Zoran Mamić (born 30 September 1971) is a Croatian professional football manager and retired footballer who is currently the director of football of Dinamo Zagreb.

Zoran Mamić
Zoran Mamić, Esteghlal vs. Al Hilal 2019-04-24.jpg
Mamić as manager of Al-Hilal in 2019
Personal information
Date of birth (1971-09-30) 30 September 1971 (age 48)
Place of birth Zagreb, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder, centre-back
Club information
Current team
Dinamo Zagreb (Director of Football)
Youth career
Dinamo Zagreb
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1996 Dinamo Zagreb 124 (15)
1991GOŠK Jug (loan) 3 (0)
1996–1998 VfL Bochum 45 (4)
1998–2000 Bayer Leverkusen 15 (0)
2000–2001 VfL Bochum 22 (0)
2001–2003 Greuther Fürth 48 (1)
2003–2004 LR Ahlen 21 (0)
2004–2005 Eintracht Trier 30 (1)
2005–2007 Dinamo Zagreb 47 (3)
Total 397 (24)
National team
1996–1998 Croatia 6 (0)
Teams managed
2013–2016 Dinamo Zagreb
2016–2017 Al-Nassr
2017–2019 Al-Ain
2019 Al-Hilal
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He was previously manager of Dinamo Zagreb, Al-Nassr, Al-Ain and Al-Hilal. In his first season with the UAE club he won the first double in the club's 50th year history: UAE Pro-League and UAE President's Cup. He has been convicted to 4 years and 11 months of prison for stealing millions from GNK Dinamo.[1]

Playing careerEdit

He played for Dinamo Zagreb between 1989 and 1996,[2] after which he went on to spend nine years playing for various clubs in Germany. Between 1996 and 1998, he made 45 Bundesliga appearances and scored four league goals for Bochum. In 1998, he moved for two seasons to Bayer Leverkusen, but only made 15 Bundesliga appearances for the club without scoring a goal. He then returned to Bochum for the 2000–01 season and made another 23 Bundesliga appearances for the club.

In 2001, he moved to 2. Bundesliga side Greuther Fürth and spent two seasons with the club, making 48 appearances and scoring one goal in the 2, Bundesliga. He subsequently played one season apiece for Second Bundesliga clubs LR Ahlen and Eintracht Trier, making 21 league appearances for Ahlen and 30 league appearances for Trier, scoring one goal for the latter club. In his career in Germany, he made 83 Bundesliga appearances with four goals scored as well as 99 2. Bundesliga appearances with two goals scored.[3]

In 2005, he returned to Dinamo Zagreb and finished his playing career at the club in late March 2007, after which he continued to work for the club as their sporting director. He captained the Dinamo Zagreb team that won the Croatian championship in 2006. His last match for Dinamo Zagreb was on 3 March 2007 in their 3–1 away victory over NK Varteks.

He also won six international caps for the Croatian national team between October 1996 and June 1998, also being a member of the country's bronze medal-winning squad at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, although he did not play a single minute during the team's seven matches.

Managerial careerEdit

Dinamo ZagrebEdit

On 22 October 2013 and following the sacking of Branko Ivanković, Mamić was named caretaker manager of Dinamo Zagreb by his brother and the club chairman Zdravko Mamić. This was the second time in only two months that he was appointed as interim coach, as he (together with Damir Krznar) had taken over the team from Dinamo's previous coach Kruno Jurčić after their 2–0 home defeat against FK Austria Wien in the Champions League play-off in August 2013. He ended his first match as interim coach with an away win against Slaven Belupo. A week later, Dinamo faced FK Austria Wien in the second leg of Champions League playoffs. In Vienna, Mamić and Krznar led Dinamo to a 3–2 win, failing to clinch a spot in the Champions League group stage in the last 10 minutes of the match, as Dinamo had a 3–1 lead. After sacking of coach Ivanković, Mamić was again appointed as interim coach. He chose former Dinamo Zagreb players, Damir Krznar and Igor Cvitanović, to be his assistants. In November 2013, after string of positive results, including an 0–0 match against PSV Eindhoven in Europa League, Mamić suffered his first defeat as Dinamo Zagreb coach, in away match against PSV Eindhoven. In December 2013, Mamić led Dinamo to one of their biggest Eternal Derby triumphs against Hajduk Split, when they won 5–0 in the Croatian Cup quarterfinals. Mamić was led Dinamo to another Champions League season in 2015-2016, after a total 6–2 aggregate win against KF Skënderbeu Korçë in the playoff round. In the group stage, Dimano started with a shocking 2–1 home win over Arsenal. With Arsenal further losing to Olympiacos, Dinamo Zagreb was favored to at least manage third place in the group, and secure Europa League Round of 32. However, Dinamo lost the remainder of their matches and were eliminated as last in the group. Mamić still hailed the campaign as the most memorable, due to the historic win against Arsenal.

Al NassrEdit

In the summer 2016, Mamić accepted an offer from Al-Nassr FC from Saudi Arabia and after several amazing years in Dinamo went abroad. Mamić started the season very good and after several rounds it was obvious that after many years without a trophy Al Nassr will have more than a chance to win something with Croatian coach on the bench. The most notable result was Saudi Crown Prince Cup semifinal win against biggest rivals and one of the biggest Asian clubs Al-Hilal FC. Al Nassr completely dominated against the favorized opposition and eventually won the game 2–0 to qualify for the final. Unfortunately for Al Nassr fans for whom Mamić was and still is a legend - the coach left before had the chance of winning the so wanted trophy.

