X-Men, Journalist from USA meets Dinamo Boss on training.
Croatia Season break coming soon, how do you looking on table, your team and others?
Well its been long too see such small difference in points in Croatia Division One at the top before season break.
Do you consider your team is favorite and can stay on top till season break?
I think its possible but it will not be easy for sure. There is many teams and managers who are raging for title however its still far away.
You lost against Hr. Dragovoljac and fans are dissapointed...
yea, but you know answer on that...
yes... Can you tell how your team reacted afer game?
Well they did react positive, they knowed that they could do more but i cannot say that they are only who are guilty for this because in think that i was not too good prepared for that game and also it happened all i sayed last time. We can play much better but situation before game and looking on next fixtures before Hr. Dragovoljac i was just want to keep players fresh for our next fixture against OM in France. So moral is not at best but i belive players have saved a belief we could do something in Championship Cup.
Do you agree that you are somehow lucky as a manager who have chance to get trough or just finish third and move trough EU competition in next year despite tough group and getting 3 points in last decade of Dinamo history in Champions Cup?
Well i will feel very lucky to be even in Champions Cup because of how things has started and how are now its amazing see three points after 4 games.. but putting luck aside we are in i think Sammir was more optimistic than me when we enter competition because players showed that they can score to any team including Chelsea, OM and Basel.
You sayed that your only chance is to get points last game against Basel where you suffered heavy defeated do you think that can happen with OM because they taken you 3 points at Maksimir and now home advantage, how you look on that?
Well, its really hard to say, i didn't want miss OM because matches i was hoping we can take points to Basel so that we can try to defend versus OM and Chelsea but i was wrong and putting the result aside i think that even trough they were great at home i think that i maded few mistakes too.
Will you rush on OM?
We will but we will be cautios in defence, so we are going there trying to save net and hope for points but i will not push players from start i want them to be relaxed and play their game but also notice them that they must be cautious in defence. If we manage to get three points we have big chance to be third in group, if we fail or get one point than we will need god help on Maksimir.
You know Bilić very good and sayed that he cannot rescue OM...
Yes, it's a big club with too many problems and what i wanned to say is that he can rescue them from even worst disaster... there is real mess there.
How do you get with Bilić?
I think he is a man who never surrender and his lead with Croatia international team showing how much he can do.
There are rumors that you would be very happy if you defeat him...
Of course, every manager want to beat bigger manager so i think its natural but whatever happens i hope we will get on beers and on some punk rock festival.
There are rumors that your forwards are reacted bad after you sayed that you are not happy with them, is that true?
Yes, they have quality to score but in last games they cannot find net or they shooting fans and they must understeand that they are there for scoring goals.
You are missing Bostjan Cesar, Sammir... will they miss and how much in this game?
Very much. They are players who can give much specially Bostjan.
You do not feel anxious from my look...
Yes, tell me that when game will start.
What do you think about Basel? Can they take something against Chelsea away?
I do consider them outsiders there, Chelsea have bigger quality plus home advantage so i think it will be hard for Yakin to get something with his team there.
In most game your players scored first in Champions Cup and then suffered defeat, what is your look on that?
I dont know but i think its managers experience and determination of teams... Every team in our group have very determinated players so i belive that has played big role in all matches.
Who do you consider star player in Chelsea?
You suffered big lose against OM 1:3 at Maksimir, those that upset you?
Well, i think, yes but i know its past, they will play new formation, tactic... it will not be like first game and hope it will go to our advantage.
Do you think OM boardroom over reacted to remove Baup from position before such big event?
I think yes. They could wait at least this game but we will now after final whistle.
There are rumors of reconstruction Puljud stadion in Split till 2025 by man from New York called Dida Piramida. He made pictures of how the stadion will look 2025 also adding that stadium capacity would have 250.000 seat fans. Many experts says that it is impossible mission because of financial problem in Hajduk so it could be too risky. Some experts says that even Dida Piramida is good arhitect stadium looks unsafe. Even dou this looks like fantasy there are several USA peoples who are looking to finance the project for stadium.
Diazepam boss sayed "someone has nice sense of humor, i feel tovars in the air"
P.S. If you need photos like this... adress Dida Piramida HERE
Slaven Bilić (pronounced [slâʋen bǐːlit͡ɕ]; born 11 September 1968) is a former Croatian footballer, currently managing (OM after Baup was fired from)... (Beşiktaş in Turkish Süper Lig.)
