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Blaž Slišković

Blaž "Baka" Slišković (born 30 May 1959) is a Bosnian retired professional footballer and current manager of Hong Kong Premier League club Kitchee SC.

Blaž "Baka" Slišković
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Slišković as Bosnia and Herzegovina head coach during UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
Personal information
Full name Blaž Slišković
Date of birth (1959-05-30) 30 May 1959 (age 60)
Place of birth Mostar, FPR Yugoslavia
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Kitchee (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1981 Velež Mostar 123 (25)
1981–1986 Hajduk Split 101 (21)
1986–1987 Marseille 29 (6)
1987–1989 Pescara 23 (8)
1989–1990 Lens 15 (1)
1990–1991 Mulhouse 27 (8)
1991–1992 Rennes 22 (0)
1992–1993 Pescara 18 (2)
1993–1995 Hrvatski Dragovoljac 5 (0)
1996–1997 Zrinjski Mostar ?? (??)
Total 363 (71)
National team
1978–1986 Yugoslavia 26 (3)
1993 Bosnia and Herzegovina 3 (0)
Teams managed
1997–1998 Hrvatski Dragovoljac
1998–1999 Zrinjski Mostar
1999–2000 Brotnjo
2000–2002 Bosnia and Herzegovina (assistant)
2002–2006 Bosnia and Herzegovina
2004–2005 Hajduk Split
2005–2007 Zrinjski Mostar
2008–2009 Tirana
2010–2011 Unirea Alba Iulia
2011 Široki Brijeg
2011–2012 Al-Ansar
2012 Qingdao Jonoon
2015 Široki Brijeg
2017–2018 Zrinjski Mostar
2018–2019 Zrinjski Mostar
2019– Kitchee
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He was capped for Yugoslavia in the late 1970s and early 1980s. After retiring from playing, Slišković became a successful coach.

In July 2011, Zinedine Zidane named Slišković as one of his idols while growing up and included him in his "All Time Best 11" of Marseille.

Club careerEdit

During his time 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 FK Velež Mostar and for HNK Hajduk Split. With Velež he won the 1980–81 Yugoslav Cup and the 1980–81 Balkans Cup, while with Hajduk 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, he played in Italy for Pescara, before returning to France and playing for RC Lens, FC Mulhouse and Rennes. In 1992, he returned to Italy and came back to Pescara.

In 1993, Slišković left Italy and joined Croatian club NK Hrvatski Dragovoljac, where he stayed until 1995. Finally, in 1996 he joined Bosnian club HŠK Zrinjski Mostar, where he eventually finished his career in 1997 at the age of 38.

In 2011, for the 100th anniversary of Hajduk Split, he was chosen in the "Hajduk Split Best 11 of all-time".[1]

International careerEdit

YugoslaviaEdit

Although most experts expected him to create a great international career, he was only capped 26 times for Yugoslavia. He scored 3 goals in the process.

He 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 Belgrade 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 the friendly game between Yugoslavia and Switzerland (0–2) and caused the national team coach to drop him from the squad.

Bosnia and HerzegovinaEdit

Slišković played three friendly games for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team in 1993 as the captain in all three games.[2][3]

Managerial careerEdit

Right after ending his playing career, Slišković became the new manager of NK Hrvatski Dragovoljac in 1997. He managed Dragovoljac until 1998, after which he joined HŠK Zrinjski Mostar. In January 1999, Slišković joined NK 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 football team. Slišković became the head coach of the national team in March 2002, after Smajlović left the team in October 2001. Slišković stayed as the head coach until 2006.[4] In 2004, he won the award "Best Bosnia and Herzegovina Coach" by Dnevni Avaz.

In October 2004, he replaced Ivan Katalinić and won the Croatian Championship with HNK Hajduk Split in the 2004–05 season.

By the summer of 2008, Slikšović was appointed coach of Albanian football club, KF Tirana in where he won the League title of that season, the only foreign coach to achieve such a triumph in Albania.

In March 2010, FC Unirea Alba Iulia hired Slišković until the end of the season; he replaced Adrian Falub.[5]

In April 2011, he took the head coach position at NK Široki Brijeg and reached the fourth position and qualified for the UEFA Europe League.

On 19 January 2012, Chinese Super League side Qingdao Jonoon F.C. announced that they signed a contract with Slišković to replace South Korean Chang Woe-Ryong.[6]

From April to June 2015, he once again managed Široki Brijeg.

On March 2017 Slišković took the head coaching position at Zrinjski Mostar for the third time in his career as a manager,[7] and he led the team to win the national league for the 2016–17 season. In the 2017–18 season Slišković won his second Bosnia and Herzegovina league trophy in a row. After winning two league trophies, Slišković left Zrinjski, but after the sacking of, at that time head coach, Ante Miše the club asked Slišković to return, he agreed and since then, for a fourth time in his coaching career, he has been managing the team.

On 7 June 2019, it was announced 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.[8]

On 3 July 2019, Slišković became the new manager of Hong Kong Premier League club Kitchee SC, signing a three year contract.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Slišković was born in Mostar to Herzegovinian Croat parents. He was married to Bosnian Serb handball player, Svetlana Kitić. His father Vladko "Vlado" played for FK Velež Mostar for 15 years.[10].

His son Vladimir is also football coach, most recently coaching Chinese club Hunan Billows F.C. in the season 2017.

HonoursEdit

PlayerEdit

ClubEdit

Velež Mostar

Hajduk Split

InternationalEdit

Yugoslavia Youth

Yugoslavia

IndividualEdit

ManagerEdit

Brotnjo

Hajduk Split

Tirana

Zrinjski Mostar

IndividualEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "IZBOR SLOBODNE DALMACIJE Jedanaest veličanstvenih hajduka; I Grgur Ninski - hajdukovac! (FOTOGALERIJA) > Slobodna Dalmacija > Hajduk". Slobodnadalmacija.hr. Retrieved 5 February 2012.
  2. ^ "Sušić, Slišković, Škoro i drugi počeli stvaranje reprezentacije". Sarajevo-x.com. Retrieved 5 February 2012.
  3. ^ "Čudesni Mostarac koji je bio idol Zinedineu Zidaneu" (in Bosnian). sport.ba. 20 June 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Blaz Sliskovic - A Talented Coach With One Job Too Many". Soccerphile.com. Retrieved 5 February 2012.
  5. ^ "Ziarul Unirwa - Unirea are antrenor nou - bosniacul Blaz Sliskovic". Ziarulunirea.ro. 27 January 2008. Archived from the original on 25 February 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2012.
  6. ^ 青岛中能足球俱乐部主教练公告 Archived 29 November 2014 at the Wayback Machine (in Chinese)
  7. ^ "Blaž Slišković spašava Plemiće". bljesak.info. 23 March 2017.
  8. ^ "Blaž Slišković više nije trener Zrinjskog, klub mu ponudio novu funkciju" (in Bosnian). Klix.ba. 7 June 2019. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  9. ^ Chan, Kin-wa (3 July 2019). "Former Yugoslavia great Blaz Sliskovic appointed Kitchee boss". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  10. ^ "Slišković: Da mogu vratiti vrijeme, više bih se koncentrirao na karijeru". Archived from the original on 12 February 2013. Retrieved 2013-02-09.

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