Around the turn of the millennium, nobody shaped football in Austria like he did. The Bosnian gave Sturm Graz their first championship title (1998), their successful defense (1999), three cup wins (1996, 1997, 1999) and three lavish participations in the Champions League (1998, 1999, 2000), which were long unmatched in Austria . Osim passed away on Sunday at the age of 81. Osim was a second home for Graz. Most recently he lived in the St. Peter district of Graz. His body, in particular, never fully recovered from a stroke at the age of 66 while watching football on TV. But it worked until a few days ago Except according to the circumstances, he drank “his” beloved aft Styrian Muskateller until his death after signing fan paraphernalia.
The international media also paid tribute to Osim. Bosnian daily Dnevni avaz wrote: “Legendary coach Ivica Osim has died at the age of 81. He was one of the most successful coaches in the Balkans. 30 years ago, on May 23, the legendary Ivica resigned as coach of the Yugoslav national football team. He also resigned due to the aggression against Bosnia and Herzegovina and his hometown of Sarajevo.”
The medium “klix.ba” recalled his time as an active player: “He impressed with his incredible technique and the ease with which he outperformed the opposing players. It seemed like the players were falling around him, and if he wasn’t helping his teammates, he would be scoring the goals on his own. Radio and newspaper reporters often reported with astonishment that all this succeeded despite the slow movements. In 1967 he was also named the best player in Yugoslavia.”
There were also reactions from Croatia. “Vecernji list” wrote: “One of the greatest football coaches in Yugoslavia, Ivica Osim from Sarajevo, passed away on Sunday in Graz, where he had lived for several years. (…) Many will say that he was the best coach of the Yugoslav national team, which he led from 1986 to 1992. He also coached Yugoslavia at the 1987 Zagreb Universiade and at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.”
However, German and French media also reacted to the death of Ivica Osim. French media outlet TV5 said: “Ivica Osim, a former national team player and last coach of the Yugoslav football team who also played in France in the 1970s, died on Sunday at the age of 80, local media said. (…) On Sunday evening, the floodlights of the Grbavica stadium, where FK Zeljeznicar Sarajevo plays, were lit in his honor as dozens of fans flocked to the field. The headlights were to remain on for 81 minutes in reference to the birthday the deceased was due to celebrate on Friday.”
The Münchner Merkur also paid tribute to the Bosnian: “The former Yugoslav and national football coach Ivica Osim died at the age of 80. This was confirmed by his long-standing club Sturm Graz, who praised the Bosnian native as the ‘coach of the century’. The founding party of Sturm scheduled for Sunday has been cancelled. Osim lived in Graz. Osim, who earned 16 caps for Yugoslavia, coached the national team from 1986 until the country’s violent breakup in 1991.”