Top 1000: the best players in the French championship (550-541)

Stanislav Karasi
Lille (1974-1977)

Long before Zlatan Ibrahimović, another attacker with Slavic origins came to show France what wood he was warming up. His name: Stanislav Karasi. Small, but powerful (1.72 meters), the child of Belgrade with Hungarian origins, thus marked the D1 during his only hexagonal experience, on the side of Lille.

Best player of the Red Star in 1972 and 1973, the scorer thus landed in the north with the label of pure talent in the summer of 1974. A new adventure for him then counted 10 caps with Yugoslavia (including a participation in the World German) but a first hiccup, since this signing abroad forced him to put an end to his international career, coach Ante Mladinić preferring local players. Whatever, Karasi decides to shine far from home. 109 games played until 1977, 35 goals scored, but above all, escapades of all kinds. The first, in September 1976. Having learned of the death of his father a few days before a match against Bastia, the Belgradois decided to return home without telling anyone at the club. Unreachable, he finally reappeared a week later, landing calmly in the Dogues locker room. The following February, rebelote, while the LOSC is opposed to Arles-Avignon. On the counter-attack, Patrick Parizon indeed forgets to serve his teammate, who then throws himself on him, before beating him up.

real mood swings, concluded in style on May 11 of the same year, under the eyes of Jean-Paul Belmondo. The Lille crush their neighbor (5-1), and the goleador offers a triple of prestige. His third achievement will thus be remembered, because as a celebration, “Stan” simply chooses to leave the lawn, return to the locker room and greet “Bebel”, guest of honor. Leaving his people in numerical inferiority, Stanislav Karasi finally returns to the field a few seconds from the end, without the authorization of the referee and despite the protests of Valencia. Asked about this gesture, he explained that he simply “wanted to rest in the locker room” , given the score. He will therefore leave Lille a year later, leaving an argument as light as his game has been.


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