Blagoje Marjanović

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Blagoje Marjanović
Moša Marjanović.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1907-09-09)9 September 1907
Place of birth Belgrade, Kingdom of Serbia
Date of death 1 October 1984(1984-10-01) (aged 77)
Place of death Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia
Playing position Striker
Youth career
SK Jugoslavija
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1920–1925 SK Jugoslavija 126 (167)
1925 SK Olimpija
1925–1939 BSK Beograd 566 (575)
1939 SK Jugoslavija
1939–1941 SK Čukarički
1945–1948 FK Dinamo Pančevo
1949 NK Proleter Osijek
National team
1926–1938 Kingdom of Yugoslavia 58 (37)
Teams managed
1953–1956 BSK
1957–1958 AC Torino
1958–1959 Calcio Catania
1959 FK Pobeda Prilep
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Blagoje "Moša" Marjanović (Serbian Cyrillic: Благоје "Моша" Марјановић, pronounced [blâɡoje marjǎːnoʋitɕ]; September 9, 1907 – October 1, 1984) was a Yugoslav football player and manager.


Born to merchant father Dimitrije and housewife mother Sofija, young Blagoje grew up on the outskirts of Belgrade in 7 Đakovačka Street.

Blagoje Marjanović was one of the best football forward in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. He played for BSK (1926–39), with whom he won four league titles (1931st, 1933rd, 1935th, 1936) and three times was the best league goal scorer (1930th, 1935th, 1937). For the national team debut on 28 June 1926 in a friendly match against Czechoslovakia (2-6) in Zagreb. For the first time in the list of shooters entered on May 15, 1927 against Bulgaria in Sofia when in the last five minutes scoring only two goals in the match. During his career, he scored 37 goals in 58 games for national team (unbroken record, until Bobek came, and scored 38 goals in 63 games, although Marjanović has better scoring ratio at 0,63 goals per game), and 575 goals in 14 seasons for his club BSK. He participated in the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam and the first FIFA World Cup 1930 in Uruguay. He has won bronze medal in FIFA World Cup 1930 in Uruguay.[1][2] He scored one goal in that tournament in the game versus Bolivia.[3] After returning from South America, this excellent striker became (alongside his teammate Tirnanić), first professional footballer in Yugoslavia (although he had a little bit higher salary then Tirnanić). For his services at BSK Marjanović was paid YUS1,800 per month. The exchange rate of dinar against US dollar in December 1930 was $1 = YUS56.39 meaning that his monthly salary was $32 (about $446 in 2014 dollar).[1]He and Tirnanić formed one of the greatest right side partnership in Yugoslavian football history. Although, during the match he understood with Tirnanić very well, he had almost the same understanding with other teammates, from his club and from national team. Marjanović was highly intelligent player, and he was able to realize, how every of his teammates plays. During the game it always seemed that he knew what to do with or without a ball (especially during goalscoring situations in opponent penalty box, when he was highly unpredictable and very clever). He was very accurate shooter, but with average shot power. Moša could score from almost every position (he scored quite a few goals with his back-heel, chests and sometimes even stomach) and he didn't care if the ball came low or high, because he was, also, very good in air game. His main specialty was volley shot. Besides that, he was also one of the best free-kick takers in Yugoslavia. He scored a few times hat-trick for national team, but probably most memorable was against Brazil in 1934, in friendly game in Belgrade (the score was 8:4 for Yugoslavia). Many football experts of that time showed great appreciation for "Moša's" skills, including Hugo Meisl (creator and coach of the Austrian "Wunderteam") who claimed that with Marjanović in the attacking line "Wunderteam" would be perfect.

Marjanovic enjoyed great fame. He was a national superstar but also a playboy, up to the moment when his club played against Hajduk, in Split. On the eve of the match, he met a Dalmatian girl who supported Hajduk. They were married in 1938 with great interest of the public and journalists. The last match for the national team was played on April 3, 1938 against Poland in a World Cup qualifier. Marjanović scored the only goal of the match. During German invasion on Yugoslavia, he was captured as truck driver soldier of Yugoslav Army and placed in a prison camp in Fürstenberg, Germany. In the midst of adversity, sometimes they organized football matches between "war prisoners" versus "the guardians". When the war ended, he returned to Yugoslavia and played for Dinamo Pančevo (1945–48). His career ended in Proleter from Osijek (1949). During his coaching career, he first led Proleter Osijek then OFK Beograd, which 1953 won the national cup.[4] He was later a coach in Italian league (one year in AC Torino and one year in Calcio Catania). He returned to Yugoslavia and became a coach for FK Pobeda Prilep. After a match in 1961, Moša suffered a stroke. He never regained his speech and the right side of his body was paralyzed. He died in 1984.

