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Safet "Pape" Sušić (pronounced [sǎfet sûʃitɕ]; born 13 April 1955, in Zavidovići) is a Bosnian football manager and former player, who most recently managed Turkish club Akhisarspor. Sušić was a gifted midfielder known for his dribbling skills and technical ability, and is strongly reputed to have been one of the finest European players of his generation. Sušić played for Yugoslavia in two FIFA World Cups, 1982 and 1990, and at UEFA Euro 1984. As manager he took the Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team to the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In 2017 Safet Sušić was indicted into the PSG Hall of Fame.[1]

Safet Sušić
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Sušić with Bosnia and Herzegovina in October 2013
Personal information
Full name Safet "Pape" Sušić
Date of birth (1955-04-13) 13 April 1955 (age 64)
Place of birth Zavidovići, FPR Yugoslavia
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder/Second striker
Youth career
1971–1972 Krivaja
1972–1973 FK Sarajevo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1982 FK Sarajevo 221 (86)
1982–1991 Paris Saint-Germain 287 (67)
1991–1992 Red Star Saint-Ouen 17 (3)
Total 525 (155)
National team
1977–1990 Yugoslavia 54 (21)
1993 Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 (0)
Teams managed
1994–1995 Cannes
1996–1998 İstanbulspor
2001 Al-Hilal
2004–2005 Konyaspor
2005–2006 Ankaragücü
2006 Çaykur Rizespor
2007–2008 Çaykur Rizespor
2008–2009 Ankaraspor
2009–2014 Bosnia and Herzegovina
2015–2016 Évian
2017 Alanyaspor
2018 Akhisarspor
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Sušić played as an attacking midfielder, often in a role of trequartista or fantasista (i.e. a creative playmaker), or rarely as secondary striker for FK Sarajevo, Paris Saint-Germain and Red Star Saint-Ouen and internationally for Yugoslavia and later, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Even more later during his career, he was utilized more in a role of deep-lying playmaker, both for club and national team. In 2010, France Football voted Sušić as Paris Saint-Germain's best player of all time and the best foreign player of Ligue 1 of all time, with his compatriot and friend who also had a spell with PSG, Vahid Halilhodžić, being voted 7th.[2][3][4] As part of the UEFA Jubilee Awards in 2004, the Bosnian football association chose Sušić as the nation's greatest ever player.[5]

Following his retirement from playing, Sušić started working as a manager. He worked for a number of club sides: Cannes, İstanbulspor, Al-Hilal, Konyaspor, Ankaragücü, Çaykur Rizespor, Ankaraspor, Évian, Alanyaspor, Akhisarspor and the Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team.

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Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Sušić began his career with the football club Krivaja in his hometown Zavidovići. In 1973, he was transferred to FK Sarajevo. During the 1979–80 season, he was top scorer in the Yugoslav First League with 17 goals. In 1979, he was honoured as the Yugoslav Footballer of the Year, also being selected as the best athlete hailing from SR Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Paris Saint-GermainEdit

In 1982, Sušić signed with Paris Saint-Germain, where he became a star on the European stage. During his first season with the club, Sušić helped PSG to win the 1982–83 Coupe de France, scoring three goals over two legs in the semi-final against FC Tours, and once in 3-2 victory over FC Nantes in the final. During the 1985–86 season, Sušić scored ten goals as the Parisiens won their first ever national league title.[5]

Overall, Sušić scored 96 goals and make a record 61 assists for PSG between 1982 and 1991. He is third in the club's all-time appearance list with 343 appearances, the highest placed non-Frenchman. On 22 September 1984, in a 7–1 home drubbing of Bastia, he assisted on five of the side's goals. At 36, Sušić left the capital for a final year with Red Star Saint-Ouen.

International careerEdit

During Sušić's playing career, Bosnia and Herzegovina was part of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and thus he represented the Yugoslavia national football team at international level.

Between 1977 and 1990, Sušić appeared 54 times with Yugoslavia, scoring 21 times. He debuted for Yugoslavia in 1977 and scored his first goals for the team against Hungary in October of that year. A month later, he scored a hat-trick in a 6–4 defeat of Romania during 1978 FIFA World Cup qualification. However, this was Yugoslavia's only victory of their group and they failed to qualify for the tournament finals.

In June 1979, Sušić scored his second international hat-trick as Yugoslavia beat Italy 4–1 in a friendly match held in Zagreb. In September, he again scored three times in a 4–2 win over world champions Argentina.[5]

Sušić was a member of the Yugoslav team that qualified for the 1982 FIFA World Cup, scoring once in a 5–0 defeat of Luxembourg.

