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Josip "Škija" Katalinski (12 May 1948 [1] – 9 June 2011)[2] was a Bosnian football player.[3][4][5]

Josip Katalinski
Josip Katalinski at World Cup 1974 against Zaire.jpg
Katalinski celebrating after scoring a goal againts Zaire at the 1974 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Josip Katalinski
Date of birth (1948-05-12)12 May 1948
Place of birth Sarajevo, FPR Yugoslavia
Date of death 9 June 2011(2011-06-09) (aged 63)
Place of death Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
0000–1964 Igman Ilidža
1964–1965 Željezničar Sarajevo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965–1975 Željezničar Sarajevo 230 (32)
1975–1978 OGC Nice 103 (28)
Total 333 (60)
National team
1972–1977 Yugoslavia 41 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Club careerEdit

Katalinski's career began in a small club FK Igman based in Ilidža, a suburb of Sarajevo. He was spotted there in 1964 by FK Željezničar coaches who offered a move to their club's youth system. He accepted the offer immediately and one year later made his first team debut. He played for FK Željezničar until 1975. He made more than 250 league appearances and, although he was a defender, he scored 48 league goals. In total, he played more than 350 games in Željezničar's shirt, scoring more than 100 goals. He was a part of the team that won Yugoslav championship title in 1972.

Katalinski decided to go abroad in 1975. Subsequently, he signed a contract with French side OGC Nice. He had played 150 games for the club before he decided to end his career in 1978, because of an injury.[citation needed]

International careerEdit

As a youngster, Katalinski started playing for junior team of Bosnia-Herzegovina, and later for Yugoslav junior national team (12 caps) and Under-21 national team (18 caps). In 1972, he made his debut for Yugoslav national team. He collected 41 caps and scored 10 goals.

One of the most famous moments of his career was a 1974 FIFA World Cup qualification play-off match against Spain at Waldstadion in Frankfurt. He scored the only goal of the game that secured a place on 1974 FIFA World Cup and instantly became a hero of the nation.

He was a member of Yugoslav 1974 FIFA World Cup and 1976 UEFA European Football Championship squads.

Postplaying careerEdit

Katalinski worked as a youth coordinator for Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He was an educated football coach and he also graduated in physical education. He worked as a coach in several clubs and he was a vicepresident of his favourite FK Željezničar.


In memory of Josip Katalinski Football association of Bosnia and Herzegovina from June 2012 organizes a Memorial tournament Josip Katalinski-Škija for U-17 teams.[6]




Željezničar Sarajevo




  1. ^ [Sjećanje na našeg Škiju] Archived 2011-06-10 at [Error: unknown archive URL]
  2. ^ Umro Josip Katalinski Škija Archived 2011-07-14 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-05. Retrieved 2011-06-09.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  6. ^ FFBiH: Activities: Katalinski Memorial Tournament Winner[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Josip Katalinski profile at

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