Josip Kuže

  • Date of birth : 13/11/1952
  • Position : Coach
  • Country : Croatia Croatia
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Josip Kuže

Josip Kuže
Albania coach Josip Kuže ©AFP

Josip Kuže


Date of birth: 13 November 1952
Nationality: Croatian
Playing career: NK Dinamo Zagreb
Coaching career: Sydney Croatia, BSK Slavonski Brod, FK Borac Banja Luka, NK Dinamo Zagreb, Rot-Weiss Erfurt, 1. FSV Mainz 05, Gamba Osaka, NK Zagreb, Chemnitzer FC, NK Inter Zaprešić, NK Dinamo Zagreb, Rwanda, JEF United Ichihara Chiba, Albania

• Spent his entire playing career as a defender with Dinamo Zagreb, making 384 appearances and scoring 14 goals between 1971 and 1981.

• Started to coach in Australia, with Sydney Croatia, before working in Germany and Japan as well as his homeland.

• Dismissed by Inter Zaprešić at the end of a disappointing 2003/04 season, he returned with a bang to win the 2005/06 Prva Liga title with Dinamo Zagreb, schooling future Croatian internationals Luka Modrić and Eduardo in the process.

• Sacked by Dinamo in November 2006, but not before becoming the first coach to take an overseas team to Arsenal FC's new stadium, in a UEFA Champions League qualifier.

• Rwanda coach from November 2007 to January 2008, he returned to international football in May 2009, replacing Dutchman Arie Haan to become the fifth successive foreigner to take charge of Albania. A 6-1 win against Cyprus in his third game in charge represented a record margin of victory for his new team.

Last updated: 20/10/11 23.47CET

General info

  • Name: Josip Kuže
  • Date of birth: 13/11/1952
  • Country: Croatia
  • Team: Albania (Albania ALB)

  • Current campaign
  • UEFA European Football Championship 2010/12
  • Friendlies 2010/12

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • National team: European Championship (Qualifying round)
    03/09/10: Romania 1-1 Albania
  • Club: UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (First round)
    07/09/88: Borac 2-0 Metalist

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions


Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
Dinamo Zagreb4202
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
UEFA Europa League
Dinamo Zagreb4103
Last updated: 03/10/2013 12:55 CET