Former player Sinisa had a great career in Serie A, where he stood out for his excellent striking of the ball with his left foot.
Serbian former player and coach Sinisa Mihajlovic passed away this Friday at a hospital in Rome at 53 years old due to leukemia that he had suffered since 2019.
“Wife Arianna, with his kids Viktorija, Virginia, Miroslav, Dusan Y Nikolashis granddaughter Violante, his mother Vikyorija And his brother Drazenfrom the pain they communicate the unjust and premature death of their exemplary husband, father, son and brother, Sinisa Mihajlovic“His family reported in a statement published by the Italian agency ANSA.
“A unique man, an extraordinary professional, helpful and good to everyone, who bravely fought against a horrible disease. We thank the doctors and nurses who have followed him over the years, with love and respect. Sinisa will always be with us. I live with all the love he gave us,” the family statement continues.
He overcame this leukemia in the first instance in 2019, but it recurred at the end of last season, which caused him to undergo medical treatment to try to remit it.
mihajlovic He left the bench in the middle of last season due to said medical treatment, but returned to lead a game from the pitch just over a month after being admitted to hospital, just for the last three days.
The Serbian arrived in January 2019 for the second time in his sports career at the bologna as a coach, after he made his debut as a coach in this same team in 2008 and was also dismissed in 2009. He was the first coach dismissed from the A series this season, on September 6.
His best position in the table was tenth, harvested in the first year of his second stage, in 2019.
The son of a Croatian mother and a Serbian father, he began his career in his native Yogoslavia (Vukovar), in the Vojvodinanow a Serbian team, in 1988. A season and a half later he made the leap to Red Star Belgradewith which he managed to raise the European Cup in 1991 after defeating the Olympic Marseille French.
In 1992 he made the leap to Italy, to the Romein which he played for two seasons, until in 1994 he signed for the sampdoria. Four years later, in 1998, he signed for the lazio and wore the ‘biancoceleste’ kit until 2004, when he went to Interteam from which he retired in 2006.
As a coach, in addition to bolognadirected to Cataniato the Fiorentinato the sampdoria, to the Milanto the Turin and the selection of Serbian.
The Italian Prime Minister, the far-right Giorgia Melonishowed his condolences after the death of the Serb.
Addio Mister, live forever in our heart pic.twitter.com/1ebCMHZoRf
— Bologna FC 1909 (@Bolognafc1909) December 16, 2022
Ciao Mister 💙 pic.twitter.com/pVCLBPMlwR
—Official SSC Napoli (@sscnapoli) December 16, 2022
Ciao Sinisa. pic.twitter.com/tjigcxuNvi
— UC Sampdoria (@sampdoria) December 16, 2022
“You fought like a lion on the field and in life. You have been an example and have given courage to many who are facing the disease. They have qualified you as an iron sergeant, you have shown that you have a big heart. You are and will always be a winner bye Sinisa Mihajlovic“he posted on his official Twitter account.
Besides, the A series also expressed his regret: “The Lega A series is deeply saddened by the death of Sinisa Mihajlovic, an icon of football and life. His pure class as a player and coach, his strength and his humanity are an example that leaves an indelible mark on Italian and world football.”