Managing Dinamo Zagreb in 2011
|Date of birth||September 29, 1953|
|Place of birth||Zagreb, FPR Yugoslavia|
|1994–1998||Croatia U21 (assistant)|
Ante Čačić (born 29 September 1953) is a Croatian football manager currently in charge of Croatia. Čačić graduated on the Faculty of Physical Education at the University of Zagreb. He was one of the first ten football coaches in Croatia to get the UEFA Pro Licence.
During his career, he successfully achieved promotion to the top division with Inter Zaprešić and Dubrava. He also coached Zadar, Osijek, Slaven Belupo, Kamen Ingrad, Croatia Sesvete and Lokomotiva.
In the 2002–03 season, Čačić was at the helm of Inter Zaprešić in the South Division in the Druga HNL. In March 2003, he resigned after losing to the first-placed team Uljanik, leaving Inter at the second place in the table and five points behind the leaders. He was replaced with Ilija Lončarević, who achieved promotion to Prva HNL. When Lončarević was appointed as the manager of Libya national football team, he named Čačić as his assistant. During his time at Libya, he was chosen to lead their under-20 squad at the 2005 Mediterranean Games held in Spain. After losing to the hosts in the semi-finals, they won the bronze medal after defeating Morocco in the penalty shoot-out.
In June 2006, Čačić returned to Croatia and was appointed as manager of Kamen Ingrad, but after only three months he terminated his contract. In October 2006, he again took over the helm of Inter Zaprešić after they sacked Srećko Bogdan. Čačić led Inter to the first place in the 2006–07 Druga HNL and the team was promoted to Prva HNL. After a disappointing start in the following season, he was sacked in August 2007. In October 2011, Čačić was appointed as manager of Lokomotiva. They finished in the sixth place at the winter break, undefeated in four games led by Čačić.
On 23 December 2011, it was announced that Čačić had signed a one-and-a-half-year contract with Dinamo Zagreb. After being sacked from Dinamo in November 2012, Čačić was without assignment until April 2013 when he took over as a manager of Radnik Sesvete. He has left Radnik Sesvete only couple of months later, when in early June 2013 he had accepted an offer from Slovenian champions Maribor. After the sacking of Niko Kovac due to unsuccessful European qualifying results, Cacic was hired as the manager of the Croatian national team. His appointment was extremely controversial, but resulted in Croatia finishing second to Italy, therefore qualifying for Euro 2016.
In December 2016, he was chosen the seventh best coach of the national team in the world in 2016 by International Federation of Football History & Statistics ahead of Belgium's Marc Wilmots and Brazil's Tite, among few others.
- As of 11 June 2017
|Maribor||5 June 2013||29 September 2013||18||8||5||5||30||18||+12||44.44|
|Slaven Belupo||4 November 2014||30 May 2015||22||9||5||8||30||25||+5||40.91|
|Lokomotiva||3 June 2015||21 September 2015||14||6||2||6||23||27||−4||42.86|
|Croatia||22 September 2015||Present||22||14||5||3||44||14||+30||63.64|
- Yugoslavian Third Football League: 1990–91
- Inter Zaprešić
- Dinamo Zagreb
- Croatian First Football League: 2011–12
- Croatian Football Cup: 2011–12
- Libya U20
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