He started playing in 1988 for his hometown club Hajduk Split and later had successful foreign spells with Karlsruher SC in Germany, and West Ham United and Everton in England before retiring from active football in 2001.
At national level, Bilić served as one of Croatia's most consistent defenders during the tenure of coach Miroslav Blažević, earning 44 caps between 1992 and 1999 and playing in UEFA Euro 1996 and the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
Following his playing retirement in 2001 at Hajduk Split, Bilić immediately turned to coaching, his first job being a five-month stint at Hajduk's helm in the latter stage of the 2001–02 season. Between 2004 and 2006 he managed Croatia under-21 football team, before taking over the senior national side from Zlatko Kranjčar in August 2006.
Credited with successfully overseeing the introduction of a series of young players from the under-21 squad to the senior side, Bilić led the team to the 2008 European championship where they reached the quarter-finals. In spite the fact that under Bilić's tenure Croatia failed to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, his contract with the Croatian Football Federation was extended in 2009. He then went on to qualify for the 2012 European championship, his second managerial success and major tournament appearance with Croatia.
Epic Euro 2008 Qualification match - with BBC Commentary
Upon his formal departure, Bilić was praised for his long-standing service to the national side. Domestic media outlet labelled him as Croatia's only manager to depart on such positive terms and credited him for his strong revival of the national side during his six-year tenure.
On 10 May 2012, Bilić confirmed that he would step down after the tournament. On 14 May 2012, it was confirmed that Bilić had signed a coaching contract with the Russian club FC Lokomotiv Moscow.
Bilić began his career at his hometown club Hajduk Split, whom he joined at the age of nine. He rose through the youth ranks at Hajduk and as part of his football schooling he was loaned out to lower level sides Primorac and Šibenik.
First he spent a half-season at Primorac in 1988 and then a season and a half at Šibenik, who were at the time one of the top teams in the Yugoslav Second League. Bilić played there as a centre-back and went on to score 7 goals in 33 appearances. Yugoslav regulations allowed for a player to be dually registered (and eligible to play for both clubs) so players would normally play most of the season at smaller clubs where they were loaned to, but were at the same time allowed a maximum of five appearances for the club they were loaned from during a season. Hajduk manager Petar Nadoveza used this rule and called him up from Šibenik for six matches in the 1988–89 season. He appeared in away games against Vardar, Radnički Niš and Velež, where he scored two goals and was named man of the match in all three appearances.
His performances attracted a lot of attention and other clubs of the Yugoslav big four (Dinamo Zagreb, Crvena Zvezda and Partizan) all expressed interest in bringing him in, but to no effect. He was returned from loan and immediately joined Hajduk's squad for the next season where he quickly established himself as a first-team regular. During the next few years at Hajduk he shared the dressing room with some of the most prominent Hajduk players of that time (such as Ivan Pudar, Jerko Tipurić, Branko Karačić, Nenad Gračan and Bernard Barnjak), as well as other promising young players who would later go on to have successful careers (such as Alen Bokšić, Goran Vučević, Joško Jeličić and Robert Jarni).
After having spent six seasons with Hajduk, Bilić moved abroad to the Bundesliga side Karlsruher SC in a £750,000 deal in 1993. His performances earned him much praise very early on and he soon became the club's captain (the first ever foreign player to be named club captain in Bundesliga history). After reaching the semi-final of the 1993–94 UEFA Cup with Karlsruhe, he was voted the best centre-back in the Bundesliga.
West Ham United
In January 1996 Harry Redknapp, manager of Premier League side West Ham United, brought him to the club for a fee of £1.3 million, setting the club's record for highest fee paid for an incoming player.
His form for the Hammers saw him selected for the Croatian national team for the UEFA Euro 1996 held in England. He shone on the international stage as Croatia made their way to the quarterfinals of the tournament where they were beaten by eventual winners Germany.
His displays in the tournament led to Joe Royle brokering a £4.5M move to Everton in March 1997, but Bilić claimed he had a debt of loyalty to West Ham that saw him stay with the club until the end of the season to ensure they were not relegated.
He turned out for Everton in August 1997, after assuring himself of new manager Howard Kendall's full support, he initially brought some class to Toffee's backline but his season was marred by bookings that saw him miss several games through suspension.
