Blaž "Baka" Slišković (Croatian pronunciation: [blâːʒ slîʃkoʋitɕ]; born 30 May 1959) is a Bosnian professional football manager and former player who is the current consultant of Hong Kong Premier League club Kitchee, having previously served as the club's manager.
|Full name||Blaž Slišković|
|Date of birth||30 May 1959|
|Place of birth||Mostar, FPR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|1993||Bosnia and Herzegovina||3||(0)|
|2002–2006||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|2010–2011||Unirea Alba Iulia|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
As a player, Slišković was capped 26 times for Yugoslavia in the late 1970s and early 1980s. After retiring from playing, Slišković became a successful manager. In July 2011, French professional football manager and former player, Zinedine Zidane, named Slišković as one of his idols while growing up and included him in his "All Time Best 11" of Marseille.
During his playing days, Slišković was considered one of the most technically gifted players of his generation. In 1985, he was named the Yugoslav Footballer of the Year. He had the most success while playing for hometown club Velež Mostat and Croatian club Hajduk Split. With Velež, Slišković won the 1980–81 Yugoslav Cup and the 1980–81 Balkans Cup, while with Hajduk he won the 1983–84 Yugoslav Cup and was also part of the Hajduk team that made it all the way to the semi-finals of the 1983–84 UEFA Cup.
Slišković was most famous while playing for French Ligue 1 club Marseille. Even though he played only one season for the club, he showed what an unbelievable player he was and showed what a great football technician can do with a ball. After Marseille, Slišković played in Italy with Pescara, before returning to France and playing for Lens, Mulhouse and Rennes. In 1992, he returned to Italy and came back to Pescara. In 1993, Slišković left Italy and joined Croatian club Hrvatski Dragovoljac, where he stayed until 1995. Finally, in 1996 he joined Bosnian club Zrinjski Mostar, where he eventually finished his career in 1997 at the age of 38.
In 2011, for the 100th anniversary of Hajduk Split, Slišković was chosen in the "Hajduk Split Best 11 of all-time".
Although most experts expected Slišković to make a great international career, he was only capped 26 times for Yugoslavia. He scored 3 goals in the process. Slišković was prevented from playing in the 1982 FIFA World Cup due to an injury, sustained in the second half during a 1981–82 Yugoslav First League match between OFK Beograd and Hajduk Split. He then lost his place in the UEFA Euro 1984 Yugoslav squad after, allegedly, a Yugoslav-printed newspaper journalist quoted Slišković incorrectly after an interview after a friendly game between Yugoslavia and Switzerland (0–2) and caused the national team head coach, Todor Veselinović, to drop him from the squad.
Slišković began to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team after the breakup of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s. He played three friendly games for Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1993 as the captain in all three games.
Right after ending his playing career, Slišković became the new manager of Hrvatski Dragovoljac in 1997. He managed Dragovoljac until 1998, after which he joined Zrinjski Mostar. In January 1999, Slišković joined Brotnjo and won the Herzeg-Bosnia Cup with the club in May of that same year.
In the winter of 2000, he left Brotnjo and became an assistant manager to Mišo Smajlović in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team. Slišković became the head coach of the national team in March 2002, after Smajlović left the team because of his contract expiring. Slišković stayed as the head coach until 2006. In 2004, he won the award "Best Bosnia and Herzegovina Coach" by Dnevni Avaz and the "Bosnia and Herzegovina Man of the Year" also in 2004. While Bosnia and Herzegovina head coach, in October 2004, Slišković replaced Ivan Katalinić and simultaneously became the new Hajduk Split manager. In his only season as Hajduk's manager, Slišković won the 1. HNL with the club in the 2004–05 season.
From 2005 until 2007, Slišković once again managed Zrinjski Mostar, making decent results. By the summer of 2008, he was appointed manager of Albanian Superliga club Tirana, winning the 2008–09 Albanian Superliga, the only foreign manager so far to achieve such a triumph in Tirana. In March 2010, Romanian club Unirea Alba Iulia hired Slišković until the end of the season, replacing Adrian Falub. In April 2011, he again came back to Bosnia and Herzegovina took the manager position at Bosnian Premier League club Široki Brijeg, reaching the fourth position in the 2010–11 Bosnian Premier League season and qualifying for the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League first qualifying round.
On 19 January 2012, Chinese Super League side Qingdao Jonoon announced that they signed a contract with Slišković to replace South Korean manager Chang Woe-ryong. From April to June 2015, he once again managed Široki Brijeg.
In March 2017, Slišković again took the manager position at Zrinjski Mostar for the third time in his career, eventually ledaing the team to win the Bosnian Premier League in the 2016–17 season. In the 2017–18 season, he won his second league title in a row with Zrinjski. After winning two league trophies, Slišković left Zrinjski in June 2018. However, after the sacking of new manager Ante Miše, the club asked Slišković to return, which he agreed to on 13 August 2018. After the end of the 2018–19 Bosnian Premier League season, it was announced on 7 June 2019 that Slišković did not come to an agreement with the board of directors of Zrinjski on a contract extension and that he was leaving the club.
Shortly after leaving Zrinjski, on 3 July 2019, Slišković became the new manager of Hong Kong Premier League club Kitchee, signing a two-year contract. On 23 March 2020, he stepped down and transitioned to a consultancy role with the club.
Slišković was born in Mostar, FPR Yugoslavia, present day Bosnia and Herzegovina on 30 May 1959 to Bosnian Croat parents. He was married to Bosnian Serb handball player Svetlana Kitić. Slišković's father Vladko played for Velež Mostar for 15 years. Blaž's son Vladimir is also a professional football manager, most recently managing China League Two club Hunan Billows in 2017.
- As of 18 March 2020
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||—||27 March 2002||11 October 2006||37||11||11||15||44||56||−12||29.73|
|Hajduk Split||24 August 2004||10 April 2005||23||14||3||6||41||23||+18||60.87|
|Zrinjski Mostar||2 August 2005||14 October 2007||82||41||13||28||146||94||+52||50.00|
|Unirea Alba Iulia||12 March 2010||25 June 2010||14||4||0||10||14||30||−16||28.57|
|Široki Brijeg||24 March 2011||4 June 2011||12||8||2||2||25||10||+15||66.67|
|Al-Ansar||1 July 2011||31 October 2011||3||0||0||3||2||6||−4||0.00|
|Qingdao Jonoon||20 January 2012||13 March 2012||1||0||1||0||0||0||+0||0.00|
|Široki Brijeg||19 April 2015||30 June 2015||11||3||5||3||19||18||+1||27.27|
|Zrinjski Mostar||23 March 2017||11 June 2018||45||26||11||8||76||40||+36||57.78|
|Zrinjski Mostar||13 August 2018||7 June 2019||34||19||9||6||52||26||+26||55.88|
|Kitchee||3 July 2019||22 March 2020||11||5||4||2||24||14||+10||45.45|
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