Ex-Spurs Defender Goran Bunjevcevic Dies Age 45

Ex-Spurs Defender Dies Young

It has come to light that ex-Spurs player Goran Bunjevcevic died from stroke at the very young age of 45. Still a part of the game, Goran enjoyed his work in Serbia’s FA.


Bunjevcevic was a two-time league champion with Red Star Belgrade, and winner of 16 caps with Yugoslavia’s international team. He was a much-loved and respected player.

On top of being technically talented, he was also a great reader of the game, and at one point he was touted as being the “Serbian Beckenbauer”.

Joining Tottenham from Red Star in 2001, Bunjevcevic donned Spurs colours for 5 seasons. He had a respectable time with the North London outfit, but unfortunately injuries prevented him from reaching his full potential.

Bunjevcevic departed Spurs in July 2006, heading for Netherlands side Den Haag, and then retiring a short while later.

After retirement Goran took up a new position as sporting director for Serbia’s FA.

Bunjevcevic in suit
Big wig Bunjevcevic as FA Official

Bunjevcevic Last Months

After the Aneurysm, life for Goran and his family was difficult. Just last week, Aleksandar Kolarov dedicated Serbia’s opening World Cup win to him.

“We dedicate this win to our director, and we want him to know that we are all supporting him. He’s had some health problems. We want to relay this message to him and his family, that we are 100 percent behind him.”

International Bunjevcevic
Serbia win over Costa Rica devoted to Bunjevcevic

Official Club Statements

A statement from Red Star Belgrade reads:

“With sadness, we report that Goran Bunjevcevic, former Crvena Zvezda captain and director of football, has passed away on 28 June 2018. He was 45 years old.

“Goran fought bravely for over a month after suffering an aneurysm on 20th May this year, but has today tragically lost the battle.”

Tottenham Hotspur posted on Twitter:

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

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