Sinisa Mihajlovic, who coached numerous Serie A teams & famed for his spectacular free kicks, died on Friday. Check out his cause of death.
Sinisa Mihajlovic : Death | Cause of death | Net worth
Mihajlovic was a Serbian professional football player and manager.
|Date of birth||20 February 1969|
|Place of birth||Vukovar, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Date of death||16 December 2022 (aged 53)|
|Place of death||Rome, Italy|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
During his career as a footballer, he played as a defender or midfielder. He won the European Cup with Red Star Belgrade in 1991, and played for the majority of his career in the Italian Serie A, making 353 appearances for Roma, Sampdoria, Lazio and Inter Milan and winning league titles with the latter two clubs.
Considered by many to be among the best free kick takers of all time, he holds the all-time record in Serie A for most goals from free-kicks with 28 goals.
He won 63 caps and scored 10 goals for Yugoslavia from 1991 to 2003, of which his first four caps in 1991 represented SFR Yugoslavia, and played in the 1998 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2000 tournaments.
Sinisa Mihajlovic death
Sinisa Mihajlovic, who played for and coached numerous Italian Serie A teams and was famed for his spectacular free kicks, died on Friday.
Mihajlovic was sacked as manager of Serie A club Bologna in September after they failed to record a win in their first five league matches.
The Serbian had become Bologna manager for the second time in 2019 and had been in charge while battling leukaemia.
“You fought like a lion on the pitch and in life … you are and you will always be a winner,” Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni said in a tweet as tributes began to flood in from inside and outside the football world.
Mihajlovic’s death, confirmed by his family in a statement, went immediately to the top of the main newspapers’ websites in Italy, where he played for most of his career.
He also managed a number of clubs, including AC Milan.
“Goodbye boss, you will always live in our hearts,” Bologna said in a tweet.
A midfielder or defender, Mihajlovic scored a number of spectacular goals from free kicks.
He made his name as part of the Red Star Belgrade team that won the European Cup in 1991.
He moved to Italy the following year when he joined AS Roma and went on to play for Sampdoria, Lazio and Inter.
Also he was part of squads that won Serie A title with Lazio in 2000 and then Inter in 2006 in his last season as a player.
His coaching career began at Bologna in 2008 and took in stints at Catania, Fiorentina, Sampdoria and Torino, as well as AC Milan, where he was in charge for less than a year.
Sinisa Mihajlovic cause of death
Sinisa Mihajlovic, a former star player in his native Serbia and then Italy, who became a popular coach in Serie A, has died three years after being diagnosed with leukaemia. He was 53.
Mihajlovic’s family announced on Friday that he died in a Rome hospital.
The Serb had most recently coached Bologna for three and a half years, becoming a sentimental favourite of fans and players alike for his desire to remain on the job, even after his diagnosis in 2019, before he was sacked in September.
Players sometimes gathered under Mihajlovic’s hospital window when the coach was receiving treatment.
A full-back and free-kick specialist, Mihajlovic was a member of the Red Star Belgrade team that won the European Cup in 1991.
He also won Serie A as a player with Lazio in 2000 and was part of the Internazionale team that was awarded the 2006 Serie A title after Juventus were stripped of the honour as a result of the Calciopoli match-fixing scandal.
“Serie A is deeply pained by the death of Sinisa Mihajlovic,” the Italian league tweeted. “His pure class as a footballer and coach, his strength and his humanity are an example that leaves an indelible void in Italian and world soccer.”
As tributes began to flood in from inside and outside the football world, the Italian foreign minister, Antonio Tajani, added on social media: “A great man, a great fighter, we will remember him as one of the best Serbian players ever to play in Italy.”
Mihajlovic also coached Catania, Fiorentina, Serbia’s national team, Sampdoria, Milan and Torino.
Siniša Mihajlović has an estimated net worth of $4 million at the time he passes away.