Igor Tudor

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Igor Tudor
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Tudor with Hajduk Split in 2014
Personal information
Date of birth (1978-04-16) 16 April 1978 (age 40)
Place of birth Split, SR Croatia, Yugoslavia
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Defender, Defensive midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1998 Hajduk Split 58 (3)
1996Trogir (loan) 5 (1)
1998–2007 Juventus 111 (15)
2005–2006Siena (loan) 39 (2)
2007–2008 Hajduk Split 8 (1)
Total 221 (22)
National team
1994 Croatia U16 1 (0)
1993 Croatia U17 4 (0)
1994–1995 Croatia U18 3 (0)
1995 Croatia U19 2 (0)
1994–2000 Croatia U21 12 (2)
1997–2006 Croatia 55 (3)
Teams managed
2013–2015 Hajduk Split
2015–2016 PAOK
2016–2017 Karabükspor
2017 Galatasaray
2018 Udinese
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Igor Tudor (born 16 April 1978) is a Croatian football manager and former player who last coached Italian club Udinese.

Tudor spent much of his career at the Italian club Juventus, winning several trophies during this time.

He was a part of the Croatian national side at UEFA Euro 2004 and the 2006 FIFA World Cup, but missing the 2002 World Cup due to injury.[1] Tudor announced his retirement on 22 July 2008 at the age of 30 after problems with his right ankle reappeared. He spent his final season playing for his youth club, Hajduk Split.

As a manager, he took charge of Hajduk Split from 2013 to 2015, and spent eight months with PAOK in the 2015–16 season.

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Tudor started his professional career at Hajduk Split in 1995 scoring 5 goals in 58 matches, being considered a revelation for his technique and ball control above the average of a defender.


After three personally successful seasons at Hajduk, he was noticed and acquired by Italian giants Juventus in 1998. During his time with Juventus, he won the Croatian Player of the Year award in 2002.[2] During his eight-year spell with the club, Tudor was in excellent form, despite injuries, and formed impressive defensive partnerships with the likes of Paolo Montero, Mark Iuliano, Gianluca Pessotto, Lilian Thuram, Ciro Ferrara, Alessandro Birindelli, Nicola Legrottaglie, Gianluca Zambrotta, Jonathan Zebina, Giorgio Chiellini and Fabio Cannavaro.

During the 2000–01 season under Carlo Ancelotti, Tudor had a prolific year, scoring six goals. The following season, with the return of his former Juventus coach Marcello Lippi, he was occasionally deployed as a midfielder, scoring four crucial goals (one against Torino in the Turin derby, two goals in Juventus' comebacks against Chievo and Hellas Verona and one during the match against title contenders Internazionale) in Juventus's successful Serie A title campaign. The following season, he also scored a notable goal against Deportivo de La Coruña in the last minute of a second round match of the 2002–03 Champions League, allowing the club to progress to the quarter finals of the competition, en route to the final, in which they were defeated by Italian rivals Milan on penalties.

During this period, Juventus had one of the strongest teams in the world, and Tudor contributed well, with over 150 total appearances for the club, scoring nearly 20 goals, as a centreback. After a major injury in 2004, however, Tudor was loaned out to Siena in January 2005 after seven seasons with Juve. Following the revocation of Juventus' 2004–05 and 2005–06 Serie A titles due to their involvement in the Calciopoli scandal, as well as the expiration of his loan contract with Siena, Tudor returned to Juventus, staying with the club despite their relegation to Serie B, but injuries kept him off the pitch all the season. His contract expired on 30 June 2007.

During his time at the club, Tudor won two Serie A titles, two Italian Supercups, a Serie B title and a UEFA Intertoto Cup, also reaching the final of the 2001–02 Coppa Italia and 2002–03 Champions League.

Return to Hajduk[edit]

Constantly struggling with injuries and mysterious bacterial infection of his ankle, Tudor was almost forced to end his career in 2007, but in June 2007 he decided to join his former club Hajduk Split after not renewing his contract with Juventus. After a highly cautious rehabilitation process his comeback was in the match against Zadar on 20 October 2007. This was his first official match in over 16 months. However, he was unable to reach his previous form and his ankle injury problems continued. On 22 July 2008, at the age of 30, he announced his early retirement due to his recurring ankle injury problems.

International career[edit]

Tudor played for the Croatia national team between 1997 to 2006. He also won several international caps for the Croatian under-17, under-19 and under-21 national teams between 1993–2000.

Tudor made his debut in Croatia's final match of the 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifying, a 1–1 draw at Ukraine on 15 November 1997, coming on as a substitute for Aljoša Asanović in the 89th minute. He was subsequently part of the Croatian squad that finished third at the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France. At the tournament, he made three appearances as a substitute in the closing stages of Croatia's games against Japan, Romania and the Netherlands.

After the 1998 World Cup, he made four appearances in the Croatian national team's unsuccessful qualifying campaign for UEFA Euro 2000, being in the starting line-up on all four occasions. He also appeared in six matches during Croatia's qualifying campaign for the 2002 World Cup, but missed the final tournament in South Korea and Japan due to an injury.

He returned to the national team during the qualifying stages for Euro 2004, appearing in seven qualifying matches. At the finals in Portugal, he appeared in two of Croatia's three group matches. In his first appearance at the tournament, a 2–2 draw against France, he scored an own goal to put the French side 1–0 up midway through the first half. His second appearance at the tournament came in Croatia's final group match against England, where he scored Croatia's second goal to keep their hopes alive after they found themselves 3–1 down in the second half. Frank Lampard, however, soon netted England's fourth goal and Croatia were knocked out of the tournament in the group stage.

