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Miroslav "Meho" Brozović (26 August 1917 – 5 October 2006) was a Bosnian Croat footballer and manager who played international football for the Yugoslavia national team, as well as the national team fielded by Axis-puppet Independent State of Croatia during World War II. He played as a defender.[citation needed]

Miroslav Brozović
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Personal information
Full name Miroslav Brozović
Date of birth (1917-08-26)26 August 1917
Place of birth Mostar, Austria-Hungary
Date of death 5 October 2006(2006-10-05) (aged 89)
Place of death Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1933–1934 JŠK Mostar
1934–1935 Zrinjski Mostar
1935–1945 Građanski Zagreb
1946–1948 Partzian 36 (2)
1948–1953 Sarajevo
National team
1940–1948 Yugoslavia 17 (0)
1940–1944 Croatia 17 (0)
Teams managed
1948–1956 Sarajevo (player-manager)
1956–1958 Željezničar Sarajevo
1959–1962 Sarajevo
1965–1967 Sarajevo
Sloga Doboj
Rudar Kakanj
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

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Club careerEdit

Brozović began his career with local sides JŠK and HŠK Zrinjski Mostar before moving to Građanski Zagreb in 1935. With Građanski, he won the Yugoslav championship in seasons 1936–37 and 1939–40 and Yugoslav Cup in 1938 and 1940.

The Communist authorities disbanded Građanski Zagreb, forcing Brozović to move to the newly formed army club, FK Partizan, with whom he won the Yugoslav championship in the 1946–47 season. He also won the Yugoslav Cup in 1947.

From 1948 to 1953, he played for FK Sarajevo. In the 1948–49 season, Brozović as a player-manager, won the Yugoslav Second League with Sarajevo. He became a club legend at Sarajevo. He ended his playing career at Sarajevo in 1953.

International careerEdit

He debuted for the Yugoslavia national football team in 1940. However, with the establishment of the Independent State of Croatia in 1941, he began playing for the Croatian national team. He suited up for Croatia 17 times during the war before communist Yugoslavia came into existence after the war.[citation needed]

He won a silver medal for Yugoslavia in football at the 1948 Summer Olympics.

Managerial careerEdit

Brozović started managing FK Sarajevo in 1948 as a player-manager. He won the Yugoslav Second League in the 1948–49 season. After ending his playing career in 1953, he became a full-time manager. He left the club in 1956.

Brozović was named manager of FK Željezničar Sarajevo in 1956. He managed the club until 1958.

In 1959, he once again became the manager of his favorite, Sarajevo. He stayed at the club until 1962. Three years later, in 1965, for a third time in his career, Brozović became the manager of Sarajevo. As the manager, he won the club's historic, first ever Yugoslav Championship in the 1966–67 league season. After the end of the season, he left Sarajevo in summer of 1967.

After Sarajevo, he also managed FK Sloga Doboj and FK Rudar Kakanj.

DeathEdit

Brozović died in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2006, at the age of 89.

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