Todor Veselinović

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Todor Veselinović
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Personal information
Full name Todor Veselinović
Date of birth(1930-10-22)22 October 1930
Place of birth Novi Sad, Yugoslavia
(now Serbia)
Date of death 17 May 2017(2017-05-17) (aged 86)
Place of death Athens, Greece
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Position(s) Striker
Senior career*
1948–1950 Sloga Novi Sad 4 (0)
1951–1952 Vojvodina 22 (7)
1952–1953 Partizan 22 (15)
1953–1961 Vojvodina 170 (123)
1961–1962 Sampdoria 15 (4)
1962–1964 First Vienna 40 (15)
1964–1965 Union SG 10 (1)
1965–1967 Austria Klagenfurt 49 (5)
1967–1968 Proleter Zrenjanin 9 (0)
International career
1953–1961 Yugoslavia 37 (28)
Managerial career
1968–1969 Austria Klagenfurt
1969–1971 Independiente Santa Fe
1972–1973 Colombia
1974 El Nacional
1974–1977 Vojvodina
1977–1980 Olympiacos
1981 Levante
1982 Millonarios
1982–1984 Yugoslavia
1984–1985 Fenerbahçe
1985–1986 Apollon Smyrnis
1986 Catanzaro
1986–1987 Diagoras
1987–1988 AEK Athens
1988–1990 Fenerbahçe
1990–1991 Gaziantepspor
1991 Bakırköyspor
1992–1993 Karşıyaka
1995–1996 Independiente Santa Fe
1997 Fenerbahçe
1997–1998 Ethnikos Piraeus
Medal record
Men's Football
Representing Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia
Olympic Games
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 1956 Melbourne Team
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Todor "Toza" Veselinović (Serbian Cyrillic : Тодор "Тоза" Веселиновић, pronounced  [tôdor ʋeselǐːnoʋitɕ] ; 22 October 1930 – 17 May 2017) was a Serbian footballer and coach. He was one of the most renowned goalscorers in Yugoslavian history. Veselinović was the last surviving member of Yugoslavia's 1954 World Cup squad. He also won a silver medal at the 1956 Summer Olympics. [1]



Playing career

At international level, he won 37 caps and scored 28 goals. He played in the 1954 FIFA World Cup and 1958 FIFA World Cup, scoring three goals in the latter tournament. He played for several clubs in his homeland and abroad. He established himself as one of the best strikers in former Yugoslavia. He was the Yugoslav First League top scorer on four occasions. In total for Vojvodina, he scored 586 goals, including unofficial games. [2]

Coaching career

He later began a coaching career and managed several clubs, including Independiente Santa Fe in Colombia, Olympiacos in Greece, and Fenerbahçe in Turkey. He won two Turkish league titles (1985 and 1989) with Fenerbahçe.

He also managed Yugoslavia at the finals of Euro 84 in France, where they lost all three of their games. Veselinović's time as Yugoslav manager was characterized by continuous tinkering and changing of his team selection. In two seasons at the helm, he used almost 60 players.

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  1. "Todor Veselinović". Olympedia. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  2. "Todor Veselinović: Kralj strelaca". Retrieved 5 November 2022.