Nenad Bjelica

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Nenad Bjelica
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Personal information
Date of birth (1971-08-20) 20 August 1971 (age 42)
Place of birth Osijek, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Osijek
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1993 Osijek 28 (7)
1993–1996 Albacete Balompié 79 (19)
1996–1998 Real Betis 30 (2)
1998–1999 Las Palmas 24 (3)
1999–2001 Osijek 30 (16)
2001–2004 1. FC Kaiserslautern 65 (5)
2004–2006 Admira Wacker Mödling 52 (12)
2006–2008 FC Kärnten 58 (17)
Total 366 (81)
National team
1993 Croatia U21 1 (0)
2001 Croatia B 1 (0)
2001–2004 Croatia 9 (0)
Teams managed
2007–2009 FC Kärnten
2009–2010 Lustenau 07
2010–2013 WAC St. Andrä
2013–2014 FK Austria Wien
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Nenad Bjelica (born 20 August 1971 in Osijek) is a former Croatian football player and currently coach who played for Albacete Balompié, Real Betis and Kaiserslautern. Bjelica played as midfielder.

Career[edit]

Playing[edit]

Nenad Bjelica started playing for a small club Metalac Olt in the 1989–90 season. He quickly moved to NK Osijek and spent almost four seasons there, before moving abroad to Spain.

He played for Albacete Balompié for four years, during which time the team reached the Copa del Rey semi-final. In 1996, he moved to Real Betis and was in the team that was the runner-up in the Copa del Rey. The next season he spent at UD Las Palmas, but returned to Real Betis a year later. Due to injuries, he played very few games in this period, and would again spend a season at UD Las Palmas until the end of 1999.

Bjelica then returned home to NK Osijek for two seasons and recovered his form, playing with the team in three stages of the UEFA Cup. He then moved to 1. FC Kaiserslautern in 2000, where he spent four seasons until semi-retiring top-tier football in 2004. During the 2004–05 season he played for VfB Admira Wacker Mödling. After that he played for the Austrian club FC Kärnten in the Austrian Football First League (Austria's second division), before retiring on 31 June 2008.

International[edit]

He played for Croatia from 2001 (nine matches, no goals) until 2004.[1] He took part in the UEFA Euro 2004 but retired from the team in that year, at the same time the manager Otto Barić was replaced.

Coaching career[edit]

He began his coaching career on 15 September 2007 at FC Kärnten,[2] as player-caretaker manager. On 1 July 2008, he signed a full managing contract, just a day after ending his playing career.[3] Bjelica was head coach of Lustenau 07[4] and Wolfsberg[4] before moving to Austria Wien on 17 June 2013 as their new Head coach.[5] With the club, he qualified for the 2013–14 UEFA Champions League group stage, defeating the Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb in the last round of qualification.[6] Bjelica was sacked on 16 February 2014.[7]

Career record[edit]

As of 16 February 2014
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Kärnten 15 September 2007[2] 29 January 2009[2] 49 17 12 20 34.69 [8]
[9]
Lustenau 19 March 2009[10] 11 December 2009[10] 32 12 8 12 37.50 [11]
[12]
Wolfsberg 10 May 2010[13] 17 June 2013[5] 124 55 30 39 44.35 [14][15]
[16][17]
Austria Wien 17 June 2013[5] 16 February 2014[7] 35 12 10 13 34.29 [18]
Total 240 96 60 84 40.00

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mamrud, Roberto (16 July 2009). "Croatia – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 15 October 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c "FC Kärnten » Trainerhistorie". Worldfootball. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Nenad Bjelica: "Austria Kärnten ist ein Thema für mich"" (in German). transfermarkt.de. 23 March 2010. Retrieved 30 December 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Nenad Bjelica". Worldfootball. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c "Bjelica neuer Austria-Coach". Österreich (in German). 17 June 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Kienast the hero as Austria Wien pip Dinamo". UEFA.com. 27 August 2013. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Austria trennt sich von Bjelica". kicker (in German). 16 February 2014. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "FC Kärnten » Dates & results 2007/2008". Worldfootball. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "FC Kärnten » Dates & results 2008/2009". Worldfootball. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "FC Lustenau » Trainerhistorie". Worldfootball. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "FC Lustenau » Dates & results 2008/2009". Worldfootball. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "FC Lustenau » Dates & results 2009/2010". Worldfootball. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "Wolfsberger AC » Trainerhistorie". Worldfootball. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "Wolfsberger AC » Dates & results 2009/2010". Worldfootball. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "Wolfsberger AC » Dates & results 2010/2011". Worldfootball. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  16. ^ "Wolfsberger AC » Dates & results 2011/2012". Worldfootball. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  17. ^ "Wolfsberger AC" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  18. ^ "Austria Wien" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 

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