Zoran Vulić (Croatian pronunciation: [zǒran ʋǔːlitɕ]; born 4 October 1961) is a Croatian professional football manager and former player who played as a defender. He is most notable for having managing Hajduk Split five separate times between 1998 and 2018, which is a record among all Hajduk managers.
Vulić as manager at Luch-Energiya in 2008
|Full name||Zoran Vulić|
|Date of birth||4 October 1961|
|Place of birth||Split, FPR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Vulić was born in Split. He is the son of Ante, a famous goalkeeper for Hajduk Split in the 1950s. Zoran Vulić joined Hajduk Split as a stopper with a powerful shot, and played for the club for nine seasons. He played a total of 167 league games and scored 25 goals. He successfully continued his career abroad, with stints at RCD Mallorca and FC Nantes in the following five years. He was instrumental in Mallorca's return to the La Liga during his debut season. He played 35 matches and scored five times.
Vulić returned to Hajduk in 1993 and retired after two years with the club, at age 34. In his first stint with the club, he conquered two Yugoslav Cups in 1984 and 1987, and in his second stint two Croatian Leagues in 1994 and 1995, and one cup in 1995.
Vulić won 25 caps for Yugoslavia, scoring once, and participated at the 1990 World Cup in Italy, where he played four of the team's five matches. His national team debut was on 30 April 1986, when Yugoslavia lost 4–2 to Brazil in a friendly match.
- Results list Yugoslavia's and Croatia's goal tallies first.
|1||16 May 1991||Red Star Stadium, Belgrade, Yugoslavia||Faroe Islands||Euro 1992 qualifying|
In 1998, Vulić continued his career as manager, with his first four spells all at Hajduk Split. His biggest success as Hajduk manager was winning the 2000–01 Croatian First League and the 2002–03 Croatian Cup. In 2004, he was sacked three rounds before the end of the 2003–04 Croatian First League season even though the team was sitting at the top of the table, and he was replaced by the new manager, Petar Nadoveza, who ended up winning that championship with Hajduk.
In January 2008, Vulić moved to Russian Premier League club FC Luch-Energiya Vladivostok. He returned to Croatia in 2009, taking over HNK Rijeka. In February 2010, he took charge of Istra 1961. Vulić also managed RNK Split on two occasions. His biggest success with that team was reaching the final of the 2014–15 Croatian Cup where they were beaten on penalties by Dinamo Zagreb.
In 2015, he took over Sheriff Tiraspol and managed to win the 2015–16 Moldovan National Division. He left the club in June 2016. On 14 December 2016, Vulić was appointed as manager of FC Atyrau. On 11 April 2017, the club announced a mutually agreed contract termination, as Vulić wanted to return to Croatia. He was then manager of Apollon Smyrni from September to December 2017, when he was sacked after a poor run of results.
Additionally, Vulić also served as an assistant coach of the Croatia national team.
- As of 25 November 2018
- Zoran Vulić – FIFA competition record (archived)
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- "Zoran Vulić preuzeo moldavski Sheriff". hr.n1info.com (in Croatian). 8 October 2015. Retrieved 29 September 2020.
- "Zoran Vulić više nije trener Sheriff Tiraspola". dalmatinskiportal.hr (in Croatian). 16 June 2016. Retrieved 29 September 2020.
- "Zoran Vulić novi trener momčadi Atyrau". dalmatinskiportal.hr (in Croatian). 14 December 2016. Retrieved 29 September 2020.
- T.R. (28 September 2017). "SLUŽBENO: Zoran Vulić preuzeo grčkog prvoligaša". nogometplus.net (in Croatian). Retrieved 29 September 2020.
- "ZORAN VULIĆ NOVI JE TRENER HAJDUKA!". hajduk.hr (in Croatian). 9 September 2018. Retrieved 29 April 2020.
- "ZORAN VULIĆ VIŠE NIJE TRENER HAJDUKA, KLUPU PREUZIMA SINIŠA OREŠČANIN". hajduk.hr (in Croatian). 27 November 2018. Retrieved 29 April 2020.
- "Croatia - Z. Vulić - Profile with news, career statistics and history - Soccerway". int.soccerway.com. Retrieved 29 September 2020.