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Slaven Bilić

Personal information
Date of birth11 September 1968(age 48)
Place of birthSplit, SFR Yugoslavia
Height1.89 m (6 ft 2.4 in)
Playing positionDefender
Club information
Current clubCroatia (manager)

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Slaven Bilić (-shˈslaʋɛn ˈbiːlitɕhr; born 11 September 1968) is a former Croatian footballer and current head coach of the Croatia national team. His playing tenure predominantly comprised extended vocations in his hometown with Hajduk Split and a combination of foreign spells in Germany and England. At national level, Bilić served as one of Croatia's most consistent defenders, primarily focused around his presence in the 1998 FIFA World Cup foray.

On 30 April 2008, Bilić agreed to extend his contract for a further two years. The new deal is worth 1.2 million kuna ($340,000) a year and will take the former Croatia defender up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals in South Africa. The National Team coach rankings has long recognised Bilić as the second best national team manager in the world, behind Dunga of Brazil.

Being the youngest manager Croatia has ever had, he also became the youngest manager to lead his side to the knockout stages of a major competition. He did this at UEFA Euro 2008.

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