Antic’s milestone: only he directed Real Madrid, Atlético and Barcelona

first_imgRadomir Antic’s career in LaLiga was extensive and with all kinds of results, but in it the Serbian achieved something that no one else has got Until now: having trained the three greats of Spanish football, Real Madrid, Atlético and Barcelona. And with Ramón Mendoza, Jesús Gil and Joan Gaspart as bosses. There is nothing … None of these was his first bench in Spain, but premiered at Zaragoza. After two years in the Aragonese capital, Madrid called him in the spring of 1991 to lead the team to replace Di Stéfano. There something also unexpected happened for a technician: he was fired … when the team was leading. “They kicked me out because of the pressure, because they said we were not playing well. Mendoza made the decision,” he recalled in a recent interview with AS. Then he was three years at Real Oviedo and The opportunity came at Atlético. Jesús Gil recruited him after the scare of the previous year, 94-95, in which the rojiblancos fought to avoid relegation to Segunda until the last day. And the Serbian worked a miracle, with the signings of Molina, Santi, Roberto, Penev and, above all, a hitherto unknown Pantic, the team achieved the League Double, which had not been won since 1974, and the Cup. The team surprised by its mastery of the set piece, with Milinko as absolute leader, and a lethal counterattack. Antic completed three seasons and would still return in the next two to try to straighten out the Sacchi and Ranieri projects.center_img Too was called to the rescue at Barça, in 2002-03. He caught the team at the start of the second lap 15th three points down, with Puyol, Xavi, De Boer, Mendieta, Riquelme, Kluivert, Saviola … in the team. The azulgrana climbed the table to finish sneaking sixth, with a ticket to UEFA. Laporta’s arrival removed him from the bench despite having fulfilled the task.last_img

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