Nenad Bjelica

  • Date of birth : 20/08/1971
  • Position : Coach
  • Country : Croatia Croatia
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Nenad Bjelica

FK Austria Wien
Nenad Bjelica
Nenad Bjelica was appointed by Austria Wien in summer 2013 ©Getty Images

Nenad Bjelica

FK Austria Wien

Date of birth: 20 August 1971

Playing career:
NK Osijek (twice), Albacete Balompié, Real Betis Balompié, UD Las Palmas, 1. FC Kaiserslautern, FC Admira Wacker Mödling, FC Kärnten

Coaching career:
FC Kärnten, FC Lustenau 1907, Wolfsberger AC, FK Austria Wien

• Aged 19, Bjelica made his professional debut for home-town club Osijek, scoring seven goals in 23 games in his first full season. In 1992 the Croatian joined Albacete where he spent four successful years before spells at Betis and Las Palmas. In summer 1999 he rejoined Osijek for a year, prior to closing out his career in Germany and Austria.

• The playmaker, voted Croatia's player of the year in 2000, was awarded his international debut against Austria in 2001 and was capped nine times by his country. He made two appearances at UEFA EURO 2004 in Portugal.

• Bjelica started life in the dugout in autumn 2007 as player-coach at Kärnten – registering 29 Austrian second division outings that season.

• Then hung up his boots but remained in charge until early 2009, subsequently taking over at Lustenau and Wolfsberger, whom he guided from the third tier to the Austrian Bundesliga.

• During his final campaign with Wolfsberger, in 2012/13, Bjelica's side missed out on UEFA Europa League qualification by a solitary point. Bjelica left his post to replace Peter Stöger at Austria Wien and soon led his new employers to the UEFA Champions League group stage.

Last updated: 22/11/13 15.37CET

General info

  • Name: Nenad Bjelica
  • Date of birth: 20/08/1971
  • Country: Croatia
  • Club: Dinamo Zagreb ( CRO)

  • Current campaign
  • UEFA Champions League 2018/19
  • UEFA Europa League 2018/19

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Champions League (Third qualifying round)
    30/07/13: Austria Wien 1-0 FH

Career statistics

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
Austria Wien9333
Dinamo Zagreb6321
UEFA Europa League
Dinamo Zagreb5410
Last updated: 30/11/2018 01:25 CET