Former Spurs defender Bunjevcevic dies aged 45

Serbian defender Goran Bunjevcevic in action for Tottenham Hotspur in July 2001. — Picture by Action Images/David Slater/File Photo
Serbian defender Goran Bunjevcevic in action for Tottenham Hotspur in July 2001. — Picture by Action Images/David Slater/File Photo

LONDON, June 29 — Former Tottenham Hotspur and Red Star Belgrade defender Goran Bunjevcevic has died at the age of 45, the Serbian club said today.

Bunjevcevic, who made 125 appearances for Red Star, was in a serious condition after suffering from aneurysm last month.

“With sadness, we report that Goran Bunjevcevic, former Crvena Zvezda captain and director of football, has passed away on 28 June 2018,” the club said in a statement.

He joined Tottenham in 2001 under Glenn Hoddle but an injury-hit spell at the London club restricted him to only 51 appearances in five seasons.

“We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our former player Goran Bunjevcevic. The thoughts of everyone at the Club are with his friends and family at this extremely difficult time,” Tottenham said on Twitter.

Serbia left back Aleksandar Kolarov had dedicated the 1-0 win in their World Cup opener against Costa Rica on June 17 to Bunjevcevic, who was named sporting director of the country’s football association in 2016.

“We dedicate this win to our director, and we want him to know that we are all supporting him,” the former Manchester City defender had said. — Reuters

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