Sad news is coming to us from Serbia. After several cases of heart attacks that we reported on in the previous days, this time we have similar news from Serbia. According to novosti.rs, the legendary volleyball player Dejan Brđović passed away in his apartment in Belgrade at the age of 49.
Dejan Brđović had a great career and achieved a lot of success as a player but also as a coach. He had his last engagement in Poland, in the team Szczecin. The sad news stunned everyone in the volleyball family. Many did not believe at first, but in the end they realized that they had to come to terms with the harsh reality.
- I can't talk, understand me - his teammate from the national team and friend Zeljko Tanaskovic said sadly. The premature departure from the life scene stunned the former Yugoslav coach Zoran Gajić: - Shocking. Dejan marked one epoch.
He is part of the generation that took our volleyball to the top of the world. It's hard for me, I still can't believe he's gone. We were not only together with the national team, but for a while in the Greek Orestiada. A terrible blow.
Brdjovic was born on February 21 in Kraljevo. He started in Žiča, continued his career in Ribnica, from where he moved to Crvena Zvezda, with whom he played the legendary final of the playoffs with Partizan in the early 90's.
He wore the red-and-white jersey two more times, won the Cup, and in 2003, he was finally looking forward to the title of national champion. He played in Olympiacos, Orestiada, Auseldi, Milan, Loretta, Lube, AEK, and ended his career in 2006 in Radnički Kragujevac.
He also started his coaching career in the town of Lepenica. He also led the women's teams Asistel from Novara, Vizuru, Rabiti from Baku, and spent a year in China. For the last half of the year, he has been training in Szczecin, Poland.
He was also the director of Crvena zvezda (2003) and Ribnica, 2009, but he was never attracted to the chair. He played 300 games for the national team. He started as a setter, but the coaches soon transferred him to the opposite.
He was the captain of the team that won bronze in Athens in 1995, after 16 years. It was the beginning of a great generation, which gave birth to many aces. He also won the Olympic bronze in 1996 in Atlanta and said goodbye to the national team in 1997.
Fate wanted it to be against Italy in Yugoslavia's debut season in the World League. In an unforgettable match, the Blues won 3: 2. Brđović played brilliantly, but he was seriously injured during one landing.