Su?i? as Bosnia and Herzegovina manager in October 2013
|Full name||Safet Su?i?|
|Date of birth||13 April 1955|
|Place of birth||Zavidovi?i, FPR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft in)|
|Playing position(s)||Attacking midfielder / second striker|
|2009-2014||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Safet "Pape" Su?i? (pronounced [s?fet sû?it?]; born 13 April 1955) is a Bosnian professional football manager and former player who most recently managed Turkish club Akhisarspor. He was a gifted midfielder known for his dribbling skills and technical ability, and is strongly reputed to have been one of the finest European players of his generation. Su?i? played for Yugoslavia in two FIFA World Cups, 1982 and 1990, and at UEFA Euro 1984. As a manager, he qualified the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team to the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In 2017, Su?i? was inducted into the PSG Hall of Fame.
He played as an attacking midfielder, often in a role of trequartista or fantasista (i.e. a creative playmaker) and rarely as a second striker for Sarajevo, Paris Saint-Germain and Red Star and internationally for Yugoslavia. Even more later during his career, Su?i? was utilized more in a role of a deep-lying playmaker, both for club and national team. In 2010, France Football voted him as Paris Saint-Germain's best player of all time and the best foreign player of Ligue 1 of all time, with his compatriot and friend who also had a spell with PSG, Vahid Halilhod?i?, being voted 7th. As part of the UEFA Jubilee Awards in 2004, the Bosnian football association chose Su?i? as the nation's greatest ever player.
Following his retirement from playing, he started working as a manager. He worked for a number of club sides: Cannes, ?stanbulspor, Al Hilal, Konyaspor, Ankaragücü, Çaykur Rizespor, Ankaraspor (today known as Osmanl?spor), Évian, Alanyaspor, Akhisarspor and the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.
Su?i? made his senior debut for Sarajevo in 1973, one year after joining the youth team. During the 1979-80 season, he was the top scorer in the Yugoslav First League with 17 goals. In 1979, he was honoured as the Yugoslav Footballer of the Year, also being selected as the best athlete hailing from SR Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 1981, Su?i? was awarded the Sixth April Award of Sarajevo.
In 1982, Su?i? signed with Paris Saint-Germain, where he became a star on the European stage. During his first season with the club, Su?i? helped PSG to win the 1982-83 Coupe de France, scoring three goals over two legs in the semi-final against Tours, and once in 3-2 victory over Nantes in the final. During the 1985-86 season, Su?i? scored ten goals as the Parisiens won their first ever national league title.
Overall, Su?i? scored 85 goals and made a record 95 assists for PSG between 1982 and 1991. He is third in the club's all-time appearance list with 344 appearances, tied with Paul Le Guen, meaning he is the highest placed non-Frenchman on the list. On 22 September 1984, in a 7-1 home drubbing of Bastia, he assisted on five of the side's goals. At 36, Su?i? left the capital for a final year with Red Star.
On 5 February 2010, France Football chose Su?i? as the best player in the history of Paris Saint-Germain, ahead of players such as Carlos Bianchi, Mustapha Dahleb, Ronaldinho, George Weah, Joël Bats, Raí and Luis Fernández.
In his only season with Red Star, he played in Ligue 2, the second division of French Football. He played in 17 league games for the club in that season campaign, scoring 3 goals in the process. Shortly after leaving Red Star, Su?i? announced his retirement from football in 1992.
Between 1977 and 1990, Su?i? appeared 54 times for Yugoslavia, scoring 21 times. He debuted for his country in 1977 and scored his first goals for the team against Hungary in October of that year. A month later, he scored a hat-trick in a 6-4 victory against Romania during the 1978 FIFA World Cup qualification. However, this was Yugoslavia's only victory of their group and they failed to qualify for the tournament finals.
In June 1979, Su?i? scored his second international hat-trick as Yugoslavia beat Italy 4-1 in a friendly match held in Zagreb. In September, he again scored three times in a 4-2 win over world champions Argentina.
Su?i? was top scorer of Yugoslavia in qualification for UEFA Euro 1984. His two goals in a 3-2 win over Bulgaria in the final qualification fixture helped Yugoslavia to finish three points ahead of the Bulgarians and one point ahead of Wales and advance to the tournament finals. Yugoslavia ultimately finished bottom of their group in France, losing all three matches.
