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Velibor Vasovic 1939-2002 (Ajax)
THE GREAT AJAX SIDE OF THE EARLY-1970's MAYBE remembered
for its Dutch contingent, led by Cruyff, Neeskens, Krol
and Haan, but the less-lauded Yugoslav international
Velibor Vasovic was the Amsterdam side's defensive
Before captaining Ajax in their 1971 European Cup final
defeat of Panathinaikos, Vasovic had won four Dutch
titles and three Dutch cups, having previously scored for
Partisan Belgrade in their 2-1 defeat to the mighty Real
Madrid in the European Cup final of 1966.
A trained lawyer, Vasovic also won 32 caps for Yugoslavia
and played a major role in helping them reach the 1968
European Championship final, where they lost out to a
classy Italy side in Rome, going down 2-0 alter forcing a
On leaving Ajax, Vasovic returned to his former club Red
Star Belgrade to take up a coaching role in 1971.
He died of a heart attack on March 4, aged 63.
This obituary by Matthew Roberts appeared in 'FourFourTwo' May 2002, no.93
John Bromley 1934-2002( TV Football Coverage - see Commentators)
A pioneer in televised
sport, in particular football, John Bromley, who died on
4 February, was responsible for introducing innovative
ideas which, though taken for granted today, took TV
coverage of football to a new level at the time. As ITVs
head of sport, Bromley was responsible for their World
Cup coverage for 20 years, during which time he
introduced the slow-motion action replay to 1TV's
coverage of the 1970 World Cup, the tournament which also
witnessed football's first panel of pundits, Bromley also
launched World Of Sport to oppose BBC's Grandstand and
created the original, 'On The Ball' as well as Saint and
Greavsie. (Starring Jimmy Greaves and Ian St. John.) He
worked as a TV consultant, notably with BSkyB, after
resigning from ITV in 1989, and was awarded the OBE in
This obituary by Lindsey Powell appeared in 'FourFourTwo' April 2002, no.92
Rarnon Moreno Grosso 1943-2002 (Real Madrid)
WHEN ALFREDO Dl STEFANO, the legendary Real Madrid
striker, retired in the summer of 1964, Ramon Moreno
Grossowas the man handed the seemingly unenviable task of
inheriting his number nine shirt". Born in 1943,
Grosso had joined Madrid at the age of 15 and made his
way through the club"s youth ranks before spending
the 1963-64 campaign at local rivals Atletico in a
successful loan spell". At first, coach Miguel
Mufiois decision to employ Grosso, a virtual unknown, as
Di Stefano"s replacement attracted criticism."
But the striker's industrious performances soon won over
the supporters and he finished his first season as the
team's top scorer with 27 goals in 28 games as Madrid won
the title. Thereafter he became an integral part of the
Real Madrid teams that dominated Spanish football in the
1960s and 70's. In all, he scored 96 goals as they
claimed seven league titles, three Spanish Cups and the
European Cup in a golden 12-year period"
Before his retirement in 1976. Grosso played 473 times
for his club and won 14 Spanish caps, scoring once,
against Turkey in 1967. Dubbed "the worker",
his levels of consistency and application were so high
that Madrid used him in every position on the field - he
even played in goal in a friendly against Boca Juniors.
Di Stefano, now honorary president of Real Madrid,
expressed his sadness at the passing away of a great
character "He was a very effective player and was
recognised by everyone in the world of football. He was
everybodys friend. a great person"
This obituary by Rob Wightman appeared in 'FourFourTwo' April 2002, no.92
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