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Bilić named our new coach!

Ero2010-05-10 11:52:35 +0000 #1

Former international defender Slaven Bilić will mastermind Croatia's UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying campaign after being named as his country's new coach.

Under-21 experience

The 37-year-old was the unanimous choice of the Croatian Football Federation's executive committee after a meeting today, according to president Vlatko Marković who said: "He is an excellent man who deserves this position after his great career as a player for Croatia and following his good work with the Under-21s." Bilić, who helped his country finish third at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, has been in charge of the U21 side since summer 2004. He replaces Zlatko Kranjčar who was relieved of his duties after Croatia failed to progress beyond the group stage at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.


Bilić said: "It's an honour to be Croatia coach and I will try to give my best. Kranjčar has left the team in good shape and I'm aware that my primary goal is to qualify for EURO 2008™. We all know that the qualifying group is a very difficult one and I can't guarantee that we will qualify for the finals even though I will try my best to make sure we do. My efforts will be based on hard work and discipline." Croatia face England, Israel, Russia, Estonia and F.Y.R. Macedonia in qualifying Group E.

Successful career

Bilić made his name as an imposing centre-back with HNK Hajduk Split before successful spells with Karlsruher SC in Germany, and English clubs West Ham United FC and Everton FC. He then returned to Hajduk as a player before hanging up his boots and taking up a coaching role with the club. He was capped 44 times by his country, scoring three goals

Ero2010-05-10 12:04:52 +0000 #2
what are your thoughts?
StLouis2010-05-10 12:35:53 +0000 #3
I'm glad the "golden generation" is finally taking over.. even Prso is considering not retiring mainly cause Bilic is taking over.



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