Former football player Mráz, silver Olympian and three-time league champion, has died

With the Alajuelense team, he won two championship titles in 1980 and 1991. He also led the Costa Rican national team. In the past, he also worked as a reporter for ČTK in Rome.

“It is with regret that we announce the death of the former coach of the red and black Mr. Ivan Mráz, coach of the champions of 1980 and 1991, who, thanks to his skills and vision, caused a revolution in Costa Rican football,” the Alajuelense club said on the X social network. “Congratulations to his loved ones .”

The native of Levoč started as a striker for Slovan Bratislava, Sparta, Dukla and Maastricht in the Netherlands. He played 162 matches in the domestic league and scored 55 goals. He started four times in the representative A team and scored five goals. In 1965, he was the top scorer in the Cup Winners’ Cup with six goals. In Sparta, he started alongside Andrej Kvašňák and Václav Mašek and won the league with them in 1965 and 1967. Meanwhile, he helped Dukle to the title.

He started training at Letná. He led Sparta in the 1974/75 season, in which they were relegated. At the end of the competition, however, he was no longer on the verge of relegation to the second league. In the late 1970s, he began coaching in Costa Rica, where he made a name for himself. Later, he also worked as an official in the country and also managed a football school for talented players.

2024-05-19 11:34:44
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