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Josip "҆kijo" Katalinski (born May 2, 1948 in Sarajevomarker, Bosnia-Herzegovinamarker, Federal People's Republic of Yugoslaviamarker) is a former football player from Bosnia-Hezegovinamarker. He is considered to be one of the best football players of former Yugoslaviamarker.

Club career

His career began in a small club FK Igman based in IlidŇĺamarker, a suburb of Sarajevomarker. He was spotted there in 1964 by FK ŇĹeljeznińćar coaches who offered a move to their club's youth system. He accepted the offer immediately and one year later made his first team debut. He played for FK ŇĹeljeznińćar until 1975. He made more than 250 league appearances and, although he was a defender, he scored 48 league goals. In total, he played more than 350 games in ŇĹeljeznińćar's shirt, scoring more than 100 goals. He was a part of the team that won Yugoslav championship title in 1972.

He has decided to go abroad in 1975. He signed a contract with Frenchmarker side OGC Nice. He had played 150 games for the club before he decided to end his career in 1978, because of an injury.

International career

As a youngster, he started playing for junior team of Bosnia-Herzegovinamarker, and later for Yugoslav junior national team (12 caps) and Under-21 national team (18 caps). In 1972, he made his debut for Yugoslav national team. He collected 41 caps and scored 10 goals.

One of the most famous moments of his career was a 1974 FIFA World Cup qualification play-off match against Spain at Waldstadionmarker in Frankfurtmarker. He scored the only goal of the game that secured a place on 1974 FIFA World Cup and instantly became a hero of the nation.

He was a member of Yugoslav 1974 FIFA World Cup and 1976 UEFA European Football Championship squads.


  • Yugoslav player of the year in 1974.

Postplaying career

He is currently working as a youth coordinator for Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is an educated football coach and he also graduated in physical education. He worked as a coach in several clubs and he was a vicepresident of his favourite FK ŇĹeljeznińćar.


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