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Tomislav Ivić

Personal information
Date of birth30 June 1933
Place of birthSplit, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Date of death24 June 2011(age 77)
Place of deathSplit, Croatia
Playing positionMidfielder

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Tomislav Ivić (30 June 1933 - 24 June 2011) was a Croatian football player and manager.

Often described as a brilliant strategist, Ivić is credited with helping develop the modern style of the game. In April 2007 the Italian sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport proclaimed him as the most successful football manager in history, due to his 8 league titles won in 6 different countries.

Ivić managed teams in 14 different countries along with 4 national teams, and he won titles and cups in six countries (Yugoslavia, The Netherlands, Belgium, Greece, Portugal and Spain). He won seven top flight championships (3 in Yugoslavia, and 1 each in Greece, Portugal, The Netherlands and Belgium), 6 national cups (4 in Yugoslavia and 1 each in Spain and Portugal), an UEFA Super Cup and an Intercontinental Cup.

Throughout his career, he managed in ten countries. At his homeland, he coached RNK Split, Hajduk Split, Dinamo Zagreb and the national team; at Netherlands, he coached Ajax; at Belgium, Anderlecht and Standard Liège; at Turkey, Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe; Avellino, his only experience at Italy; Panathinaikos in Greece; in Portugal, he coached FC Porto and Benfica; In France, he managed Paris Saint Germain and Olympique de Marseille (this one, his last club before retiring, in 2002); At Spain, Atlético Madrid; In United Arab Emirates, Al Wasl FC and the national team; And, in Iran, Persepolis and the national selection (which he almost coached at qualification for 1998 FIFA World Cup).

He died on 24 June 2011, one week before his 78th birthday, in his hometown of Split. He was reportedly suffering from cardiac troubles, as well as diabetes.

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