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Dražan Jerković

Dražan Jerković
Personal information
Date of birth (1936-08-06)6 August 1936
Place of birth Šibenik, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Date of death 9 December 2008(2008-12-09) (aged 72)
Place of death Zagreb, Croatia
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1954–1965 Dinamo Zagreb 142 (96)
1965–1966 AA La Gantoise 3 (1)
Total 145 (97)
National team
1956 SR Croatia 1 (0)
1960–1964 Yugoslavia 21 (11)
Teams managed
1971–1972 Dinamo Zagreb
1973–1974 Austria Klagenfurt
1974–1975 Villacher SV
1975–1976 Dinamo Vinkovci
1976–1982 NK Zagreb
1978 Yugoslavia
1990–1992 Croatia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Dražan Jerković (6 August 1936 – 9 December 2008) was a Yugoslav of Croatian origin, football forward, and manager.


  • Biography 1
  • Club statistics 2
  • National team statistics 3
  • References 4


His first name is sometimes (incorrectly) spelled "Dražen". He was born in Šibenik, at the time in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.

He played for Dinamo Zagreb (1954–65). Severe injuries forced him to retire early, at the height of his career. With Dinamo he won the league title in 1958, and league cup in 1960 and 1965. In 315 games for Dinamo, he scored 300 goals.[1]

He played internationally for Yugoslavia between 1960 and 1964, scoring 11 goals in 21 games. He participated in Euro 1960 and World Cup 1962. He was also part of the Yugoslav squad for the 1958 FIFA World Cup, but did not play.

In Euro 1960 he scored two goals against France in the semifinal, which Yugoslavia won (5-4). In the final, Yugoslavia lost against USSR (1-2; AET), finishing second.

In World Cup 1962 Jerković scored four goals and was, with five other players, the top goalscorer, winning the World Cup Golden Boot. Yugoslavia finished in fourth place. In the quarter-final, Yugoslavia beat Germany (1-0). In the semifinal Yugoslavia lost to Czechoslovakia (1-3), and lost to Chile for third place (0-1).

Jerković played in a single international match with Croatia, as a Croatian national team was assembled in communist Yugoslavia once for a friendly against Indonesia in 1956. He was also the first manager of the new Croatia national football team, between 1990 and 1992. He died in December 2008 in Zagreb, Croatia.

Club statistics

Club performance League
Season Club League Apps Goals
Yugoslavia League
1954/55 Dinamo Zagreb First League 1 0
1955/56 12 9
1956/57 15 9
1957/58 22 17
1958/59 14 7
1959/60 16 16
1960/61 8 5
1961/62 19 16
1962/63 14 12
1963/64 4 0
1964/65 17 5
Belgium League
1965/66 La Gantoise First Division 3 1
Country Yugoslavia 142 96
Belgium 3 1
Total 145 97

National team statistics

Croatia national team
Year Apps Goals
1956 1 0
Total 1 0
Yugoslavia national team
Year Apps Goals
1960 3 2
1961 5 3
1962 11 5
1963 0 0
1964 2 1
Total 21 11


  1. ^ "Najbolji strijelci". (in Croatian). Archived from the original on 15 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Dražan Jerković at
  • Profile on Serbian national football team website
  • Nogometni leksikon (2004, in Croatian)
Preceded by
Just Fontaine
000FIFA World Cup Golden Shoe000
Shared with:
Leonel Sánchez, Garrincha, Vavá,
Valentin Ivanov and Flórián Albert
Succeeded by
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