Bojan Hodak

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Bojan Hodak
Personal information
Full name Bojan Hodak
Date of birth (1971-05-04) 4 May 1971 (age 47)
Place of birth Zagreb, Croatia
Playing position Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Malaysia U19 (Head Coach)
Youth career
1987–1990 NK Trnje
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1994 NK Vrapce
1995 NK Hrvatski Dragovoljac
1996 NK Ponikve
1997 Balestier Central
1998–1999 Jurong FC
1999 Hong Kong Rangers
2000–2001 Jurong FC
2002 NK Trnje
Teams managed
2006–2009 UPB-MyTeam (head coach)
2010–2011 Phnom Penh Crown FC (head coach)
2011–2012 Shandong Luneng (assistant coach)
2012–2013 Kelantan FA (head coach)
2014–2015 Johor Darul Ta'zim (manager&head coach)
2016 Penang FA (CEO)
2017– Malaysia U19 (head coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Bojan Hodak (born 4 May 1971), is a former Croatian professional footballer and coach, who managed Malaysia national under-19 football team.

Early life[edit]

Hodak was born and raised in Zagreb, Croatia, as the second child in a family with a strong military background. His father and brother were both army officers there. In his early years he spent most time playing basketball and football, not preferring one from the other as he excelled in both. There was neither a prominent figure that encouraged him, nor was there any history of sportsmen in his family, but Hodak carried on for fun, joining his friends. However at the age of 16, his local club NK Trnje began paying him for his services and he duly gave up basketball to focus his time and energy in football.[1]

Managerial career[edit]


His coaching career began in Malaysia in 2006 with the now-defunct UPB-MyTeam, where he guided them to promotion into the Malaysian Super League. There he was responsible for the development of UPB-MyTeam's very young squad, which produced many Malaysian national players, including Norshahrul Idlan Talaha, Shakir Shaari, Bunyamin Umar, Syed Adney Syed Hussein, Stanley Samuel, Azmi Muslim, Nazrin Nawi and Azamuddin Akil.

Phnom Penh Crown[edit]

With Phnom Penh Crown FC he won the Cambodian League and qualified for the AFC President's Cup Final Round for the first time in Cambodian football history.

Shandong Luneng[edit]

With Shandong Luneng Taishan he won the Reserve CSL and he was assistant coach in the First team that lost the Chinese FA Cup final 2-1 to Tianjin Teda.


Hodak was appointed manager and head coach of Kelantan on February 2012.[2][3] He made Kelantan history during his debut season, guiding them to a historic treble of the Malaysian FA Cup, Malaysian Super League and Malaysia Cup. The team also qualified for the 2012 AFC Cup quarter-finals where they lost to Arbil FC of Iraq, 3-6 on aggregate.[4] In his second season with Kelantan,after losing 6 key players still team retained the FA Cup, but lost he league championship to LionsXII and Malaysia Cup final to Pahang FA. He leaves the team after the conclusion of the 2013 season.[5]

Johor Darul Takzim[edit]

With Johor Darul Ta'zim F.C. he won the 2014 Malaysia Super League and qualified for the AFC Cup. Collect 44 point from 22 match and beat 1-0 sarawak at stadium Negeri Sarawak Kuching. In January 2015 he won Charity Shield after JDT beat Pahang 2-0.


Hodak was appointed CEO of Penang in May 2016 with target to save Penang FA who was bottom of Malaysian Super League with only 6 point's in 11 matches. He signed Nenad Bacina as Head Coach, changed 3 players and results suddenly improved.In 2nd half of the season Penang FA was one of the best teams winning 16 point's with only Johor Darul Ta'zim F.C. and Kedah winning more point's in that 11 matches. Team managed to stay in Malaysian Super League but Hodak left at the end of the season and Penang FA was relegated next season winning only 12 points in 22 matches.

Personal life[edit]

He is married to his wife Junie Hodak née Tan. They have a son named Luka.


Phnom Penh Crown
Kelantan FA
Shandong Luneng
Johor Darul Ta'zim

Malaysia National Team U19

Managerial stats[edit]

Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
UPB-MyTeam F.C. Malaysia 2006 2009 81 37 15 29 45.7
Phnom Penh Crown FC Cambodia 2010 2011 14 10 3 1 71.4
Shandong Luneng China 2011 2012
Kelantan FA Malaysia 2012 2013 90 53 21 16 58.9
Johor Darul Ta'zim F.C. Malaysia 2014 2015 38 23 9 6 60.5
Total 223 123 48 52 055.16


  1. ^ Mugonopak (29 February 2012). "Kenali Bojan Hodak, jurulatih baru Kelantan". Mugonopak (in Malay). Retrieved 24 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "Bojan sah jurulatih baru Kelantan". The Red Warriors Club (in Malay). DARUL MULTIMEDIA. 4 March 2012. Archived from the original on 6 November 2014. 
  3. ^ Rizal Abdullah (25 October 2012). "Hodak wants better contract". Sports 247. SPORTS247.MY. Archived from the original on 9 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Keeshaanan Sundaresan (8 February 2013). "Five outstanding South-east Asian clubs: Kelantan". Goal. Retrieved 24 July 2016. 
  5. ^ Ajitpal Singh (27 October 2013). "Hodak to bid farewell". New Straits Times. The New Straits Times Press (Malaysia) Berhad. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2016.