“Trener svih trenera” has passed away at the age of 87 years old. Ćiro was one of the most animated and outspoken Croatian personalities of all time.
His quotes will be echoed for generations and will most notably be remembered for coaching Croatia in their first World Cup in 1998 — where the Vatreni ultimately won 3rd place. Ćiro was a personality to say the least and a Croatian legend among legends. Rest in peace.
Neka njegova dusa pocivao u mir. He was a beauty. For a good memory to bring a smile, watch in youtube in which he is ripping his guys in a practice. The crap that he piled on them is so hilarious. He gave them all a proper “ballout” if they we’re working hard or not . So Croatian of him. Hvala , Ciro.
Curious about that article of Real giving Modrić and ultimatum to retire from Croatia to get a new contract?
Modrić LOVES Croatia and enjoys winning.
He went through a decade or so of unfulfilled potential. Now we are a global presence. He can have an impact on and off the field though 2026!
Modrić on a free and a basic salary is very tempting.
An absolute legend…you’ll truly be missed.
Man .. Ćiro was full of Croatian personality.
Full forgiveness for not starting Prosinečki for an injured Boban against France.
You put us on the footballing map.
July 4th, 1998, 3-0 vs Germany was the greatest match ever !!
Right on , Soul Champ. I just watched the goals of that 3-0 win over Germany and how happy Ciro was , I have to admit i leaked a few tears.
Rest in peace Ćiro
Your contribution to Croatian football will be never forgotten
We’re losing all our former coaches.
Otto Baric, Cico Kranjcar, Ciro Blazevic all gone in the past two years. Mirko Jozic is way up there in age too.
These guys all played in an era that has very few people left in it. It would be cool to hear stories from these guys about playing/coaching football back in the 60s, 70s and 80s.
R.I.P. Ciro. 💔
Definitely a legend for us, Ciro.
Also wanted to share this article, not sure if it’s true about Modric.
Not sure it is was already posted somewhere but apparently Modric has been given an ultimatum by Real Madrid that if he is going to have a contract extension then he is expected to hang up his boots with the international team.
Interesting article not sure what to make of this.
Rule No. 1: Don’t ever trust a publication (and especially a UK one) like this with a layout and fonts and headlines that make the National Enquirer look like it offers real news.
RIP coach. Thank you for everything.
I love the story of how he got suker and boksic to pass to each other. They were competing with each other, each was jealous of the other and they had no chemistry on the pitch. So he called each of them alone to his office and told suker that boksic had come to him explaining how in awe he was of suker. Then he called boksic to his office and told him the same thing, that suker couldn’t stop talking about how talented boksic was. Each went back onto the training field with a big smile at the other one. He never told them until after they retired that he had made it up. Genius
This guy was awesome
A true Croatian legend.
Sad day for Croatia.
My condolences to his family.