Atletico, Real Madrid, Barcelona lose former coach

Ross Houston
April 8, 2020

Radomir Antic, famed for coaching Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona, has died aged 71.

Antic, who first moved to Spain as a player with Real Zaragoza in 1978, managed Atletico across three different spells between 1995 and 2000 and led the club to a league and cup double in his first season.

Antic had three separate spells in charge at the club and was one of only two people to coach El Clasico rivals Real and Barca during their career, after Enrique Fernandez Viola.

"With him I personally learned to win, with him I learned to live with passion - the things that they make you better as a man and as a professional".

As well as being an accomplished manager, Antic is also regarded as a legend at English club Luton Town.

He managed Real Zaragoaza, Real Oviedo, and Celta Vigo, and even led the Serbian national team between 2008 and 2010, finishing his career in China.

Antic, who also coached Barcelona, died on Monday at the age of 71 after suffering from a protracted illness.

Antic spent four years with Luton, famously scoring the goal that kept the Hatters in the top flight at the expense of Manchester City in 1983.

"A true Hatters hero, for promotion and preventing relegation". Farewell to a unique coaching career - Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

We, at Soccer Laduma, extend our condolences to Radomir Antic's family and friends.

"The Barça family mourns the loss of a man who was deeply beloved in the world of football".

After ending his playing, Radomir went into coaching in 1988 where he started with Real Zaragoza. "Rest in Peace", read a tweet from the club's official account.

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