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Božo Janković

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Full nameBožo Janković
Place of birthSarajevo, FPR Yugoslavia
Place of deathKotor, FR Yugoslavia
Playing positionForward

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Božo "Bosko" Janković (Serbian: Bоzo "Bоsko" Јанковић; May 22, 1951 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FPR Yugoslavia October 1, 1993 in Kotor, Montenegro, FR Yugoslavia) was a Bosnian Serb football player.

Sometimes also referred to by another nickname Boško, Janković grew up in Sarajevo where he began playing football in FK Željezničar youth system. He signed a professional contract at the age of 17 after passing through every age level at the club, making his First League debut during 1968-69 season. He was the Yugoslav First League joint topscorer in 1970-71 season alongside Hajduk's Petar Nadoveza. Particularly notable during this season was Janković's performance in an away league match versus Red Star Belgrade at Marakana when he scored 4 goals - the game ended 4-1 for Željezničar. Janković also played for Yugoslav national team.

He spent 11 seasons with FK Željezničar (256 league matches, 96 goals) before leaving to join English side Middlesbrough FC in February 1979. He played 42 games in two and a half seasons spent there. He scored 16 goals and he was a club topscorer in 1980-81 season with 12 goals. At the end of the season, he surprised everyone as he decided to end his playing career and start a new one as a lawyer. However, he postponed that decision and signed a contract with FC Metz. This excellent finisher ended his career there.

He had returned to Sarajevo where he eventually started his law practice. He was also a member of FK Željezničar board. He left the city after the start of War in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In October 1993 he died in Kotor of natural causes at the age of 42.

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