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Niko Kovač
Croatia N. Kovač 001
Personal information
Full name Niko Kovač
Date of birth 15 October 1971 (1971-10-15) (age 48)
Place of birth    West Berlin, Germany West Germany
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Playing position Central midfielder
Club information
Current club Flag of None
Youth clubs
1987-1989
1989-1990
Germany Rapid Wedding
Germany Hertha Zehlendorf
Senior clubs
Years Club App (Gls)
1990–1991
1991
1992–1996
1996–1999
1999–2001
2001-2003
2003-2006
2006-2009
Total
Germany Hertha Zehlendorf
Germany Hertha BSC II
Germany Hertha BSC
Germany Bayer Leverkusen
Germany Hamburger SV
Germany Bayern Munich
Germany Hertha BSC
Flag of Austria Red Bull Salzburg
25 (7)
12 (1)
148 (15)
77 (8)
55 (12)
34 (3)
75 (8)
65 (9)
491 (63)   
National team
1996–2008 Croatia Croatia 83 (14)
Teams managed
2009-2011
2011-2012
2013
2013-2015
2016-2018
2018-2019
Flag of Austria Red Bull Salzburg (academy)
Flag of Austria Red Bull Salzburg (assistant)
Croatia Croatia U21
Croatia Croatia
Germany Eintracht Frankfurt
Germany Bayern Munich

Niko Kovač (born 15 October 1971) is a former Croatian footballer and former coach of Bayern Munich, having also managed the Croatian national football team.

He was the long-standing captain of Croatia before retiring from international football in January 2009. A defensive midfielder who is known for his excellent passing and tackling skills, Kovač was, at the time of his retirement, the oldest player in the Croatian squad and had been an important motivation raiser for them, having captained them at the 2006 FIFA World Cup and the UEFA Euro 2008. He has also enjoyed a high level of top club action, having spent most of his club career in the German Bundesliga. He ended his playing career in the Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg where he then took the non-playing role of the reserve team coach and eventually becoming assistant manager under team manager Ricardo Moniz. In January 2013 he took over the Croatia national under-21 football team and in October 2013 he took over the Croatian national football team following the dismissal of Igor Štimac.

Honours

Player

Bayern Munich
Red Bull Salzburg

External links

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Croatia football federation
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Croatia football federation

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Croatia football federation
Croatia – 2006 FIFA World Cup - Group stage (F)

1. Pletikosa 2. Srna 3. Šimunić 4. R. Kovač 5. Tudor 6. Vranješ 7. Šimić 8. Babić 9. Pršo 10. N. Kovač (c) 11. Tokić 12. Didulica 13. Tomas 14. Modrić 15. I. Leko 16. J. Leko 17. Klasnić 18. Olić 19. N. Kranjčar 20. Šerić 21. Balaban 22. Bošnjak 23. Butina

Croatia football federation
Croatia – UEFA Euro 2008

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Croatia football federation
Croatia – 2014 FIFA World Cup – Group stage

1. Pletikosa 2. Vrsaljko 3. Pranjić 4. Perišić 5. Ćorluka 6. Lovren 7. Rakitić 8. Vukojević 9. Jelavić 10. Modrić 11. Srna (c) 12. Zelenika 13. Schildenfeld 14. Brozović 15. Badelj 16. Rebić 17. Mandžukić 18. Olić 19. Sammir 20. Kovačić 21. Vida 22. Eduardo 23. Subašić

  • Manager: Croatia Niko Kovač

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