Croatian football coach Zlatko Kranjkar died after a brief struggle with illness at the age of 64. The former professional soccer player has worked as a coach in a large number of clubs and countries over the past decades. He was the national coach of Croatia between 2004 and 2006, where he was suspended in the group stage of the World Cup in Germany.
Kranjar played most of his career with Dinamo Zagreb. The striker also won several awards in Austria with Rapid Wien and ended his career in the early 1990s at St. Pölten. The international, captain of the team who played Croatia’s first international match as an independent country in Zagreb against the United States in 1990, moved directly as coach. Kranikar mainly worked domestically, but he also made trips to Austria, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Slovakia, and Iran. He was also the national coach of Montenegro for a while.
His son Niko has also advanced as a professional footballer, with Tottenham Hotspur and Dynamo Kiev, among others, and has played more than eighty international matches. The Croatian Football Association and Dinamo Zagreb reacted on Twitter with sadness to the death of Zlatko Kranjkar.
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