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 Dragoslav ŠEKULARAC 1958-1962 
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Name: Dragoslav Šekularac

Nickname: "Šeki"


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Country: :SER: Serbia
Club: Red Star Belgrade
Position: *AMF, SS
Side: RF/BS
Age: 21-25 years (08/11/1937)

Height: 168 cm
Weight: 64 kg

Attack: 87
Defence: 30
Balance: 73
Stamina: 79
Top Speed: 83
Acceleration: 88
Response: 73
Agility: 97
Dribble Accuracy: 97
Dribble Speed: 87
Short Pass Accuracy: 88
Short Pass Speed: 73
Long Pass Accuracy: 87
Long Pass Speed: 73
Shot Accuracy: 78
Shot Power: 81
Shot Technique: 83
Free Kick Accuracy: 75
Curling: 81
Header: 67
Jump: 73
Technique: 96
Aggression: 85
Mentality: 69
Goalkeeper Skills: 50
Team Work: 77

Injury Tolerance: B
Condition: 6
Weak Foot Accuracy: 7
Weak Foot Frequency: 8
Consistency: 6
Growth type: Early/Peak


CARDS:
S02 - Passer
S18 - Turning Skills
S19 - Scissors Skills
S20 - Flicking Skills
P03 - Trickster
P05 - Mazing Run
P09 - Cut Back Pass

SPECIAL ABILITIES: Dribbling - Tactical Dribble - Passing

Attack/Defence Awareness Card: Attack Minded



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Dragoslav Sekularac was born on 30th November 1937. in Stip. He became a member of Red Star’s first team on 6th of March 1955. and wore the red-and-white uniform until 5th of June 1966. He played 375 matches (156 first division matches) and scored 119 goals. He spent a year in Karlsruhe, Germany and returned to Belgrade to play one more season for OFK Beograd together with Milos Milutinovic. Before the end of 1969 he went over the border again and played for Santa Fe from Bogotá and Millionarios from Kali. He finished his football career playing indoor soccer in Dallas, USA. His debut in the national team was on 30th September 1956. in a match against Czechoslovakia (1:2) in Belgrade and his last, 41st match for the “Blues”, was on 1st of June 1966. against Bulgaria (0:2) also in Belgrade. While he was preparing for a coaching job, he worked with the youth selections of Red Star and Mladenovac and a lot later Obilic. In the mean time, he was a coach in Australia and Guatemala but his biggest achievement as a coach was with Red Star’s first team. He managed to win the “double”, championship and Cup titles, in the 1989/90 season. That squad formed the base of the one that went on to win the titles of European and World Champions a year later. Nobody before or after him possessed such a passion for the ball. Judging by his talent and faithfulness to football, Dragoslav Sekularac was simply meant to reach high class and become star of world calibre. Ambitious and in love with football he was an optimist beyond explanation. As a young boy that only started playing in the junior Red Star team, he had enough courage to say it aloud in front of Misa Pavic: There are only three great football players in the world today. They are Di Stefano, Puskas and Sekularac“! When he was spotted in the backyard of the second male high school by Dimitrije Milojevic, the legendary “Uncle Mitke”, who was a former player of BSK, coach and “Politika” reporter, it was clear that the little boy with crooked legs, beside a brilliant technique also had an understanding for the game fuelled by imagination. As a great talent hunter he immediately brought him to Red Star, but Dragoslav earned the “right to residence” in the club of his life, due to various, sometimes paradox circumstances (some people were even laughing at him!?!) only after the third attempt. Born in Stip on 30th of November 1937, Dragoslav Sekularac finished high school as well as the metrological school in Belgrade. However he never really cared for school because football was always his major preoccupation, life obsession and final goal. His statistics aren’t really the best which only proves the general impression that Dragoslav Sekularac didn’t achieve all that he could or that, which is closer to the truth, some events prevented him to reach the biggest of heights. The incident that happened in autumn 1962. with referee Pavle Tumbas (he slapped him in the middle of full stadium during Radnicki – Red Star match) kept Dragoslav Sekularac away from football for 18 months, in fact a lot longer since he was at the highest point of his career at the time. Thereafter he injured his back and transferred, with a bad back, to Karlsruhe from Germany where he wasn’t even a shadow of his a true World Cup hero in Chile 1962. He didn’t do any better in Columbian Santa Fe from Bogotá but he didn’t give up: he continued to play indoor soccer in USA because the name he made for himself opened all doors for him. Why was it exactly this incident in Nis that was the turning point of his career? Dragoslav Sekularac returned from the World Cup 1962. as a great hero and a moral winner. For all objective people he was the best player of the tournament but the official joint winners were the Brazilians Garinho and Amarildo, because their national team had won the title. Upon his return, Juventus offered a record transfer fee for his football artistry (600.000 dollars) but leading politicians of the country didn’t allow him to leave Red Star and the army of club fans. “Something broke inside of me and the worst thing happened” Dragoslav Sekularac said in an interview in December 1962. in Bileca, where he served the army in the school of reserve officers. Still, the fact is that his popularity and achievements on the pitch are inversely proportional. Isn’t that the proof that his game (but also his character) contained some kind of magic? He possessed the technique of a virtuoso, brilliant overview of the game and a mastery that can’t be copied. When he kicked the ball for the first time he swore that he will never be just a role player. He suffered when he wasn’t the central character of the match especially in the derbies against Partizan. His internal being carried a weird mix of self absorbance and offensive ambition: he always wanted to influence the game and determine the events on the pitch. The mastery of Dragoslav Sekularac, who sometimes forgot the interest of the team for the price of his personal show, was connected to the biggest exhilaration of the fans. He was a footballer with courage, spirit and imagination. He showed off everything he could and had to show. When he left Red Star many people stopped coming to stadiums. He was the favourite and an idol of the masses because he was magically superior with the ball. Some researches show that Dragoslav Sekularac even in today’s football on ever smaller space would again be brilliant. His myth goes on today and even those that never saw him play idolise him because they heard how he played. He had a series of memorable matches including the historical 5:0 against England in Belgrade where he thundered down the English together with Milos Milutinovic and Todor Veselinovic. There aren’t many players with such lucidity nowadays. The playfulness of his spirit in the game carried the public to the highest spheres of joy. The fans loved his personal displays when he momentarily stoped the team play. With Red Star, he won five Championship titles (1956, 1957, 1959, 1960. and 1964.) and one trophy in the National Cup (1959), where he was the architect of the win over Partizan in the final. He played 41 times for the national team, too few for the world class player that he was, especially since he debuted at the age of 18 – a record he held until Mitar Mrkela had his debut in Sofia. He took part in the Olympic tournament 1956 in Melbourne and in two World Cups, 1958. in Sweden and 1962. in Chile. Dragoslav Sekularac achieved everything in his playing career quickly and easily. He was 17 when Misa Pavic put him in the first Red Star team and a year later Aleksandar Tirnanic could not resist either. One of the football reporters made a cheeky comment: “I’ put my finger on the trigger in case Tirnanic does not call up the young Sekularac into the national team. All that and more makes Dragoslav Sekularac: an extraordinary destiny of a star that turned football into an art.




Sat Mar 16, 2013 10:48 am
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What about DS? He was certainly better than Bobek, I think he could claim 87-88 value.

Also TMW can be higher, he could link up well with his teammates, especially Miloš in NT, I think maybe even 80 could be taken into consideration...


Fri Jul 19, 2013 2:03 pm
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Updated, I'd leave TW in green zone, it's truth that he had good understanding with Miloš, I've heared about it in some videos, but primarly he was individualist, dedicated to his tricks and dribblings..


Fri Jul 19, 2013 5:45 pm
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