June 29, 2018 / 10:32 AM / 6 months ago

Former Spurs defender Bunjevcevic dies aged 45

Football - Tottenham Hotspur Reserves v Coventry City Reserves FA Barclays Reserve League South - 05/06 - Broadhall Way, Stevenage Borough - 10/4/06 Tottenham's Goran Bunjevcevic with the Barclays Southern Reserves League Trophy Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Andrew Couldridge

(Reuters) - Former Tottenham Hotspur and Red Star Belgrade defender Goran Bunjevcevic has died at the age of 45, the Serbian club said on Friday.

Bunjevcevic, who made 125 appearances for Red Star, was in a serious condition after suffering from aneurysm last month.

“With sadness, we report that Goran Bunjevcevic, former Crvena Zvezda captain and director of football, has passed away on 28 June 2018,” the club said in a statement.

He joined Tottenham in 2001 under Glenn Hoddle but an injury-hit spell at the London club restricted him to only 51 appearances in five seasons.

“We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our former player Goran Bunjevcevic. The thoughts of everyone at the Club are with his friends and family at this extremely difficult time,” Tottenham said on Twitter.

Serbia left back Aleksandar Kolarov had dedicated the 1-0 win in their World Cup opener against Costa Rica on June 17 to Bunjevcevic, who was named sporting director of the country’s football association in 2016.

“We dedicate this win to our director, and we want him to know that we are all supporting him,” the former Manchester City defender had said.

Reporting By Arnab Paul in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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