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Refik Šabanadžović
Personal information
Full name Refik Šabanadžović
Date of birth August 2, 1965 (1965-08-02) (age 44)
Place of birth    Tuzi, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
FK Dečić Tuzi
FK Željezničar Sarajevo
Red Star Belgrade
AEK Athens FC
Olympiacos CFP
Kansas City Wizards

082 0(0)
062 0(2)
143 (10)
025 0(0)
021 0(0)
189 (10)   
National team
1986–1990 Yugoslavia 008 0(0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Refik Šabanadžović (born August 2, 1965 in Tuzi, Montenegro, SFR Yugoslavia) is a retired Montenegro-born Bosniak footballer.


Playing career

His career began in a small Montenegrin club FK Dečić Tuzi. He was spotted there by Titograd's FK Budućnost and moved there shortly after. Before the 1983/1984 season, he moved to FK Željezničar Sarajevo where he became one of the more notable Yugoslav defenders under the guidance of Ivica Osim. He gave his contribution to the club's best European result, UEFA Cup semifinals in 1984/1985 season.

After four seasons playing for this Bosnian side, he left for Red Star Belgrade. He won three championship titles and one national cup at the club, but the most important moment of his entire career was winning the UEFA Champions' Cup in 1990/1991 season.

After that, he went to Greece. He played for AEK Athens where he was brought by head coach Dušan Bajević. There he won three consecutive championships in 1992, 1993. and 1994.

Šabanadžović then transferred to Olympiakos where he also played under coach Bajević and won yet another title in 1997.

In the winter of 1998, Šabanadžović moved to Major League Soccer club Kansas City Wizards where he came on the recommendation of his friend Preki Radosavljević. He played there for two years before finally retiring at the end of 1999 season.

International career

Šabanadžović also played for Yugoslavia at the 1990 FIFA World Cup, where he was sent off in the Quarter-Final against Argentina, which his team lost on penalties. He collected 8 caps for the national team.

He lives in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina with his wife Zerina and their four children.[1]


On November 18, 1998, during a league match in Sarajevo (against Željezničar) , Šabanadžović collided with Slišković. The impact was so powerful that Šabanadžović ended up in coma for 3 days. Luckily, he recovered completely and returned to the pitch about a year later.


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