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Milan Galić (Serbian Cyrillic: Милан Галић, pronounced [mǐlaŋ ɡǎːlitɕ];[a] 8 March 1938 – 13 September 2014) was a Yugoslav professional footballer who played as a striker.

Milan Galić
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Galić in May 1966 ahead of Partizan's European Cup Final versus Real Madrid.
Personal information
Full name Milan Galić
Date of birth (1938-03-08)8 March 1938
Place of birth Temerin, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Date of death 13 September 2014(2014-09-13) (aged 76)
Place of death Belgrade, Serbia
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1952–1958 Proleter Zrenjanin
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1958–1966 Partizan 148 (74)
1966–1970 Standard Liège 84 (33)
1970–1973 Reims 55 (18)
Total 287 (125)
National team
1959–1965 Yugoslavia 51 (37)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

During his active career, Galić played for four clubs, namely Proleter Zrenjanin, Partizan, Standard Liège and Reims. He also represented Yugoslavia internationally, earning 51 caps and scoring 37 goals,[1][2] being the second-highest scorer in the history of the national team, only behind Stjepan Bobek with 38.[3]

After finishing his playing career, Galić was employed at the Football Association of Yugoslavia.

Club careerEdit

PartizanEdit

After starting out with Proleter Zrenjanin, Galić was transferred to Partizan in the 1958–59 campaign. He spent the following eight seasons at Stadion JNA, winning the Yugoslav First League on four occasions (1961, 1962, 1963 and 1965).

In 1960–61 season, Galić won his first title with Partizan. That was also first title for The Steamroller after 1949. He scored a twice in first match of the season, in Split against RNK Split and helping club to reach first victory in the season, 4–2. He also scored two goals in Eternal Derby in a 3–0 home victory on 30 October 1960. On 11 June 1961, Galić scored hat–trick in a 4–2 away victory against Radnički Beograd, in last round and securing the title. He scored 14 goals in 21 league matches and become the top scorer of club in the season.

In next season, Galić helping club to won second consecutive title. He score 7 goals in 21 matches. He scored a twice on 27 August in 2–1 home victory against OFK Beograd and also scored another two goals on 4 March at Omladinski stadion in also 2–1 victory. Galić decide a Derby against Vojvodina in Novi Sad, on 22 October by the goal in 76th minute and also score against this team in a 2–3 home defeat. He scored an equaliser in a 3–1 away vicroy in Rijeka.

In 1962–63 season club won another title. Galić scored 15 goals in 24 league matches. On 3 October, he scored his first goal in European competitions, against CSKA Red Flag. He scored a hat–trick in a 4–3 home victory against Vojvodina, on 23 September, on 28 October in Eternal Derby in a 5–0 record away victory and on 25 November in a 5–1 home victory over Novi Sad. On 9 December, in last match of autumn part of the season, he scored a goal in derby against Hajduk, in a 4–1 home win, and also scored in last match of the season against the same club, in Split, in a 1–1 away draw. Galić scored one more goal, against Dinamo Zagreb, in a 1–1 home draw of first match of second part of the season.

In 1963–64 season club finished on 5th place on the league table. Galić score only 4 goals in the league. On 21 August, he scored goal in first match in the season at home, in a 2–2 draw against Vardar. He scored in a 1–2 home defeat from Željezničar, on 13 October. In April, he scored a goal in derbies against Vojvodina and Hajduk in a 3–1 and 3–0 home victories. Galić scored two goals in preliminary round against Anorthosis Famagusta in a European Cup. He continue to scoring in European cup in a 1–2 away defeat to Jeunesse Esch. He also scored in a 6–2 victory in Belgrade. In quarter-finals they were eliminated by Inter Milan.

In 1964–65 season club return the champion title. Galić was top scored together with Vladica Kovačević with 16 goals. On 16 August he scored a goal in a 2–2 away draw in Eternal Derby. Two weeks later, he scored a brace against Trešnjevka in a 2–1 victory in Zagreb. On 21 March he scored a brace again in Zagreb, this time in Derby against Dinamo in a 2–1 victory. The winning goal Galić score in stoppage time. Three days later, he score another twice in a 4–0 home victory against Trešnjevka.

Galić did play in legendary 1965–66 season, when Partizan reach 1966 European Cup Final, Galić played first five matches in the league and three in European cup. He scored in a 3–1 home victory over Rijeka, on 11 September. He played two matches against French champion Nantes. He scored a goal in 2–0 home victory on 22 September and in 2–2 draw in Nantes three weeks later. He played in European Cup Final in Brussels on 11 May 1966 against Real Madrid in a 1–2 defeat.

Standard Liège and ReimsEdit

After leaving his homeland, Galić moved to Standard Liège, winning the Belgian First Division twice (1969 and 1970), as well as the Belgian Cup in 1967. He also played for French club Reims between 1970 and 1973.

International careerEdit

Galić made his international debut for Yugoslavia in a 2–0 home win over Bulgaria on 31 May 1959, scoring the game's opening goal.

Galić was a member of the team that finished as runner-up in the 1960 European Nations' Cup. He was the tournament's joint-top scorer with two goals. Later the same year, Galić played for Yugoslavia at the 1960 Summer Olympics, winning the gold medal.[4] He was the tournament's top scorer with seven goals, including the opening goal in the final, a 3–1 victory over Denmark.