At the age of 35, Su?i? made his second appearance at a World Cup finals as a member of Yugoslavia's squad for the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. He scored his only World Cup goal in the team's 4-1 win against the United Arab Emirates during the group stage. He played 61 minutes before being substituted for Dejan Savi?evi? in the penalty shootout loss to eventual runners-up Argentina at the quarter-final stage.
In 2004, to celebrate UEFA's Jubilee, Su?i? was selected as the Golden Player of Bosnia and Herzegovina by the Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina as their most outstanding player of the past 50 years.
His former international teammate, Darko Pan?ev declared:
"It's well known how much I valued and still do value Safet Su?i?. For me he's unsurpassable, the best Yugoslavia had. Probably one of the best in the world. I was often known to say that us other players should have to pay to play in the same team as Pape. At least I always talked and thought like that. Pape was a treasure for every forward. His crosses were unbelievable. Sometimes his ball would hit me without me even being aware of it. A wonderful player."
Su?i? first managed French club Cannes during the 1994-95 season and the beginning of the 1995-96. From 1996 until 1999, he managed ?stanbulspor, then Al Hilal in 2001, Konyaspor from 2004 to 2005, Ankaragücü from 2005 until 2006, Çaykur Rizespor on two occasions, first in 2006 and the second time from 2007 to 2008. Su?i? was then hired by Ankaraspor (today known as Osmanl?spor) in March 2008. He left Ankaraspor in June 2008.
On 28 December 2009, Su?i? was named head coach of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team. His debut was a friendly match against Ghana in Sarajevo. Bosnia and Herzegovina won the game 2-1 after goals from Vedad Ibi?evi? and Miralem Pjani?. After only 2 wins in Su?i?'s 6 first matches in charge of the national team, including an important 2-0 loss against France in the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying, Su?i? came under a lot of criticism from several journalists and columnists who called for his head. Su?i? recorded a 1-1 draw against France during a second game in Paris and ensured Bosnia and Herzegovina qualified for their second consecutive qualification play-off berth for UEFA Euro 2012 which was played against Portugal in November of that year.
From August 2012 to August 2013, Su?i?'s Bosnia and Herzegovina side was on a nine-game unbeaten streak run. On 8 August 2013, the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team achieved their highest ever FIFA ranking, 13th place. On 15 October 2013, the country qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, their first major tournament in the country's history as an independent nation. Su?i?'s side fared well in their first World Cup match against Argentina despite losing 2-1. An unlucky own goal and some brilliance from football legend Lionel Messi saw them to a defeat. However, highs taken from the match were the good play the team demonstrated and the materialisation of their first World Cup goal scored by Vedad Ibi?evi?. The team however controversially exited the competition at the group stage of the tournament after their second game against Nigeria having an equaliser scored by Edin D?eko wrongly disallowed for offside. This revitalised the calls for reformation of the FIFA governing body and the replacement of linesmen with technology so as to remove human error from lines decisions. Bosnia and Herzegovina won their last game in the competition against Iran with a healthy 3-1 victory which would've seen them through instead of Nigeria, who incidentally failed to defeat Iran, to a round of 16 match with France.
In July 2014, Su?i? signed a two-year contract to continue as head coach, after he withdrew his resignation. On 17 November 2014, the Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Su?i? parted ways after poor showing of the national team in the first four games of the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying.
On 11 January 2016, Su?i? was sacked by Évian due to a run of poor results at the club. After 20 rounds, the club was placed 13th on the table and were eliminated from the Coupe de la Ligue at the third round. He was replaced by Romain Revelli.
After about a month and a half, Akhisarspor as cup winners, participated in the Turkish Super Cup match against league champions Galatasaray. The result after full-time was 1-1, but Akhisar won 5-4 on penalties. That was Akhisar's second mayor trophy in the club's history and the first in Su?i?'s managing career.
On 17 September 2018, after only collecting 2 points in 5 games in the league, Su?i? got sacked.
Safet Su?i? Pape is a bestseller novel written by Bosnian novelist Zlatko Top?i?, and published in 2007. Popular Sarejevo sketch comedy and variety TV series, Top Lista Nadrealista, also on occasion treated a subject of football and popular sportsmen-women in their program, with songs dedicated to Su?i? and Yugoslav national football team under management of another Sarajevan, Ivica Osim, being prominent feature of couple episodes.
