Marko Elsner

Marko Elsner (11 April 1960 – 18 May 2020) was a Slovenian footballer who played as a defender.

Marko Elsner
Personal information
Full name Marko Elsner
Date of birth (1960-04-11)11 April 1960
Place of birth Ljubljana, FPR Yugoslavia
Date of death 18 May 2020(2020-05-18) (aged 60)
Place of death Ljubljana, Slovenia
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Position(s) Defender
Youth career
Wacker Innsbruck
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1983 Olimpija 109 (12)
1983–1987 Red Star Belgrade 128 (3)
1987–1990 OGC Nice 105 (6)
1990–1991 Admira Wacker 17 (0)
1991–1993 OGC Nice 24 (0)
Total 383 (21)
National team
Yugoslavia U21
1984–1988 Yugoslavia 14 (0)
1992–1993 Slovenia 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Medal record
Representing  Yugoslavia
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1984 Los Angeles Football

Club careerEdit

Born in Ljubljana, capital of SR Slovenia (then part of Yugoslavia), Elsner played for Wacker Innsbruck's youth team before returning to Ljubljana where he played with Slovan before joining Olimpija in 1977. In 1983 he was signed by Red Star Belgrade, where he stayed for four seasons. In this period he became a national team player as he was part of the Yugoslav team at the 1984 Olympics, and has won one Yugoslav championship and one Yugoslav Cup during his spell with Red Star.[2]

In 1987, he left Belgrade and moved abroad by signing with French Ligue 1 side OGC Nice. He played with Nice until 1993, except in 1990–91, when he played for the Austrian Bundesliga side Admira Wacker.[3]

International careerEdit

He played 14 games for the Yugoslav national team between 1984 and 1988. After the independence of Slovenia, he made his debut for the Slovenian national team against Cyprus on 18 November 1992. His last match was against Estonia, a friendly on 7 April 1993, and the two games were his only two appearances for Slovenia.[1][4]


Red Star BelgradeEdit

Yugoslavia national teamEdit

Personal lifeEdit

Elsner's father, Branko Elsner, was a football coach. His sons Luka and Rok are also former professional footballers.[5]

Elsner died on 18 May 2020 at the age of 60 due to illness.[5][6]


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  2. ^ a b Marko Elsner at (in Serbian)
  3. ^ Marko Elsner at
  4. ^ "Marko Elsner – NZS" (in Slovenian). Football Association of Slovenia. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Umrl je Marko Elsner" (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. 18 May 2020. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
  6. ^ "Marko Elsner, Slovenian Olympic Footballer, Dies at 60". Total Slovenia News. 18 May 2020. Retrieved 19 May 2020.