Legendary goalkeeper and Partizan skipper MIlutin Soskic is celebrating today – 50 years ago he was part of Rest of the World team that played versus England at Wembley in honour of centenary of football game in England. English crème de la crème on one side, best players of the planet on the other.
Soskic was the only player from the region ever to take part in official Rest of the World team as this game was staged under FIFA umbrella and former FIFA President, Sir Stanley Rous.
One hundred thousand spectators at packed Wembley watched England win 2-1. Paine and Greaves scored for hosts on 66 and 90 while Denis Law was on target for Rest of the World on 82. Game kicked-off at 15.45h CET sharp.
Milutin Soskic was the only Yugoslav player to receive and invitation for this event which was a great honour itself. Famous Russian keeper Lav Jashin was between the posts in a first half, Soskic after the break..
When you take into the account this game started with one Ferenc Puskas or Uwe Seeler on the subs bench, then you can just figure out what kind of football maestros were there. Unfortunately, due to injury, Pele couldn`t make an appearance in this great game.
England was coached by Sir Ald Ramsey and The Rest of the World by Chielan Fernando Riera.
Referee`s for the occasion were: Davidson (Scotland), Mitchell (Ireland) and King (Wales).
- I have to admit I was so glad to be a part of such spectacle in a history of world football. That was the only such event under the FIFA umbrella – all other such games before and after were never billed official. I earned that invitation mainly due to my performances at the Chile 1962 WC but I was also brilliant in a game Stuttgart v Partizan at Neckar Stadium, when hosts installed new flashlights, and I was lucky that FIFA President Sir Stanley Rous was present at that match and he decided that I should be goalkeeper for Rest of the World along Lav Jashin.
I started the journey on my own but I was soon joined by Doctor Mihajlo Andrejevic, FIFA board member. I spent five unforgettable days in London and my roommate was Lav Jashin. I`ll cherish those days as long as I live. I also received a gold watch that I lost during one of the house moved, unfortunately. Jersey I played in was also taken from me, so I`m left with beautiful memories only – says Soskic, Partizan captain for seven years, at Partizan trophy hall today.
It`s interesting how Soskic became Partizan skipper. He clearly remembers that moment from his career.
- I think we played league derby game versus Dinamo Zagreb and that was the farewell game for our captain Bruno Belin. He made one careless tackle and Dinamo was awarded penalty-kick. As this was his last Partizan game, he found it hard, and approached me saying “Please, save this one and I`ll give you captain`s armband”. I dived and saved it and Bruno took the armband straight off, handing it over to me. For the next seven years, I was proudly wearing it on my shoulder.
Those were the times my friend…It was such a joy and privilege watching those football greats…I`m happy that I had such pleasure…