In the 2014 film See You in Montevideo, Marjanović was portrayed by actor Petar Strugar. (Movie trailer)

International goals[edit]

Yugoslavia's goal tally first[5]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 15 May 1927 Slavia Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria  Bulgaria 1–0 2–0 Friendly
2. 2–0
3. 25 March 1928 Üllői úti stadion, Budapest, Hungary  Hungary 0–1 2–1 Friendly
4. 6 May 1928 Stadion SK Jugoslavija, Belgrade, Yugoslavia  Romania 2–0 3–1 1928 King Aleksandar Cup
5. 19 May 1929 Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes, France  France 2–0 3–1 Friendly
6. 28 June 1929 Stadion Concordije, Zagreb, Yugoslavia  Czechoslovakia 2–2 3–3 Friendly
7. 3–2
8. 6 October 1929 ONEF Stadium, Bucharest, Romania  Romania 1–2 1–2 1929–31 Balkan Cup
9. 13 April 1930 BSK Beograd Stadium, Belgrade, Yugoslavia  Bulgaria 2–0 6–1 Friendly
10. 4–1
11. 17 July 1930 Estadio Gran Parque Central, Montevideo, Uruguay  Bolivia 2–0 4–0 1930 FIFA World Cup
12. 3 August 1930 Estadio Alvear y Tagle, Buenos Aires, Argentina  Argentina 1–3 1–3 Friendly
13. 16 November 1930 Slavia Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria  Bulgaria 2–0 3–0 1929–31 Balkan Cup
14. 19 April 1931 Stadion SK Jugoslavija, Belgrade, Yugoslavia  Bulgaria 1–0 1–0
15. 21 May 1931 BSK Beograd Stadium, Belgrade, Yugoslavia  Hungary 1–0 3–2 Friendly
16. 28 June 1931 Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb, Yugoslavia  Romania 1–1 2–4 1929–31 Balkan Cup
17. 2 August 1931 Stadion SK Jugoslavija, Belgrade, Yugoslavia  Czechoslovakia 2–0 2–1 Friendly
18. 4 October 1931 Yunak Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria  Bulgaria 2–0 2–0 1931 Balkan Cup
19. 30 April 1933 Stadion SK Jugoslavija, Belgrade, Yugoslavia  Spain 1–1 1–1 Friendly
20. 24 September 1933 BSK Beograd Stadium, Belgrade, Yugoslavia   Switzerland 2–0 2–2 1934 FIFA World Cup qualification
21. 18 March 1934 Stadion AS 23, Sofia, Bulgaria  Bulgaria 1–0 2–1 Friendly
22. 2–0
23. 3 June 1934 BSK Beograd Stadium, Belgrade, Yugoslavia  Brazil 3–3 8–4 Friendly
24. 6–3
25. 8–3
26. 26 August 1934 Stadion SK Jugoslavija, Belgrade, Yugoslavia  Poland 4–1 4–1 Friendly
27. 16 December 1934 Parc des Princes, Paris, France  France 1–1 2–3 Friendly
28. 1 January 1935 Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium, Athens, Greece  Romania 2–0 4–0 1934–35 Balkan Cup
29. 17 June 1935 Yunak Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria  Romania 1–0 2–0 1935 Balkan Cup
30. 20 June 1935 Yunak Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria  Greece 2–0 6–1
31. 24 June 1935 Yunak Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria  Bulgaria 1–0 3–3
32. 12 July 1936 Taksim Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey  Turkey 1–1 3–3 Friendly
33. 6 September 1936 BSK Beograd Stadium, Belgrade, Yugoslavia  Poland 1–0 9–3 Friendly
34. 3–0
35. 5–0
36. 8–1
37. 3 April 1938 BSK Beograd Stadium, Belgrade, Yugoslavia  Poland 1–0 1–0 1938 FIFA World Cup qualification


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