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Vladislav Bogićević

Vladislav Bogićević (Serbian Cyrillic: Владислав Богићевић) (born November 7, 1950 in Belgrade, Serbia, FPR Yugoslavia) is a Serbian former football (soccer) player. He is a member of the American National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Bogićević's playing career included 13 seasons with Red Star Belgrade where he was part of five Yugoslav league winning teams. All throughout his time at Red Star he was known by nickname Bleki. With his confident play for Red Star and national team, Bogićević gathered plenty of interest from top European sides.

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Among others, Bayern Munich wanted him as replacement for Franz Beckenbauer who went to New York in the late spring of 1977. However, strict sporting rules of communist Yugoslavia stating that no player could move abroad until the start of calendar year in which he turns 28 prevented the transfer from taking place.

In January 1978, technically still at the age of 27, Bogićević joined the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League. In time, players, fans, and those in the media would nickname him Bogie. In 203 regular season games, Bogićević scored 31 goals and 147 assists. He appeared in additional 33 playoff games scoring 8 goals and 19 assists.

"Bogie" was named to either the first or second team all-star team in each of his seven NASL seasons (second team in 1978 and 1979, and first team in 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, and 1984). He was also on three NASL championship winning teams. He was the league assist leader in 1981, 1982, and 1983 - many of Cosmos' striker Giorgio Chinaglia's goals came from assists by Bogićević.

Bogićević was inducted into the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame on October 14, 2002.

On the international scene, Bogićević appeared in 23 matches for Yugoslavia, which included representing his country at the 1974 FIFA World Cup.

Bogićević made his debut on 9 May 1971 versus East Germany. Looking to protect the 0-2 away lead, head coach Vujadin Boškov brought the 21-year-old as a second half substitute for Brane Oblak. By the end Yugoslavia conceded a goal, but still managed to hold on for important 1-2 away win in front of 94,876 fans in Leipzig.

Short substitute appearance was Bogićević's only action of the entire qualifying cycle. Yugoslavia finished the qualifying group on top, but lost to Soviet Union in the second qualifying round and thus failed to clinch a spot for the final tournament in Belgium.

It would be year and a half before Bogićević got another chance with the national team. On 20 September 1972, in preparation for the start of 1974 World Cup qualifying, Yugoslavia played a friendly with Italy in Turin. Head coach Boskov who stayed on for another qualifying cycle despite a failure in the previous one gave Bogićević another substitute appearance - this time for Petar Krivokuća.

Bogićević didn't feature in the first two matches of Yugoslavia's qualifying campaign during the fall of 1972. However, he finally got a starting opportunity on 9 May 1973 in a friendly versus West Germany in Munich as well as four days later versus Poland in Warsaw. Couple of months later he was a starter in another friendly versus Hungary in Belgrade.

As the qualifying resumed on 21 October 1973 with a clash versus Spain in Zagreb, Bogićević reached another milestone - his first competitive start in the national team. It was a sign of Boškov's new-found trust in Bogićević that the coach chose such a big occasion for the youngster's competitive starting debut. Yugoslavia drew 0-0 with the group favourites and the disappointing draw spelled the end of Boškov's time with the national team as he got replaced by a cumbersome 5-man coaching commission consisting of Miljan Miljanić, Milan Ribar, Sulejman Rebac, Tomislav Ivić, and Milovan Ćirić. In the remaining qualifier, Yugoslavia was thus looking at the prospect of having to win away in Greece by a two-goal margin to retain any hopes of qualifying. Bogićević didn't get a single minute in the nerve wracking match that Yugoslavia won 2-4 thus getting its two goal margin through a goal by Stanislav Karasi deep into injury time.

Due to finishing the group stage level on points and goal difference, Yugslavia and Spain were ordered to contest a single-match playoff at a neutral venue with the winner going to the final tournament. Bogicevic played the full ninety in the epic showdown in Frankfurt that was decided by Josip Katalinski's scrambled goal.

Since retirement from football, Bogicevic tried his hand at many different things. He was hired by CONCACAF to promote soccer throughout the United States. He later opened an Italian restaurant and entered real estate business for a while. He also developed a soccer academy in Clifton, New Jersey, that bears his name

In 1994, Bogićević began to take an interest in coaching and has since then had various low-key head coaching stints.

In July 1995, he took over the coaching reins of, now defunct, A-League's New York Centaurs after coach Len Roitman stepped down in the middle of the season. The team finished last in their division.

After taking part in national team scouting sessions during World Cup 1998, he signed a two-year contract with Yugoslav FA in August 2000. When Ilija Petković took the head coaching role for the first time, Bogićević became his assistant. Petković resigned in early 2001, but Bogićević stayed on.

In December 2001 when Yugoslav/Serbo-Montenegrin FA was looking for a single national team coach to replace the 3-man coaching commission, Bogićević expressed strong interest in the position and was interviewed. Then YFA president Dragan Stojković publicly said Bogićević had a disadvantage compared to the other candidates due to his limited head coaching experience and a lack of bench results. However, that statement seemed almost ridiculous just several days later when Dejan Savićević, a man with zero head coaching experience, got the job.

When his contract with the FA expired in the summer of 2002, Bogićević, who by this time was in a role of observer, did not wish to renew it and left the national team.

One of his most recent coaching stints was with Portuguese First division side Belenenses during the 2003/2004 season. He got sacked in January 2004 after less than two months (52 days) in charge.
In 2010, Bogićević coached SC White Eagles from Patterson, New Jersey, a team that competes in the North Jersey Soccer League.

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Gojko Vuckovic

The longtime member and supporter of NASSS, Dr. Gojko Vuckovic(61) passed away on October 11, 2013 in Los Angeles, after a brief battle with gastric cancer. Dr. Vuckovic was buried at the Serbian Cemetery in Los Angeles, officiated by Father PetarJovanovic.

Dr. Vuckovic received his B.A. from the University of Belgrade. After arriving to the United States, he received a M.S.M.from the Arthur D. Little School of Management, Cambridge, Massachusetts(1990) and a M.P.A. from Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts (1991). Healso received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California (USC), School of Public Administration, Los Angeles, California(1996) with a concentration in the areas of comparative politics and administration.

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Notes On Ecumenism

Written in 1972 by St. Abba Justin Popovich, edited by Bishop Athanasius Yevtich, translated from Serbian by Aleksandra Stojanovich, and proofread by Fr Miroljub Ruzich

Abba Justin’s manuscript legacy (on which Bishop Athanasius have been working for a couple of years preparing an edition of The Complete Works ), also includes a parcel of sheets/small sheets of paper (in the 1/4 A4 size) with the notes on Ecumenism (written in pencil and dating from the period when he was working on his book “The Orthodox Church and Ecumenism”; there are also references to the writings of St. Bishop Nikolai [Velimirovich], short excerpts copied from his Sermons, some of which were quoted in the book).

The editor presents the Notes authentically, as he has found them in the manuscripts (his words inserted in the text, as clarification, are put between the slashes /…/; all the footnotes are ours).—In the appendix are present the facsimiles of the majority of Abba’s Notes which were supposed to be included in his book On Ecumenism (written in haste then, but now significantly supplemented with these Notes. The Notes make evident the full extent of Justin’s profundity as a theologian and ecclesiologist of the authentic Orthodoxy).—The real Justin is present in these Notes: by his original language, style, literature, polemics, philosophy, theology, and above all by his confession of the God-man Christ and His Church. He confesses his faith, tradition, experience and his perspective on man, on the world and on Europe—invariably in the Church and from the Church, in the God-man Christ and from Him, just as he did in all of his writings and in his entire life and theologizing.