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 Vladimir BEARA 1950-1958 
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Name: Vladimir Beara

Nickname: "Veliki Vladimir" ("Great Vlad"), "Balerina s čeličnim šakama" ("Ballerina with steel fists")

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Country: :CRO: Croatia
Club: Hajduk Split (1947-1955), Red Star Belgrade (1955-1960)
Number: 1
Position: *GK
Side: RF/BS
Age: 22-30 years (26/08/1928)

Height: 182 cm
Weight: 82 kg

Attack: 30
Defence: 93
Balance: 87
Stamina: 66
Top Speed: 68
Acceleration: 69
Response: 97
Agility: 84
Dribble Accuracy: 52
Dribble Speed: 54
Short Pass Accuracy: 57
Short Pass Speed: 60
Long Pass Accuracy: 62
Long Pass Speed: 64
Shot Accuracy: 45
Shot Power: 83
Shot Technique: 46
Free Kick Accuracy: 44
Curling: 49
Header: 52
Jump: 98
Technique: 53
Aggression: 58
Mentality: 84
Goalkeeper Skills: 95
Team Work: 80

Injury Tolerance: B
Condition: 7
Weak Foot Accuracy: 4
Weak Foot Frequency: 4
Consistency: 7
Growth type: Standard/Lasting


CARDS:
S11 - Penalty Saver
S12 - 1-on-1 Keeper

SPECIAL ABILITIES: Penalty Stopper - 1-on-1 Stopper

Attack/Defence Awareness Card: Defence Minded



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Vladimir Beara was one of the finest goalkeepers in the world through the 1950s and rated by his contemporaries as one of the best of all-time. He won a multitude of domestic honours during his club career with Hajduk Split and, after a very controversial transfer, with Red Star Belgrade. Beara was also a mainstay of the gifted Yugoslavian team of the 1950s, representing his country in two World Cups and reaching the Olympic final in 1952.

Beara was born in the village of Zelovo near Sinj near the border of Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, on 2 November 1928. As a youngster he took ballet lessons, something which served him well in his later career as he became renowned as one of the most agile and flexible goalkeepers in the game. Having originally trained as an electrician, he was spotted by Hajduk Split in his late teens while training at his local stadium, impressing scouts with his jumping ability.

In the early years of his career, Beara developed what would become an exceptional handling ability by training for hours with a much smaller ball. He would later state that this regular routine meant that catching a football seemed extremely easy in comparison. Having broken into the first team at Hajduk during the 1947-48 season, Beara immediately became the club's first choice goalkeeper and would remain so for the rest of his career at the club. After second and third place finishes in his first two seasons, Beara's first major honour came in 1949-50 when he helped Hajduk to claim the league title with an unbeaten record, conceding just 13 goals all season. That record led to him being named in Yugoslavia's squad for the World Cup in Brazil in 1950, without having actually yet made an international appearance, but he did not appear in any of Yugoslavia's games in the finals. In the autumn of 1950, Beara got his chance at international level when he came on as a late substitute for long-standing first choice keeper Srđan Mrkušić in a humiliating 7-2 defeat to Austria, and from then on was a regular in the team. One of his most famous performances for Yugoslavia came shortly afterwards, when a string of fantastic saves helped his team to earn an unlikely 2-2 draw against England at Wembley, the first overseas team to avoid defeat there.

Beara won a second league title with Hajduk in 1952 and joined up with the Yugoslavian suqad for that summer's Olympic Games in Helsinki. Despite Beara conceding five goals in an astonishing 5-5 draw with the Soviet Union in the first round, Yugoslavia came through a replay and went on to reach the final against an immensely talented Hungarian side. Hungary were too strong and ultimately won 2-0, but Beara did save a penalty from their star player Ferenc Puskás. By now Beara's athleticism and lightening quick reflexes had earned him a reputation as one of the world's best goalkeepers. He had a unique style of defending set plays, being famed for refusing to allow his team-mates to form defensive walls for free kicks, instead preferring to be able to look the kicker directly in the eye. His reputation led to a call up to the Rest of Europe team to face England in the FA's 90th anniversary game, in which he appeared for the second half. Although he only appeared in half of their qualifying games, Beara helped Yugoslavia reach the 1954 World Cup without conceding a goal, and was first choice for the finals in Switzerland. He kept a clean sheet in the vital opening win over France and made a number of vital saves in the 1-1 draw with Brazil which saw Yugoslavia into the last eight. In the quarter-final against West Germany, Yugoslavia missed a huge number of goalscoring opportunities and their hopes were severely damaged when Beara picked up an injury. With his mobility limited, he conceded twice and Yugoslavia lost 2-0, a result Beara considered to be the unluckiest of his international career.

