them to leave the Split before Nazis and Ustaše. In September 1943, the Independent State of Croatia took over the Split from the Italian fascists, so Šenauer and his family escaped to hide on the island of Vis. Soon after they escaped to Bari, Italy. Šenauer paternal grandmother, most of his closer and wider family were killed during the Holocaust. Šenauer returned to Split in 1947, few days before his father.[1][2]

Football career[edit]

He spend most of his career playing for his hometown club HNK Hajduk Split winning with them 3 national championships. He also won one national cup in the period in between while he was playing with OFK Belgrade, curiously winning in the final his former club, Hajduk. Before ending his career he also had a spell abroad with SK Austria Klagenfurt, before returning to finish his career playing with RNK Split. He was known for his speed and excellent execution of the free kicks. After retiring he was an active member in the direction board of Hajduk, and between 1979 and 1990 he was the director of the Hajduk stadium, Poljud.[3]

He made two appearances for the Yugoslav B national team, both in 1951, first in Tunis, on 14 October, against Tunisia (7–3 win with Šenauer scoring the lat goal), and second in Sfax, on 16 October, against South Tunisia (5–0 win).[4]


Šenauer died on 5 January 2013 in Split, and was buried at the Lovrinac Cemetery.[3]


  1. ^ Bibić, Milorad (11 September 2010). "Vladimir Šenauer Geza at Mosor: My Dalmatians, let's love Hajduk!". Slobodna Dalmacija (in Croatian). Retrieved 24 December 2010. Otac mi se zva Geza, doša je u Split iz Daruvara, tamo su moji preci imali velika imanja. Mater Zorka rođena Rakelić bila je Splićanka. Dogovorili su se: ako dite bude muško biće Židov, ako bude žensko biće katolkinja!“ ("My father's name was Geza, he arrived in Split from Daruvar, where my ancestors had large estates. My mother Zorka was born Rakelić in Split. They agreed: if the child is a boy he would be a Jew, if the child is a female she would be a Catholic!") 
  2. ^ Duplančić, Blaž (5 January 2013). "Umro Vladimir Geza Šenauer". Dalmacija News (in Croatian). Retrieved 2013-01-05. 
  3. ^ a b "Umro Vladimir Geza Šenauer, legendarni igrač zlatne generacije Hajduka". Slobodna Dalmacija (in Croatian). 5 January 2013. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Godišnjak FSJ 1920 - 1953, page 100 (Serbian)

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