Tomislav Ivić

Tomislav Ivić (Croatian pronunciation: [tǒmislaʋ ǐːʋitɕ];[1][2] 30 June 1933 – 24 June 2011) was a Croatian professional football player and manager. Often described as a brilliant strategist, Ivić is credited with helping develop the modern style of the game. In April 2007, Italian sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport proclaimed him as the most successful football manager in history, due to his eight league titles won in six different countries.[3]

Tomislav Ivić
Ivić shortly after taking over as the new coach of Ajax in July 1976.
Personal information
Date of birth (1933-06-30)30 June 1933
Place of birth Split, Yugoslavia
Date of death 24 June 2011(2011-06-24) (aged 77)
Place of death Split, Croatia
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
RNK Split
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1953–1957 RNK Split 125 (?)
1957–1963 Hajduk Split 11 (?)
Total 136 (?)
Teams managed
1967–1968 Split
1968–1972 Hajduk Split (youth)
1972–1973 HNK Šibenik
1973–1974 Yugoslavia
1973–1976 Hajduk Split
1976–1978 Ajax
1978–1980 Hajduk Split
1980–1982 Anderlecht
1983–1984 Galatasaray
1984–1985 Dinamo Zagreb
1985–1986 Avellino (caretaker)
1986 Panathinaikos
1987 Hajduk Split (caretaker)
1987–1988 Porto
1988–1990 Paris Saint-Germain
1990–1991 Atlético Madrid
1991–1992 Marseille (caretaker)
1992–1993 Benfica
1993–1994 Porto
1994–1996 Croatia (caretaker)
1994–1995 Fenerbahçe
1995 Monaco (director)
1995–1996 United Arab Emirates
1996 Al Wasl
1997 Hajduk Split
1997–1998 Iran
1998–1999 Standard Liège
2000 Standard Liège
2001 Marseille
2003–2004 Al-Ittihad
2004–2006 Standard Liège (youth academy)
2007–2011 Standard Liège (youth coordinatior)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Ivić managed teams in 14 different countries along with four national teams,[4][5][6] and he won titles and cups in seven countries: Yugoslavia, the Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Spain and France. Ivić never won the league title in Greece.[7]

Ivić won seven top flight championships (three in Yugoslavia and one each in the Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal and France); six national cups (four in Yugoslavia and one each in Spain and Portugal); an UEFA Super Cup and an Intercontinental Cup.[8]

In Croatia, Ivić coached RNK Split, Hajduk Split, Dinamo Zagreb and the Croatia national team; in the Netherlands, Ajax; in Belgium, Anderlecht and Standard Liège; in Turkey, Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe; in Italy, Avellino; in Greece, Panathinaikos; in Portugal, Porto and Benfica; in France, Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille (the latter, his last club before retiring in 2002); in Spain, Atlético Madrid; in the United Arab Emirates, Al Wasl and the UAE national team; and in Iran, Persepolis and the Iran national selection.[9]

European and international competition

He took Hajduk Split to the European Cup quarter final two times: 1975-76 and in 1979-80, he also reached it with Ajax in 1977-78. His biggest achievement in the European Cup was reaching the semi final in 1981-82 with Anderlecht. With Porto he won the 1987 European Super Cup and 1987 Intercontinental Cup.

Ivić has one of the best Champions League win ratios, having won 29 out of 46 matches with a ratio of 63.0%.[10]

National teams

He was national team head coach of Yugoslavia, Iran, United Arab Emirates and even Croatia for one match as caretaker manager subbing in for Miroslav Blažević.[11]

While UAE head coach, Ivić lost the 1996 AFC Asian Cup final against Saudi Arabia on penalties. [12]


In 2001, under the advisement of his doctor Ivić retired from coaching so he could be under less stress. Three years later he coached Al-Ittihad Club for a season before taking up the youth selections of Standard Liège.[13]


Ivić died on 24 June 2011, six days before his 78th birthday, in his hometown of Split. He was reportedly suffering from cardiac troubles, as well as diabetes.[14]

Career statistics



*Dates of first and last games under Ivić not dates of official appointments

National teams


Team From To Record
Yugoslavia 19 December 1973 3 July 1974 11 3 3 5 027.27
Croatia (c) 16 November 1994 16 November 1994 1 1 0 0 100.00
United Arab Emirates August, 1995 December, 1996 29 10 12 7 034.48
Iran December, 1997 20 April 1998 5 1 2 2 020.00
Total 46 15 17 14 032.61
*Dates of first and last games under Ivić; not dates of official appointments



Hajduk Split (Youth)

Hajduk Split




Atlético Madrid



United Arab Emirates




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  2. "Ìvan". Hrvatski jezični portal (in Serbo-Croatian). Retrieved 17 March 2018. Ívić
  3. Staff (22 April 2007). "Il primatista è Ivić: 8 titoli in 6 nazioni". La Gazzetta dello Sport. Milan. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  4. Maxim Olenev (19 July 1999). "Yugoslavia national team coaches (before 1979)". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  5. Staff. "United Arab Emirates". Asian Football Confederation. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  6. Staff (1 December 2004). "Al Ittihad win Asian Champions League". ESPN Inc. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  7. ο μεγάλος Τόμισλαβ Ίβιτς 25 June 2011, ag (in Greek)
  8. Staff (25 June 2011). "Notice of death of Tomislav Ivić". UEFA. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  9. Staff (24 June 2011). "ADIO, LEGENDO Umro Tomislav Ivić". Slobodna Dalmacija. Split. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  10. Paul Saffer (11 February 2016). "Coaches with the best Champions League win ratio". UEFA. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  11. "Nogometni leksikon Miroslava Krleža Tomislav Ivić". Miroslav Krleža. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  12. "Saudi Arabia Saturday, 21. December 1996 UA Emirates". Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  13. "Interview with Tomislav Ivić: The only Croatian strategist". Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  14. "Legendarische trainer Tomislav Ivić overleden". De Standaard. 24 June 2011. Retrieved 26 June 2011.
  15. "TOMISLAV IVIC". Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  16. "2010年中超联赛战绩". Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  17. "Tomislav Ivic". Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  18. "Tomislav Ivic". Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  19. "Football MANAGER: Tomislav Ivić". Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  20. "Za Belgijce je najveći trener u povijesti, za Francuze je revolucionar..." (in Croatian).

Further reading

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Anghel Iordănescu
UEFA Super Cup winning manager
Succeeded by
Aad de Mos
Preceded by
Héctor Veira
Intercontinental Cup winning manager
Succeeded by
Roberto Fleitas
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