Full name:Bozidar Bakota
Date of Birth:5 October 1950
Place of Birth:Zagreb, Yugoslavia
Date of Death:1 October 2015
Place of Death:
1970-1971NK Mladost Buzin
1971-1972NK Zagreb
1972-1973NK Zagreb
1973-1974NK Zagreb
1974-1975NK Zagreb
1975-1976NK Zagreb
1976-1977NK Zagreb 225
1977-1978NK Zagreb2810
1978-1979NK Zagreb276
1979-1980NK Zagreb
1980-1981Sturm Graz
1981-1982Sturm Graz3624
1982-1983Sturm Graz19
1983-1984Sturm Graz
1984-1985Sturm Graz
1985-1986Sturm Graz
1986-1987FC Fürstenfeld
1988Toronto Croatia


Bozidar “Bozo” Bakota was born on October 5, 1950 in Zagreb. He played for the first team of NK Zagreb from 1971 to 1980. In 1976 NK Zagreb were promoted from the Yugoslavian Second Division to the First Division under the leadership of coach Otto Baric.

On November 15, 1978 Bozo played for the Yugoslavian National Team against Greece in a 4-1 win.

At the age of 28 football players in Yugoslavia were allowed to move to foreign clubs, and Bozo started looking for clubs to move to in Europe. In 1979 a move to Sunderland in England broke down as he hadn’t played in enough international games to qualify for a work permit.

Then followed rejections by Austrian clubs Rapid Wien and Austria Wien. Eventually Bozo signed for Sturm Graz in September 1980, whose coach was Otto Baric. Sturm Graz finished the 1980-1981 season as league runners-up in the Austrian League. Bozo was the Austrian league’s top scorer in the 1981–82 season with 24 goals in 36 appearances. He followed up with 19 goals in the 1982-83 season. He ended his career with Sturm Graz in 1986 at the age of 36.

He made a comeback with Toronto Croatia in the National Soccer League in the 1988 season, and helped Toronto Croatia win the NSL Championship in the 1988 season.

Bozo passed away on October 1, 2015 at the age of 64. He was buried in his hometown of Zagreb on October 6, 2015.