Vujadin Boškov

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Vujadin Boškov

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Boškov winning the Dutch Cup with Den Haag in May 1975.
Personal information
Full nameVujadin Boškov
Date of birth(1931-05-16)16 May 1931
Place of birth Begeč, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Date of death 27 April 2014(2014-04-27) (aged 82)
Place of death Novi Sad, Serbia
Playing position Right winger
Senior career*
1946–1960 FK Vojvodina 185 (15)
1961–1962 Sampdoria 13 (0)
1962–1964 SC Young Fellows Juventus
National team
1951–1958 Yugoslavia 57 (0)
Teams managed
1962–1964 SC Young Fellows Juventus (player/coach)
1964–1971 FK Vojvodina (technical director)
1966 Yugoslavia (co-coach)
1971–1973 Yugoslavia
1974–1976 FC Den Haag
1976–1978 Feyenoord
1978–1979 Real Zaragoza
1979–1982 Real Madrid
1982–1984 Sporting Gijón
1984–1986 Ascoli
1986–1992 Sampdoria
1992–1993 A.S. Roma
1994–1996 Napoli
1996–1997 Servette Geneva
1997–1998 Sampdoria
1999 Perugia
1999–2000 FR Yugoslavia
2001 FR Yugoslavia (co-coach)
2006 Sampdoria (scout)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Vujadin Boškov (Serbian Cyrillic : Вујадин Бошков, pronounced  [ʋujǎdin bǒʃkoʋ] ; 16 May 1931 – 27 April 2014) was a Serbian footballer and coach.

The Serbian Cyrillic alphabet is an adaptation of the Cyrillic script for Serbo-Croatian, developed in 1818 by Serbian linguist Vuk Karadžić. It is one of the two alphabets used to write standard modern Serbian and Montenegrin, the other being Latin. In Croatian and Bosnian, only the Latin alphabet is used.

Association football Team field sport

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Throughout his career as a football manager, he stood out both for his many successes, as well as due to his unique sense of humour and memorable ironic comments, which were used to dissolve tension during post-match interviews; these led him to become a popular figure with football fans during his time in Italy. [1] [2]

Club career

Boškov was born in the village of Begeč, 10 km from Novi Sad, Vojvodina, Serbia. He comes from a Serbian family who lived in Novi Sad (he was officially born in Petrovaradin) before moving to Begeč during the Second War where his grandfather lived. His elder brother was also a football player but died early. Vujadin had two sisters Vera and Dada, the latter still living. He remained loyal to his local team and played with FK Vojvodina for most of his career (1946–1960), as well as continuously supporting it. In gratitude the FK Vojvodina training facility in Veternik is named after him. [ citation needed ] He joined the Yugoslav team that won against the Soviet Union at the Helsinki Olympics in 1952. He is still remembered in a photo with the Dinamo Zagreb team in "Charlie's" café in Zagreb, as a great Yugoslav football player.[ citation needed ] In 1961 he moved to Italy to play for Serie A club Sampdoria for one season (1961–62), before accepting a stint as a player-coach at Swiss side Young Boys (1962–1964). [3] Boškov then returned to the club that made him as a player – FK Vojvodina – and spent seven seasons (1964–1971) as a technical director, leading the club to winning one Yugoslav league championship in 1965–66. Vujadin Boskov was well known in Italy as a gentleman and a cosmopolitan all his life. Corriere dello sport published his quotations e.g. "Quando l'arbitro fischia... it is a penalty". There is a book of his quotations published in Italy. He spoke several languages and lived all over Europe.

Begeč Suburban settlement in South Bačka, Vojvodina, Serbia

Begeč is a suburban settlement of the city of Novi Sad, Serbia. It is situated on the river Danube, approximately 15 km west from Novi Sad, on Bačka Palanka-Novi Sad road. According to 2002 census, the village has a Serb ethnic majority and its population numbering 3,360 people.

Novi Sad City in Vojvodina, Serbia

Novi Sad is the second largest city in Serbia, the capital of the autonomous province of Vojvodina and the administrative centre of the South Bačka District. It is located in the southern portion of the Pannonian Plain on the border of the Bačka and Srem geographical regions. Lying on the banks of the Danube river, the city faces the northern slopes of Fruška Gora.

