Zlatko Kranjcar, who was a player for the Yugoslavia and Croatia national teams, as well as coach of the Croatian national team and Dinamo Zagreb, died this Monday at the age of 64. This was reported by the Croatian Football Federation through Twitter.
Kranjcar was admitted about ten days ago and died of a “serious” illness, according to the Croatian Federation. He was the father of retired Tottenham midfielder, Dinamo Zagreb, Dinamo Kiev and Rangers, among other teams, Niko Kranjcar.
He was one of the best forwards for Dinamo Zagreb, with whom he scored 98 goals between 1973 and 1983 and with whom he won the Yugoslav league in 1982 and the Marshal Tito Cups in 1980 and 1983.
Kranjcar played 11 times for the Yugoslav national team and was the first captain of the new Croatian national team. He was also a player for Rapid Vienna for 7 seasons, a team with which he scored 106 goals in 201 games and with which he won 2 leagues, 3 Cups and 3 Austrian Super Cups. As a coach, he led the Croatian national team between 2004 and 2006 , when he managed to qualify for the World Cup in Germany.
He was also coach of the Iran and Montenegro national teams and coach of Dinamo in 3 different periods, among other clubs.