Ex-Yugoslavia and Real Madrid coach Vujadin Boskov, who took the Spanish giants to the 1981 European Cup final, died on Sunday at the age of 82, his former club Vojvodina announced. Boskov coached Real to the 1979/1980 Spanish La Liga title but saw his team miss out on the European Cup a year later when they were edged by Liverpool 1-0 in the final in Paris.
He also led Sampdoria to the Italian Serie A title but again was foiled in the European Cup final when the Italians lost 1-0 to Barcelona in 1992. However, he did win a continental crown when Sampdoria triumphed in the 1990 Cup Winners Cup.
Boskov also had four spells as Yugoslavia coach, taking them to the UEFA EURO 2000 finals. Born on May 16, 1931 at Begec near Novi Sad, Boskov played for 16 years for Vojvodina before going on to feature for Sampdoria and Young Boys in Switzerland.