Zdravko Logarušić

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Zdravko Logarušić
Personal information
Date of birth (1965-10-21) 21 October 1965 (age 54)
Place of birth Slavonski Brod, SFR Yugoslavia
Teams managed
Years Team
1988–1989 NK Croatia Malmö (player/youth coach)[1]
1990–1991 FC 08 Villingen (player/youth coach)[1]
1992–1995 Western Knights SC (formerly Croatia North Perth) (player/youth coach)[1]
Vukovar '91
2009–2010 King Faisal Babes
2010–2011 Ashanti Gold
2012–2013 Gor Mahia
2013–2014 Simba SC[2]
2015–2016 AFC Leopards
2016 G.D. Interclube
2017 Asante Kotoko S.C.
2017–2019 Sudan

Zdravko Logarušić (born 21 Octobar 1965) is a Croatian football manager, who was most recently the manager of the Sudan national team.

Overall, he has coached in 4 continents: Europe, Asia, Australia and North America and has more than 20 years of coaching experience.[3]

From 1999 to 2001, Logarušić studied did coaching courses and programs in order to get a UEFA Pro License.[1]

On Wednesday 29 January 2020 he was appointed Warriors of Zimbabwe national coach

Manager career[edit]

Goria Mahia[edit]

Chosen as Gor Mahia boss in 2012, he vowed to end the clubs 18-year wait to win the Premier League trophy.[4][5]

For winter 2012, Logarušić went to his native Croatia for a holiday and was expected to be back for the pre-season training before the new season.[6] However, in another holiday in the summer, he went to Croatia again but stayed there much longer than expected (he was supposed to have been back by 18 June)[7] without informing the Gor Mahia board about the situation; he was relieved of his duties in June 2013 after he returned.[8] In his defense, Logarušić demurred that he did not have a work permit and lived in Nairobi on a tourist visa. Secondly, he raised issue about his evident lack of formal contract with the Nairobi-based team.[9] Female fans criticized the board for his dismissal shortly after as well.[10]


After leaving Kenya, he was offered a relatively high salary from Simba SC to coach them and took the offer. When he got Simba SC good results, the Tanzanian outfit bought him a house overlooking the beachfront.[11] Unfortunately, he could not speak Swahili which hindered him from communicating fluently with the Tanzanian press.[11] Half a year later, his contract was cancelled.[12] Logarušić demanded 3.6 million Tanzanian shillings from Simba SC as requital for the club unprocedurally cancelling his contract. Still, the club refused to pay him as they said the amount charged was too exorbitant and that he had made a wrongful claim.[13]

AFC Leopards and Asante Kotoko[edit]

Back in 2015, the well-traveled coach was selected as coach for AFC Leopards of the Kenyan Premier League.[14] Afterward, he parted ways with them when he sent a text message to them stating that he quit the club as 'he was forced to go back to Croatia because no one was taking care of his rent' and that he was evicted from his apartment.[15]

A year later, ahead of the 2017 Ghanaian Premier League, he was appointed boss of Asante Kotoko which was the third time he managed in Ghana.[16] To incentivize him, the Ghanaian side bestowed a new car on him a month into the new season.[17] As Asante Kotoko's manager, he invariably used the 3-5-2 formation which exasperated the fans.[18] Using that formation, he got them 10 points in 4 games and temporarily placed them second in the table.[19] Fired by Asante in April 2017[20][21] after winning five out of eleven games, Zdravko labelled the Kotoko management as 'liars'.[22]


He became manager of the Sudan national team in December 2017.[23] He was removed from the position on 30 November 2019.[24]


  1. ^ a b c d "Zlcoach.com". www.zlcoach.com.
  2. ^ "Logarusic signs Simba deal".
  3. ^ "Zlcoach.com". www.zlcoach.com.
  4. ^ "Logarusic eager for first title".
  5. ^ "Gor Mahia Coach Zdravko Logarusic vows to end club's 18-year wait for premiership trophy - Goal.com". 17 April 2013.
  6. ^ "Coach Zdravko Logarusic will be back".
  7. ^ "Logarusic set to return June 18 - Gor Mahia News". gormahia.net.
  8. ^ "Gor Mahia part ways with coach Zdravko Logarusic - Goal.com". 25 June 2013.
  9. ^ "Dark cloud surrounds the return of Gor Mahia coach Logarusic - Goal.com". 19 June 2013.
  10. ^ LAWRENCE, - JOHN. "Female fans furious at Gor Mahia's head coach Zdravko Logarusic sacking".
  11. ^ a b Lawrence, John. "'Luogarusic' is Simba in Tanzania". Standard Digital News.
  12. ^ "Simba part ways with Head Coach Zdrako Logarusic - Goal.com". 10 August 2014.
  13. ^ "Tanzania: Simba - We Won't Pay Logarusic". 17 September 2014 – via AllAfrica.
  14. ^ "AFC Leopards appoints Logarusic as head coach - Goal.com". 13 February 2015.
  15. ^ http://www.mediamaxnetwork.co.ke/people-daily/176314/logarusic-part-ways-with-afc-leopards/
  16. ^ "OFFICIAL: Zdravko Logarusic Is New Asante Kotoko Head Coach - SportsObama.com". 10 January 2017.
  17. ^ "Ghanaian club pampers ex-Gor/Leopards coach Logarusic with brand new ride - Nairobi News". 16 February 2017.
  18. ^ "Official Website of Asante Kotoko Sporting Club". www.asantekotokosc.com.
  19. ^ "Coach Zdravko Logarusic's performance is splendid". www.ghanaweb.com.
  20. ^ "BREAKING: Zdravko Logarusic sacked by Kotoko - Starr Sports". starrsportsgh.com.
  21. ^ "Kotoko sack Zdravko Logarusic".
  22. ^ "Kotoko Management Are Liars – Zdravko Logarusic – SportsNetGhana.com". www.sportsnetghana.com.
  23. ^ "Sudan appoint Croatian Zdravko Logarusic as coach". 11 December 2017 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  24. ^ "Eswatini and Sudan looking for new coaches". 2 December 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.

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