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Gino Gardassanich

Gino Gard
Personal information
Full nameGino Gardassanich
Date of birth(1922-11-26)November 26, 1922
Place of birthFiume, Free State of Fiume
Date of deathFebruary 12, 2010(2010-02-12) (aged 87)
Place of deathHinsdale, Illinois, United States
Playing positionGoalkeeper
Youth career
1940–1941Građanski Zagreb
Senior career*
1940–1941Građanski Zagreb
1941–1942NK Orijent
1942–1943Magazzini Generali
1944–1945Silurificio Whitehead
1945–1946Magazzini Generali
1946–1947Kvarner Rijeka
1947ACF Fiorentina0(0)
1949–1959Chicago Slovak
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Gino Gardassanich (last name changed to Gard in 1949) (November 26, 1922 – February 12, 2010) was an Croatian American soccer goalkeeper who was a member of the United States team at the 1950 FIFA World Cup. He was born in Fiume, Free State of Fiume and died in Illinois, United States.

Club career

Gardassanich began his career with Fiumana and Reggina. After World War II, he played with NK Kvarner in the 1946–47 Yugoslav First League.[1] In 1949, he moved to the United States, settling in Chicago. When he arrived, he changed his name to Gino Gard and joined Chicago Slovak of the National Soccer League of Chicago. He played with Slovak until 1959. During that time, Gard and his team mates won multiple titles, including the league title in 1951, 1952 and 1954;[2] and the 1951 Peel Cup. In 1953, it lost the National Amateur Cup final to Ponta Delgada S.C.[3] Gard was named the NSLC goalkeeper of the year in 1950.[4]

National team

Gard was selected to the U.S. roster for the 1950 FIFA World Cup. He was the original choice as the starting goalkeeper, but never entered a game.

Gard was inducted into the Illinois Hall of Fame in 1992 and the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2002.


External links

  • National Soccer Hall of Fame profile
  • FIFA player stats
  • Gino Gardassanich web-site
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