Former Tottenham defender Goran Bunjevcevic dies

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Dom Le Roy

Former Tottenham defender Goran Bunjevcevic has died aged 45.

Bunjevcevic’s former club Red Star Belgrade confirmed the news on their website. He had suffered an aneurysm last month 

“With sadness, we report that Goran Bunjevcevic, former Crvena Zvezda captain and director of football, has passed away on 28 June 2018. He was 45 years old,” a statement from the Belgrade club read.

It added: “Goran fought bravely for over a month after suffering an aneurysm on 20 May this year, but has today tragically lost the battle.”

Bunjevcevic was at Spurs for five seasons at after joining the club from Red Star. He was hailed  in the press as the “Serbian Beckenbauer”, he had a remarkably good disciplinary record and strong technique, being known for his reading of the game and flair for an incisive pass.He then departed in July of 2006, spending a year with Netherlands side Den Haag before retiring.

The club posted on their Twitter feed: “We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our former player Goran Bunjevcevic. The thoughts of everyone at the Club are with his friends and family at this extremely difficult time.”

Bunjevcevic was a former Yugoslavia international and he had been serving as sporting director for Serbia’s football association.

Only just last week former Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov dedicated Serbia’s opening World Cup win over Costa Rica to him, telling reporters: “We dedicate this win to our director, and we want him to know that we are all supporting him.He’s had some health problems. We want to relay this message to him and his family that we are 100 percent behind him.”

May he Rest In Peace 

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  1. When I was British Ambassador in Belgrade and Goran signed for Spurs, I invited him and his family to my house and we had some excellent mini-games on the lawn. He showed us some silky skills indeed.

    He was gracious, eloquent and smart – keen to make the most of his chances in London. He alas never really got going – oodles of natural touch/fluency (see eg J Foyth) but perhaps just not tough enough for the top-rank English game?

    Such a loss.


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