Sušić was top scorer for Yugoslavia in qualification for UEFA Euro 1984. His two goals in a 3–2 win over Bulgaria in the final qualification fixture helping enable Yugoslavia to finish three points ahead of the Bulgarians and one point ahead of Wales and advance to the tournament finals. Yugoslavia ultimately finished bottom of their group in France, losing all three matches.

At the age of 35, Sušić made his second appearance at a World Cup finals as a member of Yugoslavia's squad for the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. He scored his only World Cup goal in the team's 4–1 win against the United Arab Emirates during the group stage. He played 61 minutes before being substituted for Dejan Savićević in the penalty shootout loss to eventual runners-up Argentina at the quarter-final stage.[6]

In 2004, to celebrate UEFA's Jubilee, he was selected as the Golden Player of Bosnia and Herzegovina by the Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina as their most outstanding player of the past 50 years.[7][8]

His former international teammate, the Macedonian Darko Pančev declared:

"It's well known how much I valued and still do value Safet Sušić. For me he's unsurpassable, the best Yugoslavia had. Probably one of the best in the world. I was often known to say that us other players should have to pay to play in the same team as Pape. At least I always talked and thought like that. Pape was a treasure for every forward. His crosses were unbelievable. Sometimes his ball would hit me without me even being aware of it. A wonderful player."[9]

On 5 February 2010, France Football chose Sušić as the best player in the history of Paris Saint-Germain, ahead of players such as Carlos Bianchi, Mustapha Dahleb, Ronaldinho, George Weah, Joël Bats, Raí and Luis Fernández.[10][11]

He scored three international hat-tricks for Yugoslavia, in victories against Romania, Italy, and Argentina in the late 1970s,[12] and was voted, as part of the UEFA Jubilee Awards, the greatest ever player from Bosnia.

Managerial careerEdit

Sušić coached Cannes, where he retired as a player, briefly in 1994–95. Between 1997–1999, he managed İstanbulspor during 2003–04, with Konyaspor, and in the first half of 2006–07, taking charge of Çaykur Rizespor (12 matches). After he was sacked by Rizespor, another Turkish side, in February 2008,[13] Sušić was hired by Ankaraspor in March.[14]

Bosnia and HerzegovinaEdit

On 28 December 2009, Sušić was named coach of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team.[15] His debut was a friendly match against Ghana in Sarajevo. Bosnia and Herzegovina won the game 2–1 after goals from Vedad Ibišević and Miralem Pjanić. After only 2 wins in Sušić's 6 first matches in charge of the national team, including an important 2–0 loss to France in the qualification for Euro 2012, Sušić came under a lot of criticism from several journalists and columnists who called for his head.[16][17] Sušić recorded a 1–1 draw with France during a second game in Paris and ensured Bosnia qualified for their second consecutive qualification play-off birth for EURO 2012 to be played against Portugal in November.[18][19]

2014 FIFA World Cup with BosniaEdit

 
Sušić (back of the photo) with Bosnia and Herzegovina in match against Iran at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

From August 2012 to August 2013, Sušić's Bosnia national football side was on a nine-game unbeaten streak run. On 8 August 2013, the Bosnian national team achieved their highest ever FIFA ranking, the 13th place.[20] On 15 October 2013, Bosnia qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, their first major tournament in their history as an independent nation.[21] Sušić's side fared well in their first World Cup match against Argentina despite losing 2-1. An unlucky own goal and some brilliance from football legend Lionel Messi saw them to a defeat. However, highs taken from the match were the good play the team demonstrated and the materialisation of their first World Cup goal scored by Vedad Ibišević. The team however controversially exited the competition at the group stage of the tournament after their second game against Nigeria having an equaliser scored by Edin Džeko wrongly disallowed for offside. This revitalised the calls for reformation of the FIFA governing body and the replacement of linesmen with technology so as to remove human error from lines decisions. Bosnia won their last game in the competition against Iran with a healthy 3–1 victory which would've seen them through instead of Nigeria, who incidentally failed to defeat Iran, to a round of 16 match with France. In July 2014, Sušić signed a two-year contract to continue as coach, after he removed his resignation.[22]

On 17 November 2014, Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Safet Sušić parted ways after poor showing of the national team in the first four games of the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying.[23][24][25][26][27]

ÉvianEdit

On 13 July 2015, Safet Sušić was named manager of 2nd tier French club Évian. On his debut he registered a draw. After the first four rounds, his new side registered four drawn games.[28]

On 11 January 2016, Safet Sušić was sacked by Évian due to a run of poor results at the club. After 20 rounds, Sušić's Évian was placed 13th on the table and were eliminated from French cup at the third round.[29] He was replaced by Romain Revelli.

