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OFI’s coach Eugene Gerard dies at 77 (photos-videos)

His name is synonymous to Crete and the love of the island

Eugene Gerard, the Dutch coach who became synonymous with the Greek football team Ofi of Crete, has died at the age of 77. Gerard led Ofi to its only title, the Greek Cup in 1987 while the club took second spot in the major league in the 1985-86 season. He stayed at Ofi for 15m years (1985-2000) before going on to AEK Athens, Apoel in Cyprus and Panachaiki of Patras. Gerard, who changed his name to Gerardakis for the love of Crete, was granted Greek citizenship and lived in the village of Elia with his wife Katerina.

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