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Alen Boksic

Friday, March 27, 2009

Alen Bokšić (pronounced [ˈalɛn ˈbɔkʃitɕ]; born January 21, 1970) is a former football attacker from Croatia. He was a renowned forward known for his technique.

Bokšić was born in Makarska and started his career in the club Zmaj from Makarska. As a young player he moved to Hajduk Split and was introduced into the first team (1987–91). With Hajduk, he won the Yugoslav League Cup in 1987 and 1991. In 174 games for Hajduk, he scored 60 goals.

Bokšić scored in the 1991 Yugoslavian Cup final against Red Star Belgrade for what proved to be the winning goal. He moved to AS Cannes in France (1991–92), but was plagued by injuries and played only one game the entire season. In his only full season with Olympique Marseille (1992–93), he led the Ligue 1 goal scoring charts with 23, won the French league title and the European Champions League. He was voted second for the 1993 European Footballer of the Year, behind winner Roberto Baggio.

Bokšić also played in Italy for Lazio (1993–96 and 1997–2000) and Juventus (1996–97). In 1997, he won the Italian league title with Juventus.

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