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 Branko KRALJ 1948-1955 
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Name: Branko Kralj

Nickname: "King"


Country: :CRO: Croatia
Clubs: NK Zagreb (1948-1951), NK Dinamo Zagreb (1952-1955)
Position: *GK
Side: RF/BS
Age: 24-31 years (10/03/1924)

Height: * 176 cm (app.)
Weight: * 74 kg (app.)

Attack: 30
Defence: 88
Balance: 77
Stamina: 64
Top Speed: 72
Acceleration: 74
Response: 92
Agility: 83
Dribble Accuracy: 48
Dribble Speed: 53
Short Pass Accuracy: 56
Short Pass Speed: 59
Long Pass Accuracy: 60
Long Pass Speed: 58
Shot Accuracy: 42
Shot Power: 77
Shot Technique: 44
Free Kick Accuracy: 41
Curling: 43
Header: 45
Jump: 90
Technique: 54
Aggression: 55
Mentality: 78
Goalkeeper Skills: 86
Team Work: 75

Injury Tolerance: B
Condition/Fitness: 6
Weak Foot Accuracy: 4
Weak Foot Frequency: 4
Consistency: 6
Growth type: Late Peak



Attack/Defence Awareness Card: Defence Minded


Legendary Croatian keeper who represented both football and handball NT. Stylish and elastic keeper, rarely leaving the goal line, had excellent reflexes, brave with flying interventions. In high school he became a handball goalkeeper, and at handball match his talent was recognized by a famous soccer coach and board member of Concordia Bogdan Čuvaj that it is called the junior selection Concordia in which he came in 1937. In handball, which is completely abandoned in 1950, has won the status of the national team of Yugoslavia. Since 1950. appearances for the player who then played in the second division, reliable King who soon becomes first league changing its name to NK Zagreb. In the summer 1952 The King access Dinamo who was at that time already had three excellent goalkeeper Branko Stinčić, Vladimir Majerovic and Slavko Arneri. In the championship season 1953/1954, B. King takes precedence over the goal Dinamo became the first goalkeeper and defend in top form, and the Dynamo for the second time won the title of champion of Yugoslavia. Then came the call for the national team. Since 1954 to 1955 Branko, as Dinamo player performed three times for the national team of Yugoslavia. He made his debut in a friendly match against the national team of Turkey in Sarajevo, in 1954, when Yugoslavia won with 5:1, and King is 66 minute in goal replacing Beara. The last time the Yugoslav national team jersey he wore also in a friendly match, this time in Dublin, in 1955 against the Republic of Ireland to host the game in which Yugoslavia won 4-1 with the host, when entered the game in the 85th minute. It is worth mentioning that in the second of three matches as Branko defended the national team of Yugoslavia was replaced in goal by Vladimir Beara. So three appearances for the national tea , three entering the game instead of Vladimir Beara. He has participated in the World Cup 1954 in Switzerland. Branko is in tandem with the Beara was regular member of the national team of Yugoslavia. Beara was then one of the best goalkeeper of the world, and the King was a perpetual reserve. It will be remembered that the King was reserve of Vladimir Beara, even 33 times. When he had his day and was in top form, a popular King, was almost impregnable. Because one serious violation, after 165 matches for Dinamo withdrew from the football field in 1957. years and left Dinamo then to young Gordan Irović, who continued the tradition of excellent guards network Dinamo goal. After the withdrawal of the football field, the king devoted work in the economy, because it is by profession a graduate economist. At the same time, he continued with football activities and Dinamo has held a variety of duties. He was involved in the sport of journalism and published a book, " The gatekeepers who are remembered " and " Dinamo on four continents." Many football fans do not know that the king was a great lover of music. He was in jazz - music , playing the harmonica. He also had his orchestra with whom he has recorded a dozen records, as well as a CD with the famous Zagreb Soloists. He has also composed music for various movies and cartoons.

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