Ivica Šurjak

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Ivan "Ivica" Šurjak was a Yugoslavian
Yugoslavs is a national designation used by a minority of South Slavs across the countries of the former Yugoslavia and in the diaspora...

Football (soccer)
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. He was the driving force behind Hajduk Split as it led the Yugoslav First League
Yugoslav First League
The Yugoslav First League was the premier football league in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and socialist Yugoslavia...

 and Europe in the old stadium (before Poljud stadium was built). He started his career as a left-back, but with time learned to play total football
Total Football
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, the prototype for the footballer who can play every position successfully.

He played 54 games for the Yugoslav national team. He continued his career in Paris
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 and Udine
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 but turned down offers by the New York Cosmos
New York Cosmos
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 and Real Madrid
Real Madrid
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He served as sports director at Hajduk Split of the Croatian First League
Croatian First League
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 from 1999 to 2003.

Speedboat incident

In July 1999. Šurjak killed a swimmer while driving a speedboat near the coast of Trogir (Croatia). The swimmer (Miroslav Didak) died a few days after the accident, while in a coma in the intensive care unit of the Firule hospital. Šurjak was subsequently cleared of any wrongdoing.

Career by club

1970 - 1981 Hajduk
HNK Hajduk Split
HNK Hajduk Split, commonly referred to as Hajduk Split or simply Hajduk, is a Croatian football club founded in 1911 and based in the city of Split. The club's home ground since 1979 is the 35,000-seater Poljud Stadium and the team's traditional home colours are white shirts with blue shorts and...

 1981 - 1982 Paris Saint-Germain 1982 - 1983 Udinese
Udinese Calcio
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 1984 - 1985 Real Zaragoza
Real Zaragoza
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  • Champion of Yugoslavia - 1974, 1975 and 1979
  • Co-champion of Yugoslavia - 1976 and 1981
  • Cup winner of Yugoslavia - 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976 and 1977
  • Coupe de France
    Coupe de France
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     - 1982
    Coupe de France Final 1982
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  • 54 caps for Yugoslavia, 10 goals scored between 1973 and 1982
  • Yugoslavian Football Player of the year- 1976