Club: Partizan Belgrade (1962/1966) | 1. FC Köln (1966/1968)
Growth type: Early/Lasting
Šoškić was among top 3 goalkeepers in the former Yugoslavia. Really hard working, team player, with never-say-die attitude. Played for Partizan Belgrade, 1. FC Köln and Yugoslavian national team with great success. Had three serious injuries during his career. First one at the beginning of his career in Partizan Belgrade. After one save after the corner, while Šoškić was on the ground, one of the opposite players jumped on his lower part of the leg and broke his ligaments. That was in the 19. minute of the game. Šoškić stayed on the goal until the end of the match! It was so serious that doctors said, that he should consider himself lucky if he could walk without cane. 7 months after the surgery, rehabilitation and much hard work he was back, and he was better then ever. He can thank for that only to his iron will (since people from Partizan offered no real help to him). Also during his years in 1. FC Köln, he has broken his leg and again return stronger then ever. Amazing will power, I would say! Sadly, in his late years this (broken leg) happened again and he started to think about retiring from football.
In the penalty box he's the king. Great positioning, timing and bravery (probably too much in some moments, because this is the cause of all 3 of his injuries). He's appeared in the match between England and Rest of the World in 1965, on Wembley. First halftime Yashin was GK for the Rest of the World and second halftime was Šoškić's time. He was that kind of goalkeeper that often saved amazing shoots that everybody already considered to be goals.
When somebody tries to compare Yashin and Šoškić, one interesting information shows up. Bora Kostić (striker for Red Star Belgrade during '50s and '60s, and the best Yugoslavian free kick taker of that time) never scored free kick against Šoškić, while against Yashin he scored one time from good distance (from around 35 meters). This is very interesting because Kostić played 2 or 3 times against Yashin, while against Šoškić he played more then 20 times.
(Šoškić's training: from 4:50 until the end of the video)
(quarterfinals against West Germany in 1962 World Cup, Chile)
(group stage against USSR in 1962 World Cup, Chile)