Tomislav Piplica

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Tomislav Piplica
Personal information
Date of birth (1969-04-05) 5 April 1969 (age 49)
Place of birth Bugojno, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1989 Iskra
1989–1991 Zagreb
1991–1992 Istra 15 (0)
1993–1997 Segesta 115 (4)
1997–1998 Samobor 14 (0)
1998–2009 Energie Cottbus 248 (0)
2013 FC Eilenburg 10 (0)
National team
1987 Yugoslavia U-20
2001–2002 Bosnia and Herzegovina 9 (0)
Teams managed
2009–2011 Energie Cottbus (Goalkeeper Coach / Scout)
2010–2014 Bosnia and Herzegovina (Goalkeeper Coach)
2012–2013 FC Eilenburg (Co-Manager)
2012 → SC Hartenfels Torgau 04 (Interim)
2013–2015 FC Eilenburg
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Tomislav Piplica (born 5 April 1969) is a Bosnian-Herzegovinian football manager who formerly played as goalkeeper. His nickname is "Pipi" and he is considered to be a cult-goalkeeper, in Germany as well as in Bosnia and Herzegovina.[1]


Piplica has played in his career for NK Iskra, NK Zagreb, NK Istra 1961, HNK Segesta, NK Samobor and FC Energie Cottbus.[1][2]

He is famous not only as a cult-goalkeeper.[1] but also for well known goalkeeping blunders.[3] He is especially well remembered for his own goal against Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2002, in which he appeared to head the ball into his own net, after standing rooted to his line.[4] In this particular game Energie Cottbus was leading 3–2, but with four minutes to go, Piplica's howler leveled the game at 3–3, and it finished that way.

Nevertheless, Piplica has a cult status with Energie fans, who nicknamed him "Pipi", and for the club president Ulrich Lepsch who claims that he was always special with special status in Cottbus.[1]

Until the end of 2012, Piplica held the post of sports director of SC Hartenfels Torgau 04 and he also helped as a coach.[5] On 9 November 2012, Piplica announced at the age of 43 years his playing comeback as a goalkeeper in the sixth division side FC Eilenburg,[6] as their goalkeeper had broken his arm in an accident.

International career[edit]

As a teenager Piplica was part of the Yugoslavian squad that won the 1987 FIFA Under-20 World Cup. However, as a backup goalkeeper to Dragoje Leković, he didn't get a single minute of action throughout the six matches. Piplica has also played internationally for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring he was named as scout and goalkeeper coach of his last club FC Energie Cottbus on 24 June 2009.[7] On 12 February 2010, he was additionally named as the new goalkeeper coach of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team.[8] On 15 October 2013, Bosnia and Herzegovina qualified for FIFA World Cup 2014.

On 5 January 2010, Piplica received his UEFA Pro Licence in Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina's educational facility in Jablanica, Bosnia and Herzegovina.[9]


He holds dual Bosnian-Herzegovinian and Croatian citizenship.


  1. ^ a b c d "Kult-Keeper wird Torwart-Trainer, Scout und Klub-Repräsentant" (in German). 24 June 2009. Retrieved 24 December 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Tomislav Piplica – "hautnah" bei (20.10.07)" (in German). 20 October 2007. Retrieved 12 February 2010.
  3. ^ "Tomislav Piplica has a Habit of Making Goalkeeper Blunders". 11 December 2006. Archived from the original on 11 December 2007. Retrieved 10 September 2007.
  4. ^ ""Unheimlicher Bock" von Piplica" (in German). 7 April 2002. Retrieved 20 November 2007.
  5. ^ Braune, Marcel (8 January 2013). "Piplica tritt zurück". Torgauer Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  6. ^ Brenner, Helmut (8 November 2012). "Pipi bleibt weiter unser Trainer". Torgauer Zeitung (in German).
  7. ^ "Tomislav Piplica bleibt Energie treu" (in German). 24 June 2009. Retrieved 24 December 2009.
  8. ^ "Tomislav Piplica wird Co-Trainer in Bosnien" (in German). Focus Online. 12 February 2010. Retrieved 12 February 2010.
  9. ^ "Profesionalne licence Barbarezu, Piplici i kolegama" (in Bosnian). 5 January 2011. Retrieved 23 March 2012.

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