Miljenko Kovačić

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Miljenko Kovačić
Personal information
Date of birth (1973-03-19)19 March 1973
Place of birth Zagreb, SFR Yugoslavia
Date of death 20 August 2005(2005-08-20) (aged 32)
Place of death Sveta Helena, Croatia
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1996 Dinamo Zagreb 26 (7)
1996–1999 Brescia 18 (2)
2000–2001 Vrbovec
2001–2003 Slaven Belupo 57 (14)
2003–2004 Hapoel Petah Tikva 30 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Miljenko Kovačić (19 March 1973 – 20 August 2005) was a Croatian soccer player.[1][2] His nickname was “The Son of the Wind".[3] He played professionally for quite a few teams, most notably for Dinamo Zagreb with which he was part of the national championship victory in 1995–1996[4] and Brescia (Italy). Certain choices he made in his professional career were interesting, at one point he quit playing because of religious reasons (he was a member of the Hare Krishna religion[5][6]) stating money being the root of evil and that he was content with what he had. This was a shock to his employer at the time, the professional Italian team Brescia. Kovačić did return to professional soccer briefly in 2001, but quit again in 2005 due to family reasons. He lost his life in a motorcycle accident in 2005.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ football results – Sport | euronews : the latest international news as video on demand. euronews (19 March 1973). Retrieved on 20 October 2011.
  2. ^ Miljenko KovaÄ?ić | Hrvatska nogometna liga. 1hnl.net (19 March 1973). Retrieved on 20 October 2011.
  3. ^ Nogometni magazin / www.. Nogometni-magazin.com. Retrieved on 20 October 2011.
  4. ^ Croatia – Championship Winning Squads. Rsssf.com (18 December 2008). Retrieved on 20 October 2011.
  5. ^ portal.vvz.hr. portal.vvz.hr (15 July 2011). Retrieved on 20 October 2011.
  6. ^ Religiozni Miljenko Kovačić vraća se nogometu – Sportnet. Sportnet.hr. Retrieved on 20 October 2011.
  7. ^ Nogometni magazin / www.. Nogometni-magazin.com. Retrieved on 20 October 2011.