Croatia legend Ivic dies

Ivic passes away

Last Updated: 25/06/11 5:15pm

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Former Croatia coach Tomislav Ivic has passed away at the age of 77, the country's football federation has announced.

Ivic, who suffered from diabetes, was admitted to hospital with heart problems just days prior to his 78th birthday.

Ivic, born in Split, will best be remembered for winning eight league titles in six different countries during his coaching career.

Often described as a brilliant strategist, he managed teams in 14 different countries along with four national teams, enjoying success with Hajduk Split, Ajax, Anderlecht, Panathinaikos and Marseille.

He also won five domestic cups and led FC Porto to glory in 1988 after winning both the European Super Cup and Intercontinental Cup.

He also led Atletico Madrid to the Copa del Rey title in 1991. Under Ivic, Atletico went on their legendary run without conceding a goal in 1,275 minutes of football.

In addition, Ivic had spells in charge of Yugoslavia and Iran as well as being joint coach of Croatia between 1994 and 1995, helping them qualify for the Euro 96 finals in England.

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