Stanko Poklepović

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Stanko Poklepović
Personal information
Date of birth (1938-04-18) 18 April 1938 (age 79)
Place of birth Split, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1958–1972 RNK Split
Teams managed
1969 RNK Split
1971–1972 RNK Split
1984–1986 Hajduk Split
1987–1989 Budućnost Titograd
1989–1990 Borac Banja Luka
1990–1991 APOEL
1991–1993 Hajduk Split
1992–1993 Croatia
1994 Dubrovnik
1994–1995 Iran
1995–1997 Persepolis
1997–1998 Publikum Celje
1998–1999 Osijek
1999–2000 Ferencváros
2001–2002 Sepahan
2002–2003 Osijek
2005 Sepahan
2009 Damash Gilan
2010 Hajduk Split
2015 Hajduk Split
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Stanko "Špaco" Poklepović (born 18 April 1938) is a Croatian football coach and former football player. He is mostly famous for managing Hajduk Split in four different occasions during his career.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

He made his impact in the 1984–85 Yugoslav First League as the manager of Hajduk Split when he took over the Yugoslav powerhouse at the time when a lot of important players left the club and a lot of young players like Asanović, Andrijašević and Španjić joined the club with no experience. Poklepović almost won the league but finished 2nd because of match fixing that was popular with other clubs in the league. Hajduk managed to break the record and scored 2 goals in every match that season.

In the 1985–86 UEFA Cup Poklepović lead Hajduk to the quarter-finals. Poklepović won the first leg match against Waregem 1-0 on Poljud but he was then sacked from Hajduk for under-performing in the league so he didn't manage the second leg game against Waregem which Hajduk lost on penalties after a 0-1 defeat.

In 1991, he returned to Hajduk and managed to win the 1992 Prva HNL which was Stanko's first league trophy in his career. In 1992, he took over the Croatian national football team but after 4 games and only 1 win he left the team.

In 1994, he went to managed the Iranian national football team and Persepolis. He managed to win the 1995–96 Azadegan League and the 1996–97 Azadegan League with Persepolis.

In 1998, he took over Osijek and managed to win the 1998–99 Croatian Cup which is Osijek's first and only trophy till today. He also finished 4th in the 1998–99 Prva HNL and secured a place in European competitions for Osijek. He returned again to Iran in 2005 and 2009 but unsuccessfully.

In February 2010 he returned to Hajduk Split for the third time.[2] He managed to win the 2009–10 Croatian Cup and finished 2nd in the 2009–10 Prva HNL. He qualified with Hajduk for the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League after defeating Dinamo București and Unirea Urziceni in the qualifying rounds. In the 2010–11 Prva HNL he controlled the 1st position for a while and became a favorite of the fans and the media. In the European league, he defeated Anderlecht 1-0 on Poljud which was Hajduk's biggest European victory since the mid 1990-s.[3] After losing a cup game against Istra 1961 in the 1/16 round and losing the 1st position in the league, he was sacked by Hajduk chairman Joško Svaguša on 27 October 2010.[4]

In February 2015, five years later, Poklepović returned again to Hajduk Split for the fourth time in his career,[1] but later in April, he was sacked because of underperforming in the league.

Managerial honours[edit]

Croatia Hajduk Split

Croatia NK Osijek

Iran Persepolis F.C.


  1. ^ a b Rupnik, Borna (19 February 2015). "Edoardo Reja otpao, Stanko Poklepović preuzima Hajduk". (in Croatian). Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Jurišić, Bernard; Attias, Vedran (12 February 2010). "Stanko Poklepović novi trener Hajduka". (in Croatian). Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Babić, Vedran (30 September 2010). "Video: Vukušić za pobjedu i ludilo!". (in Croatian). Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  4. ^ Jurišić, Bernard (28 October 2010). "Poklepović smijenjen, zasad Španjić". (in Croatian). Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Bijan Zolfagharnasab
Iran Pro League Winning Manager
1995–96, 1996–97
Succeeded by
Nasser Hejazi