Dražan Jerković (Croatian pronunciation: [drǎʒan jěːrkoʋitɕ]; 6 August 1936 – 9 December 2008) was a Yugoslav and Croatian professional football manager and player. His professional playing career spanned from 1954 to 1966, during which he played for Dinamo Zagreb and AA La Gantoise.
|Date of birth||6 August 1936|
|Place of birth||
|Date of death||9 December 2008(aged 72)|
|Place of death||Zagreb, Croatia|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|1965–1966||AA La Gantoise||3||(1)|
|*Club domestic league appearances and goals|
Jerković played for Dinamo Zagreb (1954–65). Severe injuries forced him to retire early, at the height of his career. With Dinamo he won the league title in 1958, and league cup in 1960 and 1965. In 315 games for Dinamo, he scored 300 goals.
He played internationally for Yugoslavia between 1960 and 1964, scoring 11 goals in 21 games. He participated in the 1960 European Championship and the 1962 FIFA World Cup. He was also part of the Yugoslav squad for the 1958 FIFA World Cup, but did not play.
In the 1962 FIFA World Cup, Jerković scored four goals and was, with five other players, the top goalscorer, winning the World Cup Golden Boot. Yugoslavia finished in fourth place. In the quarter-final, Yugoslavia beat Germany, while in the semifinal they lost to Czechoslovakia (1–3) and lost to Chile in the third place match (0–1).
Jerković played in a single international match with Croatia, as the Croatia national team was assembled in communist Yugoslavia once for a friendly against Indonesia in 1956. He was also the first manager of the Croatia national team since independence, between 1990 and 1992.
|1954–55||Dinamo Zagreb||First League||1||0|
|1965–66||La Gantoise||First Division||3||1|
|Croatia national team|
|Yugoslavia national team|
- "Jerònim". Hrvatski jezični portal (in Serbo-Croatian). Retrieved 17 March 2018.
- "Najbolji strijelci". www.nk-dinamo.hr (in Croatian). Archived from the original on 15 March 2011.
- "Umro Dražan Jerković, ponajbolji hrvatski nogometaš svih vremena". slobodnadalmacija.hr (in Croatian). Slobodna Dalmacija. 10 December 2008. Retrieved 12 May 2020.
- Dražan Jerković at National-Football-Teams.com