Ivica Osim: a Yugoslavian football giant who twice rejected Real Madrid

Coach who led Yugoslavia on the 1990 World Cup and whose spell with Japan was ended by a stroke has died aged 80

Ivica Osim was ailing, his spouse Asima stated. Would I thoughts coming to his Sarajevo flat the next day? However the next day he was little higher. Go to the cafe within the sq., Asima stated, wait there and he would attempt to come down later. By that time, in all honesty, I wasn’t anticipating a lot. However after an hour or so he shuffled slowly over, sat down and started to speak. His voice was weak, his pale eyes watery, however after we stated goodbye three hours later, it was as a result of I needed to go to the airport.

That was in 2009 and Osim was nonetheless struggling the results of the stroke two years earlier that ended his profession as Japan supervisor. He had been watching an Arsenal sport and when he got here spherical in hospital, his first query was what the ultimate rating had been. In reality, he by no means actually recovered and died on Sunday, 5 days wanting his 81st birthday. However he talked, with attribute eloquence, thoughtfulness and directness.

Continue reading…Coach who led Yugoslavia on the 1990 World Cup and whose spell with Japan was ended by a stroke has died aged 80Ivica Osim was ailing, his spouse Asima stated. Would I thoughts coming to his Sarajevo flat the next day? However the next day he was little higher. Go to the cafe within the sq., Asima stated, wait there and he would attempt to come down later. By that time, in all honesty, I wasn’t anticipating a lot. However after an hour or so he shuffled slowly over, sat down and started to speak. His voice was weak, his pale eyes watery, however after we stated goodbye three hours later, it was as a result of I needed to go to the airport.That was in 2009 and Osim was nonetheless struggling the results of the stroke two years earlier that ended his profession as Japan supervisor. He had been watching an Arsenal sport and when he got here spherical in hospital, his first query was what the ultimate rating had been. In reality, he by no means actually recovered and died on Sunday, 5 days wanting his 81st birthday. However he talked, with attribute eloquence, thoughtfulness and directness. Proceed studying…Soccer | The Guardian