13:30 / 01.03.2021.

Author: Domagoj Ferenčić

Croatian football legend ‘Cico’ Kranjčar dies at 64

Zlatko Kranjčar (Photo: Goran Stanzl/PIXSELL)

Zlatko Kranjčar (Photo: Goran Stanzl/PIXSELL)

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Kranjčar will be best remembered for his long tenure with Dinamo Zagreb, and the famed 1981-82 team that won the Yugoslav First League championships, Dinamo’s first title since the 1957-58 season.

Zlatko 'Cico' Kranjčar had a stellar playing career as a striker, making his professional debut for Dinamo Zagreb in 1974. After ten years with the club and 98 goals he transferred to Austrian side Rapid Vienna, where from 1983 to 1990 he would score 106 goals in 201 games. He ended his playing career in 1990 after a brief stint Austrian side Saint Polten.

Kranjčar was capped twice at the end of his career by the newly formed Croatian national team, and has the distinction of serving as the team's first captain in its first international match against the United States on October 19th 1990, in Zagreb.

After his playing career he turned to coaching, managing 17 different teams from Croatia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Austria, Iran, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. He also managed two national squads, Croatia and Montenegro, leading Croatia to the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

Source: HRT

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