Edin Sprečo

Edin Sprečo (19 April 1947 – 12 May 2020) was a Bosnian professional footballer who played as a winger.

Edin Sprečo
Personal information
Full name Edin Sprečo
Date of birth (1947-04-19)19 April 1947
Place of birth Sarajevo, SFR Yugoslavia
Date of death 12 May 2020(2020-05-12) (aged 73)
Place of death Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Playing position(s) Winger
Youth career
1959–1964 Željezničar
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1964–1975 Željezničar 199 (61)
1975–1976 NAC Breda 25 (7)
1976–1977 Željezničar 4 (0)
1977–1979 Rennes 35 (18)
1979–1981 Iskra Bugojno 38 (9)
Total 301 (95)
National team
1967–1969 Yugoslavia 3 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Born in Sarajevo, SFR Yugoslavia, present day Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sprečo started playing football for the youth team of hometown club Željezničar when he was 12. At the age of 17, he made his debut for the first team. Sprečo scored two goals in his first game and it was clear that he would become a great player.[1]

He played 199 league games and scored 61 goals for Željezničar. In total, Sprečo played in 234 games and managed to score 75 goals. He was a member of the Željezničar team that won the Yugoslav First League title in the 1971–72 season. In 1975, Sprečo turned 28 and he was allowed to go abroad, as it was prohibited for under-28 players to leave the domestic clubs at the time. He went to Dutch Eredivisie club NAC Breda.[1]

He also played for, at the time, French Ligue 2 club Rennes. Sprečo finished his career at the age of 34 in 1981, while playing for Iskra Bugojno.[1]

International careerEdit

Sprečo earned 3 caps for the Yugoslavia national team and also scored two goals while playing for the national team from 1967 to 1969.[1] He scored his first goal for Yugoslavia on 12 November 1967, in a 4–0 win against Albania in a UEFA Euro 1968 qualifying match.[2]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

Source:[3]

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Željezničar 1964–65 Yugoslav First League 2 0 2 0
1965–66 Yugoslav First League 2 0 2 0
1966–67 Yugoslav First League 19 7 19 7
1967–68 Yugoslav First League 26 13 26 13
1968–69 Yugoslav First League 24 12 24 12
1969–70 Yugoslav First League 6 0 6 0
1970–71 Yugoslav First League 33 7 33 7
1971–72 Yugoslav First League 32 5 8 4 40 9
1972–73 Yugoslav First League 31 10 2 1 33 11
1973–74 Yugoslav First League 15 7 15 7
1974–75 Yugoslav First League 7 0 7 0
1975–76 Yugoslav First League 2 0 2 0
Total 199 61 10 5 209 66
NAC Breda 1975–76 Eredivisie 25 7 1 0 26 7
Željezničar 1976–77 Yugoslav First League 4 0 0 0 4 0
Rennes 1977–78 Ligue 2 9 4 9 4
1978–79 Ligue 2 26 14 26 14
Total 35 18 35 18
Iskra Bugojno 1979–80 Yugoslav Second League 23 6 23 6
1980–81 Yugoslav Second League 15 3 15 3
Total 38 9 38 9
Career total 301 95 1 0 10 5 312 100

InternationalEdit

Source:[3]

National team Year Apps Goals
Yugoslavia
1967 2 1
1968 0 0
1969 1 1
Total 3 2

International goalsEdit

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 12 November 1967 Stadion JNA, Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia   Albania 1–0 4–0 UEFA Euro 1968 qualifying
2. 4 June 1969 Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland   Finland 4–1 5–1 1970 FIFA World Cup qualification
Source:[3]

DeathEdit

Sprečo died at the age of 73 in his hometown of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina on 12 May 2020.[4]

HonoursEdit

PlayerEdit

Željezničar

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Nedim Kreštalica. "Edin Sprečo". 1921.ba (in Bosnian). Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Yugoslavia 4–0 Albania". uefa.com. 12 November 1967. Retrieved 20 April 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "Edin Sprečo". National-Football-Teams.com. Retrieved 20 April 2020.
  4. ^ N.K. (12 May 2020). "Preminuo Edin Sprečo, legendarni nogometaš Željezničara" (in Bosnian). Klix.ba. Retrieved 12 May 2020.

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