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Fahrudin Jusufi (Serbian Cyrillic: Фахрудин Јусуфи, pronounced [fahrǔdin jǔsufi]; 8 December 1939 – 9 August 2019) was a Yugoslav footballer who most notably played for Partizan, Eintracht Frankfurt and the Yugoslav national team.

Fahrudin Jusufi
Fahrudin Jusufi (1966).jpg
Jusufi in 1966
Personal information
Full name Fahrudin Jusufi
Date of birth (1939-12-08)8 December 1939
Place of birth Zli Potok, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Date of death 9 August 2019(2019-08-09) (aged 79)
Place of death Belgrade, Serbia
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Full-back
Youth career
1955–1957 Partizan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1957–1966 Partizan 162 (1)
1966–1970 Eintracht Frankfurt 111 (2)
1970–1972 Germania Wiesbaden
1972 Dornbirn
National team
1959–1967 Yugoslavia 55 (0)
Teams managed
1980–1981 Schalke 04
1982–1985 SG Wattenscheid 09
1986–1987 1860 Munich
1987–1988 Partizan
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

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Playing careerEdit

Club careerEdit

Jusufi was born into an ethnic Gorani family in the village of Zli Potok near Dragaš (Vardar Banovina, Kingdom of Yugoslavia). During his career, he played for FK Partizan, Eintracht Frankfurt, Germania Wiesbaden and FC Dornbirn, retiring in 1972. He was part of the Partizan squad when they became vice-champions of Europe after losing the 1966 European Cup Final against Real Madrid.[1]

International careerEdit

On the national level, Jusufi played for Yugoslavia (55 matches),[2] and was a participant at the 1962 FIFA World Cup and at the 1960 Summer Olympics, where his team won the gold medal.[3]

Coaching careerEdit

After retiring, Jusufi went into coaching, mainly in West Germany with SG Wattenscheid 09 in the second division, but also in 1987–88 at the helm of Partizan.

He also coached Schalke 04 and 1860 Munich.

Personal lifeEdit

In a 1991 interview for Serbian bi-weekly Tempo, Jusufi was asked if he is "experiencing any problems in regards to the current political situation" and "due to his ethnicity." Jusufi replied, "Why would I be experiencing any problems? I'm a Gorani, if that even interests anyone."[4]

His son Sascha was also a professional footballer.[5]

Death and legacyEdit

Jusufi died on 9 August 2019 in Belgrade.[6]

As a player, he is most remembered for being able to play both left-back and right-back, his never-say-die attitude, good defensive positioning and quality passing and technique.

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

FK Partizan
Eintracht Frankfurt

InternationalEdit

Yugoslav national team

IndividualEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Season 1965-66 and squad details". europeancuphistory.com. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Jusufi, Fahrudin" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 19 February 2012.
    "Reprezentativci: Jusufi Fahrudin". reprezentacija.rs (in Serbo-Croatian). 9 August 2019. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Yugoslavia at the 1960 Roma Summer Games". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Goranac sam. Ako to uopšte nekog i interesuje" (in Serbo-Croatian) (issue 1338). Tempo (Serbia magazine). 16 October 1991. p. 14.
  5. ^ "Sascha Jusufi | Verein | Spielerprofil | Karriere beendet | 1990/91". kicker (in German). Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Фахрудин Јусуфи 1939-2019". FK PARTIZAN (in Serbian). Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  7. ^ "ERIC BATTY’S WORLD XI – THE SIXTIES" Retrieved on 17 June 2016

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