It looked like his Everton career was over but he went into the 1998 FIFA World Cup with Croatia and the team were the surprise package of the tournament, reaching the semi-finals, where they were beaten by hosts France. Croatia finished in third place after winning the playoff game.
Bilić was involved in controversy during the tournament for the role he played in the dismissal of Laurent Blanc in the semi-final with France. With Croatia behind, a free kick was awarded which saw Slaven marking the French defender. Bilić held Blanc and to free himself, Blanc pushed Bilić, making contact with his chin and chest. Bilić fell to the ground clutching his forehead. Bilić later admitted that he was acting, and went down only after encouragement from teammate Igor Štimac. Blanc was sent off and missed the World Cup final through suspension. Bilić did not apologize but did say, "I swear if I could change that so [Blanc] could play in the final, I would."
After his exertions in the World Cup, Bilić revealed a nagging groin strain that required rest and treatment, which he took back home in Croatia. After missing the first quarter of the season, Bilić was left wondering if he would get back into the Everton side managed by Walter Smith. He did so and showed some good form but could never fully establish himself due to injuries and suspensions.
Everton decided to cut their losses on Bilić in July 1999, leaving him free to choose a new club but unwanted in England. He continued to play only for Croatia on a £27,000-a-week contract with Everton, while living in Zagreb. The club eventually agreed to give Bilić a million-pound payoff, representing around half of the balance remaining on his lucrative contract which still had 28 months to run. Just two days later, Bilić signed up with his home club Hajduk Split where he briefly played until retiring.
As a shareholder in his hometown club, Hajduk Split, he temporarily agreed to manage them until the club found a replacement manager. Having admitted that the adrenaline inspired him, he reportedly received guidance after traveling Europe and visiting Arsène Wenger and Marcello Lippi.
Slaven Bilić, together with Aljoša Asanović, managed the Croatian U-21 team for two years during the qualification rounds for the U-21 European championship of 2006. Their team went through the group stage but lost in playoff to Serbia and Montenegro.
Bilić was appointed head coach of the main national team on 25 July 2006, succeeding Zlatko Kranjčar after the unsuccessful 2006 World Cup. His assistants included former teammates Aljoša Asanović, Robert Prosinečki, Nikola Jurčević, and Marijan Mrmić. One of his first actions in charge of the squad for Slaven Bilić was the promotion of three players from the U-21 squad, who were Eduardo da Silva, Luka Modrić, and Vedran Ćorluka, who would all eventually enjoy impressive success and make transfers to the Barclays Premier League. The team's first official game under Bilić was the 2–0 friendly win in Livorno against Italy, while Bilić's first competitive game was the 0–0 draw in Moscow against Russia in the opener for their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign. Many criticized this result due to Bilić's suspension of Dario Srna, Ivica Olić and Boško Balaban who escaped from camp three days before the match and went to night club Fontana in Zagreb. Probably no one would find out, but there was a gunfight and police intervention.
Eduardo da Silva
Therefore they were temporarily cut from the squad.
Further in the Euro 2008 qualifiers, he led Croatia to a very successful campaign in a group consisting of England, Russia, Israel, Macedonia, Estonia, and Andorra. Bilić managed to lead Croatia to a first place finish in Group E, most notably masterminding home and away victories against England, who consequently didn't qualify and sacked their then-manager Steve McClaren. It became England's first ever loss at the new Wembley Stadium. Croatia also managed to equal their highest ever win record as they beat Andorra 7–0.
At the Euro 2008 tournament itself, where he was the youngest coach, Slaven and the rest of his squad had to participate with a "handicap" as they were without their star striker Eduardo, who sustained a serious injury a few months earlier. Nonetheless, Bilić led his side to an outstanding achievement as they won all three group stage games of the competition, taking maximum points in the group for the first time in their history, which included an impressive 2–1 victory over eventual finalists Germany. Even his side's second string reserve side was seen to be too strong for their final group opponents Poland, who they beat 1–0 due to an Ivan Klasnić goal.
Euro 2008 Croatien 2 Deutschland 1 Croatia 2 Germany 1
Croatia soon became labeled as favorites for the tournament, but they would soon suffer an exit in the quarter finals against Turkey. Though he admitted that the defeat would haunt him and his squad for the rest of their lives and having revealed thoughts of possible resignation, he eventually pledged to stay on with Croatia and stated that they would return bigger and stronger after the alarming defeat.
