Aug
21
2007
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Sinisa Mihajlovic farewell football game

Since retiring a year ago, Sinisa Mihajlovic has been assistant coach at Italian champions Inter Milan. At the end of May, the 38-year-old honoured his promise to organize a spectacular farewell game. Mihajlovic elected to stage the match in Novi Sad, where he won his first honour (the Yugoslavian league title with Vojvodina in 1989) and where his family found a new home after being forced to flee Croatia by the civil war. The retired international star, who played for FK Vojvodina, Red Star Belgrade, Roma, Sampdoria, Lazio and Inter Milan in a trophy-laden career spanning 20 years that also saw him make 63 international appearances (including the 1998 World Cup in France), took his leave at a benefit match between Inter and “Miha’s Friends”. The game was watched by a sell-out crowd of more than 12,000 at the Karadjordje Stadium, with the gate receipts going to various charitable institutions, such as the SOS Children’s Village at Stremska Kamenica near Novi Sad. The fans were treated to a great game of football between the current Inter side and a team made up of illustrious stars past and present including Filippo Inzaghi, Stefano Fiore, Vincenzo Montella, Angelo Peruzzi, Hristo Stoichkov, Dragan Stojkovic, Predrag Mijatovic and Fernando Couto. The result was not important. Mihajlovic’s sons, Dusan and Miroslav, were allowed to contribute three goals and Inter boss Roberto Mancini also got on the scoresheet with a header past goalkeeper Vlade Divac, once one of the best basketball players in the world.