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Former Serbia and Montenegro football coach reportedly dies from coronavirus

Last updated 8 days ago | By Xinhua

Former Serbia and Montenegro head coach Ilija Petkovic has passed away, allegedly from COVID-19.

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His former club, Shanghai Shenhua, confirmed on Sunday, the death of the 74-year-old Serbian football coach.

"We will cherish those amazing things you brought to us. RIP," the club wrote on social media.

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Petkovic was hospitalized for fever and duodenum ulcer and later found to have contracted the COVID-19 in the hospital, a report from news outlet Netease said.

He spent one year with Shanghai Shenhua in 2001, coaching them to second place in China's top league.

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Petkovic coached Serbia and Montenegro at the 2006 World Cup finals, where his side failed to qualify for the knockout stage. Enditem