Dražan Jerković

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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 lost the European Championship Final 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 managed to sign 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.