Legends never die
Belgrade now has one more graffiti dedicated to another legend who left us too soon near the end of 2022 - our Siniša passed away after a long-term illness.
The mural of Siniša Mihajlović is the work of the artist Andrej Kolosov, who is paying tribute to our football legend.
And Novi apartmani website, in their own way, would like to pay tribute to Siniša by reminding our dear visitors about this great man and athlete.
Siniša Mihajlović was born on February 20, 1969 in Vukovar and from his youngest days he knew that football would be actually his calling in life and that he was one of the best at it. His football career started in Borovo in 1986, where he stayed for two seasons. In 1988, he made the first major transfer in his career when he signed for Vojvodina from Novi Sad, where he played phenomenally under the coaching of Ljupko Petrović and scored 19 goals in 73 games. Even then, his excellent powerful shot and great technique of taking free kicks was so prominent – the feature for which he will forever be considered as one of the best of all time.
At the end of 1990, the coach Ljupko Petrović brought him to Red Star, with whom he became European champion just six months later.
That year, Red Star started its European adventure without Sinisa, but it turned out that by bringing him, the adventure would eventually become winning of the European Champions Cup trophy.
Mihajlović played a key role in the double match in which Red Star eliminated Bayern and qualified for the finals when he scored the famous spectacular goal from a free kick that will forever be remembered in the history of Serbian football.
He remained in Red Star until 1992, and on December 8 in Tokyo, Mihajlovic and Red Star became world champions by defeating Colo-Colo from Chile by 3:0. He would then move to Italy where he played until the end of his rewarding career. From 1992-1994, he played for Roma.
As time went on, Mihajlovic got an increasingly defensive role, which became very prominent in Sampdoria, where he played from 1994 until 1998 and scored 12 goals. He had a great cooperation with coach Sven Goran Eriksen, and also with Vladimir Jugović, a former teammate from Red Star, with whom he also shared the dressing room for a year in Vojvodina.
In 1998, he moved to FC Lazio and won the Italian Super Cup already in August that year. He played 126 matches for Lazio and scored 20 goals, and then the following year he won the Winners' Cup, as well as the European Super Cup in the finals (again) with Sampdoria. He stayed in Lazio for six years, and during that time his teammate was Dejan Stanković, who became his godfather. The last club in his career was Inter, where he played from 2004 to 2006 scoring five goals.
For our national team, Sinisa also made 63 appearances for our national team, scoring 10 goals.
After the end of his professional playing career, Miha also remained a dedicated sports worker, continuing his career as a coach. He spent almost his entire coaching career in Italy. He managed Inter, Catania, Fiorentina, Sampdoria, Milan, Torino and finally Bologna, with which he parted ways rather violently. Also, in the period from 2012 to 2013, he was the coach of the Serbian national team, and in 2018, he had a short trip to Portugal when he was the coach of Sporting Lisbon.
Thank you for everything Siniša! You will never be forgotten!