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Vladimir Beara
Personal information
Date of birth 2 November 1928(1928-11-02)
Place of birth    Zelovo, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Hajduk Split
Red Star Belgrade
Alemannia Aachen
Viktoria Köln
National team
1950–1959 Yugoslavia 059 0(0)
Teams managed
Freiburger FC
First Vienna
RNK Split

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

Olympic medal record
Competitor for  Yugoslavia
Men's football
Silver 1952 Helsinki Team Competition

Vladimir Beara (born 2 November 1928 in Sinj, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes) was a Croatian and Yugoslav football player, as goalkeeper, and also football manager.

Beara was born in the village of Zelovo near Sinj, Croatia (at the time in the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes). For Hajduk Split (1946–55) Beara played 308 games, and helped his team to win the Yugoslavian league title in 1950, 1952 and 1955.

He made, however, sudden transfer in 1955 to Belgrade's FK Red Star (1955–60), after the season he had won the third league title. With Red Star he won the Yugoslav league titles in 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960, and Yugoslav cup in 1958 and 1959. He played for Red Star against Manchester United in the last game United had played before the Munich Air Disaster.

Beara ended his career in Germans clubs Alemannia Aachen (1960–62) and Viktoria Köln (1963–64).

For Yugoslav national team, between 1950 and 1960, he played 59 games. Immediately after being selected to play for the Yugoslav national team he became famous mostly due to his fabulous defences in the match against England at the Highbury Arsenal Stadium. Since then he was often called by his nickname “Big Vlad”. Beara participated in 1952 Olympic Games, and won the silver medal. He played on three World Cups; World Cup 1950, World Cup 1954 and World Cup 1958. In 1953, Beara was one of four Croatian players on the FIFA Select XI who played against England.

In 1967 Beara finished school in Köln, and began his career as football manager. He coached First Vienna FC.[1]




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