ALVISE CAGNAZZO: Sinisa Mihajlovic’s death has created an earthquake of emotions in Italy and Bologna – he battled his illness with unrelenting spirit and strength, the two traits he had in abundance as a player
- Sinisa Mihajlovic has died at the age of 53 following a long battle with illness
- He was diagnosed with leukaemia back in 2019 and suffered a relapse in March
- It has sent an earthquake of emotions through Italian football community
- With Lazio and Inter he won 2 Scudetti, 4 Italian Cups, a UEFA Cup, a Super Cup
- He also won the Champions League with Red Star Belgrade in 1991
The news of Mihajlovic’s death has created an earthquake of emotions in Italian football and in Bologna, his last team.
Sinisa has suffered a sudden deterioration in his health in recent days and the tweets of friends and famous people who had learned from family members of difficult moment of the former star of Roma, Lazio, Inter and Sampdoria had multiplied.
The transplant obtained on October 29, 2019, at the Sant’Orsola Hospital in Bologna, thanks to an unknown American boy who had donated his bone marrow, served to lengthen his life and to attend his Bologna without unfortunately being able to save his life.
Former Bologna manager Sinisa Mihajlovic has passed away at 53 after a battle with illness
Mihajlovic (right) had a decorated career winning several major honours with Inter and Lazio
Ten days ago Sinisa appeared by surprise in Rome at the presentation of Zdenek Zeman’s book and no one had imagined a sad ending after his presence in public.
Training followed on the iPad, the team under the hospital window celebrating victories: his story is that of a man who fought without ever giving up on the disease.
Mihajlovic, a great footballer ends up in the firmament of the sky. His disease was too strong and aggressive, his disease suddenly became incurable due to an unpredictable worsening that created an emotional earthquake throughout international football.
He waas sacked from his role managing Bologna earlier this year after the side’s of poor form
He started his career in Croatia, before moving to Red Star Belgrade and then to Italy in 1992
3 hospitalisations and three cycles of chemo, a transplant and returning to the bench in record time for the match against Verona weren’t enough to guarantee him a complete recovery.
Mihajlovic was a strong and extraordinary player who suffered heavily from the damage of the disease while continuing to fight.
In post-hospitalisation appearances, he had shown a very suffered physique and many kilograms lost.
AC Milan who played against Liverpool in the Dubai Super Cup observed a moment of silence
He won 2 Scudetti, 4 Italian Cups, a UEFA Cup and a Super Cup while playing forLazio and Inter
The coach born in Vukovar had been very disappointed by the dismissal suffered in Bologna and had decided to stay put waiting for a new call, completing another round of medical treatment.
Sinisa was one of the strongest and most aggressive players in the history of Yugoslavia and became one of the defenders with the most goals in Serie A thanks to his free kicks.
In his playing career he won everything there was to win. With Red Star Mihajlovic won a Champions League and with Lazio me and Inter 2 Scudetti, 4 Italian Cups, a UEFA Cup, a Super Cup, 28 goals from free kicks, three in the same match.
As a coach he started alongside Mancini and then as number 1 on the bench in Bologna, then coaching Catania, Fiorentina, Sampdoria, the jump to Milan, and then Turin and Bologna again.
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