Legendary Croatian football player and football coach Zlatko “Cico” Kranjčar has passed away. He died at KBC Merkur after a short and severe illness, Sportske novosti reports. Kranjčar, the father of the football player Niko Kranjčar, was 64 years-old.
Zlatko Kranjčar's health deteriorated about ten days ago in Zadar, where he ended up in hospital. He was urgently transferred to Zagreb, but doctors were unable to save his life.
In his football career, Kranjčar was recognizable as one of the best strikers of Zagreb's Dinamo. He scored 98 goals in 261 games for the Blues.
He played for Yugoslavia 11 times and scored three goals, and was one of only 14 players who responded for the premiere match of the Croatian national team against the United States in October 1990, in fact he was the captain of Croatia for that match.
In his coaching career, he led numerous clubs, as well as the Croatian national team, with which he won a place at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. He led Croatia from July 2004 to August 2006.