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 Bernard VUKAS 1950-1955 
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Name: Bernard Vukas

Nickname: "Bajdo", "Gospodar lopte" ("Lord Of The Ball")


Country: :CRO: Croatia
Club: HNK Hajduk Split
Number: 10
Position: *AMF, SS, CF, WF, (CMF)
Side: RF/BS
Age: 23-28 years (01/05/1927)

Height: 170 cm
Weight: 70 kg

Attack: 92
Defence: 55
Balance: 79
Stamina: 88
Top Speed: 84
Acceleration: 91
Response: 83
Agility: 90
Dribble Accuracy: 96
Dribble Speed: 85
Short Pass Accuracy: 88
Short Pass Speed: 74
Long Pass Accuracy: 83
Long Pass Speed: 75
Shot Accuracy: 90
Shot Power: 82
Shot Technique: 91
Free Kick Accuracy: 76
Curling: 78
Header: 74
Jump: 78
Technique: 93
Aggression: 84
Mentality: 88
Goalkeeper Skills: 50
Team Work: 85

Injury Tolerance: A
Condition: 5
Weak Foot Accuracy: 7
Weak Foot Frequency: 7
Consistency: 7
Growth type: Standard/Lasting

S01 - Marauding
S03 - 1-on-1 Finish
S15 - Shoulder Feint Skills
S19 - Scissors Skills
S21 - Step On Skills
P03 - Trickster
P05 - Mazing Run
P17 - Chasing Back
P18 - Talisman

SPECIAL ABILITIES: Dribbling - Reaction - Playmaking - Scoring - 1-1 Scoring

Attack/Defence Awareness Card: Balanced


Bernard "Bajdo" Vukas (May 1, 1927 in Zagreb – April 4, 1983 in Zagreb) was a Croatian football player. He could play on all attacking positions in the team as well as attacking midfielder who start attack from deep and is mostly remembered for his extraordinary dribbling ability. In 2000, he was voted by the Croatian Football Federation as the best Croatian player of all Time, and in a poll by Vecernji List, he was voted the best Croatian athlete of the 20th century. Vukas started his career in the youth ranks of Concordia Zagreb. After WW2, he spent some time in NK Amater Zagreb before moving to Hajduk Split in 1947. He stayed in Hajduk until 1957, playing 202 games and scoring 89 goals. With Hajduk, Vukas won the Yugoslav First League title on three occasions, in 1950, 1952 and 1955, and he was the leagues top scorer in the 1954/55 season with 20 goals. In 1950, Vukas helped Hajduk win the Yugoslav First League undefeated, a record which has never been broken.

In 1957 he moved to Bologna F.C. 1909, where he stayed for 2 years playing 48 games and scoring 2 goals, but his time there was overshadowed by serious illness. He returned to Hajduk in 1959 and remained until 1963, playing 65 games and scoring 5 goals. He spent his last days as a football player in Austria, playing for Austria Klagenfurt, Grazer AK and Kapfenberger SV. Counting friendlies, Vukas played a total of 615 games for Hajduk Split and scored 300 goals. On the 23rd October 1953, Vukas, along with Branko Zebec, Vladimir Beara and Zlatko Čajkovski, played for FIFA's 'Rest of the World' team against England at Wembley - in a match to celebrate 90 years of English Football Association. The match ended 4:4, with Vukas assisting in two goals and being awarded penalty. Two years later, on the 13th of August 1955, Vukas was invited to play for the UEFA-Team in a friendly match against Great Britain played in Belfast, where Vukas scored a hatrick. With Yugoslavia he won 2 silver medals in the Olympic games.

National team

For the Yugoslav national team, he played 59 games between 1948 and 1957, and scored 22 goals. He was also a part of the Yugoslavian team in the 1950 and 1954 FIFA World Cups.


