Sinisa Mihajlovic in Belgrade for the first time since treatment, to address Serbia in TV broadcast
The legendary footballer will arrive in the capital of Serbia on a private jet, and immediately after giving his address returns to the airport
Sinisa Mihajlovic is returning to Belgrade! The Bologna football club coach will attend a ceremony organized by the Football Association of Serbia (FSS) marking 100 years since this organization was established - and on that occasion Mihajlovic will receive an award for best coach of the year in a ceremony at the National Theater, after which he will address Serbia, Telegraf has been able to confirm.
According to some sources, Mihajlovic will come from Italy on a private jet provided by Bologna, but will not stay long. After his address, he will head to the airport and return to Bologna, as contact with too many people is a risk for him considering his still poor health.
Miha played a match for his life this year where he didn't allow himself to be defeated by a serious illness, but bravely dealt with leukemia, and the FSS recognition has additional symbolism in this regard.
The legendary Serbian footballer underwent two phases of difficult therapy during his treatment at Sant'Orsola Hospital in Bologna, where he also received a bone marrow transplant from an unrelated donor. Throughout his treatment, Miha also took care of his team and coordinated from the hospital everything related to training and team preparation for the matches.
The whole of Italy came together to support Sinisa, and fans who used to insult him now sing and chant his name and write supportive banners.
Mihajlovic was last seen in Belgrade during the Red Star-Napoli Champions League game last season when he, together with other players from the Serbian club's "Bari generation" showed the European Cup of Champions trophy (won by Red Star in a final played in Bari in 1991) to a packed Red Star stadium.
The ceremony at the National Theater tonight to mark the 100th anniversary of the FSS while the "Golden Ball" award begins at 6 pm. RTS 2 will broadcast live from the event, allowing viewes at home to hear Sinisa Mihajlovic's speech.
Telegraf reporters will also be on site and you can expect the latest information, interviews, photos and videos from the scene (on the Serbian site).
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