Belgian Club : AA Gent – 1965/66 – 3 matches, 1 goal
Previous Clubs : Dinamo Zagreb (YUG)
Later Clubs : /
International : 1 A-cap Croatia, 0 goals / 21 A-caps Yugoslavia, 11 goals
The story of Drazan (not Drazen as his name is often misspelled) is one of mostly heights.
He was born a goalscorer: in 315 games for Dinamo he found the net 300 times and also on the highest stage he made a name for himself. He played for the legendary Yugoslavian team that became vice-European champion in 1960 and was the, shared, top scorer of the 1962 World Cup. Yugoslavia finished fourth at that World Cup after they eliminated Germany.
At AA Gent, they figured they had succeeded in capturing an absolute top player. Jerkovic was 29 and at the height of his abilities. Unfortunately a serious injury decided otherwise. Jerkovic would barely play 3 games for La Gantoise before returning to his beloved Croatia.
Drazan, however, would not disappear into obscurity. He first became manager of Dinamo Zagreb and later became the first national coach of Croatia.