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Slaven Biliæ (born September 11, 1968 in Split, SFR Yugoslavia) is a former Croatian football player and current head coach of the Croatian national team. He was an important member of the Croatian team during their successes from 1994-1998, winning a third place medal in the 1998 World Cup. On April 30th, 2008, Biliæ 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 World Cup finals in South Africa. The National Team coach rankings has long recognised Biliæ 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 their side to the knockout stages of a major competition. He did this at UEFA Euro 2008.
As a shareholder in his hometown club, Hajduk Split, he temporarily agreed to manage them for 5 games until the club found a replacement manager. Having admitted that the adrenaline inspired him, he reportedly received guidance after traveling Europe and visiting Arsene Wenger and Marcello Lippi. He was appointed head coach of the main national team on July 25, 2006, succeeding Zlatko Kranjèar after the unsuccesful 2006 World Cup. His assistants included former teammates Aljoša Asanoviæ, Robert Prosineèki, Nikola Jurèeviæ and Marijan Mrmiæ. One of his first actions in charge of the squad, Slaven Biliæ promoted 3 players from the U21 squad who were Eduardo da Silva, Luka Modriæ and Vedran Æorluka, who would all eventually enjoy impressive success and make transfers to the English Premier League. The team`s first official game under Biliæ was the 2-0 friendly win in Livorno against Italy, while Biliæ`s first competitive game was the 0-0 draw in Moscow against Russia in the opener for their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign. Many criticized this result due to Biliæ`s suspension of Dario Srna, Ivica Oliæ and Boško Balaban who were caught skipping training and therefore temporarily cut from the squad.
Along with his native Croatian, Biliæ is fluent in German, Italian and English, while he also holds a degree in law. As big fan of rock music, he plays lead guitar with his favored red Gibson Explorer in his own Croatian rock group Rawbau. In 2008, the band recorded a song for Croatia`s performance at Euro 2008 called "Vatreno Ludilo" ("Fiery Madness"), which soon became a #1 hit.
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Slaven Bilić (born 11 September 1968) is a Croatian football manager and former professional player who played as a defender.
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