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Velimir Sombolac

Serbian football player and coach

Velimir Sombolac (Serbian Cyrillic: Beлимиp Coмбoлaц; 27 February 1939 – 22 May 2016) was a Serbian footballer and manager.[1]

Velimir Sombolac
Personal information
Full name Velimir Sombolac
Date of birth (1939-02-27)27 February 1939
Place of birth Banja Luka, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Date of death 22 May 2016(2016-05-22) (aged 77)
Place of death Gradiška, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1955–1957 BSK Banja Luka
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1957–1959 Borac Banja Luka
1959–1965 Partizan 102 (0)
1965–1970 Olimpija Ljubljana 70 (0)
1970–1971 Orijent Rijeka
1971–1973 Borac Banja Luka
National team
1958–1959 Yugoslavia U21 10 (0)
1960 Yugoslavia Olympic 2 (0)
1960 Yugoslavia 3 (0)
Teams managed
1973–1974 Sloga Gornji Pogradci
1976–1979 Kozara Gradiška
1998–2001 Republika Srpska
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

CareerEdit

After having played ten matches for the Yugoslav U-21 team, and also five for the national "B" team, he was in the Olympic team that represented Yugoslavia at the 1960 Summer Olympics. There, Yugoslavia won the gold eliminating hosts Italy in the semi-finals, and beating Denmark ( 3–1 ) in the final. Afterward, Sombolac also played five matches for the Yugoslavia national football team.

Right after retiring, in 1973, he took charge of a small regional club called FK Sloga Gornji Pogradci, that provided him with crucial experience for returning, in 1974, to Borac, to become the assistant manager until 1976.

After the break-up of Yugoslavia, he worked at the Football Association of Republika Srpska, helping to form all the youth category teams. From 1998 to 2001, he was the head coach of the Republika Srpska official football team.

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