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Josip Bukal (15 November 1945 – 30 August 2016) was a Yugoslav and Bosnian football player who played as a striker.

Josip Bukal
Personal information
Date of birth (1945-11-15)15 November 1945
Place of birth Okešinec, SFR Yugoslavia
Date of death 30 August 2016(2016-08-30) (aged 70)
Place of death Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1964–1973 Željezničar Sarajevo 237 (106)
1973–1976 Standard Liège 60 (34)
1976–1977 Željezničar Sarajevo 21 (5)
Total 331 (145)
National team
1966–1974 Yugoslavia 24 (10)
Teams managed
1988 Željezničar Sarajevo
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Life and football careerEdit

Bukal was born in the village of Okešinec near Ivanić-Grad where he started his primary education, before moving to Veliki Crljeni in Serbia for the fifth, sixth, and seventh grade. He moved to Sarajevo at the age of 15.[1]

Bukal's involvement with football began with the local FK Željezničar youth team. He scored 10 goals in one game for the youth team before he made his debut for the first team in 1963. He played 290 official matches with FK Željezničar and scored 128 goals. He was the second highest goalscorer in the history of the club.[1] He was also a member of the FK Željezničar team that won Yugoslav championship in 1972.

In 1973, he moved to Belgium to play for Standard Liège. He played there for three seasons, where he was the third highest goalscorer during the UEFA Cup 1973-1974 season with 7 goals.[2] He returned to Yugoslavia and, after one more season with FK Željezničar, he retired in 1977. He was best known for his powerful shot. During a game in Belgium, the ball was clocked at 142 kilometres per hour (88 mph) after his shot.[1]

Bukal also played for the national team. He played for the junior and Under-21 team before he made his senior debut for the Yugoslav national team in 1966. He had collected 24 caps and scored 10 goals in the blue national jersey.[1]

After retirement, he was employed by FK Željezničar. He worked with youth squads, but was also an assistant coach to Blagoje Bratić in 1987-1988 season. Bukal died on 30 August 2016, at age 70. He is survived by his wife and children.[3]




Željezničar Sarajevo


  1. ^ a b c d "Preminuo Josip Bukal" [Josip Bukal has passed away]. (in Bosnian). 31 August 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  2. ^ "UEFA Europa League 1973/74 - History - Statistics –". Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Preminuo Josip Bukal, legenda Željezničara" [Josip Bukal, legend of Željezničar, passes away]. Večernji list (in Croatian). 31 August 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  4. ^ Josip Bukal at National football, 1 August 2019

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