The Bosnian Coach Miroslav “Cyrus” Blazevic, who took the Croatian national team to the highest point in their history in 1998, when they surprisingly jointly achieved third place in the World Cup in France 98, He lost his life at the age of 87, after a long battle against cancer that he had been waging since 2011.
The announcement of the death was made by the official account of the Croatian team this Wednesday morning with a post on Twitter, in which they deeply regretted the loss and sent condolences to family and friends.
“Legendary head coach Miroslav Ćiro Blažević has died today in Zagreb. Rest in peace. The Federation would like to express its deepest condolences to his loved oneson behalf of the entire Croatian football family, who lost the ‘coach of all coaches’”, as he was nicknamed, read the letter from the Croatian football body.
Who was Miroslav Blazevic?
The DT was born in Bosnia on February 10, 1935 and developed his career as a player in the former Yugoslavia and in Switzerland; later, in 1968, he became a coach and was in teams like Dinamo Zagreb and others in France, Greece, China, Iran, Slovenia and Bosnia, managing teams from Switzerland, Iran, Bosnia and the Chinese Olympic .
The highlight of his career was in the 1998 World Cup, when he reached the semifinals and lost against France, the host team that was ultimately crowned, and defeated the Netherlands in the match for third place, becoming the horse black of the tournament, since it was a modest team that barely had 7 years of existence.
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