Former Real Madrid manager Vujadin Boskov has died at the age of 82.
A statement released by FC Vojvodina, the club where Boskov spent most of his playing career, said he died on Sunday morning in his hometown. The cause of death was not disclosed.
The former Yogoslavia international was in charge of Los Blancos between 1979 and 1982. In his three years in the hotseat at the Santiago Bernabeu, he won the La Liga title and two Copa del Rey trophies. His Real Madrid team lost to Liverpool in the final of the European Cup in 1981, with Alan Kennedy scoring the only goal of the game eight minutes from time in the Parc des Princes in Paris.
He coaching career spanned four decades, and he is perhaps most successful for leading Sampdoria to European glory, as well as managing the Yugoslavia national team in Euro 2000, where they lost to Holland in the quart-finals.
Real Madrid published a statement on the official website remembering their former manager. It read: “Real Madrid C. F. would like to express its regret at the passing of Vujadin Boskov and send its sincere condolences and thoughts to his family and loved ones, in particular to his wife Jelena and his daughter.
“It was an emotional day at Real Madrid as we remembered the remarkable man who was our manager from 1979 to 1982. He was highly respected, not just at Real Madrid but by football fans around the world.”