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Dragan Skočić (born 3 September 1968) is a Croatian football manager and former professional player. He was recently manager of Khooneh be Khooneh, and formerly managed Rijeka, Interblock Ljubljana, Al-Arabi, Al-Nassr, Malavan and Foolad.

Dragan Skočić
Dragan Skočić 2016.jpg
Skočić in January 2016
Personal information
Date of birth (1968-09-03) 3 September 1968 (age 50)
Place of birth Rijeka, SFR Yugoslavia
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1991 Rijeka 20 (2)
1991–1993 Las Palmas 41 (6)
1993–1996 Compostela 12 (0)
1996 Rijeka 2 (0)
2001–2004 Novalja
2004 Al-Ittihad Kalba
Teams managed
2005–2006 Rijeka
2007–2008 Interblock Ljubljana
2009–2010 Al-Arabi
2011 Al Nassr
2012 Rijeka
2013–2014 Malavan
2014–2016 Foolad
2018 Khooneh be Khooneh
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Prior to his coaching career, Skočić started his playing career with the local club NK Rijeka, and then abroad when he signed for UD Las Palmas in Spain.[1]

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Playing careerEdit

Skočić, a midfielder, played professional club football in Croatia for Rijeka and NK Novalja,[2] in Spain for Las Palmas and Compostela,[3] and in the UAE for Al-Ittihad Kalba.[4] He was the first player from the Croatian football league who went abroad to play professionally.[5]

Coaching careerEdit

Early careerEdit

After his playing career, Skočić went on to complete the Football Academy at the Croatian Football Academy and the Coach Education and Training Department at the Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Zagreb, receiving a UEFA-PRO Coach diploma and a Professional Bachelor of the Coaching Profession.[6]

RijekaEdit

He became manager of his home club, Rijeka in 2005. Skočić secured one trophy for Rijeka, winning the Croatian Cup for the 2005–06 season.[7]

Interblock LjubljanaEdit

 
Skočić with Interblock

In 2007, he became the head coach of the Slovenian club Interblock Ljubljana. While the club was in a difficult situation on the league scale. Only two years after the club was founded and under the management of Skočić, the club achieved outstanding results in the Slovenian PrvaLiga. Not only did they manage to stay in the first league, but they also won two trophies in the 2007–08 season, the Slovenian Cup[8] and a Super Cup.[9]

Al ArabiEdit

Skočić took a year long sabbatical from coaching following his time at Interblock Ljubljana,[10] and in the 2009–10 season, he took over the management of the Al Arabi club in Kuwait. Under his leadership as head coach, Al Arabi played in two finals, the Crown Prince Cup and the Federation Cup. Also under Skočić, Al Arabi played in the AFC Cup quarterfinals.[11]

Al NassrEdit

Following Kuwait, in the 2010–11 season, Skočić was engaged by the Al Nassr football club from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, one of the most prominent football clubs in the Arab world. Under Skočić, Al Nassr qualified for the third round of the AFC Champions League, after having played a successful season of competitions within the group. Skočić was sacked after a disappointing 4-1 loss to 2010 AFC Champions League finalists Zob Ahan, and was replaced by Portuguese boss Eurico Gomes[12][13]

Return to RijekaEdit

In March 2012, Skočić returned to take over the management of his home club Rijeka by replacing Ivo Ištuk as head coach, and became the third coach to take charge of the club in the 2010–11 Prva HNL season.[14] Skočić inherited a defensively frail side that was 2 points off the relegation zone and was tasked with saving the team from relegation.[15] Upon a 2-0 defeat to HNK Cibalia, the club fell to 12th place in the league.[16] After just 43 days in charge,[17] Skočić was relieved of his position, following a series of poor results, and was replaced by his assistant, Mladen Ivančić.[18][19][20]

MalavanEdit

On 26 May 2013, Skočić was announced as the head coach of Malavan for the upcoming season. He signed a two years contract with the club.[21] He led the club to the seventh place, their best league finish since 2005.[22]

FooladEdit

On 23 May 2014, Skočić was named as new head coach of Iran Pro League title-holders Foolad[23] on a one-year contract, replacing Hossein Faraki who resigned on the following day.[24] In May 2015, Skočić received the award for coach of the month and signed a two-year contract extension to keep him at the club until July 2017.[25] In November 2015 after poor scores with Foolad, Skočić was linked with the vacant head coach position at Sepahan F.C. but the job went to his compatriot Igor Štimac.[26] After unsuccessful transfer saga to Sepahan, he remained as Foolad's head coach according to his contract.[27][28] He left the club on 1 June 2016.[29]

Khooneh be KhoonehEdit

On 16 January 2018 he became manager of Khooneh be Khooneh replacing formerly resigned Javad Nekounam.[30] He soon went on an invincible streak by getting 13 points out of his first 5 games and also leading the second tier team into Hazfi Cup's final.[31][32]

Career statisticsEdit

Player statisticsEdit

[33][34]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Yugoslavia League Yugoslav Cup League Cup Europe Total
1987-88 NK Rijeka Yugoslav First League 0 0 0 0 - - 0 0
1988-89 0 0 0 0 - - 0 0
1989-90 1 0 0 0 - - 1 0
1990-91 19 2 4 0 - - 23 2
Spain League Copa del Rey Supercopa de España Europe Total
1991-92 UD Las Palmas Segunda División 7 0 0 0 - - 7 0
1992-93 Segunda División B 34 6 - - - - 34 6
1993-94 SD Compostela Segunda División 9 0 1 0 - - 9 0
1994-95 La Liga 2 0 0 0 - - 2 0
1995-96 1 0 2 0 - - 3 0
Croatia League Croatian Cup Super Cup Europe Total
1995-96 HNK Rijeka Prva HNL 2 0 1 0 - - 3 0
Total 75 8 8 0 0 0 0 0 83 8

Managerial statisticsEdit

As of 3 May 2018[35][35][36]
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
HNK Rijeka October 1, 2005 September 30, 2006 36 20 5 11 055.56
NK Interblock March 3, 2007 June 1, 2008 49 20 11 18 040.82
Al-Arabi SC August 1, 2009 June 30, 2010 36 23 9 4 063.89
Al-Nassr FC January 11, 2011 May 26, 2011 18 8 4 6 044.44
HNK Rijeka March 19, 2012 April 30, 2012 7 1 2 4 014.29
Malavan F.C. May 28, 2013 April 19, 2014 29 13 6 10 044.83
Foolad F.C. May 23, 2014 June 30, 2016 68 26 18 24 038.24
F.C. Khooneh be Khooneh January 17, 2018 October 12, 2018 23 11 6 6 047.83
Total 262 120 60 82 045.80

HonoursEdit

 
Skočić winning the Croatian Cup with Rijeka

PlayerEdit

Las Palmas
Compostela

Managerial honoursEdit

NK Rijeka[37]
Interblock Ljubljana[37]

ReferencesEdit

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