Sinisa Mihajlovic died
Sinisa Mihajlovic, died at the age of 53, his family announced on Friday, December 16, in a press release sent to the Italian agency Ansa. He is One of the greatest free-kick takers in history. Former Serbian international turned coach,
“His wife Arianna, his children Viktorija, Virginia, Miroslav, Dusan and Nikolas, his granddaughter Violante, his mother Vikyorija and his brother Drazen, communicate in pain the unjust and untimely death of their exemplary husband, father, son and brother “, is it written, while the one who trained Bologna had announced to suffer from leukemia in the summer of 2019. “You fought like a lion on the ground as in life” , added Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, hailing “an example of courage for those who face the disease”.
Hai lottato come un leone in campo e nella vita. Sei stato esempio e hai dato coraggio a molti che si trovano ad affrontare la malattia. Ti hanno descritto come un sergente di ferro, hai dimostrato di avere un gran cuore. Sei e resterai sempre un vincente.
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— Giorgia Meloni (@GiorgiaMeloni) December 16, 2022
Twenty-eight free-kick goals in Serie A
“A unique man, an extraordinary professional, helpful and kind to everyone. He bravely fought against a horrible disease. We thank the doctors and nurses who followed him over the years, with love and respect. (…) Sinisa will always be with us”, added the family of the former central defender, passed by the Red Star of Belgrade (1991-1992), AS Roma (1992-1994), Sampdoria ( 1994-1998), Lazio Rome (1998-2004) and Inter Milan (2004-2006). His achievements include a Champions League (1991), a Cup Cup (1999), and two Italian league titles (2000, 2006)
The eighth finalist of the 1998 World Cup and quarter-finalist of Euro 2000 with Yugoslavia, Sinisa Mihajlovic was particularly known for his skill on a free kick, with 28 goals in this exercise in Serie A. Retired from the field in 2006, the native of Vukovar then began a coaching career, notably coaching Bologna (2008-2009, 2019-2022), Serbia (2012-2013) and AC Milan (2015-2016).
Serbian Sinisa Mihajlović died of leukemia on Friday, December 16, at the age of 53.
A defender renowned for his strong character, the native of Yugoslavia was renowned for the quality of his free kicks.
In Italy, tributes are multiplying for the former player and coach passed by many clubs in the country.
Often facing a wall made up of adversaries throughout her career, Sinisa Mihajlović had been, for several months, with her back to the wall in the face of leukemia. But after years of struggle, the disease prevailed over the former Yugoslavian international, whose death was formalized this Friday, December 16, at the age of 53.
A defender capable of scoring
In a statement sent to the Gazzetta Dello Sport, the family of the former footballer and coach referred to the “unjust death” of Sinisa Mihajlović at the age of 53, as “a unique man, an extraordinary professional, helpful and good towards everyone” , carried away by leukemia he had been battling since 2019.
A world-class defender at the height of his career, Sinisa Mihajlović began his career in the Yugoslav league at the age of 17, before exploding in the eyes of the world during his time at Red Star Belgrade. Two seasons, between 1990 and 1992, during which he notably won the Champions Club Cup against Olympique de Marseille in 1991. A coronation which allowed him to join AS Roma a year later, before spending ten seasons between Sampdoria, between 1994 and 1998, and Lazio Rome, from 1998 to 2004.
During these many years at the top level, Sinisa Mihajlović was able to build his reputation as a world-class player thanks to his defensive impact, but above all thanks to his quality of striking on free kicks. Often ranked among the best free-kick takers in the history of football alongside Juninho, the Serb holds several records in the field: to date, he has the record for free-kicks scored in the history of the Italian league, with 28 goals, and is part of the very closed circle of players who scored 3 goals from a free kick during a match, against Sampdoria (5-2), on September 13, 1998.
A warrior character on the pitch and on the bench
Sinisa Mihajlovic died tribute On Twitter, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni paid tribute to the former Lazio and Inter Milan coach, saying he fought “like a lion on the pitch and in life”. A lion with a strong character who has also forged a bad reputation throughout his career, between racist remarks made against several players like Patrick Vieira, or bad temper towards his players which earned him several penalties.
Adored by Inter Milan’s Nerazzurri supporters, Sinisa Mihajlović will be celebrated by all of Italian football, who are mourning the loss of one of their most famous names, who “wasn’t ready to say goodbye to one of his companions”.