Mato Neretljak (born 3 June 1979, in Orašje) is a Croatian football manager and a former professional football player. He is currently the assistant manager of Croatia U20.

Mato Neretljak
Mato Neretljak.jpg
Neretljak playing for Omiya Ardija
Personal information
Date of birth (1979-06-03) 3 June 1979 (age 40)
Place of birth Orašje, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Croatia U20 (assistant)
Youth career
0000–1999 Orašje
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 Orašje 23 (2)
2000–2002 Osijek 47 (3)
2002–2005 Hajduk Split 77 (4)
2005–2008 Suwon Bluewings 110 (17)
2009–2010 Omiya Ardija 59 (11)
2011 Suwon Bluewings 23 (7)
2012 Hajduk Split 12 (1)
2012–2014 Rijeka 25 (1)
2013–2014Zadar (loan) 24 (0)
Total 400 (46)
National team
2000–2001 Croatia U21 8 (0)
2001–2006 Croatia 10 (1)
Teams managed
2015–2016 Orašje
2016–2017 Metalleghe-BSI
2017–2018 Orašje
2018–2019 GOŠK Gabela
2019 Orašje
2019– Croatia U20 (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

He started his professional career in 1999 with HNK Orašje. In 2000, he transferred to NK Osijek for which he played until 2002.

Then he transferred to HNK Hajduk Split and spent three seasons with the club before leaving it for South Korean club Suwon Samsung Bluewings in 2005.

In 2009, he moved to Japanese club Omiya Ardija. On 23 May 2012, he signed for HNK Rijeka on a two-year-long contract deal. In 2014, he announced his retirement.

In his career, he won many titles with Hajduk Split, Suwon Bluewings and even one Herzeg-Bosnia Cup with Orašje.

International careerEdit

Neretljak won 8 international caps for the Croatian national under-21 football team in 2000 and 2001. While still playing for the under-21 national team, he also made his full international debut for Croatia in a friendly match against Greece on 25 April 2001 in Varaždin, where he came on as a substitute for Boris Živković in the 88th minute.

His competitive international debut for Croatia came on 15 November 2003 in the UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying play-offs against Slovenia, where he played the entire 90 minutes in the first leg in Zagreb, which ended in a 1-1 draw. On 18 February 2004, he scored his only international goal for Croatia in their 2-1 defeat against Germany in Split. He was also part of the Croatian squad at the UEFA Euro 2004 finals in Portugal, but did not appear in any of the team's three group matches before they were knocked out of the tournament.

After the UEFA Euro 2004 finals, he only appeared in 4 international friendlies for Croatia, including both of their matches at the 2006 Carlsberg Cup in Hong Kong. He won a total of 10 international caps for the national team, 9 of which were in friendly matches.

Managerial careerEdit

Neretljak started off his managerial career after being appointed as manager of HNK Orašje in 2015. He managed Orašje until the end of the 2015–16 First League of FBiH season where Orašje made a fantastic result coming in 3rd place.

On 14 November 2016, Neretljak was named the new manager of NK Metalleghe-BSI.[1] He left Metalleghe on 1 June 2017, after failing not to get relegated in the 2016–17 Premier League season.[2]

19 Days after leaving Metalleghe, Neretljak came back to and became the new manager of Orašje once again.[3] In that First League FBiH season, Orašje finished on 5th place. After the last game of the season in which Orašje beat NK Travnik 3–2, Neretljak stuck to his word and left the club after the end of the season.[4]

On 28 September 2018, after Feđa Dudić got sacked, Neretljak was named the new manager of Bosnian Premier League club NK GOŠK Gabela.[5] In his first game as GOŠK's manager, on 30 September 2018, the club unexpectedly beat FK Željezničar Sarajevo on Grbavica Stadium 1–2, with a 90+5th-minute penalty goal that won the game for GOŠK, with Mirsad Ramić scoring the goal from the penalty spot.[6]

On 12 March 2019, Neretljak left GOŠK after making a series of bad results with the club.[7]

In July 2019, it was announced that Neretljak became the new manager of Orašje for a third time in his career.[8] A few days later, he also accepted a job offer from HNS as assistant manager for Croatia U20 under manager Ognjen Vukojević.[9][10] He left Orašje only a few months after coming back to the club because of losing five out of six matches in the league and getting to last place.[11]

Career statisticsEdit

International goalsEdit

Results list Croatia's goal tally first.
Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
18 February 2004 Split, Croatia   Germany 1 goal 1-2 Friendly match





Hajduk Split

Suwon Bluewings



  1. ^ A. Pašić (14 November 2016). "Bivši hrvatski reprezentativac preuzeo Metalleghe BSI" (in Bosnian). Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  2. ^ S. Mlaćo (1 June 2017). "Mato Neretljak više nije trener Metalleghea" (in Bosnian). Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  3. ^ S. Mlaćo (1 June 2017). "Mato Neretljak više nije trener Metalleghea" (in Bosnian). Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  4. ^ S. Mlaćo (2 June 2018). "Neretljak 'digao sidro': To je to, dosta od mene..." (in Bosnian). Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  5. ^ S. Mlaćo (28 September 2018). "Mato Neretljak novi šef struke NK GOŠK" (in Bosnian). Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  6. ^ M. Šljivak (30 September 2018). "Muk na Grbavici: GOŠK odnio tri boda!" (in Bosnian). Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  7. ^ A. Lendo (12 March 2019). "Neretljak podnio ostavku na mjesto trenera NK GOŠK" (in Bosnian). Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  8. ^ E. Škorić (5 July 2019). "Mato Neretljak pronašao novi angažman u BiH" (in Bosnian). Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  10. ^ Hrvatska U-20 okuplja se po prvi put pod Vukojevićevim vodstvom,, 19 August 2019
  11. ^ S. Mlaćo (14 September 2019). "Mato Neretljak napustio Orašje" (in Bosnian). Retrieved 14 September 2019.

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