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Vladimir Beara

Full name: Vladimir Beara
Other name(s): Владимир Беара
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (184 cm)
Weight: 181 lbs (82 kg)
Born: November 2, 1928 in Zelovo, Splitsko-dalmatinska županija, Croatia
Died: August 11, 2014 in Split, Splitsko-dalmatinska županija, Croatia
Affiliations: Hajduk Split, Split (CRO)
Country: YUG Yugoslavia
Sport: Football

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Vladimir Beara was a Yugoslav football goalie, considered one of the greatest in the world in his era. He played 308 games for Hajduk Split from 1946-55, helping them win the Yugoslav league title in 1950, 1952, and 1955. In 1955 he moved to Beograd Red Star, playing with them until 1960, winning further league titles in 1956-57 and 1959-60. He was Red Star goalkeeper against Manchester United in the last match they played before the München Air Disaster. Beara tended goal for Yugoslavia at the 1954 and 1958 World Cups. He ended his playing career with Alemannia Aachen (1960–62) and Viktoria Köln (1963–64) in Germany. In 1963 the great Soviet keeper Lev Yashin said that Beara was the greatest goalkeeper of all-time, an honor often bestowed on Yashin.

In 1967 Beara graduated from a coaching course at the Deutsche Sporthochschule in Köln (Cologne), and later became a well-known coach in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Cameroon, and Yugoslavia. He helped Hajduk Split, as an assistant, win the 1971 Yugoslav league title, their first since he left them as a player in 1955. He also won the African Cup Winners' Cup with Tonnerre Yaoundé in 1975. His coaching odyssey was as follows\: Freiburger FC (1964-66), Sittardia (1966-67), Rijeka (1967-68), SC Fortuna Köln (1969-70), Hajduk Split (assistant) (1970-72), Cameroon National Team (1973-75), First Vienna FC (1979), RNK Split (1980-81), and BŠK Zmaj Blato (1986-87).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Football Men's Football Yugoslavia YUG 2 Silver

Men's Football

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result G YC RC
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Football Yugoslavia YUG Final Standings 2 1952-07-15 0 0 0
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Football Yugoslavia YUG Final Round Match 1/2 2 1952-08-02 HUN 2, YUG 0
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Football Yugoslavia YUG Semi-Finals Match #2 1 1952-07-29 YUG 3, GER 1
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Football Yugoslavia YUG Quarter-Finals Match #4 1 1952-07-25 YUG 5, DEN 3
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Football Yugoslavia YUG Round One Match #3 1T 1952-07-20 YUG 5, URS 5
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Football Yugoslavia YUG Round One Replay #1 1 1952-07-22 YUG 3, URS 1
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Football Yugoslavia YUG Qualifying Round Match #1 1 1952-07-15 YUG 10, IND 1
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