Today, ten years ago, according to many people, Tomislav Ivic, the greatest coach in Croatian history, passed away. At that meeting, Hajduk released a wonderful video in which he interviewed the players and family members of his leadership. They explained why Croatia has never had a better coach.
Ivic has led Hajduk’s first team three times (1973-1976, 1978-1980 and 1997). He created perhaps the strongest generation of Hajduk in history. They won three Yugoslavia titles and four Tito Marshals Cup in the mid to late 1980s.
The famous goalkeeper Ivan Catalinic explained why Ivić stood in front of everyone: “He always looks forward. He is at Arsenal and he is actively learning their methods in England. When he returns to Sri Lanka. We started to use the hall more and more during the Pulitzer time. The hall “we practice oppression there. We were the best in Yugoslavia, and later the young coach took over from him. He is like this, he always looks forward. “
Ivica’s wife Regina explained that her husband is mainly a family member. “He went home once after a big victory. When I opened the door for him, he was very happy. Then he told me that the smile he greeted him when he returned home was more valuable than all his efforts and fatigue.”
The famous player Drazen Muzinic said that Ivic is like his father. “He takes care of his family, not just the family on the court. It is important for him to understand your situation because he knows that only then you can do your best. Once I was in Marjan with Shuryak. Hit a car. “He came and cried. He cried more than my parents. He is like a father to me,” the former midfielder said.
Afterwards, he told a story explaining how fanatical Ivić was. “One time he asked me to have dinner. I told him that I would come, but on condition that we don’t talk about football. He agreed. I came for dinner and there was everything there-shellfish, shrimp, fish…not even 20 Minutes passed. He picked up the shells, spread them over the imaginary terrain, and explained an action to me. The next second, the shrimp jumped up and the shells defended themselves. It was Ivic,” Muzhnic concluded.
His grandson Roko Kurtović said that Ivić always followed suit: “I remember once when he got the first laptop in his life. He is over seventy years old. He called me and explained to him how to work. He is not afraid of change, he sees everything leads to analysis and statistics. He has been researching all his life.”
After Hajduk, Ivic also has a brilliant international career. The teams he leads include Ajax, Porto, Atletico Madrid, Anderlecht, Benfica and Marseille. He won championships in Belgium, the Netherlands, France and Portugal, the Copa del Rey and countless other trophies.
Little is known about his life and Dynamo under his leadership. He arrived in Maximil in October 1984 and took over the Blues in the relegation zone. By the end of the season, he had consolidated a team that almost qualified for the European competition. In the early days of the Croatian national team, he was always by his side.
He was also a signatory of the great victory over Italy in 1994. In Palermo, Croatia defeated Suk, who is currently runner-up in the European Championship qualifiers, with a 2-1 goal. I met a small but talented football country that night, and the news resonated all over the world. After the team’s first coach Blazevic was eliminated in the European game with Auxerre, he was banned and punished by the team leader for his inappropriate remarks and behavior as the coach of Dynamo.