The Croatian Football Federation is organising the Croatian premiere of the documentary film “Nikad ispričana priča” Miroslav “Ćiro” Blažević – Untold story about Miroslav “Ćiro” Blažević, which will be shown at the Kaptol Boutique cinema in Zagreb on Thursday, December 16, at 7 p.m.
The author of the film about the “coach of all coaches” and the celebrated coach of the ‘Vatreni’, who won bronze with Croatia at the World Cup in France in 1998, is Bosnian-Herzegovinian sports commentator Sabahudin Topalbećirević.
Those who feature in the film include former players Davor Šuker, Robert Jarni and Aljoša Asanović, but also Bosnian-Herzegovinian national team players Edin Džeko and Miralem Pjanić, as well as many others.
The film begins with a look back at Ćiro’s childhood, reminiscing about the difficult days of growing up in Travnik during World War II, and some sad and tragic moments in his life, and then experiences a twist by highlighting his famous playing and coaching days on football fields in Switzerland, former Yugoslavia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Of course, in the forefront of the film are the personal testimonies of Miroslav Blažević, who, in his own unique way, portrayed his important life periods on and off the field.
After the film premiere in Zagreb tonight, Miroslav Blažević, director Sabahudin Topalbećirević and president of the Croatian Football Federation Marijan Kustić, will address the invited guests.
Now aged 86, Blažević s professional playing career spanned from 1954 to 1966, during which he played for Dinamo Zagreb, Lokomotiva Zagreb, FK Sarajevo, HNK Rijeka and Swiss clubs FC Sion and FC Moutier. As a manager, he was in charge of Croatia from 1994-2000.
He also managed the national teams of Switzerland, Iran, Bosnia and Herzegovina and China Olympic and had successful spells at FC Vevey, FC Sion, FC Lausanne-Sport, HNK Rijeka, GNK Dinamo Zagreb, Grasshopper Zürich, FC Prishtina, NK Osijek, NK Varteks, NK Zagreb, Shanghai Shenhua and FK Sloboda Tuzla.