Mladen Delić

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Mladen Delić (left) and Nikola Pilić

Mladen Delić (15 January 1919, Sinj – 22 February 2005) was a Croatian sports commentator.

He studied law at the University of Belgrade, but switched to the School of physical education and sport in Belgrade where he graduated in 1938.[1] From 1946 to 1948 he continued to work as a teacher in Zagreb. During World War II he served in the pro-Axis Croatian Home Guard.

He entered into journalism after the war, writing for Narodni sport and Borba, as well as working for Radio Zagreb. He had his first radio program in 1947. In 1950 he formed an editorial board for sports within Radio Zagreb. He worked as a reporter and commentator from 1965 to his retirement in 1984.

His "Ljudi moji, je li to moguće" (eng: "My people, is this possible") comment as Ljubomir Radanovic scored a stoppage time goal against Bulgaria that qualified Yugoslavia for the Euro 84 remains one of the most famous comments and is quoted to this day across former Yugoslavia.[2]

He received a lifetime achievement award from the Croatian Sports Journalists Association in 1994.[3] He is buried in Mirogoj Cemetery.[4]