Radomir Antic , the Legendary Manager Dies
Radomir Antic (Zitiste, Serbia, 1948) has died in Madrid at 71 years of age, after a long battle with a serious illness. It has been Atlético de Madrid who has reported the sad news. The former footballer and former Serbian coach, was a classic on the bench in our country, being the only one who led Real Madrid , Atlético and Barcelona . Although if there is a club that Radomir Antic has always been identified with , that is Atlético, with which he made history in the 1995-1996 season winning LaLiga and the Copa del Rey. AnticHe will always be known as the coach of the double, one of the greatest successes, if not the greatest, for the Atletico team in its entire history.
Before dedicating himself to training, Radomir Antic had a successful career as a footballer that started in Serbia, in the ranks of Sloboda Uzice, the club where he started defense and from where he made the leap to Partizánin Belgrade. There he played for seven seasons and won the first league of his career, at 75-75. After playing in his country, he made the leap to Turkish football to play for Fenerbahçe , where he also won the championship in 1977. A year later he would set foot in Spain for the first time, to play for Real Zaragoza, the club where he debuted with a goal in a duel with Celta that ended 2-1. He would spend two seasons and then go to the Premier, to Luton Town , where he would hang up his boots after four seasons.
Radomir Antic, who had one cap for Yugoslavia, spent the final four years of his playing career at Luton.
He scored a famous goal in 1983 that secured a 1-0 win at Manchester City to keep the Hatters in the top flight and lead to manager David Pleat memorably running a jig across the Maine Road pitch in celebration.
Luton tweeted: “We are devastated to learn of the passing of Town legend Radomir Antic, at the age of 71.
“A true Hatters hero, for promotion and preventing relegation. The thoughts of all at Kenilworth Road are with his family and friends at this terribly sad time. Rest in peace, Raddy”.