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Branko Ivanković

Branko Ivanković

Branko Ivanković in 2008
Personal information
Date of birth (1954-02-28) 28 February 1954
Place of birth Čakovec, SFR Yugoslavia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1990 Varteks 263 (31)
Teams managed
1991–1995 Varteks
1995–1996 Segesta
1996–1998 Rijeka
1998–1999 Croatia (assistant)
1999–2000 Hannover 96
2001 Iran (assistant)
2002 Iran U23
2002–2006 Iran
2006–2008 Dinamo Zagreb
2009–2011 Shandong Luneng
2011–2012 Ettifaq
2012–2013 Al-Wahda
2013 Dinamo Zagreb
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Branko Ivanković (pronounced ; born 28 February 1954) is a Croatian football manager and former player. After a 12-year playing career at Varteks Varaždin, Ivanković started his coaching career at the same club in 1991. He led the Iranian national football team at the 2006 World Cup.


  • Playing career 1
  • Managing career 2
    • Croatian national team 2.1
    • Iranian national team 2.2
      • World Cup 2006 2.2.1
    • Dinamo Zagreb 2.3
    • Shandong Luneng 2.4
    • Ettifaq 2.5
    • Al Wahda 2.6
    • Return to Dinamo Zagreb 2.7
    • Coaching career statistics 2.8
  • Honours 3
  • References 4

Playing career

Ivanković spent his entire 12-season-long playing career at Varteks Varaždin, appearing in a total of 263 matches[1] and scoring 31 goals. He then continued to work at the club by first being their secretary and then starting his coaching career.

Managing career

He was the head coach of Varteks Varaždin between 1991 and 1995. He then moved for one season to Segesta Sisak, and went on to coach Rijeka in the 1996–97 season.

Croatian national team

Ivanković then became the assistant coach to Ćiro Blažević, who led the Croatian national team to a sensational third-place finish at the 1998 FIFA World Cup finals in France.[2]

In the 1999–2000 season, he coached German club Hannover 96, which was playing in the Second Bundesliga at the time. He briefly returned to the Croatian national team as the assistant to Mirko Jozić during the qualifications for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, before he took over the Iranian national team where he replaced Blažević, who had managed them since 2001.

Iranian national team

Ivanković was appointed to the head of the Iranian team on 29 January 2002. Under Ivanković, Iran's U23 football team won the 2002 Asian Games in Pusan.[3] He remained the coach of the national team until the end of 2002, when he was replaced by Homayun Shahrokhi.[3]

Ivanković had become very popular in Iran and the public media demanded a contract renewal, but the Football Federation was initially reluctant to appoint him as the head coach. Finally after a period of negotiations he was reappointed as the head coach of Iran on 3 October 2003.[3]

Ivankovic led Iran to 2004 AFC Asian Cup third place.[4] They lost only to the hosts, China, in penalties in a very controversial match in which the Chinese luckily avoided multiple red cards.

Ivanković also led Iran to qualify for the 2006 World Cup, the third time in the country's history (they had previously been eliminated in the first round in 1978 and 1998).[4]

Despite him being the most successful coach of the Iranian National Team in terms of winning percentage, Ivankovic was not liked by the Iranian government who deliberately tried to replace him with a native coach.

The Ministry for Physical Education which is a governmental watchdog on sports, tried to replace the coach before the World cup in Germany, however the Iranian Football Federation resisted the pressure and kept Ivankovic for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

World Cup 2006

Iran, at their opening game at the World Cup, showed a scintillating first half performance against Mexico, but conceded two goals. The second match against Portugal was not successful either, with Iran conceding two late goals to lose 2–0 and being left without any chances of advancing to the second stage of the tournament, as Mexico drew against Angola on the previous evening and left Iran unreachable four points behind. So, the third group match against Angola became insignificant for Iran. Angola put themselves into the lead with the opening goal after one hour of playing. The Iranians managed to equalise fifteen minutes later, eventually scoring their only point at the 2006 World Cup since the match ended in a 1–1 draw. This point was, however, only enough for Iran to occupy the last place in their group.

