Robert Rubčić

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Robert Rubčić
Personal information
Date of birth (1963-11-02) 2 November 1963 (age 53)
Place of birth Rijeka, Yugoslavia
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1984 HNK Rijeka 10 (0)
1983 NK Orijent (loan)
1984–1985 NK Jedinstvo Bihać 16 (2)
1985–1994 HNK Rijeka 168 (6)
1994–1995 HIT Gorica 16 (1)
1995–1996 HNK Rijeka 5 (0)
National team
1990 Croatia 1 (0)
Teams managed
2003–2004 NK Orijent
2004–2005 NK Crikvenica
2008–2009 HNK Rijeka
2010–2011 Bangladesh
2015–2016 NK Istra 1961
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Robert Rubčić (born 2 November 1963) is a former Croatian footballer and current head coach of NK Istra 1961 in Croatia's Prva HNL.

Playing career[edit]

As a player, Rubčić played for HNK Rijeka for much of his career, collecting 184 league caps between 1982 and 1996. He was club's captain for 5 years, and he was also part of the first Croatian national football team after independence, in 1990. He debuted on 22 December 1990, in a friendly match against Romania, in Rijeka. He came on as a substitute in 86th minute instead of Zlatko Kranjčar. The result was 2-0 for Croatia.

Managerial career[edit]

In his managerial career he led Croatian clubs NK Orijent, NK Crikvenica and HNK Rijeka, he was also an assistant coach in Croatian national football team, as well as the sport director and scout in Rijeka. In September 2010 he became coach of Bangladesh. He signed a 1-year contract, becoming 14th foreigner leading the nation.[1]

He prefers fast playing with lot of running during the whole match, emphasising on the technical aspects.[2] He said that the national team will from now on play 4-2-3-1 formation, which fits the team best.[3] In the 2010 Asian Games, people had expected a lot from Robert but he couldn't stand up to the expectations of the people as Bangladesh crashed out of the Asian games, losing every game. He was sacked by Bangladesh Federation on 14 June 2011 so close to 2014 World Cup qualifier against Pakistan. He had already left Bangladesh on June 2.


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