Senad Kreso

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Senad Kreso
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Senad Kreso, Bosnian football manager
Personal information
Date of birth (1951-04-05) 5 April 1951 (age 64)
Place of birth Sarajevo, FPR Yugoslavia
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Salalah (Manager)
Youth career
1962-1963 Sarajevo
1963-1969 UNIS Vogošća
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1969-1975 UNIS Vogošća ? (?)
1975-1978 Jedinstvo Brčko ? (?)
1979 BAK Bela Crkva ? (?)
1980-1981 Goražde ? (?)
1981-1983 UNIS Vogošća ? (?)
Total ? (?)
Teams managed
1984-1986 UNIS Vogošća U-20
1986-1987 UNIS Vogošća
1987-1988 UNIS Vogošća U-20
1988-1989 Mladost Župča
1990-1992 UNIS Vogošća
1992-1996 Sarajevo U-20
1996-1999 Bosnia and Herzegovina U-19
1999-2000 Al-Qadsia
2000-2001 Al-Merrikh
2001 Al-Raed
2001-2002 Al-Fateh
2002-2003 Al-Ahli
2003-2004 Al-Muharraq
2004-2006 Al-Ahli
2006-2007 Bahrain U-23
2007 Bahrain
2007-2009 Al-Najma
2009-2011 Dhofar
2011-2012 East Riffa
2013 Majees
2014 Busaiteen
2015- Salalah

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (Goals).

Senad Kreso (born 5 April 1955) is a Bosnian football manager and a former footballer who is the current manager of Salalah SC of Oman Professional League.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Senad is married and lives with his family in his home town, Sarajevo. He is the holder of First Level Degree from the faculty of Sports Sciences of University of Sarajevo since 1985.

Playing career[edit]

Senad began his footballing career in 1962 with the youth squad of top Bosnian club, FK Sarajevo. In 1963, he moved to Vogošća where he signed a long-term contract with FK UNIS Vogošća and played for the youth teams of the club for a long period of six years.

He began his professional footballing career in 1969 with his parent club, FK UNIS Vogošća and played there for a long period of six years. In 1975, he signed a long-term contract with Brčko-based, FK Jedinstvo Brčko.

In 1979, he first moved out of Bosnia and Herzegovina as a footballer to Serbia where he played for a short period with Bela Crkva-based, FK BAK Bela Crkva.

In 1980, he moved back to Bosnia and Herzegovina where he signed a one-year contract with Goražde-based, FK Goražde. In 1981, he moved back to Vogošća and more accurately to his parent and former club, FK UNIS Vogošća before hanging his boots as a professional footballer in 1983.

Managerial career[edit]

Senad holds the UEFA A Licence, the second highest football coaching qualification. He has participated in various Youth Level courses organised by the Royal Belgian Football Association in Brussels. He has also participated in various lower level UEFA Coaching courses organised by Malta Football Association, Italian Football Federation and Football Association of Norway in association with UEFA.

Bosnia and Herzegovina[edit]

He has had a successful managerial career from 1984 to 1999 in Bosnia and Herzegovina with teams like FK UNIS Vogošća, FK Mladost Župča, FK Sarajevo U-20 and Bosnia and Herzegovina national under-20 football team.

Al-Qadsia[edit]

He first moved out of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1999 to Kuwait where he was appointed as the manager of Kuwaiti Premier League club, Al-Qadsia SC.

Al-Merrikh[edit]

In the year 2000, he moved to North Africa where he was appointed as the manager of Sudan's most successful club, Al-Merrikh SC. In his one-year stay at the Omdurman-based club, he helped them win the 2000-2001 Sudan Premier League and the 2001 Sudan Cup.

Saudi Arabia[edit]

He then moved to Saudi Arabia in 2001 where he was appointed as the manager of Buraidah-based, Saudi Premier League club, Al-Raed and later in the mid-season he was appointed as the manager of another Saudi Arabian club, Al-Fateh SC.

Al-Ahli[edit]

His next move was to Bahrain in 2003 where he was appointed as the manager of Bahraini Premier League club, Al-Ahli Club. In his one year stay at the Manama-based club, he helped them win the 2003 Bahraini King's Cup. He also helped them secure the 3rd position in the 2002–03 Bahraini Premier League.

