Otto Barić

Otto Barić (Croatian pronunciation: [bǎːritɕ];[1] born 19 June 1933) is a Croatian former football manager and player.[2][3][4]

Otto Barić
Personal information
Full name Otto Barić
Date of birth (1933-06-19) 19 June 1933 (age 87)
Place of birth Eisenkappel, Austria
Youth career
1946–1952 Dinamo Zagreb
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1952–1958 Metalac Zagreb
1958–1963 Lokomotiva Zagreb
Teams managed
1964–1967 Lokomotiva Zagreb
1967–1969 Opel Rüsselsheim
1969–1970 Germania Wiesbaden
1970–1972 Wacker Innsbruck
1972–1974 LASK Linz
1974–1976 NK Zagreb
1974–1979 Yugoslavia (amateurs)
1976–1979 Dinamo Vinkovci
1980–1982 Sturm Graz
1982–1985 Rapid Vienna
1985–1986 VfB Stuttgart
1986–1988 Rapid Vienna
1988–1989 Sturm Graz
1990–1991 Vorwärts Steyr
1991–1995 Casino Salzburg
1995–1996 Croatia (assistant)
1996–1997 Croatia Zagreb
1997–1998 Fenerbahçe S.K.
1998–1999 LASK Linz
1999–2001 Austria
2002–2004 Croatia
2006–2007 Albania
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Coaching careerEdit

1970s to 1980sEdit

Born in Eisenkappel, near Klagenfurt, Barić started his coaching career in 1969 at West German club Germania Wiesbaden and moved after one season to Austrian club Wacker Innsbruck, where he spent next two seasons and won two consecutive league champions titles before moving to LASK Linz in July 1972. After two seasons with Linz, he went on to coach Croatian club NK Zagreb and spent two seasons there before moving to Dinamo Vinkovci in July 1976. In the late 1970s, he was also the head coach of the Yugoslav amateur national team, a team that consisted of players from the Yugoslav Second League, and won two regional and one continental title with the team between 1976 and 1978. At the same time, he spent almost four seasons at Dinamo Vinkovci (Cibalia) before returning to Austria in March 1980 to coach Sturm Graz. He spent one and a half season with Sturm and was then unemployed for a year before starting to coach Rapid Wien in July 1982. He led Rapid to three champions titles in the Austrian Bundesliga in 1982, 1983 and 1987 as well as to three Austrian Cup titles in 1983, 1984 and 1985. In 1985, he also led Rapid to the final match of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, but lost the title with a 3–1 defeat against Everton.

Barić left Rapid for German club VfB Stuttgart in the summer of 1985 and coached the team until March 1986. After three months without a job, he returned to Rapid in June 1986 and went on to coach the team in the following two seasons, winning another Austrian Cup title in 1987. After leaving Rapid in June 1988, he was unemployed for five months before eventually continuing to work as the head coach of Sturm Graz between November 1988 and June 1989.


After leaving Sturm, Barić became head coach of SK Vorwärts Steyr, another team of the Austrian Bundesliga, for the 1990–91 season. In July 1991 he was engaged by Austria Salzburg. He led Austria Salzburg to two consecutive champions titles in the Austrian Bundesliga in 1994 and 1995, and also managed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League in 1994, thus making Austria Salzburg the first Austrian club to do that. The team finished third in their group behind Ajax Amsterdam and AC Milan. In the previous 1993–94 season, he led the club to the two-legged final of the UEFA Cup, but lost the title to Inter Milan with a 2–0 defeat on aggregate. He coached the Salzburg team until August 1995 and then he left due to differences of opinion between him and some players.

He was jobless for a short time after leaving Austria Salzburg and then he worked as an assistant coach in the Croatian national team until the end of the 1996 European Championship. In July 1996, he became the head coach of Dinamo Zagreb and led the club to titles in both the Croatian First League and Croatian Cup in only one season he coached the team. In June 1997, he left Dinamo for Turkish club Fenerbahçe, where he worked until March 1999. Barić was then unemployed for a couple of months after leaving Fenerbahçe and subsequently returned to his international career as the head coach of the Austrian national team between 1999 and 2001, giving up his position after Austria failed to qualify for the 2002 World Cup finals.


In January 2002, he went on to coach Austria Salzburg for four months and was then jobless for two months until July 2002, when he was named the head coach of the Croatian national team after his predecessor Mirko Jozić was dismissed due to unsuccessful campaign of the team at the 2002 World Cup finals.

Croatia national teamEdit

In July 2002, Barić signed a two-year contract with the Croatian Football Federation and was given a task to bring the Croatia national team to the finals of UEFA Euro 2004. His first match as manager at Croatia bench was a friendly against Wales on 21 August 2002 in Varaždin. The match ended with a 1–1 draw, which was quite a disappointment. His competitive debut in the qualifying session for the European Championship was even less successful with a goalless draw against Estonia and one month later the team went on to lose 2–0 against Bulgaria. With diminished chances for advancement to the final tournament, Croatia now had to win as many matches as possible. The start in the year 2003 was successful, with an impressive 4–0 win over solid Belgium at home in Zagreb, followed by three consecutive wins, twice against the group underdogs Andorra and once against Estonia. The team had to achieve an away win against Belgium to secure at least a place in the play-offs, but failed to do that by losing 2–1. Nevertheless, they won the last match against Bulgaria by 1–0 and grabbed the second place due to a better goal difference from that of the Belgian team. In the play-offs, Croatia came to a 2–1 win on aggregate against Slovenia and qualified for the finals in Portugal.

