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Dragan Džajić
Dragan Džajić
(Serbian Cyrillic: Драган Џајић; born 30 May 1946) is a former Serbian footballer who is widely considered to be one of the best Serbian footballers to emerge from former Yugoslavia. Regarded as a preeminent and very proficient left winger. Džajić has been known for his "great crosses and passes, unstoppable dribbling with great pace, natural technique and some of the best left footed free kicks ever seen". Džajić is viewed by some football experts as perhaps one of the most underrated players in European football, partly because he played in Yugoslavia. In December 2011 Džajić was named in being part of "the greatest European Championship XI of all time" by Goal.com.[2]

Contents

1 Club career

1.1 Red Star Belgrade

1.1.1 Early starter 1.1.2 Semi-final defeat

1.2 SC Bastia

2 International career 3 Administrative

3.1 Corruption allegations and presidential abolition 3.2 Return to Red Star and Re-election as president 2012

4 Honours

4.1 Club 4.2 International 4.3 Individual

5 Individual honours 6 References 7 External links

Club career[edit] Born on 30 May 1946, in the small town of Ub, 60 kilometres outside Belgrade, Džajić's football career (1961–1978) was spent primarily with Red Star Belgrade. Džajić was a brilliant left winger who guided a Red Star Belgrade
Red Star Belgrade
career spanning 590 games and 287 goals by winning five league titles and four Yugoslavian Cups. In 1969, Džajić received the Sport newspaper's Golden Badge
Golden Badge
award for Yugoslavia's best athlete. He is considered to have been one of the most important players in the history of the club and is one of only five players to have been awarded the Zvezdine Zvezde status. In 2013, Džajić was identified as the greatest Yugoslavian player of all time, and honoured by his inclusion alongside Pele in the best Sheep Draft team of the year. Red Star Belgrade[edit] Early starter[edit] Džajić was plucked from the relative obscurity of his local club, FK Jedinstvo, by Red Star Belgrade
Red Star Belgrade
youth coach Miljan Miljanić, spending two years in the club's youth system. Though only 17 years and 8 days of age, Džajić was handed his first team debut by head coach Miša Pavić in a Yugoslav First League
Yugoslav First League
match against FK Budućnost Titograd on 8 June 1963, which finished 0–0. It was the last week of the 1962–63 league season with FK Partizan already clinching the league championship and Red Star hovering in 7th place, out of European spots.[3] The match was played at Omladinski Stadium at Karaburma
Karaburma
because Red Star's famous home Marakana
Marakana
was in the final construction stages. Džajić might have started out as a left-back, but it was further up the flank that he made his impact. Red Star Belgrade's resident # 11 was an expert dribbler whose sweet left foot provided countless goals for teammate Vojin Lazarević, his right wasn't bad either. Džajić was rewarded for his brilliance with championship medals in 1964, 1968, 1969, 1970 and 1973, while he lifted the cup in 1964, 1968, 1970 and 1971. Semi-final defeat[edit] European Champion Clubs' Cup success very nearly came his way too. In the 1970–71 season, Red Star Belgrade
Red Star Belgrade
reached the semi-finals of the top continental club competition, and beat Panathinaikos FC
Panathinaikos FC
4–1 in the first leg in Belgrade. Džajić was suspended for the return in Athens, however, which the Greek team won 3–0 to go through on away goals. SC Bastia[edit] From 1975 to 1977, he played for SC Bastia
SC Bastia
in France
France
(scoring another 31 times). He is considered to have been one of their most notable players of all time. International career[edit] Džajić on his most well-known international matches (at the UEFA Euro 1968):

"I have nice memories from that championship. It's true that our failure in the final hurts me, but from today's perspective, I can say that we made a great result. Some excellent teams were behind us, but against the home side, we were in a subordinate position due to a 'higher power.' The referee Dienst was the Azzurri's twelfth man and they won only due to his help. In those circumstances, our generation couldn't win the gold medal. It's also too bad that there was no Ilija Petković in the repeated match because our game play would have been much quicker."[4]

"Džajić is the Balkan miracle – a real wizard. I'm just sorry he's not Brazilian because I've never seen such a natural footballer."

- Pelé
Pelé
about Džajić[5]

Džajić was just 18 when he was first named to the Yugoslav national team. He made his debut on 17 June 1964 in a 2–1 defeat against Romania
Romania
at the JNA Stadium in Belgrade. Džajić would go on to earn 85 caps (the most in the history of the Yugoslav national team) and score 23 goals. He became renowned for his passing, dribbling and goal-scoring. His most famous international match was likely the 1968 European Championship semifinal against England, in which his 87th-minute lob over the goalkeeper Gordon Banks
Gordon Banks
gave Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia
a 1–0 victory against the defending world champions. The British press dubbed him "the magic Dragan." He went on to score in the final against Italy
Italy
but he could not prevent Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia
losing 2–0 after a replay.

