Josip Weber

Josip Weber
Josip Weber.jpg
Weber with Anderlecht
Personal information
Full name Josip Veber / Weber
Date of birth (1964-11-16)16 November 1964
Place of birth Slavonski Brod, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
Date of death 8 November 2017(2017-11-08) (aged 52)
Place of death Slavonski Brod, Croatia
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1982 NK Borac Podvinje
1982–1985 BSK Slavonski Brod 240 (130)
1985–1987 Hajduk Split 17 (2)
1987–1988 Dinamo Vinkovci 29 (11)
1988–1994 Cercle Brugge 204 (136)
1994–1997 Anderlecht 25 (16)
Total 515 (295)
National team
1992 Croatia 3 (1)
1994 Belgium 8 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Josip Weber, nicknamed Joske, (born Josip Veber; 16 November 1964 – 8 November 2017) was a Croatian-Belgian professional football forward. He represented Croatia and Belgium at international level.

Club career[]

Weber began his senior career in Yugoslavia with lower league side NK Borac Podvinje. He then joined BSK Slavonski Brod where he played 3 seasons before moving to HNK Hajduk Split of the Yugoslav First League in 1985. He spent 2 seasons in Split, winning the 1987 Yugoslav Cup. He also played for Yugoslav side NK Dinamo Vinkovci.

International career[]

In his international career, Weber became notable as one of the last footballers who played for national teams of two countries after being granted permission thought clear connection shown from his family members. In July 1992, he started his international career with the Croatian national team during their Australian tour, where he appeared in all three of their friendly matches against the Australian national team and also managed to score Croatia's only goal during the tour as he scored in the second match, which they lost 3-1. The other two matches ended with a 1-0 win for Australia and a goalless draw respectively. After that, he never played for Croatia again.

During the 1993-94 season, Weber took the job as a Belgium international team striker. Belgian national team (he was allowed to play for Belgium because his grandfather was originally from Belgium and because the previous matches for Croatia were all friendlies that were not under FIFA. Croatia only joined FIFA and UEFA in 1993). He made his debut for Belgium on 3 June 1994 in their friendly match against Zambia, which was highly successful as he managed to score five goals in a 9-0 win.

He was also a regular member of the Belgian team at the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States and played in all of their four matches at the tournament, starting three of them. He nevertheless did not manage to score any goals before Belgium was eliminated by Germany in the round of 16. In minute 63 of the game, he was brought down in the penalty area by Thomas Helmer, but referee Kurt Röthlisberger did not grant the penalty that could have led to a 3-2 score and a red card for the defender.[1][2]

He won a total of eight international caps and scored six goals for Belgium, all in 1994. Five of his goals were scored in a 9-0 Belgian victory over Zambia.

Career statistics[]

International goals for Croatia[]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 8 July 1992 Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide, Australia  Australia 2–1 3–1 Friendly
Correct as of 7 October 2015[3]

International goals for Belgium[]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 4 June 1994 Heysel Stadium, Brussels, Belgium  Zambia 1-0 9–0 Friendly
2. 2–0 Friendly
3. 6–0 Friendly
4. 7–0 Friendly
5. 9–0 Friendly
6. 8 June 1994 Heysel Stadium, Brussels, Belgium  Hungary 1–0 3–1 Friendly
Correct as of 7 October 2015[3]

Death[]

Weber died on 8 November 2017 in Slavonski Brod, Croatia after a long battle with prostate cancer.[4][5]

References[]

  1. ^ Chris Dufresne (3 July 1994). "WORLD CUP USA '94 ROUND OF 16 : Germany Clean as a Non-Whistle : Soccer: Voeller scores twice in 3-2 victory, but lack of a call has Belgians crying foul". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 21 March 2018. 
  2. ^ Lawrie Mifflin (17 July 1994). "WORLD CUP '94; Some Referees Deserve Red Cards". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 21 March 2018. 
  3. ^ a b "Football PLAYER: Josip Weber". eu-football.info. Retrieved 21 March 2018. 
  4. ^ "Former Belgium striker Josip Weber dies at 52". The Indian Express. Indian Express Limited. AP. 8 November 2017. Retrieved 21 March 2018. 
  5. ^ "Former Belgium striker Josip Weber dies at 52". ESPN. Associated Press. 8 November 2017. Retrieved 21 March 2018. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Zambia Kalusha Bwalya
Cercle Brugge top scorer
1989 – 1990 – 1991 – 1992 – 1993 – 1994
Succeeded by
Belgium Christophe Lauwers