Blaž Slišković

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Blaž "Baka" Slišković
Personal information
Date of birth (1959-05-30) 30 May 1959 (age 58)
Place of birth Mostar, FPR Yugoslavia
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Zrinjski Mostar (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1981 Velež 123 (25)
1981–1986 Hajduk Split 101 (21)
1986–1987 Marseille 29 (6)
1987–1989 Pescara 23 (8)
1989–1990 Lens 15 (1)
1990–1991 Mulhouse 27 (8)
1991–1992 Rennes 22 (0)
1992–1993 Pescara 18 (2)
1993–1995 Hrvatski Dragovoljac 5 (0)
1996–1997 Zrinjski Mostar
National team
1978–1986 Yugoslavia 26 (3)
1993 Bosnia and Herzegovina 3 (0)
Teams managed
Hrvatski Dragovoljac
1998–1999 Zrinjski Mostar
1999–2000 Brotnjo
2000–2002 Bosnia and Herzegovina (assistant)
2002–2006 Bosnia and Herzegovina
2004–2005 Hajduk Split
2005–2007 Zrinjski Mostar
2008–2009 KF Tirana
2010–2011 Unirea Alba Iulia
2011 Široki Brijeg
2011–2012 Al-Ansar
2012 Qingdao Jonoon F.C.
2013–2014 Široki Brijeg
2016– Zrinjski Mostar
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Blaž "Baka" Slišković (born 30 May 1959) is a former Bosnia and Herzegovina footballer who was also capped for Yugoslavia in the late 1970s and early 1980s. After retiring from playing Slišković turned to coaching and was most recently in charge of managing Chinese side Qingdao Jonoon F.C. in 2012.

In July 2011, Zinedine Zidane named Slišković as one of his idols while growing up and included him in his "All Time Best 11" of Marseille.

Personal life[edit]

Slišković was born in Mostar to Bosnian Croat parents. He was married to Bosnian Serb handball player, Svetlana Kitić. His father Vladko "Vlado" played for FK Velež Mostar for 15 years.[1]

Club career[edit]

During his time Slišković was considered one of the most technically gifted players of his generation. In 1985, he was named Yugoslav Footballer of the Year.

In 2011, for the 100th anniversary of Hajduk Split, he was chosen in the "Hajduk Split Best 11 of all-time".[2]

International career[edit]


Although most experts expected him to create a great international career, he was only capped 26 times for Yugoslavia. He scored 3 goals in the process.

He was prevented from playing in 1982 FIFA World Cup due to an injury sustained in the second half during a 1981–82 Yugoslav First League match between OFK Belgrade and Hajduk Split. He then lost his place in UEFA Euro 1984 after allegedly a Yugoslav printed newspaper journalist quoted Slišković incorrectly after an interview after the friendly game between Yugoslavia and Switzerland (0-2) and caused the national team coach to drop him from the squad.


Slišković played three friendly games for Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team in 1993 as the captain in all three games.[3][4]

Coaching career[edit]

Bosnia-Herzegovina squad during UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying.

He managed the Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team from 2002 until 2006.[5]

In 2004, he won the award "Best Bosnia and Herzegovina Coach" by Dnevni Avaz.

In October 2004, he replaced Ivan Katalinić and won the Croatian Championship with Hajduk Split for the 2004–05 season.

By summer 2008, he was appointed coach of Albanian football club, KF Tirana in where he won the League title of that season, the only foreign coach to achieve such a triumph in Albania.

In March 2010 Unirea Alba Iulia hired Slišković until the end of the season; he replaced Adrian Falub.[6]

In April 2011 he took the head coaching position at NK Široki Brijeg and reached 4th position and qualified for UEFA League.

On 19 January 2012, Chinese Super League side Qingdao Jonoon F.C. announced that they have signed a contract with Slišković to replace South Korean Chang Woe-Ryong.[7] On 19 May he menaged again Siroki Brijeg.

On March 2017 Slišković took the head coaching position at Zrinjski Mostar for the third time in his career as manager,[8] and he led the team to win the country league for the season 2016-2017.




Velež Mostar

Hajduk Split

Yugoslavia national team



NK Brotnjo

HNK Hajduk Split

Zrinjski Mostar




  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 February 2013. Retrieved 2013-02-09. 
  2. ^ "IZBOR SLOBODNE DALMACIJE Jedanaest veličanstvenih hajduka; I Grgur Ninski - hajdukovac! (FOTOGALERIJA) > Slobodna Dalmacija > Hajduk". Retrieved 2012-02-05. 
  3. ^ "Sušić, Slišković, Škoro i drugi počeli stvaranje reprezentacije". Retrieved 2012-02-05. 
  4. ^ "Čudesni Mostarac koji je bio idol Zinedineu Zidaneu" (in Bosnian). 2013-06-20. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Blaz Sliskovic - A Talented Coach With One Job Too Many". Retrieved 2012-02-05. 
  6. ^ "Ziarul Unirwa - Unirea are antrenor nou - bosniacul Blaz Sliskovic". 27 January 2008. Archived from the original on 25 February 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2012. 
  7. ^ 青岛中能足球俱乐部主教练公告 Archived 29 November 2014 at the Wayback Machine. (in Chinese)
  8. ^ "Blaž Slišković spašava Plemiće". 2017-03-23.