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Frane Matošić (25 November 1918 – 29 October 2007) was a Croatian football player and coach. Born in Split, he played at the position of striker. He is regarded as one of Hajduk Split's greatest players ever where he is the all-time leading goalscorer.
|Date of birth||25 November 1918|
|Place of birth||
Split, State of Slovenes,|
Croats and Serbs
|Date of death||29 October 2007(aged 88)|
|Place of death||Split, Croatia|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Matošić started to play football with HNK Hajduk from Split. In his very first game for Hajduk in 1935 against Slavija from Sarajevo, Matošić scored two goals. He played 16 seasons for Hajduk. His older brother Jozo Matošić was also football player with whom he was a teammate at Hajduk.
While serving the obligatory military service in the season 1939, he played for the BSK from Belgrade. Next season, season 1939/40, he returned to Hajduk. After Hajduk's management suspending the work of Hajduk in 1941, he went abroad to play for Bologna F.C. 1909, played in season of 1942/43. When the information about restoring of Hajduk's work came to Frane Matošić, he returned to Croatia and smuggled himself on the free territory. There he joined Hajduk, that restarted its work on the free, Allied-controlled part of Croatia, on the island of Vis. Since then, Matošić was playing the games for Hajduk (that was playing friendly games against Allied teams on the Mediterranean). After the war Matošić as a team captain refused Josip Broz Tito's offer of transferring Hajduk to Belgrade and renaming it into "Partizan". All together, Matošić played 739 games for Hajduk and scored impressive 729 goals.
National team careerEdit
Matošić was a long time Yugoslav national team player. He played 16 games and scored 6 goals for Yugoslavia. His last game was in 1953, and in that game he also scored a goal.
After the ending of career as player, he turned to coaching career. He was the coach of his Hajduk (few years after his brother Jozo was coaching it), he was also the coach of Tunisian football team and the coach of RNK Split.
- Hajduk Split
- Banovina of Croatia Championship (1): 1940-41
- Socialist Republic of Croatia Championship (2): 1945, 1946
- Yugoslav First League (3): 1950, 1952, 1955
- BSK Belgrade
- Socialist Republic of Croatia Championship Top Goal Scorer: 1946
- Yugoslav First League Top Goal Scorer: 1948-49
- RNK Split
- Hajduk Split All-Time Leading Goalscorer: 211 goals
- Hajduk Split All-Time Leading Goalscorer: 729 goals (Unofficial matches included)
- Hajduk Split All-Time Appearance Maker: 739 games (Unofficial matches included)
- Index.hr Otišao je veliki šjor Frane ‹See Tfd›(in Croatian)
- Dnevnik.hr Umro Frane Matošić, najbolji strijelac Hajduka svih vremena ‹See Tfd›(in Croatian)
- Het Belang van Limburg - online krant Voetballegende Frane Matosic overleden ‹See Tfd›(in Dutch)
- Nogometni-magazin.com Matošić je umro na dan povijesne pobjede nad Crvenom zvezdom iz 1950. godine] ‹See Tfd›(in Croatian)
- Kapetan koji je i Titu rekao "ne" ‹See Tfd›(in Croatian)
- Matosic, Legenda Bola Kroasia, Meninggal Dunia
- Frane Matošić at Reprezentacija.rs (in Serbian)