3 April 2008 – The Death of Hrvoje Ćustić

On 3 April 2008, NK Zadar striker Hrvoje Ćustić died after getting injured in a match 5 days earlier. He was 24 years old.

Ćustić started his career with the Croatian club in 2000, but spent two season with NK Zagreb from 2005 to 2007 before returning to Zadar in the summer of 2007. 

During the first few minutes of a match against HNK Cibalia on 29 March 2008, Ćustić was challenging for a loose ball and collided with an opposing players. The force of the collision pushed him over the touchline and into a concrete wall, which he struck with his head. 

Medical personnel rushed him to the hospital, where he underwent surgery. His condition remained stable until 2 April, when his body temperature began to rise due to a post-surgical infection. His conditioned deteriorated and he died the following day.

Afterward, the Croatian federation postponed all league matches for the following weekend to honor his memory.

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