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 Petar RADENKOVIĆ 1962-1966 
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Name: Petar Radenković

Nickname: "Radi"


Country: :SER: Serbia
Club: TSV 1860 München
Position: *GK
Side: RF/BS
Age: 28-32 years (01/10/1934)

Height: 187 cm
Weight: 84 kg

Attack: 40
Defence: 91
Balance: 85
Stamina: 73
Top Speed: 75
Acceleration: 76
Response: 94
Agility: 78
Dribble Accuracy: 70
Dribble Speed: 66
Short Pass Accuracy: 67
Short Pass Speed: 69
Long Pass Accuracy: 68
Long Pass Speed: 74
Shot Accuracy: 53
Shot Power: 88
Shot Technique: 52
Free Kick Accuracy: 49
Swerve: 54
Header: 57
Jump: 82
Technique: 72
Aggression: 76
Mentality: 86
Keeper Skills: 92
Team Work: 72

Injury Tolerance: A
Condition: 7
Weak Foot Accuracy: 5
Weak Foot Frequency: 4
Consistency: 6
Growth Type: Late Lasting

S12 1-on-1 Keeper


Attack / Defence Awareness Card: Attack Minded


One of the "craziest" keepers ever and the music star at the same time. Mainly known for his trips over the centre line, but he was excellent keeper with great handling, he had great reflexes and positioning on the line, very brave and with excellent playing skills for a keeper. Petar "Radi" Radenković was one of the most dazzling soccer player in Germany in the sixties. In addition to his great achievements as a native keeper Serb was something like "the first pop star in the Bundesliga." His hit "Am I Radi, i am king" stormed the charts. He became famous for his trips to the penalty box. With TSV 1860 Munich, he became German champion and cup winner in 1965 and reached the final of the European Cup Winners' Cup. With the Yugoslav national team he won the 1956 Olympic silver medal. Radenković grew up with his grandparents on his father's side, because his father was deposed at the outbreak of war in 1939 in the United States. They wanted to make a lawyer or teacher from the small Petar actually, but the only football had in mind. Uncle "Buda", a cousin of his father, took him to the Sumadija Club, where he was an amateur trainer. Petar wanted to be a boy always forward and score goals. Therefore Radenković left Yugoslavia in 1960 to Germany. First, he played in the 1961/62 season at Wormatia Worms in the Football Oberliga West. He could only intervene in the second round in the league events through its one-year lock. The former keeper of OFK Belgrade debuted on 18 Round, 17 December 1961 at the home game against the VfR Kaiserslautern in the Oberliga West. On the 34th day, May 3, in 1970, the goalkeeper played in the 0-0 home draw against Rot-Weiss Essen his last league game for 1860. After eight rounds for the "Lions" the native of Belgrade ended in the summer of 1970 with 35 years of his active playing career. in legends in white and blue it is stated that "despite Max Kob he was probably also the most popular goalkeeper in the Bundesliga, according to its own opinion anyway 'best goalkeeper of the world' certainly the best goalkeeper in the history of 1860 and in his time."

The anticipation goalkeeper is a goalkeeper who relies heavily on his anticipation in his goalkeeping game. Sounds logical doesn't it? Despite the small difference, there are major deviations from the classic reaction goalkeeper on the pitch. In dangerous situations he usually stays on his line and tries to defuse the situation later with quick reflexes. The anticipatory goalkeeper, on the other hand, has the right to prevent scoring chances as early as possible.

In addition to intercepting flanks and tactical cooperation through correct positional play or coordinating the defensive line, this includes mastering the penalty area, which leads to running out of the penalty area in order to intercept attacks. Hardly any goalkeeper took this as far as Petar Radenkovic in the 50s and 60s.

