Rizah Mešković

Rizah Mešković (born 10 August 1947) is a Bosnian former professional football player and manager who played as a goalkeeper. At international level he played for the Yugoslavia national team once in 1972, and was a participant at the 1974 FIFA World Cup in West Germany.

Rizah Mešković
Personal information
Date of birth (1947-08-10) 10 August 1947 (age 75)
Place of birth Tuzla, FPR Yugoslavia
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Youth career
0000–1964 Sloboda Tuzla
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1964–1973 Sloboda Tuzla 220 (0)
1973–1976 Hajduk Split 53 (0)
1976–1979 AZ'67 68 (0)
1979–1983 Sloboda Tuzla 21 (0)
1983–1984 Budućnost Banovići
1984–1985 Radnik Bijeljina 23 (0)
1985–1987 Bratstvo Gračanica
1987–1988 Orebić
International career
1971–1974 Yugoslavia 1 (0)
Managerial career
1988–1989 Yugoslavia B
1989–1990 Sloboda Tuzla
1990–1991 Yugoslavia (assistant)
1991–1992 Al Wahda
1992–1993 Al Shabab Al Arabi
1993–1994 Al Nassr Riyadh
1994–1996 Sharjah
1996–1997 Al Hilal
1997–1998 Al Wasl
1998–1999 Al Nasr Dubai
1999–2001 Al Shabab Al Arabi
2001–2003 Al Ahli
2003–2005 Al Sadd (assistant)
2005–2007 Al Shabab Al Arabi
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Throughout his football career, both as a player and coach, Mešković had many success and received a good number of awards from UEFA, FIFA and the Football Association of Yugoslavia (FJS).

Club careerEdit

Sloboda TuzlaEdit

According to Mešković, he started his professional football career at boyhood age, and the first club that he ever played in was FK Sloboda Tuzla from 1964, where he remained until 1973, that is, until his departure to HNK Hajduk Split. According to Gojko Škrbić, Sloboda sold him to Hajduk for two years with the compensation of the then 14 million old dinar.

In the 1968–69 Yugoslav Second League season, Sloboda won 36 points and scored 50 goals, while Mešković capitulated only nine times, the least of all other Second league and First league goalkeepers.

Hajduk SplitEdit

For the "Bili (The Whites)", Mešković played 107 games, 53 games in the championship, 9 games in the cup, 6 in European competitions, and 39 games in friendly matches. He stood on the goal for the first time in a farewell game of the legendary Radomir Vukčević (Vučka), Ivica Hlevnjak and Pero Nadoveza. The first official appearance for Hajduk, was in the Yugoslav Cup on 12 August 1973, in the starting lineup against FK Vardar, which Hajduk won with 5:1.

While at Hajduk, The fans gave him the nickname "Mate" and sang the song "From Marjan's blowing the breeze Mešković keeps the door guarding us." A strong and powerful goalkeeper, safe in running ins, with Hajduk he won two Yugoslavian Championships in 1974 (with 33 appearances) and 1975 (with 16 appearances). He also won 3 cups in a row in 1973, 1974 and in 1976.

789 minutes without a goalEdit

Rizah holds in the territory of the former Yugoslavia a record of 789 minutes of not conceding a goal. That series of not conceding a goal was broken by Vladimir Petković. The last goal he received was in a match against FK Željezničar Sarajevo in Split on 25 November 1973 (1: 1). From that game, goals weren't conceded in matches played against: FK Borac Banja Luka in Banja Luka (0: 0), then OFK Belgrade in Split (2: 0), FK Vojvodina in Split (3: 0), GNK Dinamo Zagreb in Zagreb (0: 1), OFK Bor in Split (3: 0), FK Radnički Niš in Niš (0: 1) and NK Čelik Zenica in Split (1: 0). Only in the 22nd round Hajduk lost from FK Sarajevo 1: 0.However, in that game, Brane Oblak, Ivan Buljan, Slaviša Žungul and Mićun Jovanić did not play. The players that did play were: Mešković, Vilson Džoni, Vedran Rožić, Luka Peruzović, Dragan Holcer, Mario Boljat, Željko Mijač, Dražen Mužinić, Joško Gluić, Jurica and Ivica Šurjak.

From AZ Alkmaar to OrebićEdit

With 107 games to his name, he left Hajduk in 1976 and joined Dutch club AZ Alkmaar where he stayed until 1979 and had to fight for his place between the posts with Gerrit Vooys.[1] After Alkmaar, he returned to Tuzla and once again joined Sloboda in 1979 where he stayed until 1983, after which he went to several domestic clubs. They were: FK Budućnost Banovići, where he stayed from 1983 to 1984, then FK Radnik Bijeljina from 1984 to 1985, NK Bratstvo Gračanica, from 1985 to 1987. He ended his career in NK Orebić where he played from 1987 to 1988.

International careerEdit

For the national team of Yugoslavia, he played one game, on 29 June 1972, against Scotland, a game that was played in the Brazil Independence Cup in Belo Horizonte which ended with a score of 2: 2.[2] He was also a part of the squad that played at the 1974 FIFA World Cup in West Germany. However, Mešković didn't play a single game at the Cup.[3]

Coaching careerEdit

He started his coaching career with the completion of the coaching school in Sarajevo, and already in 1988 he trained the Yugoslav B team and next year FK Sloboda Tuzla. Finally in the 1990, he became an assistant coach to Ivica Osim in the Yugoslavia A team.

In 1991 as a member of the Yugoslavia staff, he went to the United Arab Emirates where he coached several clubs and A and B national teams. He also spent some time in Saudi Arabia as a coach (Al Ahli SC in Jeddah, 2001–2002). After Saudi Arabia he also coached in Qatar (Al Sadd in Doha, 2002–2005 as an assistant). However, he spent most of his time in the Emirates where he trained clubs Al Wahda FC (1991–1992) in Abu Dhabi, Al Shabab Al Arabi Club (1992–1993, 1999–2001 and 2005–2007), Al Wasl F.C. (1997–1998) from Dubai and Al Nasr SC (1998–1999) also in Dubai. He ended his professional coaching career in 2007.



Hajduk Split

AZ Alkmaar


Al Ahli


  1. ^ Keepersworld.nl kijkt altijd vooruit met een knipoog naar Rizah Mešković - Klasse keepers (in Dutch)
  2. ^ "Player Database". eu-football.info. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
  3. ^ Yugoslavia squad - Planet World Cup

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