Momčilo Gavrić (footballer)
Momčilo "Gabbo" Gavrić (August 4, 1938 – March 13, 2010) was a Yugoslavian-born soccer player.
|Born:||August 4, 1938|
Sinj, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
|Died:||March 13, 2010 (aged 71)|
San Jose, California, United States
|Position(s)||K defender, left back|
|College||University of Belgrade|
|1969||San Francisco 49ers|
Born in Sinj, Croatia, Gavric aspired to play professional soccer and played in his hometown club NK Junak Sinj. In 1959, he moved to Belgrade, then Yugoslav capital, and began playing with Yugoslav First League side OFK Beograd. He had call-ups to the national team, but only ended up playing for the B national team. He left Yugoslavia in 1967 and moved to the United States. In 1967, he signed with the Oakland Clippers of the North American Soccer League. Gavrić spent two seasons with the Clippers and won the 1967 championship with them. He was also an NFL placekicker for the San Francisco 49ers in 1969. In 1971, he moved to the Dallas Tornado, then on to the San Jose Earthquakes from 1974 to 1978. In 1975, Gabbo Gavrić was the co-MVP of the NASL indoor tournament and named to the All-tournament team. He was a player and coach at San Jose until 1976, and he continued to coach through 1978.
Gavric died on March 13, 2010 of complications from Parkinson's disease.
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