Ivan Buljan

Ivan "Iko" Buljan (born 11 December 1949 in Runovići village near Imotski) is Croatian sport manager and a former Yugoslavian footballer, who played as a defender. He was a member of the Yugoslavia squad at the 1974 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 1976.

Ivan Buljan
Personal information
Full name Ivan Buljan
Date of birth (1949-12-11) 11 December 1949 (age 71)
Place of birth Runovići, FPR Yugoslavia
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)[1]
Position(s) Defender
Youth career
0000–1967 NK Mračaj
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1967–1977 Hajduk Split 192 (14)
1977–1981 Hamburger SV 103 (22)
1981–1982 New York Cosmos 33 (3)
Total 328 (39)
National team
1973 Yugoslavia U21 1 (0)
1973–1981 Yugoslavia 36 (2)
Teams managed
1995 Hajduk Split
1996–1997 Hajduk Split
1997–1998 Étoile Sportive du Sahel
1998 HNK Šibenik
1999 Al-Wakrah Sports Club
2000–2001 Al Salmiya Club
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

Ethnically Croatian, he had a successful career as a defender and was capped for the Yugoslavia national team 36 times. He reached the European Cup final 1979–80 with Hamburger SV where the club ultimately lost to Nottingham Forest F.C.. He is also known by his nickname Iko.

Buljan started his career with local club NK Mračaj before moving to the first-league team Hajduk Split in 1967. In 1975, he was selected as Večernji list's top player in Yugoslavia. Buljan finally left Hajduk in 1977 for Hamburger SV where he played until 1981. He then finished his career with two seasons with the New York Cosmos.

Managerial careerEdit

From 2008 to 2009, he was the sporting director at HNK Hajduk Split.[2]




  1. ^ "Buljan, Ivan" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 5 February 2011.
  2. ^ "Buljan više nije sportski direktor" [Buljan is not our sport manager anymore] (in Croatian). Hajduk Split. 21 August 2009. Retrieved 5 February 2011.

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