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Former Nantes and Croatia manager Miroslav Blažević passes away

Former Nantes and Croatia manager Miroslav Blažević passes away
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According to L’Équipe, former FC Nantes manager and Croatia national team coach Miroslav Blažević has died at the age of 87.

“Ćiro” managed FC Nantes from 1988 to 1991 and then had a short stint at PAOK Thessaloniki before returning to his home country to coach Dinamo Zagreb for two years. In 1994, he took on the role of head coach for the Croatian national team.

During his six-year tenure as the national team’s head coach, he led the Vatreni to the 1998 World Cup semi-final against France, where they ultimately finished in third place, their highest finish to date at the time (prior to the 2018 Russia final).

Throughout his life, Blažević had a successful career, managing over 20 different clubs and leading four national teams.

He passed away after a prolonged battle with cancer, just two days before his 88th birthday.

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