Croatia are mourning the dying of their former coach Miroslav Blazevic, who led them to a third-place end on the 1998 World Cup.
Blazevic, who was 87, loved a distinguished teaching profession spanning 47 years up till his retirement in January 2015.
He received trophies with six completely different golf equipment and described ending Dinamo Zagreb’s 24-year anticipate the Yugoslav First League title in 1982 as his biggest honour.
The previous winger spent six years answerable for Croatia and guided them to a bronze medal at France 98 of their first World Cup finals look.
Croatia’s Soccer Federation (HNS) confirmed Blazevic’s passing in an announcement on Wednesday, two days earlier than his 88th birthday.
The assertion added: “HNS wish to categorical the deepest condolences to his family members, on behalf of the complete Croatian soccer household, which misplaced the ‘coach of all coaches’.”
Blazevic coached 4 different nationwide groups – Switzerland, Iran, Bosnia-Herzegovina and China’s Beneath-23s – in a training profession that began in 1968.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin was amongst these to pay tribute to Blazevic, who was beforehand identified with prostate most cancers.
“He’s the daddy of contemporary Croatian soccer, and one in all our sport’s biggest coaches,” Ceferin mentioned.
“His legacy goes past any trophy or victory, of which there have been many.
“His success on the sphere earned him a spot in soccer historical past, and his authenticity, charisma and distinctive sense of humour established for him the cult standing that solely true legends of the sport deserve.”
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