Žarko Odžakov – Wikipedia

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Žarko Odžakov (Macedonian: Жарко Оџаков) (born 11 November 1955, in Skopje[1]) is a retired footballer who represented Australia 13 times in full international matches.[2][3][4] Former Australia coach Rale Rasic in 2006 picked Odžakov in his greatest Socceroo team.[5]

Playing career[edit]

Club career[edit]

FK Vardar[edit]

Odžakov played 109 matches over eight years for FK Vardar in the Yugoslav First League, scoring nine goals.[1]


In 1982, he emigrated to Australia where he played for Preston Makedonia in the National Soccer League.[1]

Sydney Croatia[edit]

From 1985 until 1987 he played at NSL club Sydney Croatia. It was at Croatia that he took the notice of the Australian selectors.[1][3]

Blacktown City[edit]

After two years at Croatia he moved to Blacktown City where he played two years, playing 55 NSL matches.[1]

International career[edit]

Outdoor football[edit]

In 1985 Odžakov played his first international match for the Australia. In all he played 13 full international matches for the Socceroos, playing his last match in 1987.[1]


Odžakov played three matches for the Australia national futsal team at the 1989 FIFA Futsal World Championship.[4]

Coaching career[edit]

Soon after retiring Odžakov returned to his native North Macedonia. He soon received his coaching accreditation in Belgrade.[2]

After a string of assistant coaching roles Odžakov had stint managing FK Vardar, where he managed to place Vardar in the top half of the Macedonian First League.[2]

Odžakov managed various North Macedonia youth teams, including the North Macedonia national under-21 football team.[2]

Zarko Odzakov Cup[edit]

The Zarko Odzakov Cup is named in honour of Odžakov. It is contested by Sydney United (formerly Sydney Croatia) and Bankstown City (a team representing the Macedonian-Australian community).[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e f

    “Australian Player Database – OB”. ozfootball.net. Retrieved 28 May 2009.

  2. ^ a b c d Murray, Les (3 March 2009). “Aussie coach with the right stuff”. The World Game. Special Broadcasting Service. Retrieved 28 May 2009.
  3. ^ a b Murray, Les (2 December 2008). “Old soccer, ethnics and our future”. The World Game. Special Broadcasting Service. Retrieved 28 May 2009.
  4. ^ a b “FIFA Player Statistics – Zarko ODZAKOV”. FIFA. Archived from the original on 1 August 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2009.
  5. ^ “Rasic snubs Socceroos Kewell and Viduka”. The Sydney Morning Herald. 20 April 2006. Retrieved 29 May 2009.
  6. ^ “The ZARKO ODZAKOV Cup”. Sydney United Football Club. Archived from the original on 24 November 2005. Retrieved 29 May 2009.

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