Zvonimir Soldo

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Zvonimir Soldo
Zvonimir Soldo 2010.JPG
Soldo as manager of Admira Wacker
Personal information
Date of birth (1967-11-02) 2 November 1967 (age 54)
Place of birth Zagreb, SR Croatia,
SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Position(s) Centre back
Defensive midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1990 Dinamo Zagreb 36 (0)
1990–1991 NK Zadar 26 (2)
1991–1994 Inter Zaprešić 55 (2)
1994–1996 Croatia Zagreb 51 (3)
1996–2006 VfB Stuttgart 301 (15)
Total 469 (22)
National team
1994–2002 Croatia 61 (3)
Teams managed
2008 Dinamo Zagreb
2009–2010 1. FC Köln
2017 Shandong Luneng (assistant)
2020 Admira Wacker
2021–2022 Tractor
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Zvonimir Soldo (born 2 November 1967) is a Croatian football manager and a former player. During his playing career, he mostly played as defensive midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

After studying law for six semesters at the University of Zagreb, Soldo's parents convinced him to pursue a career as professional football player.

Soldo's professional career began with NK Dinamo Zagreb which he left for NK Zadar after two years. 1991 through 1994, he played for NK Inter Zaprešić before returning to his former club, now named NK Croatia Zagreb.

Runner-up in both Croatian league and cup in his first season back at Zagreb, the next campaign saw Soldo's side complete a domestic double in 1995/96. After achieving all he could in domestic football, Soldo headed for German side VfB Stuttgart.

VfB Stuttgart[edit]

Zvonimir Soldo at his Bundesliga farewell match

Soldo made his Bundesliga debut on 17 August 1996 against FC Schalke 04. This was the beginning of his time in Stuttgart which would last for ten years and during which he would lead VfB Stuttgart on the pitch as captain nearly 200 times.

During this period, Soldo played another 300 times in the Bundesliga and 47 times in European competitions, won the German cup in 1997 and reached the European Cup Winners' Cup final in 1998, as well as finishing as runner-up in the 2002–03 campaign.

After being an exemplary sportsman and role model for younger players all these years, Soldo played his last Bundesliga match for Stuttgart on 6 May 2006.

In recognition of his merits, Soldo received the Staufer medal, a decoration awarded by the state of Baden-Württemberg.

International career[edit]

Soldo was also a long-time member of the Croatian national team, with notable appearances in the Euro 96, 1998 FIFA World Cup and 2002 FIFA World Cup. He was capped a total of 61 times, scoring three goals, and was an important member of the squad that finished third in the 1998 World Cup.

After the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Soldo retired from international football.

Coaching career[edit]

Dinamo Zagreb[edit]

On 14 January 2008 Zvonimir was appointed as a new manager of Dinamo Zagreb after Branko Ivanković's resignation. Prior to that he was managing Dinamo's youth team. He became Prva HNL Champion and Croatian Cup Winner. He offered his resignation in the night after the cup final to make space to old/new manager Branko Ivanković.

1. FC Köln[edit]

From June 2009 to October 2010, Soldo was the manager of German Bundesliga club, 1. FC Köln (Cologne) after the club's former coach Christoph Daum surprisingly left to sign for Fenerbahçe.[1]

Admira Wacker[edit]

On 13 September 2020, he resigned as manager of Admira Wacker, following a 1–4 loss to Rapid Wien.[2]

Tractor S.C.[edit]

On 14 November 2021, he was appointed as coach of Tractor.[3]

Career statistics[edit]

Scores and results list Croatia's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Soldo goal.
List of international goals scored by Zvonimir Soldo
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 11 October 1997 Bežigrad, Ljubljana, Slovenia  Slovenia 2–0 3–1 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 21 August 1999 Maksimir, Zagreb, Croatia  Malta 1–0 2–1 UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying
3 5 September 2001 Olimpico, Serravalle, San Marino  San Marino 3–0 4–0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of match played 23 February 2022
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Dinamo Zagreb Croatia 15 January 2008 30 June 2008 20 15 4 1 47 17 +30 075.00
FC Köln Germany 1 July 2009 24 October 2010 48 14 13 21 53 63 −10 029.17
Admira Wacker Austria 25 February 2020 13 September 2020 14 4 4 6 14 19 −5 028.57
Tractor Iran 14 November 2021 Present 16 2 7 7 8 13 −5 012.50
Career total 98 35 28 35 122 112 +10 035.71



Inker Zaprešić

Dinamo Zagreb

VfB Stuttgart



Dinamo Zagreb



  1. ^ "Bestätigt: Soldo entlassen". RevierSport (in German). 24 October 2010. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  2. ^ "ZVONIMIR SOLDO VERLÄSST FC FLYERALARM ADMIRA" (in German). Admira Wacker. 13 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Zvonimir Soldo takes charge of Tractor". tehran times. 14 November 2021. Retrieved 17 November 2021.
  4. ^ "Stuttgart 1-1 Auxerre (Aggregate: 3 - 1)". uefa.com. Archived from the original on 2 July 2004. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  5. ^ "ODLUKU KOJOM SE ODLIKUJU REDOM DANICE HRVATSKE S LIKOM FRANJE BUČARA" (in Croatian). hrvatska.poslovniforum.hr.

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