Marijan Žužej

Intro Croatian water polo player
Was Athlete Water polo player
From Serbia Croatia Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 8 February 1934, Maribor, Slovenia
Death 18 December 2011, Zagreb, Croatia (aged 77 years)
Star sign Aquarius
Stats
Height: 186 cm
Weight: 93 kg

Marijan Žužej (8 February 1934 – 18 December 2011) was a Croatian water polo player of Slovenian origin. He was part of the Yugoslavia teams that won a silver medal at the 1956 Olympics and placed fourth in 1960. Žužej was born in Maribor to Slovenian parents and lost his father at early age. His mother and stepfather were doctors and fought with Yugoslav partisans during World War II. Žužej took up swimming and water polo in 1946, and in 1954 was included to the Yugoslav national team that won a bronze medal at European championships. In late 1957 he had a serious car accident. He recovered by the 1960 Olympics, but retired from competitions after that to become a water polo coach and administrator at his club HAVK Mladost. Besides water polo he worked as an architect in Slovenia and Austria.

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