In 1954-55 Beara won the third league title of his career with Hajduk, impressively leading the team to the best defensive record in the league. Red Star Belgrade were keen to sign him and amidst rumours that the transfer had been forced by the authorities, he made the move to Serbia in the summer of 1955. The move was an immediate success as Red Star won the league in Beara's first season at the club, with Hajduk only narrowly avoiding relegation without him. Red Star duly retained their title in 1957 and went on to win the cup a year later with a crushing 4-0 win over Velez Mostar in the final. They reached the quarter-final of the European Cup in 1958, where Beara appeared in what would prove to be the final match for Manchester United's legendary 'Busby Babes' team before the deaths of eight of their players in the Munich Air Crash. which occurred as they returned home from Belgrade. In the summer of 1958 Beara appeared in his second World Cup. Although Yugoslavia struggled at times in the group stage, they did move through to the last eight largely thanks to an impressive 3-2 win over France. Beara however was replaced for the quarter-final, again against West Germany, and Yugoslavia lost 1-0. He was facing increased competition for the number one jersey and won just three more caps after that tournament, his 59th and final international coming in a 4-2 loss to Hungary in 1959. In the 1958-59 season, Beara helped Red Star to a league and cup double and when they retained the title again in 1960, he had won seven championships in just eleven seasons with Hajduk and Red Star combined. After five years in Belgrade, he became one of the few eastern European players of the era to move to the west when he joined West German side Alemannia Aachen. Sadly for Beara, his time in Germany was dogged by injury as he twice broke his right leg in the same place.

Beara's playing career came to an end with a season at Viktoria Köln in 1963-64. When Russian Lev Yashin was named European Player of the Year in 1963, he stated that it was Beara rather than himself who had been the world's leading goalkeeper of the era. Staying in West Germany to study coaching, he managed Freiburger FC and Fortuna Köln as well as Dutch side RKSV Sittardia, before returning to Hajduk as an assistant coach. In 1971 Beara helped the club to win their first league title since his departure as a player some sixteen years earlier. Beara later spent two years in charge of the national team of Cameroon in the mid-1970s and also coached First Vienna in Austria and Hajduk's city rivalas RNK Split before retiring from management in his mid-50s. Having remained living in Split in his retirement, Beara has continued to watch Hajduk whenever possible, despite seeing a modern obsession with tactics as having removed much of the romance from the game in comparison to his playing days.


"A good goalkeeper, still has to be a lot like he was in my time. He has to have courage and self-confidence."
— Beara himself on goalkeepers.

"My confidence in goal, the way I seemed to be able to catch a ball easily, and my technique for taming shots I put down to Barba Luka (aka Luka Kaliterna, one of his first coaches). It was a simple drill we did in practice. He made me catch a small ball about the size of a baseball and after that it was very easy for me to catch a football."
— Beara himself on his goalkeeping technique.

"There was an entertaining, aesthetic air about him, that's why his jumps and dives with feet curled and body perfectly poised appealed. He kept goal on his toes, like a coiled spring, always ready to pounce."
— Bob Wilson on Beara, who once studied ballet receiving a nickname "the ballet dancer with the hands of steel".

"I am not the best goalkeeper in the world, it is Vladimir Beara."
— Lev Yashin, the only goalkeeper who received the award Ballon d'Or, in 1963.

"You are Beara the best goalkeeper in history of football."
— Ricardo Zamora.






Thu Mar 07, 2013 9:16 am
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So what's his correct date of birth?

I read he turned 85 today: http://www.hns-cff.hr/info-centar/aktualnosti/85-rodjendan-vladimira-beare


Mon Aug 26, 2013 12:20 pm
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Yes, that could be right birthday..

Some other sources where is stated 26/8/1928

http://hr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Beara

http://www.cro-manager.net/forum/index. ... ic=14598.0

http://sportske.jutarnji.hr/legendarni- ... cu/993167/


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The day we feared has come...

