Football Federation Tasmania extends its deepest sympathies to Furjanic family following the passing of a giant of the game in Tasmania, Michael Furjanic.

Furjanic was a past player, president, patron and life member of Glenorchy Knights FC who left a large legacy on the game in the state.

Michael was the Knights club patron from 1997 to 2012 and he sponsored Tasmanian football through the Michael Tailors Cup in Hobart for 12 years. Through our sport, he has proudly forged the Croatian identity and was awarded an OAM in 2001 for his contribution to the Croatian community in Tasmania.

Michael also made a significant contribution nationally by starting the Croatian Soccer Association of Australia (CSAA) in 1974 serving as its President for 15 continuous years. He was instrumental in creating the first Croatian Soccer Tournament in Sydney which is still going strong 44 years later. Anyone that has been to a tournament will appreciate the wonderful celebration of football and all things Croatian that it represents. Michael also created the Miss Croatia pageant which is held in conjunction with tournaments and organised tours of teams to and from Canada and the United States. Michael was made President for Life of the CSAA in 1989 and was inducted into the CSAA Hall of Fame in 2015.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to the Furjanic family at this difficult time.