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Zoran Vulić (born 4 October 1961) is a Croatian former professional footballer who played as a central defender, and current manager. He is most notable for having managing Hajduk Split five separate times between 1998 and 2018, which is a record among all Hajduk managers.

Zoran Vulić
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Vulić as a manager at Luch-Energiya
Personal information
Full name Zoran Vulić
Date of birth (1961-10-04) 4 October 1961 (age 58)
Place of birth Split, FPR Yugoslavia
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Central midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1988 Hajduk Split 167 (25)
1988–1991 Mallorca 95 (11)
1991–1993 Nantes 65 (10)
1993–1995 Hajduk Split 21 (4)
Total 348 (50)
National team
1986–1991 Yugoslavia 25 (1)
1990–1993 Croatia 3 (0)
Teams managed
1998 Hajduk Split
2000–2001 Hajduk Split
2002–2004 Hajduk Split
2006–2007 Hajduk Split
2008 Luch-Energiya
2009 Rijeka
2010 Istra 1961
2010–2011 Istra 1961
2012–2013 RNK Split
2014 Croatia U19
2014–2015 RNK Split
2015–2016 Sheriff Tiraspol
2016–2017 Atyrau
2017 Apollon Smyrni
2018 Hajduk Split
2019 Esteghlal
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

Vulić was born in Split, FPR Yugoslavia. He is the son of Ante Vulić who was 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 the age of 34. In his first stint with the club, he conquered two Yugoslavian cups in 1984 and 1987, and his second stint two Croatian leagues (1994, 1995) and one cup (1995).

Vulić won 25 caps for Yugoslavia, scoring once, and participated at the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy where he played four of the team's five matches four out of five matches.[1] His national team debut was on April 30, 1986 when Yugoslavia lost 4–2 to Brazil in a friendly match.

Manager careerEdit

In 1998, Vulić continued his career as a manager, with his first four spells all at Hajduk. His biggest success as Hajduk manager was winning the 2000–01 Croatian First Football League and the 2002–03 Croatian Football Cup. In 2004, he was sacked three rounds before the end of the 2003–04 Croatian First Football League season even though the team was sitting at the top of the table, and it was the new manager, Petar Nadoveza, who ended up winning this championship with Hajduk.

In January 2008, Vulić moved to Russian Premier League's FC Luch-Energiya Vladivostok. He returned to Croatia in 2009, taking over NK Rijeka. In February 2010, he took charge of NK Istra 1961. Vulić also managed RNK Split on two occasions. His biggest success with this team was reaching the final of the 2014–15 Croatian Football 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, FC Atyrau 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 (he was sacked after a poor run of results). His final stint with Hajduk was from 9 September to 27 November 2018 (he was sacked after having won only 3 of the 9 league matches).

Additionally, Vulić also served as the assistant to the Croatian National Team.

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Zoran VulićFIFA competition record

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