Franjo Džidić (born 25 October 1939) is a Bosnian retired professional footballer and former football manager.

Franjo Džidić
Personal information
Full name Franjo Džidić
Date of birth (1939-10-25) 25 October 1939 (age 80)
Place of birth Mostar, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Youth career
1955–1958 Velež Mostar
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1958–1969 Velež Mostar
1969–1972 Čapljina
1972–1974 Mladost Lištica
Teams managed
Mladost Lištica
Lokomotiva Mostar
Čapljina
1977–1983 Velež Mostar (assistant)
1984–1988 Leotar
1988–1990 Iskra Bugojno
1990–1991 Velež Mostar
1992–1993 Šibenik
Samobor
Cim
1995–1997 Široki Brijeg
1997–1998 Zrinjski Mostar
2003 Zrinjski Mostar
2004–2005 Zrinjski Mostar
Redarstvenik Mostar
Ljubuški
Široki Brijeg (youth)
Zrinjski Mostar (youth)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He is inscribed in history as the man who brought the first national crown championship of Bosnia and Herzegovina victory to a city on the Neretva river, winning it with HŠK Zrinjski Mostar. The victory was even more immense because it was won during 2005, which marked the one hundredth anniversary of Zrinjski.

Playing careerEdit

He started with football in 1955. His father was a miner and lived in a mining colony beside the former Velez grounds (today's "Old Veležovo" or "Old Playground", a neighborhood in the city of Mostar) and began to train in a football school then Velez. Then, at that time there were only juniors, so he played in the junior selection until 1958.

In 1958 he took his first appearance for the first composition of Velez and he was the first junior in his generation who appeared for the first team. The backbone of the former Velez were: Barbaric, Dilberović, Radiljević, Handžić, Zelenika and Mujić. It was a great football generation, but since the Velez was provincial team it was hard to make football a stable environment. The biggest success of his generation happened in 1966 when they shared with Dinamo Zagreb second and third place, while the state champion was FK Vojvodina Novi Sad.

In Velež he played until 1969 and then went to Borac Čapljina where he remained for three seasons. He had some offers to go abroad, but still remains in Mostar, where he remained until the end of his playing career. FK Borac Čapljina then enters the second division, it was huge success.

In Borac he played until 1972, when he received a call from the leadership of the then Youth Lištica to play and coach. He played for the Mladost then and also trained them for two seasons. The first year they entered the republic in the regional league, and entered in qualifying for the second division West, but it was then too big bite for the environment. Former gain for the city is building of the ground Pecara that exists today in Siroki Brijeg.

Managerial careerEdit

Džidić became a manager after ending his playing career, working as a head coach at FK Lokomotiva Mostar and HNK Čapljina, after which for six years he was an assistant coach at FK Velež Mostar. He assisted Vukašin Višnjevac, Miloš Milutinović and Muhamed Mujić. With Militinović he won the Yugoslav Cup in 1981, beating FK Željezničar Sarajevo in the final. One year he was also a soccer instructor at the level of BiH, and then went to Trebinje to coach FK Leotar.

Džidiž spent four years in Leotar made a remarkable success. Trebinje is enriched for football and created plenty of players who later earned a football reputation and knowledge. Basically he took the players from Mostar, who could not play in Velež and then gained prominence in Leotar. These were: Ibrahim Rahimić, Lučić, Ronćević and Stipe Jurić, and after 4 years in Trebinje, he returned to Mostar.

After that he went to NK Iskra Bugojno with whom he enters into the first league and spends there for two years. Then he returnes to the Velež team consisting of: Kodro, Gude, Joško Popović, a first steps then made also Igor Musa. He was also the last coach of Velež before the war.

After the war, he first went to HNK Šibenik, where practicing self-titled club in the first Croatian soccer league. After Šibenik, he did a half-season in NK Samobor, which was then in second division, and then returned to Mostar. Then he took HNK Cim soon and won first place in the Second Football League of Herceg-Bosna, without losing a game. From Cim he went to NK Široki Brijeg and in two seasons he won two first places in the First League of Herzeg-Bosnia. After that he comes to Zrinjski, and then goes one half season to HNK Redarstvenik on loan. What followed was a trip to HNK Ljubuški, and then again back to Široki Brijeg, where he was coach of a youth academy.

Džidić for the first time led Zrinjski when they were qualifying for the championship of Bosnia and Herzegovina. From the first football league in Herceg-Bosna, Zrinjski and NK Široki Brijeg went to Sarajevo, where they waited for FK Sarajevo and NK Čelik Zenica. Zrinjski in the final competition suffered two defeats. Afterwards, he went to the Zrinjski football school and was head of the profession. Again came the departure to Široki Brijeg, but one year later he returned to Zrinjski.

In 2005, Džidić won first place in the Premier League of Bosnia and with Zrinjski and it went down in history as the first title in Zrinjski's history for the clubs one hundredth anniversary. Zrinjski then had an exceptional generation of young players like Rajović, Karlogan, Milošević, Džidić, Vidić, Smajić, Mitrović, and all others who then played.

Since then, the club is at the top of the game and each year is in qualifying for European club competitions. In qualifying for the Champions League ignominiously ends as there wasn't enough time to form a new team (seven standard players left the club) and subsequently resigns. Following the resignation he takes club's football school, where he is today. He was head of the youth facility there. While in the youth school, Zrinjski juniors were constantly at the top, they won a national title and the Junior League of Bosnia and Herzegovina while Džidić was a part of it.

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ManagerEdit

Široki Brijeg

Zrinjski Mostar

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