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Josip Bukal

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Place of birthOkešinac, FPR Yugoslavia
Playing positionStriker

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Josip Bukal (born November 11, 1945. in Okešinac near Ivanić Grad, Croatia, Yugoslavia) is a former Yugoslav and Bosnian football player of Croatian ethnicity.

His football career started in Sarajevo. He came to Sarajevo at the age of 15 and started playing for FK Željezničar youth team. It is recorded that he scored 10 goals in one game for the youth team. In 1963, he made his debut for the first team. He played 464 games for Željezničar (290 league matches). He is a record goalscorer for the club in official (127) and league games (111). He was a member of the FK Željezničar team that won Yugoslav championship title in 1972.

In 1973, he moved to Belgian Standard Liège. He played there for three seasons where he was a topscorer of UEFA Cup 1973-1974 season with 12 goals. After one more season in Željezničar, he retired in 1978. He was known for his powerful shot. During one game in Belgium, it is recorded that the ball was heading 141 km/h after his shot.

He also played for the national team. He played for junior and Under-21 and in 1966. he made his debut for the Yugoslav national team. He has collected 24 caps in blue national shirt. He scored 10 goals.

After retirement, he was employed in FK Željezničar. He is working with youth squads, but he was also an assistant coach to Blagoje Bratić in 1987-1988 season.

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