Branko Karačić

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Branko Karačić
Personal information
Full name Branko Karačić
Date of birth (1960-09-24) 24 September 1960 (age 53)
Place of birth Vinkovci, SFR Yugoslavia
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Bedem Ivankovo
1979–1981 Mladost Vođinci
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1987 Osijek 86 (20)
1987–1989 Hajduk Split 40 (10)
1989–1993 Cercle Brugge 121 (44)
1994–1995 Gent
1995–1996 FC Linz
1996–1997 Saint-Gilloise
Teams managed
2000–2001 NK Zagreb
2002–2003 Marsonia
2003–2004 Osijek
2004–2005 Slaven Belupo
2005–2006 Cibalia
2007–2009 Slavonac CO
2009–2010 Šibenik
2010–2011 Osijek
2011–2012 Široki Brijeg
2012–2014 Zrinjski
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Branko Karačić (born 24 September 1960) is a Croatian retired footballer and football manager.

Karačić turned professional in 1981 and spent the following six years with NK Osijek, where he appeared in a total of 300 matches for the club. He then moved to Croatian powerhouse Hajduk Split for whom he played between 1987 and 1989, after which he moved abroad and played for Cercle Brugge (1989–1993), Gent (1994–1995) and Saint-Gilloise (1996–1997) in Belgium and FC Linz (1995–1996) in Austria.

During his playing career, Karačić was feared for his passing and free kick abilities and was known as an excellent playmaker. After retiring from active football he first held the post of director of football at NK Osijek (1997–1998) and then, after gaining his coaching diploma, went on to coach a number of Prva HNL teams. His first coaching job was assisting Ivo Šušak at NK Zagreb (1999–2000) before taking over himself in the 2000–01 season. He then went on to coach Marsonia (2002–03), Osijek (2003–04 and 2010–11), Slaven Belupo (2004–05), Cibalia (2005–06), Slavonac CO (2007–09), Šibenik (2009–10) and Široki Brijeg (2011–12).

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