Tudor was also included in Croatia's 23-man squad for the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany, having appeared in eight qualifying matches for the tournament, scoring two goals. He recorded his first goal of the qualifying when he scored Croatia's final goal in their 3–0 win at home to Malta on 30 March 2005. His second goal of the competition came in Croatia's 3–1 win at Bulgaria on 4 June 2005, when he put Croatia 2–0 up just over half an hour from time. At the 2006 World Cup finals, he started all of Croatia's three group matches and played the full 90 minutes in two of them. Croatia, however, were eliminated from the tournament after a 2–2 draw against Australia in their final group match, with Tudor receiving his second yellow card of the tournament for complaining about the penalty kick from which Australia scored a 1–1 equaliser. He made no further appearances for the national team following the tournament.

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 21 June 2004 Estádio da Luz, Lisbon  England 2–3 2–4 Euro 2004
2 30 March 2005 Maksimir, Zagreb  Malta 3–0 3–0 World Cup 2006 Qualifying
3 4 June 2005 Vasil Levski, Sofia  Bulgaria 2–0 3–1 World Cup 2006 Qualifying

Style of play[edit]

Tudor was considered one of Croatia's best defenders in the period between the late 1990s and mid-2000s. Tudor was a large, hard-working, strong and imposing defender who excelled in the air, making him a dangerous goal threat during set pieces.[3] He was also a tight man-marker and a hard tackling defender, with great tactical intelligence.[3] Although primarily a central defender, he was capable of playing anywhere along the back line and even as a defensive midfielder, which was made possible due to his tactical versatility, stamina, and his surprisingly capable technical skills, ball control and distribution for such a large and physical player.[3] Despite his talent, he was also prone to injuries, which is often thought to have affected his playing career.[1]

Career statistics[edit]


Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Croatia League Croatian Cup Europe Total
1995–96 Hajduk Split Prva HNL 9 0
1995–96 HNK Trogir Treća HNL 5 1
1996–97 Hajduk Split Prva HNL 23 1 3 0 26 1
1997–98 26 4 5 1 31 5
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
1998–99 Juventus Serie A 23 1 6 0 28 1
1999–2000 17 1 5 1 22 2
2000–01 25 6 5 1 30 7
2001–02 14 4 6 2 21 11
2002–03 14 1 11 1 25 2
2003–04 15 2 1 0 5 0 21 2
2004–05 3 0 1 0 4 0
2004–05 Siena Serie A 15 1
2005–06 24 1
2006–07 Juventus Serie B 0 0
Croatia League Croatian Cup Europe Total
2007–08 Hajduk Split Prva HNL 8 1
Total Croatia 71 7
Italy 151 17
Total 222 24 1 0 42 5 258 24

Managerial career[edit]

Hajduk Split[edit]

Tudor was hired by Hajduk Split in August 2009 to be the assistant manager to Edoardo Reja who then took charge of the Croatian giant. Tudor dramatically increased his managerial knowledge during the seven months he spent watching and learning from Reja. In February 2010, Reja took charge of Lazio and because of that Tudor was fired from Hajduk; he did not join Reja in Italy.

In December 2012, Tudor was appointed by Hajduk's sporting director Sergije Krešić as the new Hajduk U-17 manager. After taking charge of the U-17 squad, he went to spend some time at the Juventus Center in order to improve his managerial skills with Antonio Conte. During his time with the U-17 squad, he managed to teach them how to play modern style football using the 3–5–2 formation. They managed to qualify for the U-17 Croatian Cup 2013 final.

In April 2013 he was hired as the new Hajduk Split manager. He lost his first away match against RNK Split, but in the 2012–13 Croatian Cup final first leg he defeated Lokomotiva 2–1 on Poljud. He achieved his first league victory against Osijek on 17 May 2013. He won the 2012–13 Croatian Cup after a 5–4 aggregate win against Lokomotiva in the final.

On 4 February 2015, Tudor resigned from Hajduk Split after managing the club for more than year and nine months.[5]


On 18 June 2015, Tudor was hired as the new manager of PAOK, signing a three-year contract.[6] He lost 2–1 to Lokomotiva in his debut with PAOK for the second qualifying round of UEFA Europa League.[7] He was dismissed on 9 March 2016 because of "unsuccessful results and disparaging comments about the quality of the team".[8]


On 18 June 2016, Tudor was hired as the new manager of Karabükspor, signing one-year contract.[9][10]


On 15 February 2017, Igor Tudor was hired as the new manager of Turkish side Galatasaray, signing a one and a half year contract with the club.[11][12] On 18 December, he was sacked by the club.[13]


On 24 April 2018 he became the new manager of Italian team Udinese.

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 20 May 2018
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Hajduk Split Croatia 29 April 2013 4 February 2015 78 35 21 22 044.87
PAOK Greece 18 June 2015 9 March 2016 45 17 17 11 037.78
Karabükspor Turkey 18 June 2016 15 February 2017 21 8 3 10 038.10
Galatasaray Turkey 15 February 2017 18 December 2017 34 19 4 11 055.88
Udinese Italy 24 April 2018 7 June 2018 4 2 1 1 050.00
Total 182 81 46 55 044.51










Hajduk Split


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