Bo?kov in 1976
|Full name||Vujadin Bo?kov|
|Date of birth||16 May 1931|
|Place of birth||
|Date of death||27 April 2014(aged 82)|
|Place of death||Novi Sad, Serbia|
|Playing position(s)||Right winger|
|1962-1964||Young Fellows Zürich||14||(4)|
|1962-1964||Young Fellows Zürich (player-manager)|
|1964-1971||Vojvodina (technical director)|
|1974-1976||ADO Den Haag|
|2001||FR Yugoslavia (co-manager)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Throughout his career as a football manager, he stood out both for his many successes, as well as due to his unique sense of humour and memorable ironic comments, which were used to dissolve tension during post-match interviews; these led him to become a popular figure with football fans during his time in Italy.
Bo?kov was born in the village of Bege?, 10 km (6 miles) from Novi Sad, Vojvodina, Serbia. He comes from a Serbian family who lived in Novi Sad (he was officially born in Petrovaradin) before moving to Bege? during the Second War where his grandfather lived. His elder brother was also a football player but died early. Vujadin had two sisters Vera and Dada, the latter still living. He remained loyal to his local team and played with FK Vojvodina for most of his career (1946-1960), as well as continuously supporting it. In gratitude the FK Vojvodina training facility in Veternik is named after him. He joined the Yugoslav team that won against the Soviet Union at the Helsinki Olympics in 1952. He is still remembered in a photo with the Dinamo Zagreb team in "Charlie's" café in Zagreb, as a great Yugoslav football player. In 1961 he moved to Italy to play for Serie A club Sampdoria for one season (1961-62), before accepting a stint as a player-coach at Swiss side Young Fellows Zürich (1962-1964). Bo?kov then returned to the club that made him as a player - FK Vojvodina - and spent seven seasons (1964-1971) as a technical director, leading the club to winning one Yugoslav league championship in 1965-66. Vujadin Bo?kov was well known in Italy as a gentleman and a cosmopolitan all his life. Corriere dello sport published his quotations e.g. "Quando l'arbitro fischia... it is a penalty". There is a book of his quotations published in Italy. He spoke several languages and lived all over Europe.
He also became a playing member of the Yugoslavia national team, and was part of the team that won the silver medal at the 1952 Olympic football tournament. Also he played at the 1954 and 1958 FIFA World Cups.
"Penalty is when referee whistles."-- An example of one of Bo?kov's humorous quips in interviews.
Bo?kov soon developed a successful international coaching career with stints in Dutch Eredivisie (ADO Den Haag (1974-1976), and Feyenoord (1976-1978)), Spanish La Liga (Real Zaragoza (1978-79), Real Madrid (1979-1982), and Sporting de Gijon (1983-84)), Italian Serie A (Ascoli Calcio 1898 (1984-1986), U.C. Sampdoria (1986-1992, 1997-98), A.S. Roma (1992-93), S.S.C. Napoli (1994-1996), and A.C. Perugia (1999)), and Swiss league (Servette FC (1996-97)).
"In addition to being a great coach, he was a great psychologist and a very intelligent person."
Arguably his greatest achievement as a coach came in 1991, when he steered Sampdoria to the Serie A scudetto. The following season, he led the club to the European Cup final, where they lost 1-0 to Barcelona at Wembley. His Sampdoria side often used a man-marking defensive system.
|Vojvodina||July 1964||June 1971||252||93||75||84||36.90|
|Yugoslavia||April 1971||October 1973||27||10||12||5||37.04|
|ADO Den Haag||June 1974||July 1976||81||31||25||25||38.27|
|Feyenoord||July 1976||June 1978||80||32||26||22||40.00|
|Zaragoza||July 1978||May 1979||46||19||9||18||41.30|
|Real Madrid||August 1979||March 1982||139||80||31||28||57.55|
|Sporting de Gijon||July 1982||June 1984||79||27||24||28||34.18|
|Ascoli||November 1984||June 1986||63||23||27||13||36.51|
|Sampdoria||July 1986||June 1992||289||139||90||60||48.10|
|Roma||July 1992||June 1993||51||19||18||14||37.25|
|Napoli||October 1994||June 1996||66||22||21||23||33.33|
|Servette||July 1996||December 1996||22||5||9||8||22.73|
|Sampdoria||November 1997||June 1998||26||10||7||9||38.46|
|Perugia||February 1999||June 1999||14||5||2||7||35.71|
|Yugoslavia||July 1999||July 2000||15||6||5||4||40.00|
|Yugoslavia||May 2001||October 2001||8||4||2||2||50.00|
ADO Den Haag