Vujadin Boškov

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Vujadin Boškov
Vujadin Boskov 1975.jpg
Boškov winning the Dutch Cup with Den Haag in May 1975.
Personal information
Full name Vujadin Boškov
Date of birth (1931-05-16)May 16, 1931
Place of birth Begeč, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Date of death April 27, 2014(2014-04-27) (aged 82)
Place of death Novi Sad, Serbia
Playing position Right winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1946–1960 FK Vojvodina 185 (15)
1961–1962 Sampdoria 13 (0)
1962–1964 SC Young Fellows Juventus
National team
1951–1958 Yugoslavia 57 (0)
Teams managed
1962–1964 SC Young Fellows Juventus (player/coach)
1964–1971 FK Vojvodina (technical director)
1966 Yugoslavia (co-coach)
1971–1973 Yugoslavia
1974–1976 FC Den Haag
1976–1978 Feyenoord
1978–1979 Real Zaragoza
1979–1982 Real Madrid
1982–1984 Sporting Gijón
1984–1986 Ascoli
1986–1992 Sampdoria
1992–1993 AS Roma
1994–1996 Napoli
1996–1997 Servette Geneva
1997–1998 Sampdoria
1999 Perugia
1999–2000 FR Yugoslavia
2001 FR Yugoslavia (co-coach)
2006 Sampdoria (scout)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Vujadin Boškov (Serbian Cyrillic: Вујадин Бошков; 16 May 1931 – 27 April 2014) was a Serbian footballer and coach.

Throughout his career as a football manager, he stood out both for his many successes, as well as due to his unique sense of humour and memorable ironic comments, which were used to dissolve tension during post-match interviews; these led him to become a popular figure with football fans during his time in Italy.[1][2]

Playing career


Boškov was born in the village of Begeč near Novi Sad, Serbia. He played with FK Vojvodina for most of his career (1946–1960). In 1961 he moved to Italy to play for Serie A club Sampdoria for one season (1961/62), before accepting a stint as a player/coach at Swiss side Young Boys (1962–1964).[3] Boškov then returned to the club that made him as a player – FK Vojvodina – and spent 7 seasons (1964–1971) as a technical director, leading the club to winning one Yugoslav league championship in 1965–66.


He also became a playing member of the Yugoslavia national team, and was part of the team that won the silver medal at the 1952 Olympic football tournament. Also he played at the 1954 and 1958 FIFA World Cups.[4]

Coaching career

“Penalty is when referee whistles.”

— An example of one of Boškov's humorous quips in interviews.[2]

Boškov soon developed a successful international coaching career with stints in Dutch Eredivisie (FC Den Haag (1974–1976), and Feyenoord (1976–1978)), Spanish La Liga (Real Zaragoza (1978/79), Real Madrid (1979–1982), and Sporting de Gijon (1983–84)), Italian Serie A (Ascoli Calcio 1898 (1984–1986), U.C. Sampdoria (1986–1992, 1997–98), A.S. Roma (1992–93), S.S.C. Napoli (1994–1996), and A.C. Perugia (1999)), and Swiss league (Servette Geneva (1996–97)).

“In addition to being a great coach, he was a great psychologist and a very intelligent person.”

— Goalkeeper Gianluca Pagliuca on his former Sampdoria coach Boškov.[2]

Arguably his greatest achievement as a coach came in 1991, when he steered Sampdoria to the Serie A scudetto. The following season, he led the club to the European Cup final, where they lost 1–0 to Barcelona at Wembley.[1]

He also coached Yugoslavia at Euro 2000, where they famously lost 4–3 to Spain in Brugge and later went out to hosts the Netherlands in the quarter-finals, after losing 6–1 to the Dutch.[1]



FK Vojvodina (as the club's director of football)
ADO Den Haag
Real Madrid


Boškov died after long illness in Novi Sad, on 27 April 2014, aged 82.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Europe mourns Serbia great Boškov". UEFA. 27 April 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Remembering the great Boskov". Football Italia. 30 April 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Ex-Yugoslavia, Real coach Boskov dies - FIFA
  4. Vujadin BoškovFIFA competition record
  5. Preminuo Vujadin Boškov; Mondo, 27 April 2014

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