Alexander Zuric

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May 29, 2022

Aleksandar Đurić (Serbian: Александар Ђурић / Aleksandar Đurić; born 12 August 1970) is a former Singaporean footballer. His position as a player is striker. Zurić gained attention as a striker for his tenacious stamina and scoring many goals in games. A professional approach to fitness and an understated lifestyle contributed to Zurić's athletic career spanning more than 30 years. A native of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Zurić became the Yugoslav junior kayak champion at the age of 15 and eighth in the world at the age of 17. . At the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, ​​Spain, he represented Bosnia and Herzegovina in the men's C-1 500m canoe event. He turned to football after the closing of the Olympics and played in Hungary and Australia. After making his Singapore S-League debut in 1999, he has played for Home United, Geylang United, Singapore Armed Forces and Tampines Rovers, contributing to eight league titles and three Singapore Cups over 16 seasons. He has also been honored with three S-League Player of the Year awards and four scoring titles.Jurić debuted for the Singapore national football team in 2007 at the age of 37 and in May 2008 became the first foreign player to play. Started as captain of the national team. He played 53 matches and scored 24 goals until he retired from his national team in December 2012. Zurić was appointed full-time coach for his team's Tampines Rovers in 2013 and retired from his playing career in November 2014 at the age of 44.

Childhood

Aleksandar Zurić was born in Lipaz, on the outskirts of Bogoi, in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. A supporter of Crvena zvezda during his childhood, Zurić played as a goalkeeper and midfielder for Sloga Dooi's youth team, a football club based in his hometown Dooi. Zurić also began learning to kayak at the age of 12, following the advice of a doctor treating a growth disorder in her breasts. At the age of 15, Zurić became the Yugoslav junior kayak champion, and at 17 he reached eighth place in the world. At the age of 17, he was drafted into the Yugoslav People's Army and became an officer. With the Bosnian War imminent, Zurich's father wanted Zurich and one of his brothers to leave the country to preserve his family lineage. Juricci was instructed to leave his hometown as a young sportsman of his age. "My father fought in this war, my brother fought for almost five years, and my mother was killed by the Muslim army in 1993. They bombed our village and fired a direct hit at our house. A really big bomb went off and my mother "Many people like me lost mothers and fathers in a bloody civil war, but I have no grudges. I adopted Muslim children here in Singapore not because of race, but because of people's hearts." Zurić moved to Serbia with only 300 German marks and played in the second division for one season. Zurić, who later trained with AIK in Sweden, turned down his asylum application. Zurić was stranded in Hungary without an official passport due to the dissolution of Yugoslavia. At Szeged LC, where he played in the second division of Hungarian football, Zurić wandered around Szeged's cafes and restaurants before his family offered him accommodation and a contract. 1992