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
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.
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 ]
References [ edit ]