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Croatia national team manager Zlatko Dalić was appointed to his position in 2017. Since then, he has been adjudged to be one of the finest managers on the international scene following Croatia's World Cup exploits in 2018 as the Balkan nation reached the final which they subsequently lost to France.

Before becoming a manager, Dalić enjoyed a 17 years playing career during which he played for six clubs, appeared 247 times, and scored 23 goals. A natural defensive midfielder, Dalic began footballing life at Hadjuk Split - the side for which, it transpired, Dalic would play the most football - in 1983. In the first of three stints with the famous Croatian club, Dalić would make four first team appearances over a three years period, mainly used as cover for the team's injured midfielders. In 1986, Dalić moved on to Dinamo Vinkovci where he would make 12 appearances in his one and only season with the club before returning to his parent club, Split. In his second spell with Split, Dalić was a more regular first-team player, starting 5 games in the 1987/1988 season before moving on again, to Buducnost Titograd in the summer of 1988.

With Titograd, Dalić was too unable to properly nail down a starting place and made just 7 appearances in his single season with the Croatian outfit. However, his stock was on the rise at this point and he really made a name for himself at his next club, Bosnian first division side Velez Mostar. With Mostar, Dalić played 37 times and scored his first ever professional goal and the first of three in a three years period.

He moved on from Mostar in 1992 with Varteks seeking his services. For Varteks would make over a century of Croatian league appearances and score 13 goals. Without a doubt, these were the best years of Dalić's playing career. His goal tally with this one club alone amounted to almost two thirds of his career tally of 23.

He returned to Hadjuk Split for the last time after four seasons with Varteks in 1996. In his final spell with the Croatian giants, Dalić appeared 28 times and scored his first goal for the club. He returned to Vartkes, initially on loan and then on a permanent basis, in 1998. He saw out the rest if his playing days with the club with a further 47 league appearances during which he added four goals to his career total. He hung up his boots in 2000 and immediately began to pursue a career in the coaching side of the game.

To this effect, Dalić stayed with Varteks in a number of roles eventually leading him to be appointed permanent manager in 2005 after stints as caretaker and assistant manager in previous years. In his first season as a professional manager, Dalić lead Varteks to the Croatian Cup final which they subsequently lost 9-1 on aggregate to Rijeka.

Since then, Dalić has held many positions in Croatia and, latterly, in the Middle East. Now, in 2019, he takes charge of a fantastic Croatian national team who will be hoping to recreate the successes of 2018 in the Euro 2020.