Zdravko Mamić

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Zdravko Mamić
Born (1959-07-16) 16 July 1959 (age 60)
OccupationFootball manager
Known forFormer executive director of GNK Dinamo Zagreb

Zdravko Mamić (born 16 July 1959) is a former Croatian football administrator and sports agent. From 2003 to 2016, Mamić was the executive director of the Croatian football club GNK Dinamo Zagreb. He is currently at large and an international warrant for his arrest has been issued, also advisor of Lokomotiva and scout for Međugorje.

Background[edit]

Zdravko Mamić was born in Bjelovar, Croatia in 1959 to Josip and Lucija Mamić. His parents are originally from Zidine, Bosnia and Herzegovina. They moved to Croatia in 1956 in search of work. Mamić has two siblings: older brother Stojko (born 1957) and younger brother Zoran (1971).[1]

Early beginnings[edit]

In the 1970s Zdravko Mamić with his two brothers (older Stojan and younger Zoran) moved from Bjelovar to the Zagreb suburb of Sesvete while their father was off working in West Germany as part of the gastarbeiter programme. Mamić's first direct contact with Dinamo was through Bad Blue Boys, Dinamo's ultras supporters group. Maybe the most important year in Mamić's life is 1980 when Dinamo's coach became Miroslav Blažević whom Mamić soon befriended and made his way into Dinamo. In February 2016, he resigned as executive director, but returned as an advisor.

Controversy[edit]

Mamić has become well known for his hostile behaviour towards (some) journalists, threatening with violence and/or making vulgar comments about them and their profession.[2][3][4][5] In December 2011, a small group of Bad Blue Boys entered a press conference, confronting Mamić with his 'mismanagement of Dinamo Zagreb'.[6][7] While in function as the chairman of Dinamo, Mamić has been detained by police.[8] During his thirteen year reign at Dinamo Zagreb from 2003-2016, he appointed 15 different head coaches. On March 15, 2013 he was arrested after verbal attack on Croatian Minister of Sports, Science and Education Željko Jovanović on a radio show.

During the Croatian War of Independence, Zdravko Mamić participated in the privatisation of Česma Wood Industry from Bjelovar.[9] In 2000 it was determined that the suspicious operations in the company caused 14 million HRK damage to the State budget,[10] while the number of workers was halved.[11]

On 23 August 2017 Mamić was wounded in the leg in an assassination attempt by two masked perpetrators who ambushed him while he was exiting his vehicle during his annual visit to the village of Zidine near Tomislavgrad in Bosnia and Herzegovina, on the anniversary of his father Josip's death.[12]

Trial[edit]

In 2009, Mamić was sued by Eduardo da Silva for unfavorable contract according to which had to pay 20-25% of salary for the entirety of the career to Mamić's family, and Silva won the case in 2014.[13][14]

On 18 November 2015, Mamić along with five other people was arrested over transfer irregularities in Dinamo Zagreb. He was suspected of tax evasion and bribery.[15]

On 6 June 2018, Mamić was sentenced on first instance to six and a half years prison for transfer fraud relating to Luka Modrić and Dejan Lovren's transfer to Tottenham Hotspur and Olympique Lyonnais respectively.[16] Mamić, his brother Zoran, former Dinamo director Damir Vrbanović and tax official Milan Pernar, were all found guilty of siphoning over €15m from Dinamo and defrauding the state budget over €1.2m in unpaid taxes. Mamić, who had crossed the border into Bosnia and Herzegovina one day earlier, did not attend the sentencing and stated that he would not be returning to Croatia.[17] The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina refused to extradite Mamić since he also has the citizenship of Bosnia and Herzegovina.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.vecernji.hr/enciklopedija/zdravko-mamic-18554
  2. ^ Mamić govori istinu osim kada... ne govori istinu | tportal.hr
  3. ^ Zdravko Mamic's being asked about his conflict of interest - YouTube
  4. ^ Zdravko Mamić: "Je.. ti Joca Amsterdam mater!" - YouTube
  5. ^ YouTube
  6. ^ BBB upali na presicu i napali Mamića! - YouTube
  7. ^ Dinamo Zagreb president attacked and threatened - Monsters and Critics
  8. ^ Dinamo Zagreb director arrested after allegedly brawling with police
  9. ^ Zdravko Mamić – američki san na hrvatski način
  10. ^ Mamiću, gdje si bio '91.? U privatizaciji, ali ne i u ratu
  11. ^ Izvješće o obavljenoj reviziji pretvorbe i privatizacije - Drvna industrija Česma, Bjelovar
  12. ^ https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/dinamo-zagreb-zdravko-mamic-assassination-11032197
  13. ^ Sven Milekic (15 October 2015). "Dinamo Boss Turns Croatian Fans off Football". Balkan Insight. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  14. ^ Kevin Palmer (4 July 2018). "'The stench of death that was never far away' - Luka Modric's brutal childhood makes his rise to the top all the more remarkable". Irish Independent. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  15. ^ Dinamo Zagreb's Zdravko Mamic arrested over transfer irregularities
  16. ^ "Zdravko Mamić Sentenced to 6.5 Years in Prison for Modrić-Lovren Transfer Fraud". Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  17. ^ "Mamić Responds to Croatian Prison Sentence from Medjugorje: "I'm Surprised, But I Feel Good"". Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  18. ^ https://www.total-croatia-news.com/sport/29107-bosnian-court-refuses-to-extradite-mamic-to-croatia

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