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Thousands collect in Sarajevo for funeral of soccer legend Osim



SARAJEVO, May 14 (Xinhua) — Thousands gathered on Saturday in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), to attend the funeral of Ivica Osim, a Bosnian soccer legend.

Osim, who was born in Sarajevo on May 6, 1941, died on May 1, 2022 in Austrian metropolis Graz, the place he spent an amazing a part of his profession.

Starting his profession in 1959 as a participant of the soccer membership Zeljeznicar in Sarajevo, Osim was much more profitable as a coach and led many golf equipment into their most profitable seasons, together with Zeljeznicar from Sarajevo, Austrian Sturm, Serbian Partizan, and Greek Panathinaikos.

The well-known coach took former Yugoslavia to the 1990 World Cup quarterfinals and arrived in Japan in 2003 to steer strugglers JEF United into J-League rivalry. In 2006, Osim changed Brazilian legend Zico to take the reins of the Japanese nationwide crew however gave up the put up on the finish of 2007 due to a severe stroke.

Osim was the honorary president of the Football membership Zeljeznicar, in addition to of the Football Association of BiH.

Many outstanding politicians and sportsman from all over the world got here to pay respect to Osim, together with Zeljko Komsic, the member of the Presidency of BiH, Yasuharu, the Technical Director of the Japanese nationwide soccer crew, and Makoto Ito, the ambassador of Japan to BiH.

The commemoration, in addition to the funeral, was broadcasted stay by the Bosnian nationwide public broadcaster BHRT.

Osim is buried on the Alley of the Distinguished on the Sarajevo metropolis cemetery Bare.