Džajić (right) facing Sweden's Jan Olsson at the 1974 FIFA
FIFA
World Cup

He participated in the 1974 FIFA World Cup
1974 FIFA World Cup
which was held in West Germany. Džajić participated in Yugoslavia's opening championship game draw with world champions Brazil and scored one goal in a record victory of 9–0 against Zaire. However, after passing the second stage of the championship, Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia
didn't repeat the results of their opening games. They lost three games in a row, and had to return home. Administrative[edit] Džajić retired as a player in 1978, at the age of 32. Right away, he began performing a role as Red Star's technical director. In his first season in the new administrative role, the club reached the UEFA
UEFA
Cup final. Džajić became the main decision-maker within the club when it comes to transfer policy. In 1998, Džajić became the club's president – a position he resigned from in 2004 due to health issues. Corruption allegations and presidential abolition[edit] On 31 January 2011, the trial started in which Džajić was charged of fraud perpetrated during the sale of players from Red Star Belgrade during Džajić's time as the president of the club, specifically Nemanja Vidić. Džajić pleaded not guilty.[6] The charges against Nemanja Vidić
Nemanja Vidić
were dropped. On 16 November 2012, Tomislav Nikolić, the President of Serbia, signed an exempt from criminal liability of all charges. This abolition ended all proceedings against Džajić.[7] Return to Red Star and Re-election as president 2012[edit] It was stated by local Serbian newspapers in the beginning of December 2011 that Džajić would return to the administration of Red Star, as it was believed that Džajić was the only one who could get Red Star back on track. However, nothing came of this. Džajić spoke to Blic (tabloid daily newspaper in Serbia) after the board meeting, saying: "I spoke with people from the club, the desire to return was not disputed, I wanted to help, because everything that I previously experienced with the club cannot be forgotten. I followed, listened to and read what happened at the meeting, I wanted to come back but nothing happened and life goes on. I remain available and in this case I can only wish Red Star better days."[8] On 19 December 2012, Džajić was elected as Red Star President for the third time. Honours[edit] Club[edit]

Red Star Belgrade

Yugoslav First League: 1963–64, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1972–73 Yugoslav Cup: 1963–64, 1967–68, 1969–70, 1970–71 Mitropa Cup: 1968

International[edit]

Yugoslavia

Mediterranean Games: 1971 Izmir UEFA
UEFA
European Championship: Runners-Up 1968 Italy

Individual[edit]

UEFA
UEFA
Euro Top Scorer: 1968 UEFA
UEFA
Euro Team of the Tournament: 1968, 1976 Ballon d'Or
Ballon d'Or
(3rd place): 1968 Golden Badge: 1969 World Soccer World XI: 1969[9] Best Sportsman of SD Crvena Zvezda: 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970 YU-Serbian UEFA
UEFA
Golden Player: 2004 FIFA
FIFA
XI: 1968[10]

Individual honours[edit] In November 2003, to celebrate UEFA's Jubilee, he was selected as the Golden Player of Serbia
Serbia
and Montenegro by the Football Association of Serbia
Serbia
and Montenegro as their most outstanding player of the past 50 years.[11] Ahead of the last draw for the finals of Euro 2012, Goal.com looked back at all the past tournaments since the first edition in 1960 to select a best-ever XI. The greatest European Championship XI of all time featuring Zidane, Van Basten and Maldini also featured Dragan Džajić. The players were chosen based on their performances for their countries in the European Championship only. Author of the text said: "Regarded by some as Europe's greatest ever left winger, Džajić was Euro '68's best player. He scored the semi-final winner versus England
England
with a delightful lob before opening the scoring in the final against Italy. Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia
were set to triumph until a late equaliser from Angelo Domenghini
Angelo Domenghini
forced a replay that Italy
Italy
won 2–0. In 1976, he was again up to mischief as he ran West Germany
West Germany
ragged in the semis, scoring to put Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia
2–0 up. Germany
Germany
forced extra-time with a late comeback and eventually won 4–2. Dzajic was a master dribbler with a vicious left foot." In 2016, UEFA
UEFA
organized a voting to select EURO-s 11 Best players of all times, from a list of 50. Dragan Dzajc is a candidate, for voting to take place by June 2016. [2][12][13] [14] References[edit]

