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Velimir Sombolac
Personal information
Full nameVelimir Sombolac
Date of birth(1939-02-27)27 February 1939
Place of birthBanja Luka, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Date of death22 May 2016(2016-05-22) (aged 77)
Place of deathGradiška, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Playing positionDefender
Youth career
1955–1957BSK Banja Luka
Senior career*
1957–1959Borac Banja Luka
1965–1970Olimpija Ljubljana70(0)
1970–1971Orijent Rijeka
1971–1973Borac Banja Luka
National team
1958–1959Yugoslavia U2110(0)
1960Yugoslavia Olympic2(0)
Teams managed
1973–1974Sloga Gornji Pogradci
1976–1979Kozara Gradiška
1998–2001Republika Srpska
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Velimir Sombolac (Serbian Cyrillic: Beлимиp Coмбoлaц; 27 February 1939 – 22 May 2016) was a Serbian footballer and manager.[1]


After having played ten matches for the Yugoslav U-21 team, and also five for the national "B" team, he was in the Olympic team that represented Yugoslavia at the 1960 Summer Olympics. There, Yugoslavia won the gold eliminating hosts Italy in the semi-finals, and beating Denmark ( 3–1 ) in the final. Afterward, Sombolac also played five matches for the Yugoslavia national football team.

Right after retiring, in 1973, he took charge of a small regional club called FK Sloga Gornji Pogradci, that provided him with crucial experience for returning, in 1974, to Borac, to become the assistant manager until 1976.

After the break-up of Yugoslavia, he worked at the Football Association of Republika Srpska, helping to form all the youth category teams. From 1998 to 2001, he was the head coach of the Republika Srpska official football team.


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