Nenad Gračan (born 23 October 1962) is a retired Croatian footballer who played as a central midfielder, and a current coach.
Club career [ edit ]
Rijeka, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia, Gračan started playing professionally for hometown side NK Rijeka, amassing nearly 150 official appearances. He then moved to another club in Croatia, HNK Hajduk Split, for which he appeared intermittently over the course of four full seasons.
Late into 1989, Gračan signed with
La Liga club Real Oviedo. Joined by compatriots Janko Janković and Nikola Jerkan in his second season, he helped the Asturias team finish sixth and qualify for the UEFA Cup, contributing with 26 matches, and eventually appearing in more than 100 games overall.
Aged almost 31, Gračan left Oviedo and returned to his country, now independent. After two years of inactivity, he played a handful of games with first professional club Rijeka, but retired shortly after. In the following decade, he took up coaching, starting with his last team as a player, but he rarely settled.
International career [ edit ]
capped 10 times for Yugoslavia, but never attended any major international tournament.
1984, the 21-year old helped the Olympic squad win the bronze medal in Los Angeles, appearing in all but one games and scoring in the quarterfinals against West Germany (5–2). [1 ]
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