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Josip "Joško" Skoblar (born 12 March 1941) is a Croatian former football player and manager. He was primarily a forward, and also capable of playing on both wings.

Josip Skoblar
Josip Skoblar 1971.jpg
Josip Skoblar in Amsterdam, 1971
Personal information
Full name Josip Skoblar
Date of birth (1941-03-12) 12 March 1941 (age 78)
Place of birth Privlaka, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Marseille (scout)
Youth career
1956–1958[2] Zadar
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1958–1959 Zadar
1959–1966 OFK Belgrade 162 (63)
1966–1970 Hannover 96 57 (30)
1966–1967Marseille (loan) 15 (13)
1969–1975 Marseille 159 (138)
1974–1977 Rijeka 36 (11)
Total 429 (254)
National team
1961–1967 Yugoslavia 32 (11)
Teams managed
1977–1978 Marseille (Tehnical manager)
1979–1981 Orijent
1983–1986 Rijeka
1986–1987 Hajduk Split
1987 Hamburger SV
1988 Čelik Zenica
1988–1989 Dinamo Zagreb
1989 Real Valladolid
1990–1991 Hajduk Split
1991–1992 Famalicão
1994 NK Zagreb
1994 Nîmes
1995–1996 Rijeka
1998 Zadarkomerc
2000 Lebanon
2001 Marseille
2001–present Marseille (Scout)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He played for Zadar, OFK Belgrade, Hannover 96, Olympique Marseille and NK Rijeka. While playing at Marseille Skoblar won the French First Division twice (1970–71, 1971–72), 1971 Trophée des Champions and 1972 Coupe de France. He was also the league top goalscorer three seasons in a row (1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73) and in 1971 he won the European Golden Shoe. In 2009 he was inaugurated into the Marseille hall of fame and in 2010 he was put into "The Dream Team 110 years of Olympique de Marseille". Skoblar has also be put in the all time XI of OFK Belgrade and NK Rijeka.

At the international level, Skoblar played for Yugoslavia appearing in 32 matches and scoring 11 goals. He the national team at the 1962 FIFA World Cup where they finished in fourth place losing to Czechoslovakia in the semi-final.

As a manager he managed NK Orijent, NK Rijeka, Hamburger SV, NK Čelik Zenica, Dinamo Zagreb, Real Valladolid, Famalicão, NK Zagreb, Nîmes, NK Zadarkomerc, Marseille, national team Lebanon and Hajduk Split, with whom he won two Yugoslav Cup's (1987, 1991).[3]

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Playing careerEdit

ClubEdit

Skoblar was born in Privlaka near Zadar (at the time in Banovina of Croatia). He started his career with NK Zadar (1957–58). He got spotted there by OFK Beograd goalie Perica Radenković who was serving his mandatory army stint in Zadar. Radenković recommended Skoblar to club management and the 19-year-old was soon on his way to Belgrade. With OFK Beograd Skoblar won the Yugoslav Cup in 1962 and 1966. In Germany he played for Hannover 96 (1967–70). In 57 games in Bundesliga, he scored 30 goals.[1]

He was willing to play in Marseilles, but the chairman of Hannover didn't want to lose such a player. Marcel Leclerc, chairman of Marseilles, went to Hannover on a quick journey and came back with the player, it was the beginning of a great adventure with Marseilles. The player was applauded at the airport by many fans.

In France, Skoblar played for Olympique de Marseille and was three time top goalscorer in Ligue 1 (1971–73). Skoblar won the European Golden Boot in 1971 for 44 goals in Ligue 1, he still remains as the best scorer in a season in Ligue 1. With Olympique, he won the French league title in 1971, and French league and cup title in 1972. OM fans refer to him as "l'Aigle Dalmate", "l'Aigle Dalmate"/"l'aigle des Dalmates" (The Dalmatian Eagle),[4][5] or "Monsieur Goal" (Mister Goal).

He left l'OM after the arrival of two Brazilians Jairzinho and Paulo César.[5]

Skoblar joined NK Rijeka in the summer of 1974. He played for the club until 1977 accumulating 37 appearances and scoring 11 goals in league and Cup.[6]

InternationalEdit

For Yugoslavia Skoblar played between 1961 and 1967. In 32 games for Yugoslavia, he scored 11 goals. Skoblar participated in World Cup 1962. Skoblar scored one goal, and Yugoslavia finished in the fourth place. He first played for the national team on 7 May 1961, for a Friendly match against Hungary. He ended his international career on 7 October 1967 against West Germany, before the end of the Euro 68 qualification competition. The Yugoslavia national football team ended 2nd of the Euro 1968 without him.

