Niko Kovač

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Niko Kovač
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Personal information
Full name Niko Kovač
Date of birth 15 October 1971 (1971-10-15) (age 43)
Place of birth West Berlin, West Germany
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Playing position Midfielder (retired)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990-1991
1991-1996
1996-1999
1999-2001
2001-2003
2003-2006
2006-2009
Hertha Berlin-Zehlendorf
Hertha Berlin
Bayer Leverkusen
Hamburg
Bayern Munich
Hertha Berlin
Red Bull Salzburg
National team
1996-2008 Croatia
Teams managed
2009 - 2011
2011-
Red Bull Juniors (headcoach)
FC Red Bull Salzburg (assistance coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Niko Kovač (born 15 October 1971) is a former Croatian football player. He has played for Croatia national team.

Club career[change | change source]

Last match of Niko Kovac vs. Bayern Munich

He was born in Berlin (Germany) and so he started his career with his local club Hertha Zehlendorf. There he became member of its first team at the age of 17. 1991 he went to Hertha BSC and started his professional career in the Second German League. 1996 he went to Bayer Leverkusen in the German Bundesliga, where he played together with his younger brother Robert. The next clubs were Hamburger SV, Bayern Munich, where he was again teammate of his brother and again Hertha BSC. After the 2006 FIFA World Cup he signed with F.C. Red Bull Salzburg in the Austrian Bundesliga. On 29 May 2009 he resigned from professional football. His last match was a friendly match of Red Bull Salzburg against Bayern Munich. During his career he played 454 matches and scored 56 goals.

International career[change | change source]

He played from 1996 (versus Monaco) till 2009 for the Croatian national team. He played 83 matches and scored 15 goals. He was part of the Croation team for the FIFA World Cup 2002 and 2006 and the UEFA Euro 2004 and 2008.

Coaching career[change | change source]

First match as assistance coach of FC Red Bull Salzburg

2009 he became coach of the second squad of FC Red Bull Salzburg (Red Bull Juniors). In April 2011 he became assistance coach of Ricardo Moniz with the first squad.

Honours[change | change source]

Club career statistics[change | change source]

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Club performance League
Season Club League Apps Goals
Germany League
1990/91 Hertha Berlin-Zehlendorf 25 7
1991/92 Hertha Berlin 2. Bundesliga 12 0
1992/93 42 1
1993/94 32 1
1994/95 31 2
1995/96 31 11
1996/97 Bayer Leverkusen Bundesliga 32 3
1997/98 18 1
1998/99 27 4
1999/00 Hamburg Bundesliga 30 8
2000/01 25 4
2001/02 Bayern Munich Bundesliga 16 2
2002/03 18 1
2003/04 Hertha Berlin Bundesliga 17 1
2004/05 30 4
2005/06 28 3
Austria League
2006/07 Red Bull Salzburg Bundesliga 28 6
2007/08 25 3
2008/09 12 0
Country Germany 414 53
Austria 65 9
Total 479 62

International career statistics[change | change source]

Croatia national team
Year Apps Goals
1996 2 1
1997 3 0
1998 0 0
1999 1 0
2000 7 1
2001 5 1
2002 6 1
2003 9 2
2004 12 1
2005 9 2
2006 12 1
2007 7 2
2008 10 3
Total 83 15

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