Antonio Vojak


Antonio Vojak (Italian pronunciation: [anˈtɔːnjo ˈvɔːjak], Croatian: [ʋôjaːk];[1] 19 November 1904 – 9 May 1975) was an Italian footballer who played as a striker or midfielder. His playing career was played out during the 1920s and 1930s.

Antonio Vojak
Personal information
Full name Antonio Vojak
Date of birth (1904-11-19)19 November 1904
Place of birth Pola, Austrian Littoral,
Austria-Hungary
Date of death 9 May 1975(1975-05-09) (aged 70)
Place of death Varese, Italy
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s) Striker, midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1924–1925 Lazio 10 (7)
1925–1929 Juventus 102 (46)
1929–1935 Napoli 190 (102)
1935–1936 Genoa 17 (4)
1936–1937 Lucchese-Libertas 1 (0)
National team
1932 Italy 1 (0)
Teams managed
1937–39 I. G. Empoli
1940–43 Napoli
1947 Avellino
1955–56 Carrarese
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He is most noted for his time with Italian sides Juventus and Napoli, for the latter of which he shares with Dries Mertens the record for the most goals scored in Serie A for the club; he is also Napoli's joint-second all-time highest scorer in the Italian leagues.[2]

His younger brother Oliviero Vojak played professionally as well, for Juventus and Napoli. To distinguish them, Antonio was known as Vojak I and Oliviero as Vojak II.

Career


Vojak was born in Pula, now in Croatia but then part of Austria-Hungary, and later ceded to the Kingdom of Italy in 1918.

Vojak's football career started with Lazio during the 1924–25 season, his stay there was very short; playing only 10 games but scoring 7 goals. This caught the attention of Juventus, who signed up Vojak within that year.

During his three-year stay with the Turinese team, Vojak was part of a squad which won the Italian Football Championship in 1926, amassing 46 goals in 102 games for the club in total.

He moved on next to Napoli, playing in a squad that featured Attila Sallustro. He stayed with the club until 1935, scoring over 100 goals for them. Vojak also appeared for the Italian national football team once in 1932 where he played midfield. Due to fascist anti-slav laws, he was forced to use the name Vogliani.

After leaving Napoli, Vojak played only two more seasons; first with Genoa and then with Lucchese-Libertas in 1936–37 where he played only 1 game. After retiring, he served as a manager. He died in 1975.

Honours


Juventus

See also


References


  1. "vòjnīk". Hrvatski jezični portal (in Croatian). Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  2. "Napoli Player Statistics". ClubAngloNapulitano. Archived from the original on 31 December 2016. Retrieved 1 August 2007.