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Dusko Antunovic passes away

Srdjan Tomic - Former Yugoslavian international and first Croatian head coach Dusko Antunovic (65) died yesterday in Zagreb, Croatia after long illnes. As a player he had a succesfull career, spending his best moments at Partizan Belgrade where he played from 1967 until 1977. With the Serbian powerhouse he became European champion three times in 1971, 1975 and 1976. Antunovic played 150 matches for Yugoslavia and won the bronze medal at the European Championships in Barcelona 1970, and Viena 1974, as well as gold at the Mediteranian games of 1971 in Izmir, Turkey.

He began his coaching career on his home Island of Korcula, Croatia and where he gained the only European trophy in the team history for the club KPK when they won the LEN Cup Winners Cup in 1978. Antunovic won two European club championship with Mladost Zagreb in 1989 and 1990. From 1991 untill 1993 Antunovic was head coach of the Croatian national team with whom he won the silver medal at the Mediteranian games in '93. Dusko Antunovich was born on Korcula on 24 February 1947.

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