Nickname: *The Artist* | "The Romantic" | "The Brazilian"
Club: Red Star Belgrade
Growth type: Standard
Dragoslav Šekularac (born November 30, 1937 in Štip, Vardar Banovina, Kingdom of Yugoslavia, present day Republic of Macedonia) is a famous Serbian former football player and current coach, who was nicknamed Šeki.
He was on the national side that won the silver medal at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. He later went on to make 41 senior international appearances, scoring 6 goals.
Born into a Serb family hailing from Vasojevići tribe in northern Montenegro, Šekularac took up football very early in his life, right after World War II ended. His family relocated to Serbia in the meantime and he came up through the Red Star Belgrade youth system.
A very talented winger and inside forward, Sekularac was named "the Artist", "the Romantic" or "The Brazilian" for his style of play, his dribbling skills and tendency to prefer the nice action to the more effective one. Extremely quick and crafty with the ball, his creative skills turned a lot of heads. At only 18, he made his national team debut on September 30, 1956. He ended up playing over 470 matches for Red Star and scoring over 150 goals.
He is the second Red Star's star. Today he is remembered for elevating the game to more than just goal-scoring. For many defensive players who were trying to guard him he was unsolved mistery, mission impossible. With his brilliant dribbling and fantastic goals he often raised the fans on their feet.
His career was disrupted by his bad temper on the field. In 1962, few month after his international consecration at the World Cup in Chile, the 25 years old Sekularac was banned for 18 month for hitting a referee in a Yugoslav League match vs. Radnički.
He later emigrated to Germany, the USA, Columbia and France and played to the age of 40. He later played for Independiente Santa Fe in Colombia for five seasons, before transferring to Millonarios from Bogotá and ending his career in German Bundesliga with Karlsruher SC.
Šekularac is recently a couch of FC White Eagles Toronto, and is currently living in Canada.
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Playing for national team at World Cup 1962 in Chile he was unofficialy recognized as the greatest maestro, even though Garrincha and Amarildo took official award cause Barazil's won the Cup. After World Cup Juventus has offered 600.000 dollars for his signing, but due to rigid political regime in Yugoslavia he was not allowed to go to Juve.
After a trivial match in Paris against Pele's Santos even the great Pele asked him after the match: ''Are you sure that you were not born in Brazil?''
(on 00:52 he fools one of the opposition's players; on 00:58 he sends a decent cross with his left foot; on 3:05 Kostić plays a 1-2 pass with Šekularac and Šekularac scores)