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 Josip BUKAL 1968-1975 
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Name: Josip Bukal

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Country: :BIH: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Clubs: FK Željezničar (1968-1973), Royal Standard de Liège (1973-1975)
Position: *CF
Side: RF/BS
Age: 23-30 years (15/11/1945)

Height: * 180 cm
Weight: * 82 kg

Attack: 92
Defence: 38
Balance: 87
Stamina: 84
Top Speed: 82
Acceleration: 81
Response: 88
Agility: 80
Dribble Accuracy: 75
Dribble Speed: 76
Short Pass Accuracy: 73
Short Pass Speed: 72
Long Pass Accuracy: 72
Long Pass Speed: 75
Shot Accuracy: 88
Shot Power: 96
Shot Technique: 89
Free Kick Accuracy: 83
Curling: 73
Header: 91
Jump: 85
Technique: 77
Aggression: 88
Mentality: 82
Keeper Skills: 50
Team Work: 76

Injury Tolerance: B
Condition/Fitness: 6
Weak Foot Accuracy: 6
Weak Foot Frequency: 6
Consistency: 6
Growth Type: Standard


CARDS:
S01: Reaction
S04: PK Taker

SPECIAL ABILITIES: Scoring - Post Player - Reaction - Penalties

Attack / Defence Awareness Card: Attack Minded


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Josip Bukal is legendary Bosnian striker, mainly known for having one of the strongest shots in history. Besides the ferocious shooting he was good in heading abilities, performed well volleys and bicycle kicks, and was naturally very strong player but his technique and touch were pretty modest. During one game in Belgium, it is recorded that the ball was heading 141.3 km/h after his shot. Bukal was born on 15th ofnovembre in 1945 in Okešinovac (in Kutina, Croatia). With 127 goals he scored in 290 league and cup games in jersey of Željezničar Bukal holds a club record. In total he played 464 matches for Željezničar and scored 327 goals. As a highly successful scorer with a strong kick in the youth team of Željezničar he wasscoring 50 goals in a season. For a first team he made his debut in 1963 against Vojvodina (0:1), and with 14 goals scored he was top scorer in season 1971/72 of Željezničar, when they won the only title of the Yugoslav League. Since 1973 he played for the Belgian team of RSC Standard Liege at around 200 games, and when he in the 1977 returned to his homeland, played half a year for Zeljeznicar before retiring. Bukal played four games and one goal for a young National team (1966-1967.). Than he played 24 games and scored 10 goals for the best selection of Yugoslavia in which he debuted on 12th October 1966 against Israel (3:1) in Tel Aviv, scoring the first two goals for the national team. His last game in the jersey of the National Team was on 29th May 1974 in a match against Hungary (2:3) in Sekešfehervar. Once completed playing career, Bukal was hired as a clerk for the membership and coach of Željezničar pioneers (1978-1981). And at one time led the team Sloga from Kraljevi, than in the summer of 1984 he came back to Željezničar where is today engaged in activities related to the youth facility of Fk Željezničar.

Bukal's shooting



As I said he was most remembered for his rocket shots, few anegdotes:

- "On Kosevo Stadium the audience did not stop humming while Jozo took a long momentum. I stood as a pioneer absorb, behind the goal of Mario Jantoljak , keeper of Rijeka. "Oh dear Lady, is he going to shoot from 40 metres on goal :o ", said the Rijeka's goalkeeper at the moment when somewhat relaxed, expecting the kick. The shot struck like a thunder under the bright lights and the ball found itself in the net! Jantoljak stood, could not believe his own eyes!"

- Match Crvenka - Željezničar, commentator Marko Kamenjašević follows Bukal's free kick: "Long momentum by Bukal, strong shot and and the ball, dear listeners, swept over the crossbar and over the Hungarian border!" :lol:

- "Friendly match Željezničar - Inter, in front of a full stadium Kosevo Bukal from 25 meters from goal performed the first free kick. The ball in the "wall" hit Frustaluppi, the center half, so strongly that he left lying in unconsciousness for several minutes before he had to be substituted. A few minutes later, again a free kick for the "Željo". Bukal once again sets the ball while the goalkeeper of the team in black and blue striped shirts, Ivano Bodron demands that his teammates make a wall: "barriera, barriera! But no one wanted to stay in the wall initially. After some players came in the "wall", it was some 30 meters from the goal of Inter, Jozo takes a running start, suddenly all Inter players from the "wall" so scared run away from it and another rocket followed which went through the hands of goalkeeper Bordon in the middle of the goal!"



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Sun Jul 28, 2013 9:52 am
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RIP legend :(

We all knew You are fighting against the illness since we heard the news about the stroke around the last Christmas, we all hoped the good news, but this battle was too strong. Thanks for all great memories in the country of many different nationalities where everybody regardless of which nationality, loved and admired You and goals from 40-50 meters. You'll be missed...

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