After the World Cup, MPE removed the Head of the Football federation of Iran, replacing Branko Ivanković with Amir Qalenoei.[5] This in turn resulted a FIFA suspension for Iran's football due to political interference.[6]

Dinamo Zagreb

On 6 November 2006, Ivanković replaced Josip Kuže as the head coach of Croatian club Dinamo Zagreb. He led the club to the Double in 2007 without losing a single competitive match. On 14 January 2008, Branko resigned as a coach of Dinamo mostly due to his differences with the club's executive vice-president Zdravko Mamić.[7]

Ivanković returned as manager of Dinamo Zagreb on 21 May 2008. He is replacing Zvonimir Soldo, who resigned immediately after Dinamo won the domestic double.[8]

In July 2009, Ivankoviće was offered the role of Persepolis manager in Iran, but he rejected the offer.[9][10]

Shandong Luneng

On 17 December 2009, Ivanković was appointed as the new head coach of Chinese giant Shandong Luneng.[2] In his first season, he led the team to the 2010 Chinese Super League winners with a record 63 points. The team secured the qualification for 2011 AFC Champions League. But Shandong were eliminated in the first round with 7 points. Due to poor result in the Champions League, he was dismissed on 10 May 2011 seven days before crucial game with Cerezo Osaka 0–4.


On 22 July 2011, Ivanković signed a one-year contract with Ettifaq FC to lead club in 2011–12 Saudi Professional League and return club to the AFC Champions League.[11] He was sacked on 1 May 2012 after finishing the 2011-12 season in fourth.[12]

Al Wahda

In May 2012, UAE Pro-League side Al-Wahda S.C.C. said it signed a two-year contract with Ivanković and that he would take charge at the club in the 2012-13 season but his contract was terminated on 28 April 2013 after a 3-4 loss to Ajman Club. At the time of his dismissal, Al Wahda was ranked at the 7th place after a run of good results in the starting season.

Return to Dinamo Zagreb

On 2 September 2013, Ivanković returned to Dinamo Zagreb, the club he led from 2006 to 2008. However, he was sacked on 21 October 2013 after just five games.[13]

Coaching career statistics

As of 7 October 2013
Country Team From To Record
G W D L Win % GF GA +/-
NK Varaždin July 1991 June 1995 116 44 34 38 37.93% 153 130 +23
HNK Rijeka 1996 1997 30 13 7 10 43.33% 44 32 +23
Hannover 96 July 1999 February 2000 34 12 8 14 35.24% 56 56 0
Iran February 2002 September 2002 14 4 8 2 28.50% 16 12 +4
Iran U-23 September 2002 October 2002 6 4 2 0 66.60% 16 2 +14
Iran October 2003 July 2006 42 28 7 7 66.60% 101 40 +61
Dinamo Zagreb Nov 2006 Jan 2008 33 30 2 1 90.90% 84 22 +62
Shandong Luneng April 2010 July 2011 36 21 10 5 58.30% 67 42 +25
Ettifaq July 2011 April 2012 42 18 12 12 42.85% 68 52 +16
Al-Wahda July 2012 April 2013 34 18 3 13 52.94% 63 49 +14
Dinamo Zagreb September 2013 October 2013 5 2 1 3 40.00% 3 7 –4


Croatia (as assistant coach)

Third place (1): 1998

Iran (as assistant coach)

Third place (1): 2002


Winners (1): 2002


Winners (1): 2003

Winners (1): 2004

Third Place (1): 2004

Dinamo Zagreb

Winners (1): 2006–07

Winnes (1): 2007

Shandong Luneng

Winners (1): 2010


  1. ^ "Ivanković za Index: Spreman sam, radim taj posao 12 godina".  
  2. ^ a b "Iran's former football coach Branko Ivankovic takes over at Shandong".  
  3. ^ a b c "Ivanković ponovno izbornik Irana" (in Croatian).  
  4. ^ a b "Iran - Group D". World Cup 2006.  
  5. ^ "Iran replace Ivankovic with league winner".  
  6. ^ "FIFA suspends Iran Football Federation".  
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Ivankovic returns as Dinamo Zagreb coach". ESPN Soccernet. 21 May 2008. Retrieved 21 May 2008. 
  9. ^ "Ook Rijsbergen in beeld bij Persepolis" (in Dutch). Goal.Com. 12 July 2009. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  10. ^ "Croatia’s Branko snubs Persepolis offer". Tehran Times. 13 July 2009. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  11. ^ Branko Ivanković becomes head coach of Saudi Al-Itifaq FC
  12. ^ "Branko Ivanković Sacked From Ettifaq FC And May Join Al Wahda". Kabir News. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  13. ^
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