|Date of birth||19 January 1945|
|Place of birth||Zwiesel (Berggießhübel), Nazi Germany|
|Date of death||23 September 2015 70)(aged|
|Place of death||Split, Croatia|
| * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Dragan Holcer (19 January 1945 – 23 September 2015) was a Yugoslav association football defender.
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In the sport of association football, a defender is an outfield player whose primary role is to prevent the opposing team from scoring goals.
Holcer was born in captivity in a Nazi prison camp to Slovenian father Franc Holcer and Italian-Austrian mother Ida Orelli who lived in Niš.His father fought in World War II as part of Yugoslav Partisans. His father was killed in battle while his pregnant mother was rounded up in Slovenia and imprisoned in Germany along with her three daughters. Shortly after the war ended his mother took the family to her hometown Niš in Serbia where Holcer grew up.
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On the national level he played for Yugoslavia national team (52 matches), and was a participant at Euro 1968.
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Holcer, who was considered to be a legend of Hajduk Split,died in Split on 23 September 2015, aged 70.
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