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Zlatko Kranjčar
Personal information
Date of birth 15 November 1956 (1956-11-15) (age 53)
Place of birth Zagreb, SFR Yugoslavia
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1966–1973 Dinamo Zagreb
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1983 Dinamo Zagreb 261 (98)
1983–1990 Rapid Wien 201 (106)
1990 VSE St. Pölten 12 (2)
Total 474 (206)
National team
1977–1983 Yugoslavia 11 (3)
1990 Croatia 2 (1)
Teams managed
1991 SV Wienerfeld
1991–1992 Austria Klagenfurt
1992–1994 Segesta
1994–1996 Croatia Zagreb
1996 FC Linz
1997 Slaven Belupo
1997 Segesta
1997–1998 NK Samobor
1998 Croatia Zagreb
1999–2000 El-Masry
2000 Mura
2000–2001 Marsonia
2001–2002 NK Zagreb
2002–2003 NK Rijeka
2003–2004 NK Zagreb
2004–2006 Croatia
2007 Croatia Sesvete
2007 Al-Shaab Sharjah
2009 Croatia Sesvete
2009 DAC Dunajská Streda
2009 Persepolis[1]
2010– Montenegro
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Zlatko "Cico" Kranjčar (Croatian pronunciation: [ˈzlatkɔ ˈkraɲtʃaːr]; born 15 November 1956 in Zagreb) is a Croatian football manager and former striker. He is the current manager of the Montenegro national football team.


Club career

Kranjčar started to play for Dinamo Zagreb at the age of 10 in 1966 and stayed in the club until 1983. He appeared in a total of 556 matches for the club and scored 98 goals in the championship. Then he transferred to Austrian club SK Rapid Wien for which he played until 1990. The last club in his playing career was VSE St. Pölten for which he played for two months in late 1990.


Between 1977 and 1983 he collected 11 caps and scored 3 goals for Yugoslavia. He also has two caps and scored one goal for the Croatian national team and is notable as the first team captain of the Croatian team in their first international match against the United States on 17 October 1990 in Zagreb.

Coaching career

Kranjčar started his coaching career in 1991 as an advisor at Austria Klagenfurt. From 1992 until 1994 he coached a Croatian club HNK Segesta and in 1994 he transferred to Croatia Zagreb, where he won the Croatian Championship and Cup in his first season. In 1996 he returned to Austria to coach FC Linz. A year later he was back in Croatia where he coached the clubs NK Slaven Belupo, HNK Segesta (again) and NK Samobor. In 1998 he came back to Croatia Zagreb and led the club to another win in both the Croatian Championship and Cup as well as to an appearance in the UEFA Champions League. In 1999 he started to coach an Egyptian club FC El Masry and in 2000 he went on to coach a Slovenian club NK Mura, where he also stayed for one season. In 2002 he became the Croatian championship winner with NK Zagreb.

After Croatia's unsuccessful appearance at Euro 2004, Kranjčar was named the new coach of the country's national squad and he led the team in 18 international matches. They played fifteen matches in the World Cup 2006 qualifying rounds and won the group, but performed relatively badly in their three 2006 World Cup finals matches and were eliminated in the group stages. Due to this and to Kranjčar's inability to gracefully handle growing criticism, the Croatian Football Federation decided not to renew his contract on 14 July 2006.

In June 2007. he took over coaching position in United Arab Emirates team Al-Shaab but was sacked in December after a dispute with the board about player selection. On 22 April 2009, he was named as the new head coach of DAC 1904 Dunajská Streda and signed a contract over two years. In 2009, he was the head coach of Iranian club Persepolis. He got fired after the first defeat of his team, after two victories and 5 draws [1].

In February 2010 he took over the Montenegro national team from Zoran Filipović. At his debut match he recorded a loss against humble Macedonia.



As of 28 December 2009.
Nat Team From To Record
G W D L Win % GF GA +/-
Croatia Croatia 2004 2006 25 11 8 6 44%
Iran Persepolis July 2009 28 December 2009 21 8 9 4 38% 31 24 +7
Total 21 8 9 4 38% 31 24 +7


He is well known for being very animated on the sidelines, using exaggerated hand gestures and movements to inform his team of tactics.

Personal life

His son Niko is also a professional footballer who is currently playing for Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League, and the Croatian national team.

External links


  1. ^ a b (Croatian) 24sata Dubravko Miličić:Cico Kranjčar dobio otkaz već nakon prvoga poraza, Sep 26, 2009
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Otto Barić
Croatia national football team manager
Succeeded by
Slaven Bilić

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