Dragan Skočić

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Dragan Skočić
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Personal information
Date of birth (1968-09-03) 3 September 1968 (age 46)
Place of birth Rijeka, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Foolad (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1991 Rijeka
1991–1993 Las Palmas
1993–1995 Compostela
1995–1996 Rijeka
1998–2001 Ittihad Kalba'
Teams managed
2005–2006 Rijeka
2007–2008 Interblock Ljubljana
2009–2010 Al-Arabi
2011 Al Nassr
2012 Rijeka
2013–2014 Malavan
2014– Foolad
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Dragan Skočić (born 3 September 1968) is a former Croatian footballer and a current coach who currently manages Foolad in Iran Pro League.

Playing career[edit]

Skočić, who was a midfielder, played professional club football in Croatia for the football club Rijeka, in Spain for the football clubs Las Palmas and Compostela,[1] and in the UAE for Ittihad Kalba'.[2] He was the first player from the Croatian football league who went abroad to play professionally.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

After his playing career, Skočić went on to complete the Football Academy at the Croatian Football Academy and the Coach Education and Training Department at the Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Zagreb, receiving a UEFA-PRO Coach diploma and a Professional Bachelor of the Coaching Profession.[4]

He became manager of his home club, Rijeka in 2005. Skočić secured two trophies for Rijeka, both times by winning the Croatian Cup for the 2004–05 and 2005–06 seasons.[5]

In 2007, he became the head coach of the Slovenian club Interblock Ljubljana. While the club was in a difficult situation on the league scale. Only two years after the club was founded and under the management of Skočić, the club achieved outstanding results in the Slovenian PrvaLiga. Not only did they manage to stay in the first league, but they also won two trophies in the 2007–08 season, the Slovenian Cup[6] and a Super Cup.[7]

In the 2009–10 season, Skočić took over the management of the Al Arabi club in Kuwait. Under his leadership as head coach, Al Arabi played in two finals, the Crown Prince Cup and the Federation Cup. Also under Skočić, Al Arabi played in the AFC Cup quarterfinals.[8] Following Kuwait, in the 2010–11 season, Skočić was engaged by the Al Nassr football club from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, one of the most prominent football clubs in the Arab world. Under Skočić, Al Nassr qualified for the third round of the AFC Champions League, after having played a successful season of competitions within the group.[9]

In the 2011–12 season, Skocic again took over the management of his home club Rijeka.[10] Skocic left the club in mutual agreement with the management. On 26 May 2013, Skocic was announced as the head coach of Malavan for the upcoming season. He signed a two years contract with the club.[11] He led the club to the 7th place, their best league finish since 2005.

On 23 May 2014, Skočić was named as new head coach of Iran Pro League title-holders Foolad, replaced Hossein Faraki who resigned on the following day.[12][13]


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