At the finals, Croatia was drawn into a tough group with defending champions France, England and Switzerland, and advancement to the quarterfinals was relatively unlikely. The team put all their hopes on the opening match against Switzerland, but failed to win as the match ended with a goalless draw. The second match against France started bad for the Croatian team as they were 1–0 down on the halftime after Igor Tudor scored an own goal, but a strong start into the second half and goals from Milan Rapaić and Dado Pršo put them 2–1 up in the first seven minutes. Nevertheless, France equalised with David Trezeguet's goal twelve minutes later and the final score was 2–2. Croatia had to win against England in the last group match to advance to the quarterfinals and managed to achieve a good start when Niko Kovač scored the opening goal after only four minutes, but England managed to switch the lead 2–1 until the end of the first half with goals from Paul Scholes and Wayne Rooney in the last five minutes. In the second half, England went 3–1 up with another goal from Rooney and Croatian chances to put themselves in the lead once again were down to a minimum. Croatia managed to decrease England's lead when Igor Tudor scored for 3–2, but it took only six minutes before Frank Lampard scored the final goal of the match, leading England to a 4–2 win and eliminating the group third-placed Croatia from the tournament. Although the Croatian team's elimination was expected in such competition, Barić's contract was not extended and he left as coach of the Croatia national team in July 2004.

Albania national teamEdit

After being without a job for nearly two years, Barić returned to coaching as he was named the head coach of the Albanian national team in June 2006, after Hans-Peter Briegel was not extended his contract with the team. Barić will stay as coach of Albania until the 2008 European Championship with hopes to take the team to the final tournament for the first time. Unlike his predecessor, Barić will live in Tirana to closely watch the Albanian First Division (Kategoria Parë) and its players.

He debuted with a 2–2 draw against Belarus on 2 September. Then Albania went to lose 2–0 at home against Romania, but tha draws against Bulgaria and Slovenia and the wins 6–0 on aggregate against Luxembourg, showed the good work of the coach. Albania might have even won with the Netherlands in Tirana if an own goal of Dutch defender Melchiot would have not been disallowed by the referee. Baric values were shown even when he promised to renew the Albanian national team and somehow managed to do that. He left out of the squad captain Igli Tare, even though he was a player of Lazio. But he proved this decision right because the team managed to do really well without him. He also gave their debut to Tirana 19-year-old player, Jahmir Hyka, and 20-year-old Besa Kavaje player, Andi Lila. Not to mention 21-year-old Kristi Vanglei, who plays for Aris i Greece. But the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign ended in shame for Albania, following two heavy losses against Belarus (2–4 at home) and Romania (1–6 in Bucharest). Although Baric was suspended for these two matches and both were not directed by him, but by his assistant, he couldn't accept his player's behavior and announced his withdrawal although he had agreed to an extension of his contract some days before.[5]

Managerial StatisticsEdit

As of 8 September 2014.
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Lokomotiva Zagreb 1964 1967
Opel Rüsselsheim 1967 1969
Germania Wiesbaden 1969 1970
Wacker Innsbruck 1 January 1971 31 December 1971 66 24 20 22 036.36
LASK Linz 1972 1974 66 24 20 22 036.36
NK Zagreb 1974 1976
Yugoslavia Amateurs 1974 1979 8 6 1 1 075.00
Dinamo Vinkovci 1976 1979
Sturm Graz 1 July 1980 30 June 1982 79 34 18 27 043.04
Rapid Wien 1 July 1982 30 June 1985 137 86 36 15 062.77
Stuttgart 1 July 1985 4 March 1986 28 13 6 9 046.43
Rapid Wien 1 July 1986 11 September 1988 139 85 33 21 061.15
Sturm Graz 1 October 1988 30 June 1989 28 14 6 8 050.00
Vorwärts Steyr 28 July 1990 3 May 1991 33 9 11 13 027.27
Casino Salzburg 11 July 1991 29 August 1995 191 105 48 38 054.97
Croatia Zagreb 6 June 1996 2 June 1997 41 34 5 2 082.93
Fenerbahçe 1997 1998 41 24 9 8 058.54
LASK Linz 29 July 1998 4 December 1998 19 11 2 6 057.89
Austria 13 April 1999 21 November 2001 22 7 6 9 031.82
Croatia July 2002 July 2004 24 11 8 5 045.83
Albania 16 August 2006 21 November 2007 15 4 5 6 026.67
Totals 937 491 234 212 052.40

Personal lifeEdit

Barić's only son is an architect and has the same first and last name.


SG Germania Wiesbaden
Wacker Innsbruck
NK Zagreb
Dinamo Zagreb
Rapid Vienna
Casino Salzburg
Croatia Zagreb


  1. ^ "Bartolòmēj". Hrvatski jezični portal (in Serbo-Croatian). Retrieved 17 March 2018. Bartolòmēj, Bárić
  2. ^ (in Polish) Otto Barić zawieszony na trzy mecze
  3. ^ (in Slovak) Trenčín rokuje s trénerom Rehhagelom, v hre aj Chorváti a Petržela
  4. ^ (in English) Robert Bajruši (14 September 2004). "My son Niko will be the Croatian Zinedane Zidane". Nacional (weekly). Archived from the original on 25 July 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2012.
  5. ^ Frasheri, Dash (23 November 2007). "I am part of the "Kuqezi" History (interview)". Albania Sport (in Albanian). Dash Frasheri. Archived from the original on 11 August 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2010.