Nenad Gračan (born 23 January 1962) is a Croatian former professional footballer who played as a central midfielder, and is now a manager who most recently managed the Croatia national under-21 football team.

Nenad Gračan
Personal information
Full name Nenad Gračan
Date of birth (1962-01-23) 23 January 1962 (age 58)
Place of birth Rijeka, FPR Yugoslavia
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Rijeka
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1986 Rijeka 136 (31)
1979–1980Orijent (loan)
1986–1989 Hajduk Split 25 (2)
1989–1993 Oviedo 90 (1)
1995–1996 Rijeka 10 (1)
Total 261 (35)
National team
1984 Yugoslavia Olympic 6 (1)
1984–1986 Yugoslavia 10 (2)
Teams managed
1995–1996 Rijeka
1998–2000 Rijeka
2001 Hajduk Split
2002–2003 Sport Line Koper
2003 Osijek
2003–2004 Kamen Ingrad
2004 Dinamo Zagreb
2005–2006 Pomorac Kostrena
2007 Pula Staročeško
2008 Nafta Lendava
2009 Croatia Sesvete
2009–2010 Rijeka
2010–2011 Rijeka
2013–2019 Croatia U21
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Born in Rijeka, SFR Yugoslavia, Gračan started playing professionally for hometown's NK Orijent and, soon thereafter, HNK Rijeka, amassing nearly 150 official appearances. He then moved to another club in his native Croatia, HNK Hajduk Split. During his first match at Hajduk Gračan was injured while playing against his former club by Mladen Mladenović who nearly broke Gračan's leg. Because of this injury he appeared intermittently for Hajduk over the course of four full seasons.[1]

Late into 1989, Gračan signed with La Liga club Real Oviedo. Joined by compatriots Janko Janković and Nikola Jerkan in his second season, he helped the Asturians finish sixth and qualify for the UEFA Cup by contributing with 26 matches, and eventually appeared in more than 100 games overall.

Aged almost 31, Gračan left Oviedo and returned to his country, now independent. After two years of inactivity he played a handful of games with first professional club Rijeka, but retired shortly after. In the following decade, he took up coaching, starting with his last team as a player, but he rarely settled.

International careerEdit

Gračan was capped ten times for Yugoslavia, but never attended any major international tournament. In 1984, the 21-year-old helped the Olympic squad win the bronze medal in Los Angeles, featuring in all but one games and scoring in the quarterfinals against West Germany (5–2).[2]

International appearancesEdit

Yugoslavia national team
Year Apps Goals
1984 3 0
1985 4 0
1986 3 2
Total 10 2

International goalsEdit

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 30 April 1986 Arruda, Recife   Brazil
1 – 1
4 – 2
Friendly
2 19 May 1986 Heizelstadion, Brussels   Belgium
0 – 2
1 – 3
Friendly

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Career statisticsEdit

As a playerEdit

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Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Yugoslavia League Yugoslav Cup Europe Total
1979-80 NK Rijeka Yugoslav First League 3 0 0 0 3 0
1980-81 0 0
1981-82 12 4 0 0 11 4
1982-83 31 5 4 2 36 7
1983-84 31 8 3 1 34 9
1984-85 29 7 1 0 4 0 34 7
1985-86 30 7 1 0 31 7
1986-87 NK Hajduk Split Yugoslav First League 1 1 0 0 1 1
1987-88 2 0 0 0 2 0
1988-89 16 0 1 0 17 0
1989-90 6 1 1 0 7 1
Spain League Copa del Rey Europe Total
1989-90 Real Oviedo La Liga 23 1 0 0 23 1
1990-91 26 0 0 0 26 0
1991-92 16 0 0 0 16 0
1992-93 25 0 4 1 29 1
Croatia League Croatian Cup Europe Total
1995-96 HNK Rijeka Prva HNL 10 1 3 0 13 1
Country HNK Rijeka 146 32 12 3 4 0 162 35
NK Hajduk Split 25 2 2 0 0 0 27 2
Real Oviedo 90 1 4 1 0 0 94 2
Total 261 35 18 4 4 0 283 39

