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Mehmed Kodro
Personal information
Full name Mehmed Kodro
Date of birth January 12, 1967 (1967-01-12) (age 43)
Place of birth Mostar, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1991 Velež Mostar 129 (48)
1991–1995 Real Sociedad 129 (73)
1995–1996 FC Barcelona 32 (9)
1996–1999 CD Tenerife 72 (18)
1999–2000 Deportivo Alavés 30 (5)
2000–2001 Maccabi Tel Aviv FC 9 (1)
National team
1991–1992 Yugoslavia 2 (0)
1996–2000 Bosnia and Herzegovina 13 (3)
Teams managed
2008 Bosnia and Herzegovina
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Mehmed "Meho" Kodro (born January 12, 1967 in Mostar) is a Bosnian football manager and a former player. He was tall and strong, but also a fast and technical finisher with a good shot and aerial skills.

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Club career

Kodro's first division debut occurred in 1985, with Velež Mostar, his hometown club. When the Yugoslav wars began, he migrated to Spain, where he spent the rest of his footballing career. He first played with Real Sociedad of San Sebastián, where he had his best professional years, and became a respected striker. He scored 23 goals in the 1993-1994 season and the following season he came in second in the Pichichi Trophy race with 25 goals in 35 matches.

FC Barcelona manager Johan Cruijff brought him to his team for the 1995-1996 season. However, he did not enjoy a great season, scoring 9 goals and not being able to contribute to any titles for the Spanish team. This was due in part to several injuries. The sacking of Johan Cruijff (who was very supportive of him) caused him to be released from the club at the end of the tournament. Kodro then joined CD Tenerife, where he played three seasons, although without shining the way he did at Real Sociedad.

In 1999 he moved to Deportivo Alavés of Vitoria, where he stayed for one season. Later, in 2000, he moved to the Israeli Maccabi Tel Aviv F.C. until 2002, when he retired. In 2006, he was hired as an assistant to Real Sociedad's coach José Mari Bakero.

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International career

Kodro was part of the Yugoslavia national football team from 1991 to 1992, earning two caps; he later played for Bosnia-Herzegovina from 1996 to 2000, scoring 3 goals in 13 caps.[1]

Coaching career

On January 5, 2008, Kodro was appointed head coach of Bosnia-Herzegovina. He reportedly accepted the job after Bosnian Football Federation (NSBiH) met his conditions, which were to allow him to continue living in San Sebastián and to guarantee him full independence in football matters.[2] Things quickly went sour, however. He lead the side in two friendlies, before refusing to take charge of the team for a friendly against Iran scheduled for 26 May in Tehran that NSBiH arranged behind his back. As a result, he was fired on 17 May.[3]

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