Ilija Pantelic

Ilija Pantelic

Ilija Pantelić (2 August 1942 – 17 November 2014) was a Yugoslav professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

After playing for BAK Bela Crkva and Radnički Sombor, Pantelić spent eight seasons at Vojvodina between 1961 and 1969. He collected 176 appearances and netted six goals in the Yugoslav First League, helping the club to win the title in the 1965–66 season. During his time at the club, Pantelić managed to score a hat-trick in a league game against Trešnjevka, as well as a goal against Atlético Madrid in the first leg of the 1966–67 European Cup second round.

In 1969, Pantelić moved to France and joined Paris-Neuilly, before switching to Marseille. He also played for Bastia (1971–1974) and Paris Saint-Germain (1974–1977), amassing over 200 appearances in the top flight of French football.

At international level, Pantelić was capped 18 times for Yugoslavia from 1964 to 1968. He represented the country at UEFA Euro 1968, as Yugoslavia lost to Italy in the finals.

After retiring from the game, Pantelić served as the director of Vojvodina’s youth academy for many years.