Managerial statisticsEdit

As of 18 November 2018[7]

ClubEdit

Club From To Competition Record
P W D L Win %
HNK Rijeka 26 November 1995 22 May 1996 Prva HNL 15 8 2 5 053.33
Croatian Cup 1 0 0 1 000.00
HNK Rijeka 15 March 1998 11 November 2000 Prva HNL 87 43 16 28 049.43
Croatian Cup 7 2 2 3 028.57
UEFA Champions League 2 0 0 2 000.00
UEFA Cup 4 2 1 1 050.00
HNK Rijeka Total 116 55 21 40 047.41
Hajduk Split 25 July 2001 21 November 2001 Prva HNL 15 10 2 3 066.67
Croatian Cup 2 1 0 1 050.00
UEFA Champions League 4 2 1 1 050.00
UEFA Cup 2 0 1 1 000.00
Hajduk Split Total 23 13 4 6 056.52
Sport Line Koper 14 July 2002 30 March 2003 PrvaLiga 24 10 7 7 041.67
Slovenian Cup 1 0 1 0 000.00
Sport Line Koper Total 25 10 8 7 040.00
NK Osijek 10 May 2003 31 May 2003 Prva HNL 4 2 1 1 050.00
NK Osijek Total 4 2 1 1 050.00
NK Kamen Ingrad 26 July 2003 28 August 2004 Prva HNL 38 16 7 15 042.11
Croatian Cup 4 2 0 2 050.00
UEFA Cup 4 2 1 1 050.00
UEFA Intertoto Cup 2 0 0 2 000.00
Kamen Ingrad Total 48 20 8 20 041.67
Dinamo Zagreb 11 September 2004 20 November 2004 Prva HNL 10 5 2 3 050.00
Croatian Cup 2 1 0 1 050.00
UEFA Cup 3 2 1 0 066.67
Dinamo Zagreb Total 15 8 3 4 053.33
Pomorac Kostrena 21 August 2005 26 November 2006 Druga HNL 47 24 15 8 051.06
Croatian Cup 2 0 0 2 000.00
Pomorac Kostrena Total 49 24 15 10 048.98
Pula Staročeško 17 February 2007 12 May 2007 Prva HNL 14 2 4 8 014.29
Pula Staročeško Total 14 2 4 8 014.29
NK Nafta Lendava 1 March 2008 22 March 2008 PrvaLiga 4 0 1 3 000.00
NK Nafta Lendava Total 4 0 1 3 000.00
NK Croatia Sesvete 12 September 2009 7 November 2009 Prva HNL 8 1 1 6 012.50
Croatian Cup 1 0 0 1 000.00
NK Croatia Sesvete Total 9 1 1 7 011.11
HNK Rijeka 21 November 2009 13 May 2010 Prva HNL 16 5 5 6 031.25
HNK Rijeka 24 July 2010 6 November 2010 Prva HNL 14 6 3 5 042.86
Croatian Cup 2 2 0 0 100.00
HNK Rijeka Total 32 13 8 11 040.63
Totals 339 148 74 117 043.66

National teamEdit

Team From To Record
Croatia U21 25 October 2013 12 September 2019 38 20 9 9 052.63
*Dates of first and last games under Gračan; not dates of official appointments

HonoursEdit

PlayerEdit

Hajduk Split
Yugoslavia
Individual

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Mladenović Gračanu slomio nogu". index.hr. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  2. ^ Nenad GračanFIFA competition record
  3. ^ Nenad Gračan Statistics FIFA. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Nenad Gračan statistics". bdfutbol.com. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  5. ^ "HNK Rijeka". nk-rijeka.hr. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Fudbal ex-YU 1945.-1992". zerodic.com. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  7. ^ "Nenad Gračan's Managerial statistics in Prva HNL". hrnogomet.com. 12 October 2017. Retrieved 12 October 2017.

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