Josip Bukal, Bosnian footballer, Died at 70

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Josip Bukal was born on November 15, 1945, and died on August 30, 2016.

He was a Yugoslav and Bosnian football player of Croatian ethnicity.

He was born in the village of Okešinec near Ivanić-Grad where he started his primary education, before moving to Veliki Crljeni in Serbia for the fifth, sixth, and seventh grade.

He the relocated to Sarajevo at the age of 15.

His involvement with football began with the local FK Željezničar youth team.

Josip Bukal scored 10 goals in one game for the youth team before he made his debut for the first team in 1963.

Bukal played 464 games for FK Željezničar (290 league matches).

Josip Bukal was the record goalscorer for the club in official matches (127) and league games (111).

Bukal was also a member of the FK Željezničar team that won Yugoslav championship in 1972.

During 1973, he relocated again to Belgium to play for Standard Liège. He played there for three seasons, where he was the third highest goalscorer during the UEFA Cup 1973-1974 season with 7 goals.

Upon his return to Yugoslavia and, after one more season with FK Željezničar, he retired in 1978. He was best known for his powerful shot.

In a game in Belgium, the ball was clocked at 141 kilometres per hour (88 mph) after his shot.

He also played for the national team.

Josip Bukal had played for the junior and Under-21 team before he made his senior debut for the Yugoslav national team in 1966.

Josip Bukal had collected 24 caps and scored 10 goals in the blue national jersey.

Following his retirement,Josip Bukal was employed by FK Željezničar. He worked with youth squads, but was also an assistant coach to Blagoje Bratić in 1987-1988 season.

Josip Bukal is survived by his wife and children.

Josip Bukal passed away at 70 years old.

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