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Branko Zebec

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Full nameBranislav Zebec
Playing positionManager
(former Central Defender, Left-back, Left Winger)

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Branislav "Branko" Zebec (17 May 1929 in Zagreb, Kingdom of Yugoslavia - 26 September 1988 in Zagreb) was a Croatian football player and coach. In his heyday the player from FK Partizan and Red Star Belgrade fascinated the world with his performances at the World Cups in 1954 and 1958 With Partizan he won 3 Yugoslav cups (1952, 1954, 1957), with Red Star he won national championship (1960). As coach he led Hajduk Split, Bayern Munich and Hamburger SV to success. A highly verstatile player noted for his physical abilities and understanding of the game, Zebec was a world class defender (both at left back and as a centre back) and left winger although was also capable of playing most other positions on the pitch (excluding goalkeeper).

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