In February 2017, after a lot of financial problems in the club and despite the fact of having an offer for a several year contract, Mamić resigned and couple of days later signed a contract for the biggest club in United Arab Emirates - Al Ain FC.

Al-AinEdit

Mamić signed an 18 months contract but came to the bench when the club has already lost every chance of winning a trophy this season. Only competition that the new coach started from beginning was 2017 AFC Champions League. Al Ain won the group and qualified for the next round undefeated where the next opponent was Iranian Esteghlal F.C.. In the first leg in Iran, in front of 80,000 fans home team got a late winner but week after Al Ain crushed their opponents 6–1 to qualify for the quarter-final. In the quarter final stage, after the summer break, the opponent was the toughest possible - Al-Hilal FC. First game in Al Ain ended without goals but set pieces mistakes in the return game were expensive and Al Ain was eliminated.

First couple of months were just setting up and in his first real season - he brought glory to The Boss. Al Ain dominated the UAE Pro-League from start until the end and eventually clinched a title with 7 points advantage ahead of Al Wahda. Wins like 7–0, 6–2, 6–0, 5–0 and 4–0 became a regular thing and in the end Al Ain won the title with more than 3 goals per game percentage and the most scored goals in the history of the competition. It was the first trophy for Al Ain after three seasons and only a couple of days later, on 3 May, Mamić added a UAE President's Cup trophy too. By that he earned his place in the history books of the club because it was the first double in the club's history. At the end of the season it was announced that Mamić agreed to an extension of the contract with Al Ain until June 2019.[4]

Al-HilalEdit

On 31 January 2019, he was named the head coach of Al-Hilal.[5] Mamić was sacked on 27 April 2019 following a 5–0 home defeat to Al-Taawoun.[6]

Return to CroatiaEdit

On 5 June 2019, Mamić returned to Dinamo Zagreb and appointed as the Sporting director.[7]

Managerial recordEdit

As of 27 April 2019.[8]
Team From To Record
M W D L !GF !GA !GD Win % Ref.
Dinamo Zagreb 22 October 2013 20 June 2016 140 97 23 20 300 115 +185 069.29 [9]
Nassr 21 June 2016 28 January 2017 21 15 2 4 41 14 +27 071.43
Al Ain 1 February 2017 30 January 2019 75 42 16 17 185 107 +78 056.00
Al-Hilal 4 February 2019 26 April 2019 21 13 3 5 36 24 +12 061.90
Career Totals 257 167 44 46 562 260 +302 064.98

Personal lifeEdit

He was born in Zagreb to Josip, who comes from Zidine, and Lucija Mamić who comes from Bukova Gora.

He is younger brother of Zdravko Mamić, Croatian sportsman. Both brothers have been found guilty for siphoning millions of Euros from GNK Dinamo and evading millions of unpaid taxes. The decision of the court is not final so Zoran is at the moment a free man while his brother is currently evading arrest warrants by residing in non-extradition country.[10] Their assets in Croatia are confiscated.[11]

Zoran Mamić married Ana Šikić in 2014 and divorced her in 2016.[12] That was his second marriage and from his first marriage he has two kids: daughter Nina and son Bruno.

HonoursEdit

PlayerEdit

ClubEdit

Dinamo Zagreb

Bayer Leverkusen

InternationalEdit

Croatia

ManagerEdit

Dinamo Zagreb

Al Ain

OrdersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Zdravko Mamić osuđen na 6 i pol godina, izdan nalog za uhićenjem!" (in Croatian).
  2. ^ Zoran Mamić at povijest.gnkdinamo.hr
  3. ^ "Zoran Mamic" (in German). fussballdaten.de. Retrieved 5 July 2012.
  4. ^ "Zoran Mamic officially signs one-year Al Ain extension despite off-field issues". sport360.com.
  5. ^ "Zoran Mamic named new Al Hilal manager, but a quick reunion with Al Ain awaits". The National. 31 January 2019. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  6. ^ "بعد خماسية التعاون - الهلال يعلن إقالة زوران ماميتش". Goal. 27 April 2019. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Zoran Mamić ponovno u Dinamu: Zdravku je drago što sam se vratio..." tportal.hr.
  8. ^ "Zoran Mamić". hrnogomet.com.
  9. ^ "GNK Dinamo Zagreb matches". Soccerway. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  10. ^ http://hr.n1info.com/a309765/English/NEWS/Bosnia-s-Interpol-receives-arrest-warrant-for-Zdravko-Mamic.html
  11. ^ https://www.vecernji.hr/vijesti/braca-mamic-i-pernar-u-slucaju-pravomocnosti-moraju-vratiti-drzavi-80-milijuna-kuna-1250355
  12. ^ https://www.vecernji.hr/showbiz/zoran-mamic-ponovno-ljubi-sibenska-manekenka-25-razlog-je-razvoda-1119229
  13. ^ "PREDSJEDNIK TUDJMAN ODLIKOVAO HRVATSKU NOGOMETNU REPREZENTACIJU" (in Croatian). hrt.hr.

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