Tiko Jelisavčić

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Tiko Jelisavčić
Personal information
Full name Tihomir Jelisavčić
Date of birth 1929
Place of birth Yugoslavia
Date of death 29 June 1986(1986-06-29) (aged 56–57)
Place of death Cancún, Mexico
Position(s) Striker
Senior career*
1953–1954 Partizan
1955 BSK Belgrade
1962 Yugal [1]
1962 Toongabbie
Managerial career
1962–63 Yugal
1965 Hakoah
1965 Australia
1965 Hakoah
1974–1978 Nigeria
1985–1986 Pioneros de Cancún
Medal record
Men's football
Representing Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria (as manager)
Africa Cup of Nations
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 1976
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 1978
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Tihomir "Tiko" Jelisavčić (Serbian Cyrillic: Тихомир Тико Јелисавчић; 1929 – 29 June 1986) was a Yugoslavian football coach.


He managed the Australia national soccer team and Nigeria national football team during his career. [2] During his time as Nigeria's coach he was referred to as "Father Tiko". [3]

He presided over the Australian national team in their first ever FIFA World Cup qualifying games in 1965. Australia lost 6–1 and 3–1 in the First round.

He led Nigeria to two third-place finishes in the Africa Cup of Nations tournament in 1976 and 1978.

He was unveiled as technical director/coach of Pioneros de Cancún on 22 June 1984, [4] a position he held until he died in a car crash on 29 June 1985. [5]

As a player, Jelisavčić played for Partizan Belgrade in 1953/54 season. [6] He scored his only official goal for the club in his sole league appearance, against Proleter Osijek (3-2 win), and added one game in the Yugoslav Cup (quarterfinals against Dinamo). Tiko was part of the Partizan squad which participated in the famous South American tour of winter 1953/54. [7]

He won the Yugoslav Cup in 1955 with BSK Belgrade.

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