Ante Šimundža

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Ante Šimundža
Personal information
Full name Ante Šimundža
Date of birth (1971-09-28) 28 September 1971 (age 46)
Place of birth Maribor, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Mura (Head Coach)
Youth career
Železničar Maribor
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
–1991 Kovinar Maribor
1991–1996 Maribor 170 (64)
1997 Sendai
1997 Maribor 2 (0)
1998 Young Boys 7 (0)
1998 Malmö 3 (0)
1999–2000 Maribor 56 (14)
2001 La Louvière 12 (5)
2001–2002 Železnik 14 (11)
2002–2003 Šmartno ob Paki 27 (9)
2003–2005 Wildon
National team
1992 Slovenia U21 1 (0)
1993–1999 Slovenia 3 (0)
Teams managed
2011–2012 Mura 05
2012 GAK
2013 Mura 05
2013 Aluminij
2013–2015 Maribor
2017– Mura
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ante Šimundža (born 28 September 1971 in Maribor) is a Slovenian association football manager and former professional footballer. He has been a head coach of Maribor from September 2013 until August 2015.[1]

Club career[edit]

He started his career in the youth selections of Železničar Maribor and moved to Maribor after the independence of Slovenia in 1991.[2] He stayed there for six seasons scoring 64 league goals in 170 appearances.[3] He played for a number of different foreign clubs between 1997 and 1998, however, plagued by constant ankle injuries he soon returned to his home town club.[2] There he was an important part of Maribor's qualification to the UEFA Champions League during the 1999–2000 season.[2] He was the scorer of the winning goal in the first round of the group stage when Maribor defeated Dynamo Kyiv in Kiev, Ukraine.[4] In 2001, he again moved abroad and played for La Louvière and Železnik, before returning to his native country and finishing his professional career in Šmartno.[3] Šimundža has made a total of 255 Slovenian PrvaLiga appearances, scoring 87 goals in the process.[3] Considered a Maribor club legend, he is tied with Gregor Židan as a player with the most appearances for the club during the 1990s.[5]

International career[edit]

Šimundža has been capped three times for the Slovenia national football team between 1993 and 1999.[6] He has represented his nation on matches against Estonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Greece.[6]

Coaching career[edit]

Šimundža began his coaching career in 2003, when he was a coach of the youth selections at Železničar Maribor, where he started his career as a player. He started his senior coaching career in 2008, when he was appointed as an assistant coach of Darko Milanič at Maribor.[7] He was part of Maribor's sports department until 2011 when he was selected as a head coach of Mura 05.[8] His season with Mura 05 was impressive and he turned the team around, changing it from a relegation contender to the eventual UEFA competitions qualifier, as the club finished third during the 2011–12 Slovenian PrvaLiga season.[2] By the end of his first season as head coach, he was nominated for the best coach in the league.[9] He then accepted an offer of the one time Austrian champions, GAK, signing with the club in June 2012.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Šimundža was born in Maribor, present day Slovenia as the youngest of two children, with his sister being six years older than him.[2] His father was a Croat from Split and his mother a Slovene from Kidričevo.[2] He is married and has two sons named Luka and Jure, who got their names after their grandfathers.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jaka Lopatič (17 August 2015). "Šimundža dobil nogo, danes znan že novi trener" [Simundza kicked out, new coach will be known today] (in Slovenian). Siol Sportal. Retrieved 17 August 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Tamara Pocak (28 May 2012). "Žena se zaman trudi, da bi me spravila na plesišče" (in Slovenian). Ekipa. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Ante Šimundža" (in Slovenian). Association of 1. SNL official website. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Zapisnik: Dinamo Kijev – Maribor" (in Slovenian). NK Maribor official website. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  5. ^ NK Maribor (13 December 2010). "Veličastnih 50" (in Slovenian). nkmaribor.com. Retrieved 13 December 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "Ante Šimundža" (in Slovenian). Football Association of Slovenia official website. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Borut Cvetko (Photo) (5 August 2009). "Zlatko Zahovič, športni direktor NK Maribor , Ante Šimundža, pomočnik trenerja NK Maribor in Darko Milanič, trener NK Maribor" (in Slovenian). mediaspeed.net. Retrieved 6 April 2011. 
  8. ^ S.J. (24 August 2011). "Šimundža na klopi Mure nasledil Pevnika" (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  9. ^ D.O. (9 May 2012). "Za igralca leta se poteguje kar 11 nogometašev Maribora" (in Slovenian). Delo. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  10. ^ Matej Rijavec (25 June 2010). "Mura išče novega trenerja: Šimundža skočil čez mejo" (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 

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