European Cup winning coach with 39 jobs in 41 years in critical condition after car crash. When all is said and done, football is just a game and not as Bill Shankly once famously remarked, more important than life or death.
It’s 90 minutes of entertainment, often between 22 warriors who will shake hands with each other once the battle is over, rendering the previous nastiness moribund.
At the higher levels of the game the differences between winning and losing are more acute and can make or break a manager’s career.
Ljupko Petrovic, who managed his team to the European Cup, is one manager who has had his fair share of work throughout the years.
Before the competition was renamed the Champions League, he notably led Red Star Belgrade to victory over Marseille in the 1991 final.
Against the French champions, a fantastic team led by Robert Prosinecki, Sinisa Mihajlovic, and Darko Pancev prevailed on penalties.
Unfortunately, the 76-year-old Petrovic, who, according to transfermarkt, held 39 different management posts over the course of 41 years, some of which he held at the same club at various points in his career, is currently in a critical condition.
Crvena Zvezda’s European Cup winning coach Ljupko Petrović is reportedly in a critical condition after suffering a car crash on the outskirts of Belgrade. Petrović has been in charge of Levski, Litex and CSKA-Sofia throughout his magnificent career. Hope he gets well 🙏 pic.twitter.com/T5PJmSOMse
— Metodi_Shumanov (@shumanskoo) July 1, 2023
According to a tweet from Bulgarian sports writer, Metodi Shumanov, Petrovic has been in a car crash on the outskirts of Belgrade.
At the time of writing it isn’t clear whether he is out of danger or not, but surely those who have played under him over the years will all be praying for him and wishing him well.