Alanyaspor and third term in TurkeyEdit

On 27 January 2017, Sušić signed a contract with Alanyaspor until June 2018.[30] Sušić was sacked on 25 December 2017.[31]

AkhisarsporEdit

On 30 June 2018, Sušić was named the new manager of Turkish Cup winner Akhisar Belediyespor.[32]

After about a month and a half, Akhisar as Cup winners participated in the Turkish Super Cup match against league champions Galatasaray. The result after full-time was 1–1, but Akhisar won 5–4 on penalties. That was Akhisar's second mayor trophy in the clubs history and the first in Sušić's managing career.[33]

On 17 of September 2018 after only collecting 2 points in 5 games in the league, Sušić got sacked.[34]

Career statisticsEdit

PlayerEdit

ClubEdit

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1973–74 FK Sarajevo Yugoslav First League 10 2 0 0 2 0 12 2
1974–75 33 11 1 0 34 11
1975–76 16 2 0 0 16 2
1976–77 28 9 3 3 31 12
1977–78 33 8 2 0 35 8
1978–79 30 15 1 0 31 15
1979–80 34 17 4 1 38 18
1980–81 7 2 0 0 2 2 9 4
1981–82 17 11 0 0 17 11
1982–83 13 9 2 2 6 2 21 13
Paris Saint-Germain French Division 1 18 8 ? ? ? ? 18 8
1983–84 38 8 ? ? ? 1 38 9
1984–85 34 10 ? ? ? 2 34 12
1985–86 37 10 ? ? - 37 10
1986–87 29 3 ? ? 2 0 31 3
1987–88 24 3 ? ? - 24 3
1988–89 34 7 ? ? - 34 7
1989–90 36 7 ? ? ? 1 36 8
1990–91 37 10 ? ? - 37 10
1991–92 Red Star Paris Division 2 17 3 ? ? - 17 3
1973–82 FK Sarajevo Total 221 86 13 6 10 4 244 96
1983–91 PSG Total 287 67 ? 14 ? 4 345 85
1991–92 Red Star Paris Total 17 3 ? ? 0 0 17 3
Career Total 525 155 ? 20 ? 8 606 184

InternationalEdit

National team Year Apps Goals
Yugoslavia 1977 4 5
1978 4 0
1979 5 6
1980 6 3
1981 2 0
1982 4 0
1983 5 3
1984 5 2
1985 0 0
1986 0 0
1987 0 0
1988 2 1
1989 7 0
1990 10 1
Total 54 21

International goalsEdit

Scores and results table. Yugoslavia's goal tally first:

ManagerialEdit

Team Tenure M W D L Win % Achievements
Cannes  1994–1995 42 17 10 15 40.5%
İstanbulspor  1996–1998 62 33 9 20 53.2%
Al-Hilal  2001 3 1 1 1 33.3%
Konyaspor  2004–2005 1 1 0 0 100%
Ankaragücü  2005–2006 2 2 0 0 100%
Çaykur Rizespor  2006–2008 17 6 3 8 35.3%
Ankaraspor  2008–2009 10 5 2 3 50.0%
Bosnia-Herzegovina  2009–2014 50 23 9 18 44.0% 2014 FIFA World Cup Group stage
Évian  2015–2016 20 5 6 9 25.0%
Aytemiz Alanyaspor  2017 35 13 5 17 37.1%
Akhisar Belediyespor  2018 6 1 2 3 16.6% 2018 Turkish Super Cup
Total 248 107 47 94 043.15

Table correct as of 29 November 2018 .

ManagerEdit

Akhisar Belediyespor

HonoursEdit

PlayerEdit

ClubEdit

Paris Saint-Germain

IndividualEdit

LegacyEdit

 
Safet Sušić portrait

Safet Sušić Pape is a bestseller novel written by Bosnian novelist Zlatko Topčić, and published in 2007. Popular Sarejevo sketch comedy and variety TV series, Top Lista Nadrealista, also on occasion treated a subject of football and popular sportsmen-women in their program, with songs dedicate to Sušić and Yugoslav national football team under management of another Sarajevan, Ivica Osim, being prominent feature of couple episodes.

Personal lifeEdit

Sušić comes from a sporting family. Sead Sušić, a former footballer, is Safet's older brother. Safet's nephew, Tino-Sven Sušić, is also a footballer, currently a player in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team who also alongside Safet appeared at 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

His mother Paša died in April 2018 at the age of 96.[35]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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