Slaven Bilić Biography

Slaven Bilić, Football Manager And Lawyer, Biography

Slaven Bilić is a retired Croatian professional football player and current manager of English club West Ham United. He is also a Lawyer by education.
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A former Croatian footballer Slaven Bilić was born on 11 September 1968 in Split, Croatia.
Bilić began his career in 1988 with his hometown club Hajduk Split, later having successful spells with Karlsruher SC in Germany and West Ham United and Everton in England before retiring from active football in 2001. At the international level, Bilić served as one of Croatia's most consistent defenders during the tenure of coach Miroslav Blažević, earning 44 caps between 1992 and 1999 and playing in UEFA Euro 1996 and the 1998 FIFA World Cup, helping the team to third place at the latter tournament.

In 2001, Slaven Bilić took up coaching having a five-month spell at Hajduk Split. From 2004 till 2006, he was in charge of the Croatia U-21 national team and then had a six-year term at the helm of the Croatia national team. Under Bilić the squad broke into the UEFA Euro 2008 quarter-final losing 1-3 on penalties to Turkey. The team has also qualified for the UEFA Euro 2012 final tournament.

He was praised for his long-standing service to the national side and credited with successfully overseeing the introduction of a series of young players from the under-21 squad to the senior side. Later he left for the Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow, and then went to Turkey to manage Beşiktaş for two seasons before becoming West Ham manager in June 2015.

Slaven Bilić Education, Personal life and Interests

Along with his native Croatian, Bilić speaks German, Italian and English, while he also holds a degree in law from Split Law Faculty. His father was also a lawyer and decan (dean) at Split Law Faculty. As a big fan of rock music, he plays rhythm guitar with his favored red Gibson Explorer and is a member of Rawbau, a Croatian rock group. In 2008, the band recorded a song for Croatia's performance at Euro 2008 called "Vatreno ludilo" ("Fiery Madness"). Bilić has identified himself as a socialist, and has said, "If you know to share what you own, you live happily and with honor. I am a true socialist. I know I can't save the world on my own; but if there is a struggle against unjustness, I always prefer to be on the frontline, and that is my attitude toward life.

Slaven Bilić was married with Andrijana Bilić with whom he has two children. Andrijana Bilić is also a lawyer and she has Law doctorate on topic of Labor laws.

Slaven Bilić West Ham United Manager

Bilić was appointed manager of English Premier League club West Ham United on 9 June 2015 on a three-year contract. In his first Premier League game, West Ham beat Arsenal 0–2 at the Emirates. Three weeks later, he became the first manager to lead West Ham to victory against Liverpool at Anfield since 1963. On 19 September 2015, Bilić lead West Ham to a third successive away win 1–2 against Manchester City. It was the first time the Hammers have won three successive Premier League away games since September 2007, only three other sides have recorded away wins at Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City in the same Premier League season—Everton (1995–96), Manchester United (2004–05) and Chelsea (2005–06).

Slaven Bilić Quotes

"Yeah, yeah. Of course I like it when we are winning," "Of course it is brilliant! It is like when you come to a pub that is full of women! You will like it!"

 "I cannot do my job without music, I need it to relax."

"With the greatest respect to womenfootball is the most beautiful thing in the world"

"I know I could ruin my legacy at West Ham, but it's worth the risk for the club I love,"

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