FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter has expressed his sadness at the passing of former Czechoslovakia forward Zdenek Zikan.
Zikan, who died at the age of 75, scored four times at 1958 FIFA World Cup Sweden™ and ranks as the third most prolific Czechoslovakian player at the global finals. He was also awarded the Vaclav Jira prize for his services to Czechoslovak and Czech football – the Football Association of the Czech Republic’s highest honour.
Scoring in all three games at the 1958 tournament, he helped his side to a 6-1 win over Argentina and a 2-2 draw with fourth-placed finishers Germany FR, though they were eliminated at the group stage.
In a letter to Czech FA President Miroslav Pelta, Blatter wrote: "Personally, and on behalf of the worldwide football community, I wish to extend our deepest condolences to you, to everyone at the Football Association of Czech Republic and, most importantly, to the family of Zdenek Zikan, his friends and loved ones.
"I know that Zdenek Zikan devoted his life to football. I remember when he scored four goals in three games in the 1958 FIFA World Cup for your country. He will be remembered for his accomplishments and contributions that he made to our sport."
Alongside his five goals and four appearances for his nation, Zikan also turned out for hometown outfits Motorletem Prague, Sparta Prague and spent ten years at Hradec Kralove.