Al-Muharraq[edit]

At the end of the 2002-03 season, he was appointed as the manager of another Bahraini club, Al-Muharraq SC. In his one-year stay at the Muharraq-based club, he helped them win the 2003–04 Bahraini Premier League.

Back to Al-Ahli[edit]

In 2004, he moved back to Manama and was reappointed as the manager of his former club, Al-Ahli Club. This particular time he helped the club achieve the runners-up position in all the three major titles of the Bahrain Football Association. Under the Bosnian manager, the club secured the 2nd position in the 2005–06 Bahraini Premier League, achieved the runners-up place in the 2006 Bahraini King's Cup and also achieved the runners-up place in the 2005 Bahraini Crown Prince Cup.

Bahrain U-23 and Bahrain national team[edit]

After a two-years successful stint with top Bahraini clubs, Al-Ahli Club and Al-Muharraq SC, the Bahrain Football Association appointed him as the manager of the Bahrain national under-23 football team. Looking at his success with the top clubs of Bahrain, the association appointed him as the manager of Bahrain national football team in 2007.[2] His first major task was to lead the national team in the region's biggest football tournament, the 2007 Gulf Cup of Nations. He led his side to the Semi-Finals stage of the competition but unfortunately his side had to face a 1-0 loss against Oman in the Semi-Finals.

Al-Najma[edit]

At the end of the 2006–07 Bahraini Premier League season, he was appointed as the manager of another Manama-based club, Al-Najma. He helped the club achieve the runners-up place in the 2008 Bahraini King's Cup.

Dhofar[edit]

In 2009, he again made a move out of Bosnia and Herzegovina and this time to Oman where on 26 December 2009 he was appointed as the manager of Salalah-based Omani giants, Dhofar S.C.S.C. In his first year with then the 9-time Oman League winners he helped them secure the 2nd position in the 2009–10 Oman Mobile League and and also helped them achieve the runners-up position in the 2009 Sultan Qaboos Cup where they narrowly lost 7-6 on penalties to Saham SC. The club management was happy with the efforts and achievements of the Bosnian manager in his first ever season in the country and as a result on 29 May 2009, he signed a contract extension with the Salalah-based club.[3] In the 2010-11 Oman League season, he helped the club win the biggest and the most prestigious trophy of the country, the 2011 Sultan Qaboos Cup. But after some disputes with the club management and due to some financial delays in December 2011, he decided to part company with the club.[4]

East Riffa[edit]

In January 2012, he again moved out of Bosnia and Herzegovina and more accurately to his former working place, Bahrain. On 29 January 2012, he signed a one-year contract to be appointed as the manager of East Riffa Club.[5]

Majees[edit]

Before the beginning of the inaugural season of the Oman Professional League (2013-14 season), on 13 August 2013 he was appointed as the manager of the newly promoted Sohar-based club, Majees SC.[6] But after some disputes with the club management and due to some financial delays he decided to part company with the Majees-based club.[7]

Busaiteen[edit]

In December 2013, he moved back to Bahrain where on 18 December 2013, he again signed a short-term contract with Bahraini Premier League club, Busaiteen Club.[8] In his very short-stint with the Busaiteen-based club, he helped them achieve the runners-up position in the 2014 Bahraini King's Cup where unfortunately his side had to face a narrow 2-1 loss against his former club, East Riffa.

Al-Oruba[edit]

In July 2014, he moved back to Oman and more accurately to Sur where he was appointed as the head coach of the eventual winners of the 2014–15 Oman Professional League and the 2014–15 Sultan Qaboos Cup, Al-Oruba SC. But after some disputes with the club management, he was sacked by the Sur-based club on 5 September 2014, a few days before the beginning of the 2014–15 Oman Professional League.[9]

Salalah[edit]

Senad Kreso - Salalah SC

On 12 July 2015, he was appointed as the manager of another Oman Professional Club, Salalah SC.[10][11]

During the pre-season, he helped his side achieve the runners-up position in the 2015 Salalah Festival Football Cup when his side narrowly lost 4-2 on penalties to local rivals Al-Nasr S.C.C. after the match had ended 3-3 after extra time.[12][13]

Achievements as manager[edit]

Honors[edit]

  • Winners 2003
  • Runners-up 2006
  • Runners-up 2008
  • Runners-up 2015

References[edit]