Su?i? comes from a sporting family. Sead Su?i?, a former footballer, is Safet's older brother. Safet's nephew, Tino-Sven Su?i?, is also a footballer, currently a player of Sarajevo who also alongside Safet appeared at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Safet's mother Pa?a died on 28 April 2018 at the age of 96.
|1973-74||Sarajevo||Yugoslav First League||10||2||0||0||2||0||12||2|
|Paris Saint-Germain||French Division 1||18||8||?||?||?||?||18||8|
|1991-92||Red Star||Division 2||17||3||?||?||-||17||3|
|1983-91||Paris Saint-Germain total||287||67||?||14||?||4||344||85|
|1991-92||Red Star total||17||3||?||?||0||0||17||3|
|1||5 October 1977||Budapest, Hungary||Hungary||1-2||3-4||Friendly|
|2||5 October 1977||Budapest, Hungary||Hungary||2-4||3-4||Friendly|
|3||13 November 1977||Bucharest, Romania||Romania||1-1||6-4||1978 World Cup qualifier|
|4||13 November 1977||Bucharest, Romania||Romania||3-3||6-4||1978 World Cup qualifier|
|5||13 November 1977||Bucharest, Romania||Romania||4-3||6-4||1978 World Cup qualifier|
|6||13 June 1979||Maksimir, Zagreb, Yugoslavia||Italy||1-1||4-1||Friendly|
|7||13 June 1979||Maksimir, Zagreb, Yugoslavia||Italy||2-1||4-1||Friendly|
|8||13 June 1979||Maksimir, Zagreb, Yugoslavia||Italy||3-1||4-1||Friendly|
|9||16 September 1979||Marakana, Belgrade, Yugoslavia||Argentina||1-0||4-2||Friendly|
|10||16 September 1979||Marakana, Belgrade, Yugoslavia||Argentina||2-0||4-2||Friendly|
|11||16 September 1979||Marakana, Belgrade, Yugoslavia||Argentina||3-0||4-2||Friendly|
|12||30 March 1980||Belgrade, Yugoslavia||Romania||2-0||2-0||Balkan Cup|
|13||27 August 1980||Bucharest, Romania||Romania||1-3||1-4||Balkan Cup|
|14||10 September 1980||Luxembourg, Luxembourg||Luxembourg||1-0||5-0||1982 World Cup qualifier|
|15||12 October 1983||JNA, Belgrade, Yugoslavia||Norway||2-0||2-1||Euro 1984 qualifier|
|16||21 December 1983||Poljud, Split, Yugoslavia||Bulgaria||1-1||3-2||Euro 1984 qualifier|
|17||21 December 1983||Poljud, Split, Yugoslavia||Bulgaria||2-1||3-2||Euro 1984 qualifier|
|18||2 June 1984||Lisbon, Portugal||Portugal||1-1||3-2||Friendly|
|19||7 June 1984||La Línea, Spain||Spain||1-0||1-0||Friendly|
|20||19 November 1988||JNA, Belgrade, Yugoslavia||France||2-2||3-2||1990 World Cup qualifier|
|21||19 June 1990||Dall'Ara, Bologna, Italy||United Arab Emirates||1-0||4-1||1990 World Cup|
|Cannes||1 July 1994||11 September 1995||52||20||9||23||83||75||+8||38.46|
|?stanbulspor||25 September 1996||30 June 1999||102||45||25||32||178||148||+30||44.12|
|Al Hilal||1 March 2001||30 March 2001||3||1||1||1||--||--||--||33.33|
|Konyaspor||1 October 2004||30 June 2005||28||10||8||10||58||53||+5||35.71|
|Ankaragücü||23 September 2005||9 February 2006||13||5||4||4||19||18||+1||38.46|
|Çaykur Rizespor||15 September 2006||19 January 2007||5||2||1||2||5||5||+0||40.00|
|Çaykur Rizespor||31 August 2007||1 February 2008||14||6||2||6||18||24||-6||42.86|
|Ankaraspor||6 March 2008||30 June 2008||10||5||2||3||11||8||+3||50.00|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||--||29 December 2009||17 November 2014||49||23||9||17||83||49||+34||46.94|
|Évian||12 July 2015||11 January 2016||23||7||6||10||37||33||+4||30.43|
|Alanyaspor||27 January 2017||25 December 2017||35||13||5||17||62||64||-2||37.14|
|Akhisarspor||30 June 2018||17 September 2018||6||1||2||3||10||13||-3||16.67|