Vujadin Boškov

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Vujadin Boškov
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Boškov in 1976
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
Position(s) Right winger
Senior career*
1946–1960 Vojvodina 185 (15)
1961–1962 Sampdoria 13 (0)
1962–1964 Young Fellows Zürich 14 (4)
National team
1951–1958 Yugoslavia 57 (0)
Teams managed
1962–1964 Young Fellows Zürich (player-manager)
1964–1971 Vojvodina (technical director)
1966 Yugoslavia (co-coach)
1971–1973 Yugoslavia
1974–1976 ADO Den Haag
1976–1978 Feyenoord
1978–1979 Zaragoza
1979–1982 Real Madrid
1982–1984 Sporting Gijón
1984–1986 Ascoli
1986–1992 Sampdoria
1992–1993 Roma
1994–1996 Napoli
1996–1997 Servette
1997–1998 Sampdoria
1999 Perugia
1999–2000 FR Yugoslavia
2001 FR Yugoslavia (co-manager)
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 manager.


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] He reached the final of the European Cup on two occasions, in 1981 and 1992.

Club career

Boškov was born in the village of Begeč, 10 km (6 miles) 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 Danica (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 Fellows Zürich (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 Boškov 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.

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]

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 (ADO 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 FC (1996–97)).

“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] His Sampdoria side often used a man-marking defensive system. [5]

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

Yugoslavia April 1971October 19732710125037.04
ADO Den Haag June 1974July 197681312525038.27
Feyenoord July 1976June 197880322622040.00
Zaragoza July 1978May 19794619918041.30
Real Madrid August 1979March 1982139803128057.55
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 July 1996December 199622598022.73
Sampdoria November 1997June 1998261079038.46
Perugia February 1999June 199914527035.71
Yugoslavia July 1999July 200015654040.00
Yugoslavia May 2001October 20018422050.00



ADO Den Haag

Real Madrid




Boškov died after long illness in Novi Sad, on 27 April 2014, aged 82. [6] [7]

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