Croatia ex-federation chief dies

The former president of Croatia's Football Federation Vlatko Markovic has died aged 76.

The former president of Croatia's Football Federation (HNS) Vlatko Markovic, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease, died overnight Monday aged 76, the national radio reported.

Markovic, a former top player and coach, died in a Zagreb hospital where he was admitted earlier this month to treat pneumonia.

A former top player and coach, Markovic withdrew as HNS chief, a post he had held since 1998, in mid-2012.

Markovic began his career with clubs in Bosnia, where he was born, before going on to play for Dinamo Zagreb, FC Austria and Rapid Vienna.

He won 16 caps for the former Yugoslavia national team and retired as a player in 1968.

Markovic coached Nice, Rapid, Standard Liege, as well as Hajduk Split, Dinamo Zagreb. He was also national squad coach in 1993-1994.

Source: AAP

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