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Petar ‘Pero’ Radaković (22 February 1937 – 1 November 1966), along with Vladimir Lukarić, was the first Rijeka player who played on the national team and who also played in the World Cup. He played 19 times for the top selection. From 1961 to 1963, he carried the title of the best midfielder in the country, and in 1962 he was voted the best athlete of Rijeka.
Tuesday, 1 November 1966, was a fatal day for the great player. He arrived to the morning training session for the first team and, while practicing technique with a ball in a corner of the field, he suddenly became ill and collapsed to the ground. His teammates came to his assistance and carried him to the ambulance while he was unconscious. Unfortunately, there was no help. With tears in his eyes, Mugoša was pressing the accelerator pedal, while the masseur Bobi and the Coach Osojnak tried to resuscitate the unfortunate young man on the way to hospital – all in vain. One of the all-time best players of Rijeka went quietly and became a legend.
Petar ‘Pero’ Radaković, along with Vladimir Lukarić, was the first Rijeka player who played on the national team and who also played in the World Cup.
The international youth football tournament ‘Memorijal Petar Radaković’ is held in memory of the Club’s legend Petar Radaković. It was first held in 1969.
Fifteen thousand admirers of the great player gathered at the funeral, bowing once again to the model athlete and symbol of the post-war Rijeka. The white jersey with number ’4’ on it will forever have a special meaning to the Club, because it was worn by a young man who broke down many barriers, and in 1962 was voted the best athlete of Rijeka. From 1961 to 1963, he carried the title of the best midfielder in the country. He also held the record for the fastest goal in the Club’s history, scoring after only three seconds of a game.
Dinamo, Hajduk, Orijent, Pomorac, Lučki radnik, Zagreb, Varteks, Primorje-Gorski Kotar County teams, Uljanik, Triestina, Granata Boys, Bolzano, Slovan, Olimpija, Cibalia, Karlovac, and others attended the previous editions of the tournament. Through various selections, many famous players from Croatia and abroad performed at the tournament, including Rijeka’s players Drago Čohar, Zvjezdan Radin, Damir Desnica, Miloš Hrstić, Milan Ružić, Nenad Gračan, Elvis Brajković, Danijel Šarić, Boško Balaban; Hajduk’s players Zlatko and Zoran Vujnović, Tomislav Erceg, Aljoša Asanović; Dinamo’s players Zlatko Kranjčar, Marko Mlinarić, Velimir Zajec, Tomislav Ivković, Zvjezdan Cvetković, Zvonimir Boban, Nikola Jurčević; and numerous future generations of football players from Croatian and foreign clubs.
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