Style of playEdit

When he came to OFK Belgrade he was assigned left winger (outside-left) position, because of his versatility, technique and speed. While being a winger he continued to score goals although as winger he couldn't completely fulfill his goalscoring potential. While at Marseille he was moved to centre forward while being able to play all forward positions. Skoblar was very well known scoring with headers. He was also a solid dribbler with tremendous speed.[7]

ReputationEdit

Just Fontaine says about him : "When I watched him front of the goal, each time, I was thinking, kick from the inside of the left foot, ... from the outside of the right foot ... a header, now! ... he had already done it ... scoring each time, exactly by the only possible way, and in just a split second. In the last 30 years, he has been the only striker that I've seen like that in France"[8]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

[9][10]

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Yugoslavia League Yugoslav Cup Europe Total
1959-60 OFK Beograd Yugoslav First League 18 5 2 0 20 5
1960-61 22 5 2 1 24 6
1961-62 21 8 5 2 26 10
1962-63 22 11 2 0 9 5 33 16
1963-64 26 16 1 0 3 0 39 16
1964-65 26 10 3 2 2 1 31 13
1965-66 27 8 5 5 32 13
1966-67 1 0 0 0 1 0
France League Coupe de France Europe Total
1966-67 Marseille Division 1 16 13 3 4 19 17
Bundesliga League DFB-Pokal Europe Total
1967-68 Hannover 96 Bundesliga 21 9 1 0 22 9
1968-69 26 17 3 3 4 3 33 23
1969-70 10 4 0 0 2 1 11 5
France League Coupe de France Europe Total
1969-70 Marseille Division 1 15 13 3 4 18 17
1970-71 36 44 8 5 2 0 46 49
1971-72 31 30 9 8 4 2 44 40
1972-73 31 26 4 2 1 0 36 28
1973-74 33 20 0 0 4 3 37 23
1974-75 10 5 0 0 0 0 37 23
Yugoslavia League Yugoslav Cup Europe Total
1974-75 NK Rijeka Yugoslav First League 14 6 0 0 14 6
1975-76 21 5 1 0 22 5
1976-77 1 0 0 0 1 0
Country Yugoslavia 198 73 21 10 14 6 233 100
Germany 57 30 4 3 5 4 66 37
France 174 151 27 23 11 5 212 179
Total 430 254 52 36 29 15 511 305

International appearancesEdit

Yugoslavia national team
Year Apps Goals
1961 1 0
1961 9 2
1963 5 2
1964 6 2
1965 4 0
1966 7 2
Total 32 11

International goalEdit

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 16 May 1962 Stadion JNA, Belgrade, Yugoslavia   East Germany
2 – 0
3 – 1
Friendly match
2 02 June 1962 Estadio Carlos Dittborn, Arica, Chile   East Germany
1 – 1
3 – 1
1962 FIFA World Cup
3 04 November 1962 JNA Stadium, Belgrade, Yugoslavia   Belgium
1 – 0
3 – 2
1964 European Nations' Cup qualifying
4
2–1
5 06 October 1963 Stadion JNA, Belgrade, Yugoslavia   Hungary
1 – 0
2 – 0
Friendly match
6 03 November 1963 Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb, Yugoslavia   Czechoslovakia
2 – 0
2 – 0
Friendly match
7 17 May 1964 Stadion Československé Armády, Prague, Czechoslovakia   Czechoslovakia
0 – 1
2 – 3
Friendly match
8 25 October 1964 Praterstadion, Vienna, Austria   Australia
2 – 2
3 – 2
Friendly match
9 27 September 1964 Népstadion, Budapest, Hungary   Hungary
2 – 1
2 – 1
Friendly match
10 08 May 1966 Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb, Yugoslavia   Hungary
2 – 0
2 – 0
Friendly match
11 03 May 1967 Red Star Stadium, Belgrade, Yugoslavia   West Germany
1 – 0
1 – 0
UEFA Euro 1968 qualifying

Managerial careerEdit

With his playing career over, he came back to Marseille, and became technical manager in 1977 under manager Ivan "Ðalma" Marković.[11] Due to an internal conflict he left the club after one season to pursue a career as a manager.[12] He began his career as a manager in third tier club NK Orijent in Rijeka. He took the club to the quarter final of the 1981 Yugoslav Cup beating NK Zagreb and OFK Beograd. In the quarter final Orijent lost to Budućnost Titograd of penalties.[13]

Skoblar joined NK Rijeka in May 1983 replacing Marijan Brnčić. He concluded the last six matches of 1982–83 season and saved the club from relegation and finished at 15 place.[14] In his second season at the club Skoblar nearly won the League short three point from first placed Red Star Belgrade, Rijeka finished in fourth place behind Željezničar and Partizan. This result was the club best league result since 1965–66, they also reached the quarter final of Yugoslav Cup and qualified for UEFA Cup.

On 24 October Rijeka beat Real Madrid 3:1 in the second round of the UEFA Cup. This match made Skoblar reputation with the supporters and club rise to a status of legend. In their away match against the Spanish side they lost 3:1 with Real Madrid advancing and eventually winning the Cup. Many of the players and Skoblar himself have stated that they were cheated from victory by the referee.[15] The season ended with the club at a mid-table eight place, four points shy of a European qualification.[16]

1985–86 season started out poorly with losses in the league and elimination in the second round of the Cup. During the second part of the season Skoblar managed to secured fifth place with the club and secured a place in the UEFA Cup. Rijeka was eliminated during the first round of the 1986–87 UEFA Cup by Standard Liège. Mid-season Rijeka was in tenth place in the league and had reached the semi final in the Cup. Skoblar left the club in December 1986.

