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Safet Sušić

Published: Monday 6 January 2014, 7.31CET
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Safet Sušić
Bosnia and Herzegovina coach Safet Sušić ©Fedja Krvavac
Published: Monday 6 January 2014, 7.31CET

Safet Sušić

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Date of birth: 13 April 1955
Nationality: Bosnian
Playing career: FK Krivaja Zavidovići, FK Sarajevo, Paris Saint-Germain, Red Star FC
Coaching career: AS Cannes, İstanbulspor AŞ, al-Hilal FC, Konyaspor, MKE Ankaragücü, Rizespor, Ankaraspor, Bosnia and Herzegovina

• An outstanding attacking midfielder with an eye for the killer pass and an excellent scoring record, Sušić spent nine years with Sarajevo. Yugoslavia's Footballer of the Year in 1979, he was the Yugoslavian First League's joint-top marksman with 17 goals in 1979/80 as Sarajevo finished runners-up.

• Moved to Paris in 1982 and played for nine seasons in the French capital, becoming one of the country's finest-ever footballing imports and helping his side win the French Cup in his first term and the league title in 1985/86.

• A long-time stalwart of the Yugoslavia national team, Sušić made his first appearance in 1977 and his last in 1990. Claimed 21 goals in 54 appearances and featured at the 1982 and 1990 FIFA World Cups as well as the 1984 UEFA European Championship.

• Launched coaching career in France with Cannes before taking jobs in Istanbul and Riyadh. Eventually settled in Turkey, where he coached four clubs between 2004 and 2008. Named Bosnia and Herzegovina's Golden Player as part of UEFA's jubilee celebrations in 2004, he succeeded Miroslav Blažević as national coach in December 2009.

• With Sušić at the helm, Bosnia and Herzegovina reached the qualifying play-offs for UEFA EURO 2012, losing out to Portugal. They then topped their group to seal a spot at the 2014 World Cup – the nation's first qualification for a major tournament – and, after narrow defeats by Argentina and Nigeria, overcame Iran 3-1 to bow out on a high note.

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