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Slaven Bilić

Published: Tuesday 31 May 2011, 21.16CET
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Published: Tuesday 31 May 2011, 21.16CET

Slaven Bilić

Croatia

Date of birth: 11 September 1968
Nationality: Croatian
Playing career: HNK Hajduk Split (twice), NK Primorac (loan), HNK Šibenik (loan), Karlsruher SC, West Ham United FC, Everton FC
Coaching career: HNK Hajduk Split, Croatia Under-21, Croatia

• A towering, uncompromising central defender, he began his career with hometown club Hajduk Split, winning the Croatian domestic double in 1992 before moving abroad to German club Karlsruhe.

• Having joined West Ham for a club-record fee in January 1996, he represented Croatia at EURO '96 and helped the team to the quarter-finals; two years later, as an Everton player, he won a FIFA World Cup bronze medal as Croatia finished third in France.

• After ending his playing career at Hajduk, he briefly took charge of the team before launching his coaching career in earnest with the Croatian U21 side.

• Stepped up from the U21s to become the senior national side's coach in July 2006 and masterminded the team's successful qualification for UEFA EURO 2008, where, as the youngest coach in the tournament, his team's progress was halted only at the quarter-final stage with a penalty shoot-out defeat by Turkey.

• Despite Croatia's position as seeds in their 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying group, he could only lead them to third place and elimination. Announced he would stay on for the UEFA EURO 2012 qualifiers and guided them to the finals with a notable play-off win against Turkey. Announced in May 2012 he would leave for FC Lokomotiv Moskva after the tournament.

Last updated: 05/06/12 17.35CET

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