He later became head coach for Hajduk Split with whom he won 2 Yugoslavia Cups. With Hamburger SV he lost DFB Supercup in 1987. In 1988 he managed Čelik Zenica and saved them from relegation.[17]

He also had short stints in Spain with Real Valladolid and Portugal with F.C. Famalicão. He also coached Croatian clubs Dinamo Zagreb, NK Zagreb, Zadarkomerc and HNK Rijeka. At his second stint at Rijeka Skoblar's results were unfavorable so he was sacked after two months in 1995. Later during the year in October he was again set as manager of Rijeka but was again sacked due to results in February 1996. Years later Skoblar stated that he wasn't given enough freedom by the (then) president of the club Hrvoje Šarinić to work properly with the team.[18]

He is employed at the Olympique de Marseille since 2001 as scout, and he is now close to retirement. During the summer 2001, he was with Marc Levy the co-manager of the team for 3 days, few days before the nomination of Tomislav Ivić. He managed the Lebanon national football team. He joined them in March 2000 and got sacked later in the year (October) after failing to qualify to the second round of the 2000 AFC Asian Cup.

Managerial statisticsEdit

As of 4 September 2017[19][20][21][22][23]
Club From To Competition Record
P W D L Win %
NK Orijent 1979 1981 Croatian Republic League 60 25 15 20 041.67
Yugoslav Cup 3 2 1 0 066.67
NK Orijent Total 63 27 16 20 042.86
NK Rijeka 22 May, 1983 14 December, 1986 First League 125 50 39 36 040.00
Yugoslav Cup 11 5 5 1 045.45
UEFA Cup 6 2 1 3 033.33
NK Rijeka Total 142 57 45 40 040.14
Hajduk Split 22 February, 1987 14 June, 1987 First League 17 9 2 6 052.94
Yugoslav Cup 3 1 1 1 033.33
Hajduk Split Total 20 10 3 7 050.00
Hamburger SV 28 July, 1987 9 November, 1987 Bundesliga 15 5 4 6 033.33
DFB-Pokal 2 2 0 0 100.00
DFB-Supercup 1 0 0 1 000.00
Hamburger SV Total 18 7 4 7 038.89
Čelik Zenica 6 March, 1988 12 June, 1988 First League 17 8 2 7 047.06
Čelik Zenica Total 17 8 2 7 047.06
Dinamo Zagreb 2 August, 1988 6 May, 1989 First League 27 13 6 8 048.15
Yugoslav Cup 5 2 2 1 040.00
UEFA Cup 4 1 1 2 025.00
Dinamo Zagreb Total 36 16 9 11 044.44
Real Valladolid 2 September, 1989 28 October, 1989 La Liga 9 3 1 5 033.33
European Cup Winners' Cup 6 3 3 0 050.00
Real Valladolid Total 15 6 4 5 040.00
F.C. Famalicão 18 August, 1991 8 March, 1992 Primeira Divisão 25 6 7 12 024.00
Taça de Portugal 3 2 0 1 066.67
F.C. Famalicão Total 28 8 7 13 028.57
NK Zagreb 27 February, 1994 12 June, 1994 Prva HNL 17 9 3 5 052.94
NK Zagreb Total 17 9 3 5 052.94
Nîmes Olympique August, 1994 October, 1994 French Division 2 12 3 5 4 025.00
Nîmes Olympique Total 12 3 5 4 025.00
HNK Rijeka 12 April, 1995 4 June, 1995 Prva HNL 9 1 4 4 011.11
HNK Rijeka 25 October, 1995 17 February, 1996 Prva HNL 8 0 3 5 000.00
Croatian Cup 1 1 0 0 100.00
HNK Rijeka Total 18 2 7 9 011.11
NK Zadarkomerc 22 November, 1998 13 December, 1998 Prva HNL 4 1 1 2 025.00
NK Zadarkomerc Total 4 1 1 2 025.00
Lebanon 12 October, 2000 18 October, 2000 2000 AFC Asian Cup 3 0 1 2 000.00
Lebanon Total 3 0 1 2 000.00
Olympique de Marseille 25 August, 2001 25 August, 2001 Ligue 1 1 0 1 0 000.00
Olympique de Marseille Total 1 0 0 1 000.00
Totals 394 154 107 133 039.09
*Dates of first and last games under Skoblar; not dates of official appointments

Personal lifeEdit

Skoblar owns a family restaurant with his brother in Zadar.[24]

HonoursEdit

PlayerEdit

OFK Beograd
Marseille
Yugoslavia
Individual

ManagerEdit

Hajduk Split

OrdersEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  • Nogometni leksikon (2004, in Croatian)

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