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“Today is a sad day for the rojiblanca family. Atlético de Madrid is mourning the death of our former coach Radomir Antic. The former rojiblanco coach died at 71 years of age,” states the statement from the mattress organization, who reported that in his memory the flag honoring the fans located in the Wanda Metropolitano will fly at half-mast for 24 hours.
“With Antic’s departure, the athletic family loses another of the symbols that gave everything for this club on and off the pitch. From the club, the president, CEO and our board show their sincere condolences to all your family and friends, “says Atlético.
Antic went down in rojiblanca history in 1996, when the team of the Molina, Geli, Solozábal, Pantic, Simeone, Caminero or Kiko raised the mythical double of the League and the Copa del Rey. That was his first stage at the club (1995-98), to which he returned in the 1999-2000 campaign, in which the team certified his relegation to the Second Division.
In total, he managed the mattress team in 189 games (144 in the League, 22 in the Copa del Rey, 13 in UEFA, 8 in the European Cup and 2 in the Spanish Super Cup) for five seasons. Thus, he is the fourth coach in Atletico history with the most official games directed.
In addition, he has the honor of being the only coach in history who has led the three ‘greats’ of the Spanish league: Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Atlético de Madrid. He landed on the white team in 1991 to replace Alfredo Di Stéfano on the bench, and was dismissed in 1992 due to the team’s bad game at the end of the first round despite leading the way.
His experience at Barça was shorter, where he arrived in January 2003 to replace the deposed Louis van Gaal and when the Barcelona team was three points down. He managed to qualify the team for the UEFA Cup – sixth. He was offered the renewal, but the victory of Joan Laporta in the elections ended his time on the Barça bench.
Antic, who played as a player, among others, at Partizan Belgrade (1970-77), Fenerbahçe (1977-78) or Real Zaragoza (1978-80), also directed, since his debut on the bench at Partizan, Real Zaragoza (1988-90), Real Oviedo (1992-95 and 2000-01), Real Club Celta de Vigo (2004) or the Serbian team (2008-10).
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Atlético President Enrique Cerezo expressed his sadness at his death. “We have left a great person and one of the architects of the magnificent golden age that Atlético de Madrid lived. We will forever remember the League titles and the Copa del Rey that we won under his orders. I feel very proud to have known him and it has been a privilege to have shared every moment of football with him. All my love for his family, “he said.
Also the CEO, Miguel Ángel Gil Marín, joined the expressions of regret. “With the loss of Radomir we lose a little bit of the club’s heart. With him I personally learned to win, with him I learned to live with passion the details that make you improve as a man and as a professional. Just give a kiss very strong to his wife Vera, Dusan and Ana and tell them that they should be proud of the husband and father they had because, in addition to being a great professional and a wonderful person, he is in the history of Atlético de Madrid on his own merits “, stressed.
Real Madrid also expressed its pain at the death of their coach between 1991 and 1992. “Real Madrid CF, its president and the Board of Directors mourn with great consternation the death of Radomir Antic, who was coach of Real Madrid since March 1991 until January 1992, “says the white club.
“In the same way, Real Madrid wants to express its deepest condolences to his family and friends. Condolences that also extend to the entire Madrid family and to the clubs he represented throughout his sports career as a player and as a coach”, ends.
FC Barcelona also sent his message of affection. “Today Radomir Antic, who was coach of FC Barcelona in 2003, has left us. Barcelona is mourning the loss of a man very dear to the world of football. Rest in peace,” he says.