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Eddie Krncevic
OAM
Personal information
Full name Eduvard Krncevic
Date of birth (1960-08-14) 14 August 1960 (age 62)
Place of birth Geelong, Australia
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Position(s) Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1978 Essendon Croatia
1979–1981 Marconi 81 (31)
1981–1984 Dinamo Zagreb 40 (7)
1984 MSV Duisburg 18 (3)
1985 Sydney Croatia 3 (3)
1985–1986 Cercle Brugge 45 (15)
1986–1989 Anderlecht 84 (52)
1988Marconi (loan) 1 (0)
1989–1990 Mulhouse 29 (7)
1990–1992 FC Liège 38 (6)
1992–1995 Eendracht Aalst 51 (12)
1995–1996 Charleroi 17 (4)
1996–1997 Gippsland Falcons 19 (5)
National team
1979 Australia U20
1979–1989 Australia 35 (17)
Teams managed
1997–1999 Carlton SC
1999–2001 Marconi
2001–2002 South Melbourne
2003 Fawkner Blues
2004–2005 Maribyrnong Greens
2007 North Geelong Warriors
2010–2011 South Melbourne
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Eduvard "Eddie" Krncevic OAM (/ˈkrɛnəvɪk/ KRENCH-ə-vik;[1] Croatian: Edi Krnčević; born 14 August 1960) is a retired Australian footballer who played as a striker, and a current manager.

Football career

Club career

After playing his first four years of professional football in Australia, Krncevic moved to the land of his parents in 1981, joining Croatian side NK Dinamo Zagreb, where he had relative individual success, besides helping the side win one league and one cup.

Krnčević then played four months in the German second division with MSV Duisburg, after which he embarked on his most successful spell, ten and a half years in Belgium – with one season in France with FC Mulhouse in between – where he represented Cercle Brugge KSV, Royal Charleroi, R.S.C. Anderlecht, R.F.C. de Liège and K.S.C. Eendracht Aalst; he became the first Australian-born player to be crowned top scorer in a European league.

Even though silverware was hard to come even at Anderlecht, in 1988–89 Krnčević was crowned the league's top scorer at 23 goals, and helped the capital side to the domestic cup – in that competition, he scored in all three finals he won, the first being with Cercle.

In 1996, already at 36, Krncevic returned to his country and played one final season with the Gippsland Falcons.[2] In the late 1990s and early 2000s, he had a coaching career, with all the clubs hailing from his homeland, in the National Soccer League. Internationally, he opted to represent his birth country, scoring every other match in 35 caps, and helping the country to win the 1980 OFC Nations Cup.

International career

Krncevic was captain of the Australia team that won the 1980 Oceania Cup, of which only one match, an 11–2 defeat of Papua New Guinea, counted as a full international match.[3][4]

Honours

Club

Essendon Croatia
Marconi
Dinamo Zagreb
Cercle Brugge
Anderlecht

Country

Australia

Individual

References

  1. ^ "CFMEU World Cup Tipping Competition - Socceroo Eddie Krncevic's tips". Archived from the original on 21 December 2021. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  2. ^ Cockerill, Michael (14 October 1999). "Stallion in the full metal jacket". The Sydney Morning Herald. p. 43. Retrieved 31 August 2022.
  3. ^ "Soccer - Australia wins Pacific title". The Canberra Times. Vol. 54, no. 16, 230. Australian Capital Territory. 3 March 1980. p. 14. Retrieved 9 March 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ Howe, Andrew (12 October 2006). "Australian Full International Starting Captains as at 12 Oct 2006". The Australian National Men's Football Team: Caps and Captains (PDF). Football Federation Australia. p. 12. Retrieved 9 March 2021 – via OzFootball.
  5. ^ "Mr Eduvard KRNCEVIC". It's An Honour. Archived from the original on 24 June 2021. Retrieved 16 June 2021.