Tiko Jelisavčić

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Tihomir "Tiko" Jelisavčić
Personal information
Date of birth 1929
Place of birth Yugoslavia
Date of death (1986-06-29)June 29, 1986
Place of death Cancun, Mexico
Playing position Centre forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1955 BSK Belgrade
1962 Yugal[1]
1962 Toongabbie
Teams managed
1962–63 Yugal
1965 Hakoah
1965 Australia
1965 Hakoah
1974–78 Nigeria
1985–86 Pioneros de Cancún
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Tihomir "Tiko" Jelisavčić was a Yugoslavian football coach.

He managed the Australian national football team and Nigeria national football team during his career.[2] During his time as Nigeria's coach he was referred to as "Father Tiko".[3]

He presided over the Australian national team in their first ever FIFA World Cup qualifying games in 1965. Australia lost 6–1 and 3–1 in the First round.

He led Nigeria to two third-place finishes in the Africa Cup of Nations tournament in 1976 and 1978.

He was unveiled as technical director/coach of Pioneros de Cancún on 22 June 1984,[4] a position he held until he died in a car crash on 29 June 1985.[5]

As a player, he won the 1955 Yugoslav Cup in 1955 with BSK Belgrade.


  1. ^ http://www.ozfootball.net/ark/Players/J/JA.html
  2. ^ Tiko Jelisavčić at Soccerway
  3. ^ http://www.supersport.com/football/nigeria50/news/110201/Nigerias_greatest_ever_matches_part_1
  4. ^ "Página Oficial – Pioneros Cancún FC". pioneroscancunfc.com.
  5. ^ "La Voz de Q. Roo". lavozdequintanaroo.com. Archived from the original on 2015-11-04.