Radoslav Bečejac is without a doubt one of the biggest legends in Olimpija’s history, even though he “only” played 136 matches for the dragons. Sometimes the number of matches does not tell the whole story which is definitely true in his case. He was born in December 1941 and started his career for the Serbian club Proleter as a midfielder, then he wore the jersey of the storied Partizan club from Belgrade. In the year 1967, he raised quite a few eyebrows with his transfer to Olimpija as a respected member of the Yugoslav national team. Beleive it or not, the team from Ljubljana Verjeli ali ne, this transfer was a nation-wide record in Yugoslavia! The paid 65 million dinars for Bečejac which was the most expensive football transfer in the entire country until then. According to an urban legend, the dragons had to hide Bečejac in Italy for a few days, so nobody could reach them. They were afraid that higher powers may block the transfer of such a good footballer from Belgrade to Ljubljana. Bečejac can also be proud of playing for Partizan in the finals of the competition which is now known as the Champions League, but Real was too strong of an opponent back then. After six years playing for Ljubljana, the popular Zaza went to Columbia for a short while, but he came back to Slovenia after his career ended. This starts an incredible story of a football expert, who played a key part in raising many successful Olimpija footballers, who were later successful as international players and players in the national team. He was a master at recognizing raw street talent and he brought many talented young boys to the club from the concrete street football fields of Ljubljana. He was a player development guru for Olimpija for three decades, developing Jani Pate, Gregor Židan, Primož Gliha, Zoran Ubavić, Stane Komočar as well as Branko Ilić, and Milivoje Novaković, but the list could go on and on.
136 matches, 24 goals