Barcelona, 7 April 2020 (dpa/MIA) – Serbian football coach Radomir Antic has died aged 71, his former club Atletico Madrid announced on Monday.
Antic also managed Real Madrid and Barcelona, becoming the only coach to take charge of all three of Spain’s top clubs.
He spent most of his playing career with Partizan Belgrade, from 1968 until 1976, before moving on to Fenerbahce, Real Zaragoza and Luton Town, where he retired in 1984.
Far more prominent as a coach, he also managed Real Zaragoza, Real Oviedo and Celta Vigo, before taking over Serbia in 2008 and leading it to the 2010 World Cup.
Antic, who Spanish sports paper Marca reported had been suffering from a long illness, was most famous for winning the Spanish league and cup double in the 1995-96 season with Atletico.
The club tweeted: “The Atletico family is in mourning for the death of one of our legendary coaches: Radomir Antic. He will always be in our hearts. Rest in peace.”
It was after a successful spell at Zaragoza that Antic took over as coach of Real Madrid in the 1990-91 season.
He was sacked in the January of his second season despite the team being on top of the table.
He also coached Barcelona, taking over in the middle of the 2002-03 campaign, and guiding the club to a Uefa Cup finish.
But it was at Atletico where he fared best winning the double in his first season in a three-year spell. He later had two more brief spells as coach at the club.
Atletico Madrid chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin said: “With the loss of Radomir a little piece of the heart of this club is gone.”