The last living fragment of great Hajduk story has gone. The story which often began with him and often ended with him. Just a fairytale will remain. The last big rock of once mighty mountain Hajduk slided and left desolation, after which everything what has been and still is a legend, will be seen differently.

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"Hajduk is everything for me. To this date I wake up and go sleep with Hajduk on my mind. Hajduk is my biggest love, the love that like all true and sincere loves has a lot of nice, but also less pleasent moments. The love for which your heart beats faster, but also tights painfully cramped." - Vladimir Beara



Rest in peace :(

My deepest condolences to the family, thanks for everything Vladimir, not just one of the best keepers ever but great person who knew to forgive big humiliation his beloved club made to him...

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His last wish was his coffin to be wrapped with the flag of his beloved club Hajduk Split. And that says everything about this man, how much he loved the club when the last words were to put Hajduk's flag on his coffin. The club which made big injustice to him twice, first in 50's when he was driven away from the club than again in 90's when he was forbidden to come to club and stadium and completely ignored or just to say "persona non grata"...

But he knew to forgive all of that...

This death symbolizes also the death of what was once mighty club which is Hajduk Split and also in general football in the countries of former Yugoslavia. Once a powerhouse, today misery...

Vladimir Beara was the last living player of legendary Hajduk Split generation which won league title in 1950 without losing a single game, the unique achievement in Yugoslav football history which nobody has ever done before and after that. He was also the last living player of legendary and the best ever Yugoslav NT generation, so called "Olympic Team" of 1952. The team from one of the most famous games in history, first with Soviet Union 5-5, after leading 5-1, than in new game 3-1, and than the final with Mighty Magyars or "Light Cavalry" as they were known, where Beara saved a penalty of Ferenc Puskas. The Olympic Team, everybody in Yugoslavia knew the lineup by heart at any time of night and day: BEARA, STANKOVIĆ, CRNKOVIĆ, ČAJKOVSKI, HORVAT, BOŠKOV, OGNJANOV, MITIĆ, VUKAS, BOBEK, ZEBEC. Now the curtain has fallen on both teams, all of them are gone...


I've extended a bit info but I didn't touch the stats. Although IMO some stats should be changed. TMW looks too high, as for JUM, if he doesn't deserve 99, than nobody does. As I wrote on one other site, I've seen him couple of times with half of his body above the crossbar level. But since Charruan disappeared, it will remain like this...

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I don't understand, why not updating the set if you are so sure about the changes to make?


Thu Aug 14, 2014 12:45 pm
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I don't have answer on that question...

Let's say I still hope Charruan will come back and say his opinion on my suggestions. And since he didn't answer on e-mail I've sent to him long time ago, chances for that are 0,1 %

And I want to avoid situations like what happened with Beiderbecke...

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OK I see.

In French we have a word for these situations: "Les absents ont toujours tort", not that I want to be polemic again but if the sets are outdated and the concerned persons don't care anymore, what more can you do to get them involved? It's better to keep things up to date but that's only my opinion. Anyway it's just about a bunch of figures that can be changed anytime, it's not like you are going to threat anyone's life here...People (we) should look at the big picture and put things in a better perspective: this is a hobby, there's much more in life than this even if we spend countless time on it. I don't think this is worth any ego war, it should be for fun actually...


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MagicDip wrote:
OK I see.

In French we have a word for these situations: "Les absents ont toujours tort", not that I want to be polemic again but if the sets are outdated and the concerned persons don't care anymore, what more can you do to get them involved? It's better to keep things up to date but that's only my opinion. Anyway it's just about a bunch of figures that can be changed anytime, it's not like you are going to threat anyone's life here...People (we) should look at the big picture and put things in a better perspective: this is a hobby, there's much more in life than this even if we spend countless time on it. I don't think this is worth any ego war, it should be for fun actually...


Agreed


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What about updating the set?
Now is possible? :D


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Yes, sure. Now when Charruan (Moysis) is posting on PSD, we don't have anything more to wait for...

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JeanMarc wrote:
Yes, sure. Now when Charruan (Moysis) is posting on PSD, we don't have anything more to wait for...
How do you know that Moysis is Charruan ?
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