Blagoje Vidinić

Blagoje Vidinić (Macedonian: Благоја Видиниќ, Serbian: Благоје Видинић; 11 June 1934[1] – 29 December 2006) was a Macedonian football coach, player, and Olympic participant of Serbian origin.

Blagoje Vidinić
Personal information
Full name Blagoje Vidinić
Date of birth (1934-06-11)11 June 1934
Place of birth Skopje, Yugoslavia
(now Skopje, North Macedonia)
Date of death 29 December 2006(2006-12-29) (aged 72)
Place of death Strasbourg, France
Height 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Playing position(s) Goalkeeper
Youth career
Vardar
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1951–1955 Vardar 144 (0)
1955–1961 Radnički Beograd 123 (0)
1962–1964 OFK Beograd 33 (0)
1964–1966 FC Sion
1967 Los Angeles Toros 20 (0)
1968 San Diego Toros 4 (0)
1968 St. Louis Stars 23 (0)
Total 286 (0)
National team
1956–1960 Yugoslavia 8 (0)
Teams managed
1970–1971 Morocco
1971–1972 ASFAR
1972–1974 Zaire
1976–1979 Colombia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Born in Skopje, he played his club football for FK Vardar, Radnički Beograd and OFK Beograd in Yugoslavia, and then with FC Sion of Switzerland.[2] In 1967, he moved to the US to join the Los Angeles Toros of the National Professional Soccer League, making 20 appearances that season.[3] He started the 1968 season with the relocated successor team San Diego Toros in the newly formed NASL, before moving to St. Louis Stars.[3]

He played for Yugoslavia as a goalkeeper in the 1956 and 1960 Olympics, winning silver in the former and gold in the latter.[1][4] He also played in the 1960 UEFA European Football Championship when Yugoslavia finished second.

After retiring from playing, he became a coach, and managed two African teams in the FIFA World Cup: Morocco in 1970 and Zaire in 1974.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "International stats". FIFA.com. Archived from the original on 11 November 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2011.
  2. ^ "Blagoje Vidinić". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 1 June 2011.
  3. ^ a b Stats at North American Soccer League players. Nasljerseys.com (11 June 1934). Retrieved on 2011-08-02.
  4. ^ Фудбалска Федерација на Македонија...Football Federation of Macedonia. Ffm.com.mk. Retrieved on 2011-06-01.
  5. ^ Stats at. Worldfootball.net (29 December 2006). Retrieved on 2011-06-01.

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