Blaž Slišković

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Blaž "Baka" Slišković
Personal information
Date of birth (1959-05-30) 30 May 1959 (age 55)
Place of birth Mostar, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1981 Velež 123 (25)
1981–1986 Hajduk Split 101 (21)
1986–1987 Marseille 29 (6)
1987–1989 Pescara 23 (8)
1989–1990 Lens 15 (1)
1990–1991 Mulhouse 27 (8)
1991–1992 Rennes 22 (0)
1992–1993 Pescara 18 (2)
1993–1995 Hrvatski Dragovoljac 5 (0)
1996–1997 Zrinjski Mostar
National team
1978–1986 Yugoslavia 26 (3)
1993 Bosnia and Herzegovina 3 (0)
Teams managed
Hrvatski Dragovoljac
1998–1999 Zrinjski Mostar
1999-2000 Brotnjo
2000-2002 Bosnia and Herzegovina (assistant)
2002–2006 Bosnia and Herzegovina
2004–2005 Hajduk Split
2005–2007 Zrinjski Mostar
2008–2009 KF Tirana
2010 Unirea Alba Iulia
2011 Široki Brijeg
2011 Al-Ansar
2012 Qingdao Jonoon F.C.
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Blaž "Baka" Slišković (born 30 May 1959) is a former Bosnian footballer who was also capped for Yugoslavia in the late 1970s and early 1980s. After retiring from playing Slišković turned to coaching and was most recently in charge of managing Chinese side Qingdao Jonoon F.C. in 2012.

In July 2011, Zinedine Zidane named Slišković as one of his idols while growing up and included him in his "All Time Best 11" of Marseille.

Personal life[edit]

Slišković was born in Mostar to Bosnian Croat parents. He was married to Bosnian Serb handball player, Svetlana Kitić. His father Vladko "Vlado" played for FK Velež Mostar for 15 years.[1]

Club career[edit]

During his time Slišković was considered one of the most technically gifted players of his generation. In 1985 he was named Yugoslav Footballer of the Year.

In 2011, for the 100th anniversary of Hajduk Split, he was chosen in the "Hajduk Split Best 11 of all-time".[2]

International career[edit]

Although most experts expected him to create a great international career, he was only capped 26 times for Yugoslavia. He scored 3 goals in the process. Slišković played three friendly games for Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team in 1993 as the captain in all three games.[3][4]

Coaching career[edit]

He managed the Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team from 2002 until 2006.[5]

In 2004 he won the award "Best Bosnia and Herzegovina Coach" by Dnevni Avaz.

In October 2004, he replaced Ivan Katalinić and won the Croatian Championship with Hajduk Split for the 2004–05 season.

By summer 2008, he was appointed coach of Albanian football club, KF Tirana in where he won the League title of that season, the only foreign coach to achieve such a triumph in Albania.

In March 2010 Unirea Alba Iulia hired Slišković until the end of the season; he replaced Adrian Falub.[6]

In April 2011 he took the head coaching position at NK Široki Brijeg and reached 4th position and qualified for UEFA League.

On 19 January 2012, Chinese Super League side Qingdao Jonoon F.C. announced that they has sign a contract with Slišković to replace South Korean Chang Woe-Ryong.[7]

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