* In Hajduk, Vukas won Yugoslav league titles three times, 1950, 1952 and 1955, whereupon the championship of 1950 was achieved without a defeat. This record is still alive.
* Twice the Yugoslav national team including Bernard Vukas won the silver medal at the Olympic Games (1948 and 1952).
* In the 1954/55 season, he led the Yugoslav league as the top goalscorer, with 20 goals.
* He played 615 games for Hajduk Split and scored 300 times.
* On 21. October 1953 he played in Wembley for the "Rest of the World" team against England. The final result was 4:4.
* On 13. August 1955 he was invited to play for the UEFA-team (Continental Team) in Belfast against Great Britain. The game ended 4:1 with a hat trick by Bernard Vukas.
* He was also a part of the Yugoslavia team in the 1950 FIFA World Cup and 1954 FIFA World Cup.
* In 2000 he was elected for the best Croatian football player of all times.

Vukas made his debut for Hajduk as a left wing in the match against Belgrade's Metalac (August 17, 1947), and the following summer he played for the national team against Albania in Belgrade (June 27, 1948, 0: 0), and then He won a silver medal at the Olympic Games in London (and another in Helsinki in 1952). The fact that he literally deserved a place in the Olympic team for which the already established Lovrić, Brozović, Wölfl, Cimermančić, Bobek… And not only that, but Vukas was a real authority, speaks volumes about how talented Vukas was., testified Dragoslav Šekularac, also a world caliber from the end of the fifties of the last century:

- I was a young player, I just came into consideration for the national team, I was in the locker room during the preparations and I experienced that when Vukas spoke, everyone was silent. And Mitic, and Zebec, and Boskov, and everyone else…

Hajduk won three Yugoslav championships in the early 1950s, the Whites had a hardened captain Fran Matošić and two internationals, Vladimir Beara and Vukas, while all the others were more or less "manual workers". Later, fellow journalist Nikica Vukasin, unfortunately deceased, will write:

"Vukas' career was made for an exciting book and film, but everything can be said about him in one word: genius!"

There are three components to Vukas ’interpretation of football: outplaying, creating, and instilling confidence in his teammates. He was fierce, with fantastic technique, an understanding of football, inexhaustible energy, so he could play in today’s conditions, no matter how incredible it sounded. He used to be impatient, especially towards the players who did not give their all on the field. He was also a soloist in the game, but he did not tolerate that in others, so about Ante Žanetić, a great midfielder and member of the national team, winner of an Olympic gold medal and a silver medal at the first European Championships, Vukas once said:

- It would be better for us if we bought a cow than Lulija (Žanetić's nickname), because at least we would have milk.

And they played together in the team in the 1955/56 championship, Hajduk barely managed to survive. Much later, in the qualifying match for the 1982 World Cup against Italy in Turin (0: 2), Nenad Šalov wore the number ten jersey, so Vukas got angry:

- What an insult to me when Shalov got a number ten!

Vukas was forgiven for everything, he could do whatever he wanted in Split because he literally died on the field. It is interesting that he was especially inspired in the derbies against Dinamo. We remember the victory at Maksimir of 6: 0, but let's say the victory of 3: 2 (May 29, 1960) in Split, four rounds before the end, which cost the Blues the championship. It was a match in which Zanetic played very passively, he practically wanted Dinamo to win, so before the end of the first half, he was pulled off the field by coach Milovan Ciric (a star player at heart). The Zagreb players shouted at their rivals on the field, even during the holidays, especially from Zagreb's Vukas and Zlatko Papec: "Who are you fighting for ?!", which caused anger and even greater engagement in Bajdo. Hajduk won the match, the Red Star won the championship.

Vukas is also famous for being the first footballer in Yugoslavia to be allowed to go abroad, signing a three-year contract for Bologna, which was a consequence of his brilliant games against Azzurri (Torino 4: 0, Zagreb 6: 1). The transfer was pharaonic at the time: 66 million lire, Vukas got 60 million. He also financed the installation of a television relay on Kozjak, a hill near Split, so that Hajduk fans could watch Domenica Sportiva and his games for Bologna. He returned to Stari Plac after two years because he contracted jaundice, so he played for the Whites for another four years. And he scored one of his incredible goals against Sarajevo (7: 1): he took the ball in the center as a midfielder, so in the race - not a cliché - he deceived four or five opposing players, and finally the goalkeeper Ranko Planinić, walked into the goal .

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he is LWG or CF and height 171cm.(in wikipedia info)

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