Born on 19 November 1922, Mitić made his name as a striker with BSK Beograd, where he started his career in 1936, but it is with FK Crvena Zvezda that he holds legendary status. Joining the club following its foundation on 4 March 1945, he won five domestic titles and four Yugoslavian Cups over the next 14 seasons, a period that brought 262 goals in 572 appearances.
He registered 32 more strikes in 59 international appearances, and was a silver medalist at the 1948 and 1952 Olympic tournaments and also played in the 1950 and 1954 FIFA World Cups. He went on to win four titles and three Yugoslavian Cups as Crvena Zvezda coach between 1959 and 1965 and then led Yugoslavia from 1966 to 1970, finishing runners-up at the 1968 UEFA European Championship.
Mitić's immense contribution to the Belgrade club was recognised when he became the first player to receive an official Crvena Zvezda star. Only four other players have ever been given this award: Dragoslav Šekularac, Dragan Džajić, Vladimir Petrović and Dragan Stojković.
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