Ironmen To Honor Former Cosmo Vladislav Bogicevic At "Bogie Day" Sunday
NEWARK, NJ - The New Jersey Ironmen (11-10) officially announced today that former New York Cosmo Vladislav "Bogie" Bogicevic will be the club honorary captain in a pregame ceremony this Sunday when the Ironmen host the Orlando Sharks (3-20) at Prudential Center. Kickoff is slated for 4:00 p.m. in a day that will also be saluting "soccer moms".
"We are truly honored to have the opportunity to commemorate one of the greatest midfielders to ever play our game," Ironmen General Manager Tony Novo commented. "The impact of players like Bogie' and the New York Cosmos propelled the game of soccer to an extraordinary level, and they will always have a permanent role in the history of the beautiful game."
Bogicevic, a 2002 American National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee, played 20 years of professional soccer. He was a member of five Yugoslav league winning teams during a 13-year career with Red Star Belgrade. He also appeared in 23 games with the Yugoslavia National Team including the 1974 FIFA World Cup.
In the spring of 1978, Bogicevic joined the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League (NASL), playing alongside such soccer greats as Pelé, Giorgio Chinaglia and Franz Beckenbauer throughout his time there. The playmaking midfielder was a member of three NASL championship teams in 1978, 1980 and 1982. He netted 39 goals and recorded 166 assists in 236 games, leading the league in assists three times (1981-1983). The Belgrade native is the NASL all-time leader in assists, and his 244 points were the second most in league history. The former team captain was named an NASL All-Star in each of the seven seasons he played.
Bogicevic has since entertained a coaching career and developed a soccer academy in Clifton, New Jersey, that bears his name.
As part of "Soccer Mom Day", the Ironmen will be awarding soccer moms throughout the match up against Orlando with various gift certificates and prizes. The team will also be selecting the first-ever New Jersey Ironmen "Soccer Mom of the Year". Fans are encouraged to nominate their favorite soccer mom at the game or in advance by submitting their nominee by CLICKING HERE! Make sure to tell us why your nominee should win! A portion of ticket revenue from Sunday's game will also be donated to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure foundation for breast cancer research. Following the game on Sunday will also mark the inaugural Girls High School Senior All-Star Game presented by NJSoccer.org.
"We are very excited to be involved with a great charity while honoring soccer moms in the same evening," Novo stated. "We aim to not only present a very entertaining product on the field, but we also have a sincere ambition of creating a positive impact on the local and regional community."
The New Jersey Ironmen are also seeking out people to join their team for "Jersey Cares Day" on Saturday, May 3. If you would like to join our team of volunteers to work on various community projects throughout Newark and the surrounding area, CLICK HERE! The Ironmen will host a special "Jersey Cares Night" on Thursday, March 20, when the team hosts the defending MISL champion Philadelphia KiXX at Prudential Center.
For information regarding tickets for any of these upcoming events, call 1-800-IRONMEN today!
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