Subsequently, Galić represented the country at the 1962 FIFA World Cup and scored three goals during the tournament, as the team finished in fourth place.

DeathEdit

Galić died in 2014, aged 76.[5][6] He is interred in the Alley of Distinguished Citizens in the Belgrade New Cemetery together with Mića Orlović, Franjo Mihalić and Borisav Pisić.[7]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

Club League Season League Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Partizan Yugoslav First League 1958–59 10 7 0 0 10 7
1959–60 22 10 0 0 22 10
1960–61 21 14 0 0 21 14
1961–62 21 7 4 0 25 7
1962–63 25 16 1 1 26 17
1963–64 20 4 6 4 26 8
1964–65 24 15 0 0 24 15
1965–66 5 1 3 2 8 3
Total 148 74 14 7 162 81
Standard Liège Belgian First Division 1966–67 22 9 5 2 27 11
1967–68 14 2 4 0 18 2
1968–69 23 5 1 1 24 6
1969–70 25 17 6 2 31 19
Total 84 33 16 5 100 38
Reims French Division 1 1970–71 36 14 0 0 36 14
1971–72 16 3 0 0 16 3
1972–73 3 1 0 0 3 1
Total 55 18 0 0 55 18
Career total 287 125 30 12 317 137

InternationalEdit

National team Year Apps Goals
Yugoslavia 1959 2 1
1960 14 14
1961 11 7
1962 10 8
1963 3 2
1964 5 2
1965 6 3
Total 51 37
List of international goals scored by Milan Galić
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 31 May 1959 Belgrade, Yugoslavia   Bulgaria
1–0
2–0
1960 European Nations' Cup qualifying
2 24 April 1960 Athens, Greece   Greece
4–0
5–0
1960 Summer Olympics qualifying
3 11 May 1960 London, England   England
1–0
3–3 Friendly
4
2–2
5 22 May 1960 Belgrade, Yugoslavia   Portugal
5–1
5–1
1960 European Nations' Cup qualifying
6 6 July 1960 Paris, France   France
1–0
5–4
1960 European Nations' Cup
7 10 July 1960   Soviet Union
1–0
1–2
1960 European Nations' Cup Final
8 6 August 1960 Belgrade, Yugoslavia   Tunisia
4–0
7–0
Friendly
9 26 August 1960 Pescara, Italy   United Arab Republic
2–0
6–1
1960 Summer Olympics
10 29 August 1960 Florence, Italy   Turkey
2–0
4–0
11 1 September 1960 Rome, Italy   Bulgaria
1–0
3–3
12
2–0
13
3–1
14 5 September 1960 Napoli, Italy   Italy
1–0
1–1
15 10 September 1960 Rome, Italy   Denmark
1–0
3–1
1960 Summer Olympics Final
16 25 June 1961 Chorzów, Poland   Poland
1–0
1–1
1962 FIFA World Cup qualification
17 8 October 1961 Belgrade, Yugoslavia   South Korea
5–1
5–1
18 21 September 1961 Seoul, South Korea
1–0
3–1
19
2–0
20 7 December 1961 Jakarta, Indonesia   Indonesia
2–1
5–1
Friendly
21 14 December 1961 Tel Aviv, Israel   Israel
1–0
2–0
22
2–0
23 16 May 1962 Belgrade, Yugoslavia   East Germany
1–0
3–1
24
3–1
25 2 June 1962 Arica, Chile   Uruguay
2–1
3–1
1962 FIFA World Cup
26 7 June 1962   Colombia
1–0
5–0
27
3–0
28 30 September 1962 Zagreb, Yugoslavia   West Germany
1–0
2–3
Friendly
29
2–3
30 14 October 1962 Budapest, Hungary   Hungary
1–0
1–0
31 31 March 1963 Brussels, Belgium   Belgium
1–0
1–0
1964 European Nations' Cup qualifying
32 18 September 1963 Malmö, Sweden   Sweden
1–0
2–3
33 20 September 1964 Belgrade, Yugoslavia   Luxembourg
3–1
3–1
1966 FIFA World Cup qualification
34 23 September 1964 Europe XI
2–5
2–7
Friendly
35 18 April 1965   France
1–0
1–0
1966 FIFA World Cup qualification
36 19 September 1965 Luxembourg City, Luxembourg   Luxembourg
1–0
5–2
37
2–0

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Partizan
Standard Liège

InternationalEdit

Yugoslavia

IndividualEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ In isolation, Milan is pronounced [mǐlan].

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Gone but not forgotten". FIFA. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Milan Galic - Goals in International Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  3. ^ "1960 team of the tournament". UEFA. 1 February 2011. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Olimpijski komitet Srbije uručio priznanja veteranima sporta" (in Serbian). Blic. 9 September 2010. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Preminuo legendarni Milan Galić" (in Serbian). B92. 13 September 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Preminuo Milan Galić" (in Serbian). Mondo. 13 September 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  7. ^ International Graves (2018-11-26). "Mića Orlović – International Graves". Retrieved 2019-02-05.

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