Ivan Katalinić

Ivan Katalinić (born 17 May 1951) is a former Croatian footballer and former manager who had a successful playing career with Hajduk Split and Southampton in the 1970s and 1980s. As a member of Hajduk's famous "golden generation" of the 1970s, he won four Yugoslav championships and five consecutive cups.

Ivan Katalinić
Personal information
Full name Ivan Katalinić
Date of birth (1951-05-17) 17 May 1951 (age 69)
Place of birth Trogir, FPR Yugoslavia
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position(s) Goalkeeper
Youth career
1964–1970 Slaven Trogir
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1969–1970 Slaven Trogir 25 (0)
1970–1979 Hajduk Split 122 (0)
1980–1983 Southampton 48 (0)
1983–1984 Hajduk Split 0 (0)
Total 195 (0)
National team
1977–1978 Yugoslavia 13 (0)
Teams managed
1983–1993 Hajduk Split (assistant)
1993–1995 Hajduk Split
1996 Osijek
1996–2002 Croatia (assistant)
1996–1997 Hapoel Haifa
1997–1998 Zadar
1998–1999 Hajduk Split
1999–2000 Al-Ittihad
2000–2001 Varteks
2001–2002 Rijeka
2002 NK Zagreb
2003 Metalurh Zaporizhya
2003–2004 Rijeka
2004 Hajduk Split
2004–2005 Al-Riffa
2005–2006 Dinamo Tirana
2006 Dunaújváros
2007–2008 GOŠK Gabela
2008 Posušje
2008–2009 Široki Brijeg
2009–2010 Dugopolje
2010–2011 RNK Split
2012–2013 GOŠK Gabela
2013 Slaven Belupo
2013 Jedinstvo Bihać
2016 Šibenik
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

In early 1980, he moved to Southampton where he stayed for three and a half seasons. On his return from England, Katalinić once again joined Hajduk becoming part of the coaching staff and a third choice goalkeeper for the 1983–84 season.

So far in his managerial career Katalinić has managed 17 clubs. Most success was achieved with Hajduk from 1993 until 1995. Two Croatian championships and cups were won along with two supercups. Season 1994–95 is remembered as the most successful in Hajduk's history. Besides winning the double, Hajduk reached quarterfinals of the Champions League.

As a goalkeeper Katalinić was capped 13 times for Yugoslav national team. Debut came on 30 January 1977 when Yugoslavia beat Colombia 1–0 at Estadio El Campín in Bogotá and his last game was in Rome on 18 May 1978 versus Italy at stadio Olimpico in a scoreless draw. From 1996 until 2002 he was part of the Croatian national team's coaching staff that led Croatia to bronze medal in the World Cup 1998.

Playing careerEdit

Despite signing his first professional contract with Hajduk in the summer of 1970, Katalinić had to wait more than a year for his debut. The long-awaited day occurred on 29 September 1971, when he came on as a substitute for injured Radomir Vukčević in the Euroepan Cup first-round return-leg in Split, against Valencia. However, in the face of stiff competition Katalinić would not become first-choice goalkeeper until 1975. He then kept the number one jersey for the following two seasons, before losing it due to military service, which was obligatory at the time. Upon his return from the army in May 1979, Katalinić played only one game, adding just three more at the beginning of the following season: transfer abroad was on the horizon. After trials with W.B.A. and Derby County, followed by unsuccessful attempts to gain his work permit, Katalinić finally made a breakthrough with Southampton.

After signing a four-year contract with Southampton in February 1980, Katalinić became the first Croatian ever to play in the First Division (today known as the Premier League). To date, he remains the only Croatian goalkeeper to have played in the English top-flight. During the next two-and-a-half years he made 54 appearances for Southampton in all competitions. For the 1982–83 season Southampton signed England goalkeeper Peter Shilton, whose arrival moved Katalinić to the bench. After cancelling his contract with Southampton in the summer of 1983, he signed with Hajduk as a third-choice goalkeeper and an assistant coach.