^ http://www.footballzz.com/jogador.php?id=27287&search=1.  Missing or empty title= (help) ^ a b http://www.goal.com/en/news/1717/editorial/2011/11/29/2776856/the-greatest-european-championship-xi-of-all-time-featuring ^ Džajin debi za Zvezdu – 8. juna 1963.;Mondo.rs, 8 June 2013 ^ "Vesti spezial magazine, pg. 13". Vesti (in Serbian). 16 May 2000.  access-date= requires url= (help) ^ [1] ^ "Former Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia
star Dragan Dzajic goes on trial for alleged fraud in sale of players". Canadian Press. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2011.  ^ http://www.b92.net/eng/news/crimes-article.php?yyyy=2012&mm=11&dd=16&nav_id=83193[permanent dead link] ^ http://sport.blic.rs/Fudbal/Domaci-fudbal/207451/Dzajic-Hteo-sam-da-se-vratim-u-Zvezdu-ali-me-nisu-ni-zvali ^ "ERIC BATTY’S WORLD XI – THE SIXTIES" Retrieved on 17 June 2016 ^ FIFA
FIFA
XI´s Matches - Full Info Archived 17 November 2015 at the Wayback Machine. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 March 2004. Retrieved 2015-11-23.  ^ http://sport.blic.rs/Fudbal/Evropski-fudbal/206621/Dzajic-u-idealnoj-postavi-evropskih-prvenstava-svih-vremena ^ http://www.novosti.rs/vesti/sport.294.html:356046-Dzaja-medju-11-velicansvetnih ^ http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/news/newsid=2338590.html

External links[edit]

Profile at Serbian national football team website (in Serbian) UEFA.com – Serbia
Serbia
and Montenegro's Golden Player

Awards

Preceded by Đurđa Bjedov The Best Athlete of Yugoslavia 1969 Succeeded by Desanka Pešut

Awards

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UEFA
UEFA
Jubilee Golden Players

Pano Koldo Oganesian Prohaska Banishevskiy Aleinikov Van Himst Sušić Stoichkov Šuker Kaiafas Masopust Laudrup Moore Poom Løkin Litmanen Fontaine Khurtsilava Walter Hatzipanagis Puskás Sigurvinsson Giles Spiegler Zoff Kvochkin Starkovs Hasler Narbekovas Pilot Pančev Busuttil Cebanu Cruyff Best Bratseth Lubański Eusébio Hagi Yashin Bonini Law Džajić Popluhár Oblak Di Stéfano Larsson Chapuisat Şükür Blokhin Charles

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UEFA Euro 1968
UEFA Euro 1968
Team of the Tournament

Goalkeeper

Dino Zoff

Defenders

Mirsad Fazlagić Giacinto Facchetti Bobby Moore Albert Shesternyov

Midfielders

Dragan Džajić Angelo Domenghini Sandro Mazzola Ivan Osim

Forwards

Geoff Hurst Luigi Riva

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UEFA Euro 1976
UEFA Euro 1976
Team of the Tournament

Goalkeeper

Ivo Viktor

Defenders

Ján Pivarník Ruud Krol Franz Beckenbauer Anton Ondruš

Midfielders

Jaroslav Pollák Rainer Bonhof Dragan Džajić Antonín Panenka

Forwards

Zdeněk Nehoda Dieter Müller

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The Stars of Red Star

Rajko Mitić Dragoslav Šekularac Dragan Džajić Vladimir Petrović
Vladimir Petrović
"Pižon" Dragan Stojković
Dragan Stojković
"Piksi" The 1991 European Cup Winner Generation

Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia
squads

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Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia
squad – 1964 Summer Olympics

1 Ćurković 2 Fazlagić 3 Vujović 4 Belin 5 Čop 6 Miladinović 7 Samardžić (c) 8 Zambata 9 Osim 10 Lemić 11 Džajić 12 Škorić 13 Jevtić 14 Radović 15 Brnčić 16 Pavlić 17 Pirmajer 18 Takač Coach: Lovrić

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Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia
squad – UEFA Euro 1968
UEFA Euro 1968
runners-up

1 Pantelić 2 Fazlagić (c) 3 Damjanović 4 Đorđević 5 Paunović 6 Holcer 7 Petković 8 Osim 9 Musemić 10 Belin 11 Džajić 12 Vukčević 13 Dujković 14 Aleksić 15 Pavlović 16 Aćimović 17 Ramljak 18 Mihajlović 19 Brzić 20 Antić 21 Trivić 22 Hošić Coach: Mitić

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Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia
squad – 1974 FIFA
FIFA
World Cup

1 Marić 2 Buljan 3 Hadžiabdić 4 Mužinić 5 Katalinski 6 Bogićević 7 Petković 8 Oblak 9 Šurjak 10 Aćimović 11 Džajić (c) 12 Jerković 13 Pavlović 14 Peruzović 15 Dojčinovski 16 Vladić 17 Popivoda 18 Karasi 19 Bajević 20 V. Petrović 21 O. Petrović 22 Mešković Coach: Miljanić

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Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia
squad – UEFA Euro 1976
UEFA Euro 1976
Fourth Place

1 Petrović 2 Buljan 3 Hadžiabdić 4 Mužinić 5 Katalinski 6 Šurjak 7 Popivoda 8 Oblak 9 Aćimović (c) 10 Jerković 11 Džajić 12 Marić 13 Halilhodžić 14 Šljivo 15 Vladić 16 Vukotić 17 Žungul 20 Peruzović Coach: Mladinić

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