Mirko Jozic will stand down as coach of Croatia after this summer's FIFA World Cup finals to return to his previous club CSD Colo Colo in Chile.
"It is time to say goodbye," Jozic said. "I will do my best to get us a place among the 16 best teams, but I have done my job. In Japan and Korea I will finish it off. I have a moral commitment to Colo Colo. It is the club that marked my career."
Jozic replaced Miroslav Blazevic as Croatia coach in September 2000. A former coach of Croatia's B team, he has worked in six different countries on three continents. Jozic took over at Colo Colo in 1989 and immediately made his mark, leading the team to three league titles and the Copa Libertadores in just under four seasons. He left the club to take up the reins of the Chilean national side, but was there for only a year.
After brief periods with FC America in Mexico and HNK Hajduk Split back in Croatia, Jozic led Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal to victory in the 1997 Asian Club Championship. A year later, Jozic was back in South America, coaching CA Newell's Old Boys in Argentina for a year before heading to Portugal and Sporting Clube de Portugal.
I haven't seen anything about this on either nogomet.com, vecernjak, slobodna, sportnet or anywhere. I feel it's another suspect story, it's been 3 days for God's sake, they should have ran the story now.
I agree Ero, this story is definately false! Why would Jozic want to announce this now, 2 weeks before t he big show? It makes no sense! Anyhow, pozdrav svima, I haven't posted in a while! Naprijed Vatreni!
Do not belive everything in the media, I think Mirko Jozic has his mind set on Korea/Japan, and not Colo/Colo Chile. Jozic once again made history for Croatia, bringing the team to the final stage of the World Cup, and we must respect that.