|Full name||Niko Kovač|
|Date of birth||15 October 1971|
|Place of birth||West Berlin, West Germany|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Midfielder (retired)|
Red Bull Salzburg
|2009 - 2011|
Red Bull Juniors (headcoach)|
FC Red Bull Salzburg (assistance coach)
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Club career[change | change source]
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]
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]
- Intercontinental Cup winner: 2001
- Bundesliga champion: 2003.
- Bundesliga runner-up: 1997, 1999.
- DFB-Pokal winner: 2003.
- Austrian Bundesliga champion: 2007, 2009
- Austrian Bundesliga runner-up: 2008.
Club career statistics[change | change source]
|1991/92||Hertha Berlin||2. Bundesliga||12||0|
|2006/07||Red Bull Salzburg||Bundesliga||28||6|
International career statistics[change | change source]
|Croatia national team|
References[change | change source]
- Strack-Zimmermann, Benjamin. "Niko Kovač". www.national-football-teams.com.