Ex-Croatian football federation chief dies

Ex-Croatian football federation chief dies

Published Sep. 23, 2013 9:27 a.m. ET

Vlatko Markovic, a former top player and coach who also led the Croatian Football Federation, has died. He was 76.

The federation said Markovic died early Monday in a Zagreb hospital after being admitted with pneumonia. He had suffered from Alzheimer's disease.

The Bosnian-born Markovic played as a midfielder for Celik Zenica, Dinamo Zagreb, Rapid Vienna and FC Austria during his career. He later coached Dinamo Zagreb, Standard Liege, Nice, Rapid Vienna, Hajduk Split and the Croatian national team when it split from Yugoslavia in the early 1990s.

Markovic led the Croatian Football Federation as its president between 1998 and 2012.


Markovic had 16 caps with the former Yugoslavia national team. He retired from playing in 1969.