Svetozar Đanić

Svetozar Đanić (Serbian Cyrillic: Светозар Ђанић; 1 April 1917 – 18 June 1941) was a Croatian and Yugoslav footballer who played for Yugoslavia and Croatia national teams. He was also known as Milan or Cveta.[1]

Svetozar Đanić
Personal information
Full name Svetozar Đanić
Date of birth (1917-04-01)1 April 1917
Place of birth Manđelos, Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia, Austria-Hungary
Date of death 18 June 1941(1941-06-18) (aged 24)
Place of death Zagreb, Independent State of Croatia
Position(s) Centre-half, midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
0000–1934 Slavija Novi Sad
1934–1936 Vojvodina
1936–1937 Građanski Zagreb 14 (4)
1937–1938 Židenice
1938–1939 Viktoria Plzeň
1939–1941 Građanski Zagreb 32 (10)
International career
1940–1941 Croatia 4 (1)
1940–1941 Yugoslavia 3 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Club careerEdit

Born during the latter part of World War I in a small Syrmian village, Đanić started playing football with Novi Sad outfit FK Slavija. At the age of 17, he moved to their more established crosstown rivals FK Vojvodina and immediately established himself in the first team.

Two years later, in 1936, together with brother Miran, he moved to Zagreb in pursuit of university studies. Parallel to studies he also played football with HŠK Građanski, spending the 1936–37 season with them.

Đanić's studies then took him to Czechoslovakia for a year where he also played one season for SK Židenice (5 league starts, 3 goals during 1937–38 season) and one season for SK Viktoria Plzeň (1938–39).

International careerEdit

Returning to Zagreb, he also continued playing for Građanski, eventually earning a callup to the Yugoslavia national team in 1940. His debut came on 3 November 1940 versus Germany in Zagreb. He would only play in three matches before the Nazi Germany invasion and quick dismemberment of Yugoslavia put an end to Yugoslav football activities. Đanić's last match in Yugoslavia jersey was also Yugoslavia's last outing–a match versus Hungary on 23 March 1941 in Belgrade.[2]

Soon after the Royal Yugoslav Army defeat, and the establishment of Croatian Nazi-puppet state (NDH) under collaborationist Ustasha regime, Đanić played first game for NDH national team in Vienna on 15 June 1941 versus Nazi Germany. Upon returning to Zagreb, he was immediately put on trial by the Ustashas under the accusation that he collaborated with the communists. After a quick show trial, Đanić was executed three days later on 18 June 1941.[3]


  1. ^ "Players Appearing for Two or More Countries". RSSSF. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Player Database". EU-football. Retrieved 11 July 2022.
  3. ^ "Džanić Svetozar". 10 December 2009.

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