Sport Croatia mourns ex-national coach Kranjcar

14:11  01 march  2021
14:11  01 march  2021 Source:   sport1.de

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The former Croatian national coach Zlatko Kranjcar passed away at the age of only 64 years. The news not only causes grief in his home country, the Rapid legend also left deep marks in Austria.

Zlatko Kranjcar (19562021) © picture-alliance Zlatko Kranjcar (19562021)

Kranjcar succumbed to a short and serious illness on Monday in Zagreb, reported the state news agency "Hina". The Croatian Association has confirmed the death of the former coach who led the Croatian national team to Germany for the 2006 World Cup.

Captain in Croatia's first international match

As a player, Kranjcar was the captain of Croatia's first international match as an independent nation in October 1990 in a duel with the USA. At club level he celebrated successes with Dinamo Zagreb and Rapid Vienna. The Hütteldorfer write on their website of "shocking and deeply sad news". In memory of "Zizo", Rapid will play the upcoming Vienna Derby, which will be played on Sunday at Austria, with a black ribbon. Kranjcar played 201 games for Rapid between 1984 and 1990 (106 goals) and shot the traditional club to the championship title in 1987 and 1988.

father of Niko Kranjcar

From 1991 Kranjcar, father of the former professional Niko Kranjcar (including Tottenham Hotspur, Glasgow Rangers), coached several clubs in the Alpine republic and in his home country. He was the national coach of Croatia as the successor to Otto Baric from 2004 to 2006, at the World Cup final tournament in Germany the team was eliminated without a win in the preliminary round - Slaven Bilic was then appointed to office. Most recently, Kranjcar was the coach of the Iranian U-23 national team from 2018 to 2019.

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