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Croatian coaches in Europe/Abroad

It's time for a separate thread. Enough of our coaches to keep a track of.



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Slaven Bilic - West Ham United (ENG)
Igor Tudor - PAOK (GRE)
Nenad Bjelica - Spezia (ITA)
Robert Prosinecki - Azerbaijan National Team
Robert Jarni - Puskas Akademia (HUN)
Igor Jovicevic - Karpaty Lviv (UKR)
Ivan Juric - Crotone (ITA)

The most high profile manager is of course Bilic, the first Croatian to manage full time in the English Premier League after Zajec had a short interim spell at Portsmouth. Tudor gets a big opportunity at PAOK, a top 3 club in Greece with Euro pedigree. Bjelica seems to be another promising coach, having led Austria Wien in the Champions League and doing well at Spezia. Prosinecki is the only Croatian manager at NT level with Azerbaijan, so far unbeaten in official matches

Non-EU
Zlatko Dalic - Al-Ain (UAE)
Zlatko Kranjcar - Al-Ahli (QAT)
Branko Ivankovic - Persepolis (IRN)
Luka Bonacic - Al-Shahania (QAT)
Marijo Tot - Changchun Yatai (CHN)
Dragan Skocic - Foolad (IRN)
Goran Tomic - Tianjin (CHN)

The most successful by far is Zlatko Dalic who is making a name for himself in the Middle East. He has some success in the Asian CL as well leading Al-Ain to the semis one season. Kranjcar and Ivankovic with some success in Asia as well and probably at a point in their career where they are happy to stay there. Former Dinamo manager, Marijo Tot, has just been appointed a manager in China

Anybody else? There are probably some in lesser known leagues...

Igor Stimac has been linked with a move to Iran after being relegated with Zadar. There was a Croatian manager in the 2.BL named Tomislav Stipic but he was sacked after Aue was relegated
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EUROPE
Slaven Bilic - West Ham United (ENG)
Igor Tudor - PAOK (GRE)
Nenad Bjelica - Spezia (ITA)
Robert Prosinecki - Azerbaijan National Team
Robert Jarni - Puskas Akademia (HUN)
Igor Jovicevic - Karpaty Lviv (UKR)
Ivan Juric - Crotone (ITA)

The most high profile manager is of course Bilic, the first Croatian to manage full time in the English Premier League after Zajec had a short interim spell at Portsmouth. Tudor gets a big opportunity at PAOK, a top 3 club in Greece with Euro pedigree. Bjelica seems to be another promising coach, having led Austria Wien in the Champions League and doing well at Spezia. Prosinecki is the only Croatian manager at NT level with Azerbaijan, so far unbeaten in official matches

Non-EU
Zlatko Dalic - Al-Ain (UAE)
Zlatko Kranjcar - Al-Ahli (QAT)
Branko Ivankovic - Persepolis (IRN)
Luka Bonacic - Al-Shahania (QAT)
Marijo Tot - Changchun Yatai (CHN)
Dragan Skocic - Foolad (IRN)
Goran Tomic - Tianjin (CHN)

The most successful by far is Zlatko Dalic who is making a name for himself in the Middle East. He has some success in the Asian CL as well leading Al-Ain to the semis one season. Kranjcar and Ivankovic with some success in Asia as well and probably at a point in their career where they are happy to stay there. Former Dinamo manager, Marijo Tot, has just been appointed a manager in China

Anybody else? There are probably some in lesser known leagues...

Igor Stimac has been linked with a move to Iran after being relegated with Zadar. There was a Croatian manager in the 2.BL named Tomislav Stipic but he was sacked after Aue was relegated
I'm not sure if this is relevant but Boro Primorac is a "first team coach" at Arsenal...he doesn't make the final decisions but he coaches.
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I'm not sure if this is relevant but Boro Primorac is a "first team coach" at Arsenal...he doesn't make the final decisions but he coaches.
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Does Petkovic count as one?
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I don't know if I count for this thread but just today I received my US National F Level Coaching License (true story!):



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I don't know if I count for this thread but just today I received my US National F Level Coaching License (true story!):



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How long is the contract and how big is the salary?

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post #10 of 362 (permalink) Old June 19th, 2015, 03:36 Thread Starter
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I don't know if I count for this thread but just today I received my US National F Level Coaching License (true story!):



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"F" ? What is that, the grade they gave you??








Just kidding nepoznat. Congrats.
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Congrats Nepoznat. I'll like to get a coaching license one day aswell if time allows out.
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Does Petkovic count as one?
Was gonna ask the same thing. I've never heard anyone hear really talk about him.
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Well he is Croatian but the majority of his footballing career has been in Switzerland
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"F" = "F**king Awesome".

Seriously though, well done nezo for working with kids to improve their skills.

Unlike a lot of Europeans, I would like to see more Americans (and not freeloaders like Gerrard) break through. Progress has been made but it's inevitably slow.

The States produces a decent flow of keepers but my theory is that this is essentially due to the three main US sports involving hand to ball contact.

Brad Friedel, who retired last month, was a seriously excellent keeper IMO as well as being a top, top professional. If he wants to, he'll get a top coaching job easily.

Tim Howard has his "moments" but is also damn good (see last year's WC).

Outfield is more complicated but Dempsey has had a good carrer and my personal favourite was McBride, a highly underrated player (by the English).
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well done matey ..... :thmbup:
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Way to give to your community Nepoznat

Totally off topic... my son got his referees license and that is his summer job. 30 bucks a game as head ref and 20 for linesman... it's a nice gig for 15 year old.
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Seems like Stimac is signing with a team in Iran :eekani:
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Stimac's proposed move to Esteghlal has broken down, he returns to Zadar for now
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Stimac's proposed move to Esteghlal has broken down, he returns to Zadar for now
Maybe they actually met him p
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Maybe they actually met him p
Good one CT...:smileani:

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