Vojvodina Autonomous province of Serbia

Vojvodina, officially the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, is an autonomous province of Serbia, located in the northern part of the country, in the Pannonian Plain.

International career

He also became a playing member of the Yugoslavia national team, and was part of the team that won the silver medal at the 1952 Olympic football tournament. Also he played at the 1954 and 1958 FIFA World Cups. [4]

Yugoslavia national football team former mens national association football team representing Yugoslavia

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Football at the 1952 Summer Olympics 1952 edition of the association football torunament during the Olympic Summer Games

The Football tournament at the 1952 Summer Olympics was won by Hungary.

Managerial career

“Penalty is when referee whistles.”
An example of one of Boškov's humorous quips in interviews. [2]

Boškov soon developed a successful international coaching career with stints in Dutch Eredivisie (FC Den Haag (1974–1976), and Feyenoord (1976–1978)), Spanish La Liga (Real Zaragoza (1978–79), Real Madrid (1979–1982), and Sporting de Gijon (1983–84)), Italian Serie A (Ascoli Calcio 1898 (1984–1986), U.C. Sampdoria (1986–1992, 1997–98), A.S. Roma (1992–93), S.S.C. Napoli (1994–1996), and A.C. Perugia (1999)), and Swiss league (Servette Geneva (1996–97)).

Eredivisie professional association football league in the Netherlands

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Feyenoord association football club in the Netherlands

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“In addition to being a great coach, he was a great psychologist and a very intelligent person.”
Goalkeeper Gianluca Pagliuca on his former Sampdoria coach Boškov. [2]

Arguably his greatest achievement as a coach came in 1991, when he steered Sampdoria to the Serie A scudetto. The following season, he led the club to the European Cup final, where they lost 1–0 to Barcelona at Wembley. [1]

U.C. Sampdoria association football club from Italy

Unione Calcio Sampdoria, commonly referred to as Sampdoria, is an Italian professional football club based in Genoa, Liguria.

Serie A professional association football league in Italy

Serie A, also called Serie A TIM due to sponsorship by TIM, is a professional league competition for football clubs located at the top of the Italian football league system and the winner is awarded the Coppa Campioni d'Italia. It has been operating for over eighty years since the 1929–30 season. It had been organized by Lega Calcio until 2010, when the Lega Serie A was created for the 2010–11 season.

Scudetto Scudetto

The scudetto is a decoration worn by Italian sports clubs that win the annual championship of their respective sport in the previous season.

He also coached Yugoslavia at Euro 2000, where they famously lost 4–3 to Spain in Brugge and later went out to hosts the Netherlands in the quarter-finals, after losing 6–1 to the Dutch. [1]

Managerial statistics

Managerial record by team and tenure
Vojvodina July 1964June 1971252937584036.90
Yugoslavia April 1971October 19732710125037.04
Den Haag June 1974July 197681312525038.27
Feyenoord July 1976June 197880322622040.00
Real Zaragoza July 1978May 19794619918041.30
Real Madrid August 1979March 1982140813029057.86
Sporting de Gijon July 1982June 198479272428034.18
Ascoli November 1984June 198663232713036.51
Sampdoria July 1986June 19922891399060048.10
Roma July 1992June 199351191814037.25
Napoli October 1994June 199666222123033.33
Servette Geneva July 1996December 199622598022.73
Sampdoria November 1997June 1998261079038.46
Perugia February 1999June 199914527035.71
Yugoslavia July 1999July 200015654040.00
Yugoslavia May 2001October 20018422050.00



FK Vojvodina (as the club's director of football)
ADO Den Haag
Real Madrid


Boškov died after long illness in Novi Sad, on 27 April 2014, aged 82. [5]

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  2. 1 2 3 "Remembering the great Boskov". Football Italia. 30 April 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  3. Ex-Yugoslavia, Real coach Boskov dies - FIFA
  4. Vujadin Boškov FIFA competition record
  5. Preminuo Vujadin Boškov; Mondo, 27 April 2014