The legendary Ivica Osim passed away at the age of 81


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Legendary Bosnian football coach and former football player Ivica Osim passed away on Sunday at the age of 81, reports Anadolu Agency (.).

Information about Osim’s death was published by numerous regional media, and it was confirmed on social networks by numerous persons close to the Osim family.

Ivica Osim was born on May 6, 1941 in Sarajevo. He started his football career in 1954 in the youth team of FK Željezničar from Sarajevo. He made his debut for the first team of Željezničar in 1959. Due to his extraordinary technique, great ball handling, effective dribbling and good shot, he was nicknamed “Strauss from Grbavica” and quickly became a favorite of the audience.

After nine years at FK Željezničar, in December 1968 he transferred to the Dutch FC Zwolle, and he also played for the French clubs Starsbourg, Sedan, Valenciennes. He then returned to Strasbourg, where he remained until 1978 and the end of his playing career. He was a member of the young U21 national team of SFR Yugoslavia, then the A national team, for which he scored eight goals in 16 games.

He began his rich coaching career on the bench of Željezničar in 1978, and coached the national team of SFR Yugoslavia, Partizan, Panathinaikos, Strum Graz, JEF United and the national team of Japan.

He resigned from the bench of the Yugoslav national team on May 23, 1992, at a press conference in Belgrade.

“Resignation is, like this, the most direct thing when a man says: I’m leaving and it’s over. I tell you again, and I have already said that, that I do not believe that I can go, nor will I go, neither in Florence nor in Sweden. Everything I can do, like a human being, and if someone asks me, there are no problems, it is my private gesture, and you can interpret it as you wish … It is my personal decision, and I will not speak for what can I explain, because you know that very well. But, if nothing else, and the only thing I can do for that city, so that you also remember that I was born in Sarajevo, and you know what is happening, “Osim said at the time.

During his stay in Japan, he gained great popularity among the Japanese. In 2005, a book called “Words of Osim” was published in Japan, in which quotes by Ivica Osim were written. The book sold more than 400,000 copies and was a bestseller in Japan. Also in 2009, he found himself on the cover of the video game “J-League Pro Soccer Club about Tsukuro! 6 Pride of J “of the Japanese company SEGA. A year later, he commented on the World Cup matches from South Africa for Japan for SKY Television Corporation.

While he was the selector of the Japanese national team, on November 16, 2007, he suffered a stroke in his apartment in Tokyo while watching an English Premier League match. After the stroke, he was in a coma until December 3, 2007. After waking up from a coma, the first thing he asked his wife Asima was: “How was the game?”, Which was played at the time of the accident. While in a coma, he was visited by big names from the world of football such as Michel Platini and Sepp Blatter.

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