Style of playEdit

Due to his calmness and composure on the field, Katalinić was nicknamed "Banks". He was described as having excellent reflexes, and was particularly skilled in one-on-one duels with the opposing players. Katalinić also had the ability to read the game and predict the offensive action well in advance, which he used to alert and direct the defence.[1]

Managerial careerEdit

After ten years on Hajduk's coaching staff as an assistant and goalkeeper coach, in March 1993 Katalinić was appointed as a manager. Under his helm, two months later, Hajduk won Croatian Cup after two legged final against great rival Dinamo Zagreb. The following season Hajduk were champions of Croatia and in 1994–95 first Croatian double crown was rounded with Champions League quarterfinal clash with eventual winners Ajax. Following season Hajduk failed to qualify for the Champions League after losing to Panathinaikos. Two months later Katalinić resigned after being knocked out of the Croatian Cup. In 1996–97 came his first managerial job abroad when he signed a one-year contract with Hapoel Haifa. Return to Croatia followed where he took over minnows Zadar leading them to championship play-offs. Second spell with Hajduk followed but no trophies were won.

In the new century Katalinić had two more attempts but did not manage to qualify for the Champions League. With Zagreb, in 2002, he failed to overcome ZTE while two years later short episode with Hajduk ended soon after crushing out against Shelbourne. He coached Rijeka on two occasions, saving them from relegation in his first spell with the club. However, in Ukraine Katalinić's effort was not enough to save Metalurh Zaporizhya from the drop. After five years of coaching abroad (Bahrain, Albania, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina) in the summer of 2009 Katalinić surprised many with his move to ambitious Croatian Third Division side Dugopolje.[2][3][4][5]

Katalinić led Dugopolje to its historic first promotion to the Croatian Second Division. In June 2010 return to First Division football followed as he signed a contract with RNK Split.[6] He led them to the third position in 2010–11 Prva HNL, and for the first time in the club's history reaching a spot in European competitions. After progressing past Domžale in the second qualifying round of 2011–12 UEFA Europa League, they were eliminated by Fulham. In August 2011, he was sacked as manager as the board was unsatisfied with the results made in the beginning of the season.[7] In September 2012, Katalinić took over the helm of GOŠK Gabela for the second time.[8] In May 2013 he became the manager of Slaven Belupo.

In July 2016 he was named the head coach of Šibenik, but after the team lost to NK Zagreb, and continued a poor series, he was sacked on 9 October 2016.

Managerial statisticsEdit


Honours and awardsEdit

As playerEdit

Hajduk Split

As managerEdit

Hajduk Split



  1. ^ Reić, Zdravko (29 April 2020). "I NA VRATARSKOJ I NA TRENERSKOJ POZICIJI BIO JE JEDAN OD NAJBOLJIH U POVIJESTI HAJDUKA! 'Ivić mi je nakon tog poraza priznao da sam ja trebao braniti'" (in Croatian). Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  2. ^ Jurišić, Bernard (15 November 2005). "Ivan Katalinić novi trener Dinama". Sportnet.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  3. ^ Jurišić, Bernard (31 January 2006). "Katalinić odlazi iz Dinama". Sportnet.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  4. ^ Jurišić, Bernard (13 November 2006). "Katalinić napustio Mađarsku". Sportnet.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  5. ^ "Ivan Katalinić novi trener GOŠK-a". Sportnet.hr (in Croatian). 17 June 2007. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  6. ^ Rupnik, Borna (2 June 2010). "Katalinić preuzeo konce u Splitu". Sportnet.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  7. ^ Jurišić, Bernard (15 August 2011). "Smijenjen Ivan Katalinić". Sportnet.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  8. ^ Tolić, Josip (5 September 2012). "Ivan Katalinić novi trener GOŠK-a iz Gabele". Sportnet.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  9. ^ "Ivan Katalinić Managerial statistics in Prva HNL". hrnogomet.com. Retrieved 27 December 2017.

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