Euro 2008 croatia vs turkey 1-1 goals highlights
Croatia started their qualifying campaign for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa as one of the favourites to qualify from Group 6 after a promising show at Euro 2008. Their group contained England, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Andorra. Croatia failed to qualify after finishing third, but Bilić has decided to stay with the team for at least two more years.
Croatia were placed in Group F for the Euro 2012 qualifiers. Croatia finished second in the group behind Greece, advancing to the play-offs. In the play-offs, Croatia beat Turkey 3-0 on aggregate to advance to the Euro 2012 finals in Poland and Ukraine. For the finals, Croatia were drawn in Group C alongside Italy, Ireland and world champions Spain.
Croatia opened their tournament campaign with a comfortable 3-1 victory over The Republic of Ireland, with striker Mario Mandžukić scoring twice. Mandžukić continued his run at the tournament with an equalizer in the 1-1 draw against Italy, which was marred by controversial fan reactions and referee decisions from English official Howard Webb.
The team ultimately faced a complicated scenario in the buildup to their final group game against reigning champions Spain. Croatia were ultimately succumbed to a 1-0 defeat. Moments before Jesus Navas scored the game's only goal, Vedran Ćorluka was the victim of a neck-tie tackle by Spain defensive midfielder Sergio Busquets on a corner kick which removed Ćorluka from a goal scoring opportunity in the penalty box. The late Spanish goal, along with Italy's victory over The Republic of Ireland, forced Croatia to exit the tournament in the group stage.
However, the team subsequently garnered widespread domestic praise for their tournament performance, and were greeted by a large crowd upon their return. Upon his formal departure, Bilić was also praised for his long-standing service to the national side. Domestic media outlet Jutarnji List labelled him as Croatia's only manager to depart on such positive terms and credited him for his strong revival of the national side during his six-year tenure.
FC Lokomotiv Moscow
On 14 May 2012, it was confirmed that Bilić had signed a coaching contract with the Russian club FC Lokomotiv Moscow. Upon the confirmation of signing, Lokomotiv chairman Olga Smorodskaya stated that Lokomotiv had tough competition in signing Bilić, as he was targeted by many clubs around the Europe who wanted to sign him as their new manager. Bilić took over the team after the Euro 2012 tournament had finished. His assistants included former teammates and former assistants during his tenure as manager in national team Aljoša Asanović and Nikola Jurčević.
Upon his arrival he made his first big signing for the team, signing his ex-Croatia national football team player Vedran Ćorluka from Tottenham Hotspur F.C. for a fee of £5.5million. His first official match as the new Lokomotiv manager came on 20 July 2012 in away match against Mordoviya Saransk, ending in 3:2 win for FC Lokomotiv Moscow. Bilić's first season as a manager ended with the Lokomotiv's worst league result (9th place) since establishing of Russian championship in 1992. Bilić accepted responsibility for Lokomotiv's failure and was sacked on 18 June 2013.
After parting ways with Lokomotiv, Bilić entered talks to take over as Beşiktaş manager. The deal was confirmed on 26 June 2013 after an agreement to a three-year contract worth €4.8 million. Bilić signed the contract on 28 June 2013. On 22 September 2013, Bilić was sent off from the bench by referee Fırat Aydınus during the İstanbul Derby against Galatasaray S.K. The referee report affirmed that he was sent off because of his "over expostulations". After that he was granted job in OM after Baup bad results.
Bilić has said in a post tournament interview that he and his players compiled and studied many games of their opponents to become very well prepared for tough matches.
Known to be a big fan of music, Bilić relates his teams motivation to such, often encouraging them to listen to inspiring music before and after games. He went on to state "I cannot do my job without music, I need it to relax".
Along with his native Croatian, Bilić is fluent in German, Italian, and English, while he also holds a degree in law. As a big fan of rock music, he plays rhythm guitar with his favored red Gibson Explorer and is a member of Rawbau, a Croatian rock group.
In 2008, the band recorded a song for Croatia's performance at Euro 2008 called "Vatreno ludilo" ("Fiery Madness").
Bilic has identified himself as a socialist, and has said " If you know to share what you own, you live happily and with honor. I am a true socialist. I know I can't save the world on my own; but if there is a struggle against unjustness, I always prefer to be on the frontline, and that is my attitude toward life."