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Stjepan Bobek
Personal information
Date of birth December 3, 1923 (1923-12-03) (age 86)
Place of birth    Zagreb, Kingdom of SCS
Playing position Striker
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Građanski Zagreb
FK Partizan

468 (403)   
National team
Croatia juniors

63 (38)
Teams managed
Legia Warsaw
FK Partizan
FK Partizan
Dinamo Zagreb
Panathinaikos FC

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

Olympic medal record
Competitor for  Yugoslavia
Men's Football
Silver 1948 London Team Competition
Silver 1952 Helsinki Team Competition

Stjepan Bobek (born December 3, 1923 in Zagreb) was a renowned football striker from Yugoslavia, later a football manager. He is a Croatian football player and made his name playing for Partizan Belgrade. He was the best striker for the Yugoslav national team, scoring 38 goals in 63 matches.

Bobek was born in Zagreb and started playing at the age of 13 for Viktorija, a lower league club, using his brother's registration papers. When he was 20 he became the center-forward of Građanski Zagreb.

He was the top scorer of the Yugoslav First League twice, in 1945 (8 goals) and 1954 (21 goals).

He came to FK Partizan in 1945 and played for them until 1958. During his time in Partizan, he played 468 games and scored 403 goals, still holding the club record. Bobek won two Yugoslav League titles and the Yugoslav Cup four times.

Bobek played in two World Cups, in Brazil 1950 (where he scored one goal in the 4-1 win over Mexico) and in Switzerland 1954. He also played in two Olympic Games, in London 1948 (where he scored 4 goals and Yugoslavia won the silver medal) and in Helsinki 1952 (he scored 3 goals in the tournament and Yugoslavia won the Silver Medal). On the 8th of June 1947 he scored a record 9 goals in a game against 14 Octobar in Niš.

After retiring from the play, he became a football manager. In 1959 he became the coach of CWKS Warszawa in Poland, moving back to Yugoslavia the next season to manage FK Partizan. The team won three successive Yugoslav League championships under him, after which he was replaced by Kiril Simonovski in 1963. In 1964 he had another spell in Warsaw, and then he moved to Greece where he led Panathinaikos in the 1960s. In the 1967/68 and 1968/69 seasons he again returned to manage FK Partizan. In 1970, he moved to Olympiacos. In 1972, he was the manager of Dinamo Zagreb. He also coached Vardar Skopje and led it to the title of the Second League of the Republic of Macedonia.

In 1995 he was named the greatest and most popular Partizan Belgrade player of all time. A monograph on Bobek was published in 2009.[1]





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