He was considered one of the first modern goalkeepers, was a cult figure in 1860 Munich and also - like many of the modern anticipation goalkeepers such as Manuel Neuer or David de Gea - an excellent footballer who interpreted his role as a goalkeeper in a much more far-reaching manner at an early stage. At the same time, his move to Munich in 1860 and his style of play prevented greater successes; The latter was hardly understood, the former robbed him of his chances in the national team.

From field player to world class goalkeeper

At the age of 15 Radenkovic started playing football for a real club, namely his local club Sumadija. There he acted as an outfield player before moving into goal. He soon made a name for himself as a goalkeeper and came to OFK Belgrade via the Red Star Belgrade short-term stop, where he quickly became a regular. In the past, such young goalkeepers were rare, especially at the highest level, because Radenkovic won his regular place in the national team just in time for the Olympics.

In 1956, the Yugoslav national team won the silver medal with a squad that is still legendary today, in the final Radenkovic met the later goalkeeper legend Lev Yashin. He is said to have given him his pair of goalkeeper gloves after the tournament and copied Radenkovic's style of play. Radenkovic did not make any further appearances in the national team; later he was drafted into the military and missed the 1958 World Cup. After he wanted to force a move to Red Star, he also lost his regular place in the club.

In 1960 he therefore moved to Germany, which was frowned upon and actually forbidden at the time; Radenkovic had not yet reached the minimum age of 28 years, but he accepted a one-year ban. In any case, he had hardly played a game in the past two years.

First he moved to Wormatia Worms in the Southwest Football League. The team had previously achieved 18 out of 34 possible points, after the suspension had expired Radenkovic was able to join the team in the second half of the season and Wormatia scored 19 out of 26 possible points in the 13 games with Radenkovic (according to the two-point rule). Radenkovic even scored a goal from a penalty.

In the following season he moved to 1860 Munich, where he finally established himself as a cult figure and world class goalkeeper in the Bundesliga. Although he often played at the border and received criticism a few times, including when he was eliminated in the championship against Real Madrid because of him, this did not affect his popularity.

In addition, he started a music career - just like his father (stage name: "Rasha Rodell") and brother (stage name: "Milan the Leather Boy") in the USA, who also enjoyed success. "Bin i Radi, bin i König" sold 400,000 times and his own company ultimately earned him 4 times as much income as his professional salary in 1860. He was not only the best-paid, but also the most popular guest worker in Germany and wrote his memoirs as early as 1965 - which also sold well. Internationally, however, he was never able to make a big name for himself because of his existence as a legionnaire and the fact that the national team did not have him. In the end, 1860 was not present enough on the highest European stage.

The modern goalkeeper

To this day, Radenkovic is considered to be one of the first representatives of the modern goalkeeper type. He combined the classic Yugoslav soccer mentality - high polyvalence, intelligent and technically adept soccer - with his goalkeeping position. Although Gyula Grosics played in Europe before him in the early 50s as an anticipatory goalkeeper, he wasn't nearly as strong as the Yugoslav with the ball at his foot.

Radenkovic himself commented appropriately:

“A completely wrong picture emerged. It had nothing to do with any Gaudi. Back then, I simply created a modern goalkeeping game. After all, I was an outfield player in my youth and I learned that you don't just thrash the ball away. "

Sir Bobby Moore, the legendary captain of West Ham United and the English World Cup team of 1966, also praised Radenkovic:

"As a footballer and technician, he was certainly better than most of my teammates."

His style of play shouldn't really prevail, at least not in Germany. But there were numerous imitators in Europe. From the legendary Lev Yashin to the goalkeepers of the great Dutch teams in the 70s and 90s. The Ajax football school concentrated on goalkeeper types of this type, and the Barcelona football school and the general guidelines of the DFB now prefer such goalkeeper types. What Radenkovic embodied fifty years ago is only slowly becoming standard today. At that time the way to world class or the recognition of it was barred; through the media, strange sport policy decisions and unfavorable fateful circumstances.

Stop the PSD copycats...

Fri May 17, 2013 5:02 pm
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