- Alen Bokšić
Infobox Football biography
playername = Alen Bokšić
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1970|1|21
height = height|m=1.87
position = Forward
years = 1987–1991 1991–1992 1992–1993 1993–1996 1996–1997 1997–2000 2000–2002
Hajduk SplitCannes Marseille Lazio JuventusLazio Middlesbrough
caps(goals) = 95 (27) 1 (0) 58 (33) 67 (17) 22 (3) 48 (14) 48 (20)
nationalteam = Yugoslavia
Alen Bokšić [IPA|ˈalɛn ˈbɔkʃitɕ] (born
January 21, 1970) is a former football attackerfrom Croatia. He was a renowned forward known for his technique.
Bokšić was born in
Makarskaand started his career in the club Zmaj from Makarska. As a young player he moved to Hajduk Splitand was introduced into the first team (1987–91). With Hajduk, he won the Yugoslav League Cup in 1987 and 1991. In 174 games for Hajduk, he scored 60 goals.
Bokšić scored in the 1991 Yugoslavian Cup final against
Red Star Belgradefor what proved to be the winning goal. He moved to AS Cannesin France (1991–92), but was plagued by injuries and played only one game the entire season.In his only full season with Olympique Marseille (1992–93), he led the Ligue 1goal scoring charts with 23, won the French league title and the European Champions League. He was voted second for the 1993 European Footballer of the Year, behind winner Roberto Baggio.
Bokšić also played in Italy for Lazio (1993–96 and 1997–2000) and
Juventus(1996–97). In 1997, he won the Italian league title with Juventus. After his return to Lazio, he won the Italian cup in 1998, UEFA Cup Winners' Cupin 1999, and Italian league title and cup in 2000. Bokšić finished his career in England with Middlesbrough (2000–03). After coming to Boro, Bokšić had a weekly salary of £62,000, and was the highest paid footballer in England. His late career was ravaged by injuries, and therefore he retired from football in January 2003.
Twenty year old Bokšić was a member of the Yugoslav national squad during World Cup 1990, but coach
Ivica Osimdid not give him a single minute of action, preferring the more experienced Zlatko Vujovićand Darko Pančevfor places upfront.
For the Croatian national team, Bokšić was capped 40 times, scoring 10 goals. He played for his country at Euro 96. He missed Croatia's surprising third place run in the
1998 FIFA World Cupdue to injury. This was a devastating blow for the Croatian team as they could not pair him together with Davor Šukerto form arguably the most potent striking force in the tournament. He finally made his World Cup playing debut in the 2002 World Cup at the age of 32.
*"Nogometni leksikon" (2004, in Croatian)
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