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Zdravko Borovnica
Personal information
Full name Zdravko Borovnica
Date of birth 1954
Place of birth    Nakovo, SFR Yugoslavia
Playing position Striker and
Central defender
Youth career
Polet Nakovo
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Proleter Zrenjanin
Red Star Belgrade
Footscray JUST(loan)
SC Bastia
Olimpija Ljubljana
Dinamo Vinkovci
Sutjeska Nikšić
014 0(8)
124 (18)

038 0(2)
016 0(3)
045 0(1)
016 0(2)   

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

Zdravko Borovnica (Serbian Cyrillic: Здpaвкo Бopoвницa )( born 1954 in Nakovo) is a Serbian retired football player.


He started playing in his hometown club FK Polet Nakovo together with his younger brother Slavko. When his brother moved to OFK Kikinda, where he made most of his career, Zdravko signed with FK Proleter Zrenjanin who were desperately fighting for the return to the Yugoslav First League. Next year he went for trials in the giants Red Star Belgrade making a good impression with the coach Gojko Zec and signing a contract with them. But the beginning was hard for him, because there was already a big competition for a striker place in the team, spending most of the time on the bench. Everything changed in a UEFA Cup match against Dinamo Berlin that his team had to overcome a defeat in Berlin of 5:2, and an already conceded goal in the returning match, when the coach, now, Branko Stanković, decided to give him a chance. He would not regret it, because Borovnica ended scoring two goals and helping the team make one of the most incredible turn arounds in the football history, with a final 4:1 win.[1] Since then, Borovnica became the team joker player. In the next seasons, because Red Star had many excellent strikers, but not so many great defenders, it was decided that his characteristics would make him a good defensive player. That make him become the big, fighting, cold and rational defender that is still this days remembered. He also was excellent in taking the ball forward, making a double-pass and becoming a threat to the adversaries goals, showing that he never forgot his forward skills. He was also a terrific header. It´s, non-officially, said that, since Red Star had already too many players in the national team squad, he wouldn´t have a chance to play for the Yugoslav national team. He stayed there until 1982 playing an impressive 161 official matches and scoring 24 goals. Next he decided to go abroad, again, he had a breaf spell in Australian Footscray JUST in 1977, this time to France Ligue 1 team SC Bastia where he played the 1982-83 season.[2] Afterwords, he returned to Yugoslavia where he represented a number of First League clubs, namely, Olimpija Ljubljana (1983-83), Dinamo Vinkovci ( 1984-86) and FK Sutjeska ( 1987-88).[3]


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