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Stanko "Špaco" Poklepović (19 April 1938 – 24 December 2018) was a Croatian football manager and retired footballer.

Stanko Poklepović
Personal information
Full name Stanko Poklepović
Date of birth (1938-04-19)19 April 1938
Place of birth Split, Yugoslavia
Date of death 24 December 2018(2018-12-24) (aged 80)
Place of death Split, Croatia
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1956–1976 Split
Teams managed
1969 Split
1971–1972 Split
1984–1986 Hajduk Split
1987–1989 Budućnost Titograd
1989–1990 Borac Banja Luka
1990–1991 APOEL
1991–1993 Hajduk Split
1992–1993 Croatia
1994 Dubrovnik
1994–1995 Iran
1995–1997 Persepolis
1997–1998 Publikum Celje
1998–1999 Osijek
1999–2000 Ferencváros
2001–2002 Sepahan
2002–2003 Osijek
2005 Sepahan
2009 Damash Gilan
2010 Hajduk Split
2015 Hajduk Split
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He was mostly notable for managing Hajduk Split in four different occasions during his career.[1] He was also the first manager to win the Croatian football league with Hajduk Split in its inaugural season in 1992.

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Playing careerEdit

Throughout his whole career, Poklepović played for RNK Split. He played for Split from 1956 to 1976.

With Split he won the Yugoslav Second League twice, first in the 1956–57 (Zone I) season, and then after in the 1959–60 (West) season.

Coaching careerEdit

He made his impact in the 1984–85 Yugoslav First League as the manager of Hajduk Split when he took over the Croatian powerhouse at the time when a lot of important players left the club and a lot of young players like Asanović, Andrijašević and Španjić joined the club with no experience. Poklepović almost won the league but finished 2nd because of match-fixing that was popular with other clubs in the league. Hajduk broke the record and scored 2 or more goals in every match that season.

In the 1985–86 UEFA Cup, Poklepović lead Hajduk to the quarter-finals. Poklepović won the first leg match against Waregem 1-0 on Poljud but he was then sacked from Hajduk for under-performing in the league so he didn't manage the second leg game against Waregem which Hajduk lost on penalties after a 0-1 defeat.

In 1991, he returned to Hajduk and won the 1992 Prva HNL which was Stanko's first league trophy in his career. In 1992, he took over the Croatian national football team but after 4 games and only 1 win, he left the team.

In 1994, he went to manage the Iranian national football team and Persepolis. He won the 1995–96 Azadegan League and the 1996–97 Azadegan League with Persepolis.

In 1998, he took over Osijek and won the 1998–99 Croatian Cup which is Osijek's first and only trophy till today. He also finished 4th in the 1998–99 Prva HNL and secured a place in European competitions for Osijek. He returned again to Iran in 2005 and 2009 but unsuccessfully.

In February 2010 he returned to Hajduk Split for the third time.[2] He won the 2009–10 Croatian Cup and finished 2nd in the 2009–10 Prva HNL. He qualified with Hajduk for the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League after defeating Dinamo București and Unirea Urziceni in the qualifying rounds. In the 2010–11 Prva HNL, he controlled the 1st position for a while and became a favorite of the fans and the media. In the European league, he defeated Anderlecht 1-0 on Poljud which was Hajduk's biggest European victory since the mid 1990-s.[3] After losing a cup game against Istra 1961 in the 1/16 round and losing the 1st position in the league, he was sacked by Hajduk chairman Joško Svaguša on 27 October 2010.[4]

In February 2015, five years later, Poklepović returned again to Hajduk Split for the fourth time in his career,[1] but later in April, he was sacked because of underperforming in the league.

Personal lifeEdit

Early lifeEdit

He was born in Split to parents of Milna origin. He married Kita Poklepović with whom he had two children.

DeathEdit

Stanko Poklepović died on 24 December 2018 in the Split Hospital after dealing with health issues in the later years of his life.[5] He was buried in his birth town Milna on 28 December 2018.

Managerial statisticsEdit

As of 4 November 2017[6]
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
P W D L Win %
Hajduk Split 1984 1986 68 33 19 16 048.5
Budućnost Titograd 1987 1989 57 24 17 16 042.1
Borac Banja Luka 1989 1990 19 12 3 4 063.2
APOEL 1990 1991 34 15 10 9 044.1
Hajduk Split 1991 1993 69 42 18 9 060.9
Croatia 1992 1993 4 1 1 2 025.0
Dubrovnik 1994 1994 13 3 3 7 023.1
Iran 1994 1996 4 1 2 1 025.0
Istra 1995 1995 7 1 0 6 014.3
Persepolis F.C. 1995 1997 54 31 8 15 057.4
Poblikum Celjea 1997 1998 39 16 7 16 041.0
Mladost 127 1998 1999 11 4 1 6 036.4
Osijek 1998 1999 12 6 4 2 050.0
Ferencvárosi TC 1999 2000 33 14 8 11 042.4
NK Osijek 2002 2003 17 5 6 6 029.4
Hajduk Split 2010 2010 39 23 10 6 059.0
Hajduk Split 2015 2015 9 2 3 4 022.2
Total 489 233 120 136 047.6

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Rupnik, Borna (19 February 2015). "Edoardo Reja otpao, Stanko Poklepović preuzima Hajduk". Sportnet.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  2. ^ Jurišić, Bernard; Attias, Vedran (12 February 2010). "Stanko Poklepović novi trener Hajduka". Sportnet.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  3. ^ Babić, Vedran (30 September 2010). "Video: Vukušić za pobjedu i ludilo!". Sportnet.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  4. ^ Jurišić, Bernard (28 October 2010). "Poklepović smijenjen, zasad Španjić". Sportnet.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  5. ^ Alfirević, Slaven (24 December 2018). "Preminuo je Stanko Poklepović". slobodnadalmacija.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Stanko Poklepović Managerial statistics". hrnogomet.com.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Bijan Zolfagharnasab
Iran Pro League Winning Manager
1995–96, 1996–97
Succeeded by
Nasser Hejazi