Former coach of the Croatian national team Zlatko Kranjčar died at the age of 64. According to the media, Kranjčar succumbed to a short and serious illness in his native Zagreb, where he was transferred after a previous hospitalization in Zadar.
Kranjčar led the Croatian national team from 2004 to 2006 and advanced with it to the World Championships in Germany. Later he also worked for the Montenegrin national team and most recently for the Iranian twenty-three. At the club level, since 1991 he has led a number of teams in Croatia, Austria, Egypt, Iran, the United Arab Emirates and Slovakia.
As a player, he was a member of the Golden Yugoslav Twenty-first at the European Championships in 1978, with Dinam Zagreb he won the Croatian League (1982) and with Rapid Vienna twice in Austria (1987 and 1989). He also celebrated two titles with the Zagreb Dinam as a coach (1996 and 1998), added another with the NK Zagreb (2002) and won the Iranian league with Sepahan (2012).
The first captain of Vatreni, a former selector of the Croatian national team and a playing and coaching legend @gnkdinamo, Zlatko Kranjčar, died in Zagreb after a short and severe illness. HNS expresses its deepest condolences to his family for this irreparable loss. Rest in peace.
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– HNS (@HNS_CFF) March 1, 2021