Former Inter Milan and Lazio striker Sinisa Mihajlovic dies aged 53


Sinisa Mihajlovic has died at the age of 53.

The iconic Serbian footballer and manager’s passing was announced on Friday following a battle with leukaemia.

A statement from Serie A on Friday read: “We would like to extend our condolences to Sinisa’s family, friends and all of the footballing world for the departure of the Calcio icon.

“His impact in our game, country and hearts will be forever remembered, as well as his relentless spirit and kind soul.

“Fly high, Sinisa.”

Mihajlovic became well-known for his impeccable free-kick technique during his playing career in Italy, where he had spells at Roma, Sampdoria, Lazio and Inter Milan between 1992 to 2006. He holds the record for most free kicks scored in Serie A with 28 goals.

His most successful spell was during his six seasons at Lazio, where he helped them to the Seria A title in 1999-2000 and the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1998-99.

Following his playing career, Mihajlovic turned to management and gained experience primarily in Italy. He took charge of Serbia’s national team from 2012 to 2013 and also managed a number of Seria A clubs, including AC Milan, Fiorentina and Bologna — the latter of whom he worked for as recently as September.

On the international stage, Mihajlovic played 63 times and scored 10 goals for Yugoslavia between 1991 and 2003, notably representing the nation at both the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000.

(Photo: Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)


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