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Vladimir Durković (Serbian Cyrillic: Владимир Дурковић; 6 November 1937 – 22 June 1972) was a Serbian football defender[1] who was successful for both club and country.

Vladimir Durković
Personal information
Full name Vladimir Durković
Date of birth 6 November 1937 (1937-11-06)
Place of birth Đakovica, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Date of death 22 June 1972(1972-06-22) (aged 34)
Place of death Sion, Switzerland
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1953–1955 Napredak Kruševac
1955–1966 Red Star Belgrade 177 (7)
1966–1967 Borussia M'gladbach 10 (0)
1967–1971 Saint-Étienne 116 (0)
1971–1972 FC Sion 25 (0)
National team
1959–1966 Yugoslavia 50 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only



Club careerEdit

Durković played with Red Star Belgrade until he was 28 at which point he moved abroad and made a name for himself with AS Saint-Étienne, winning three French League titles and the Coupe de France twice.

International careerEdit

Capped 50 times by Yugoslavia between 1959 and 1966, Durković excelled as a 22-year-old at the first UEFA European Championship, offering defensive solidity and attacking penetration at right-back. Although Yugoslavia finished second in France, Durković won a gold medal at the Rome Olympics the following September. He also wore the number two shirt at the 1962 FIFA World Cup in Chile and was an ever-present as Yugoslavia eliminated former winners Uruguay and West Germany and finished fourth.


He died when mistakenly shot by a policeman in Sion, Switzerland in June 1972 at the age of 34.[2]



  1. ^ "Vladimir Durković". Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  2. ^ Leroi, Roland (8 March 2010). "Das traurigste Archiv der Bundesliga" [The saddest archive of the Bundesliga] (in German). Retrieved 13 July 2013.

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