Sinisa Mihajlovic died on Friday after a long battle with cancer. He played for and coached a number of Italian Serie A teams, and he was known for his amazing free kicks. He was 53.
Mihajlovic was fired from his job as manager of Serie A team Bologna in September after the team went winless in its first five league games.
The Serbian took over as manager of Bologna for the second time in 2019 while he was fighting leukaemia. He played for both Sampdoria and Lazio for a long time, and he also managed Serbia.
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“You fought like a lion on the pitch and in life… you are and will always be a winner,” Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni said in a tweet as tributes from inside and outside of football began to pour in.
Mihajlovic’s family said in a statement that he had died, and the news went straight to the top of the websites of the main newspapers in Italy, where he played for most of his career. He was also the manager of several teams, including AC Milan.
“Goodbye boss, you will always live in our hearts,” Bologna said in a tweet. “Heaven has gained another legend. You will be sorely missed Sinisa,” was the message from AC Milan.
Gianni Infantino, the president of FIFA, said that he was “deeply saddened.”
Terrible news. Sinisa Mihajlović has passed away at 53 after long fight with illness.
“I respect the illness, I will face it, with chest puffed out, looking it in the eyes, the way I always have done”, he said years ago.
Fighter, great man. Shocking news.
RIP 🙏🏻🕊️ pic.twitter.com/V84McAeeMO
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) December 16, 2022
“On the pitch, his free-kicks embodied a passion and dedication for the beauty of the game that left a lasting impression on the world of sport and his death is a great loss to all of us,” he added.
Mihajlovic was a midfielder or defender, and he scored a lot of great goals from free kicks. He became well-known when his team, Red Star Belgrade won the European Cup in 1991.
The next year, he joined AS Roma and moved to Italy, where he played for Sampdoria, Lazio and Inter. In his last season as a player, he was on teams that won the Serie A championship with Lazio in 2000 and Inter in 2006.
Sinisa Mihajlovic, from his time at Torino: he decided to test the goalkeeper by taking 3 free-kicks. He scored each one, putting them into the top corner. Incredible
— Italian Football News 🇮🇹 (@footitalia1) December 16, 2022
In 2008, he started coaching at Bologna. After that, he worked at Catania, Fiorentina, Sampdoria, Torino and AC Milan for less than a year… Follow us only on Lee Daily for more news like this.