Branko Ivanković hopes that it will be third time lucky after being named as coach of UEFA Europa League bound Dinamo Zagreb football club on Monday evening. Ivanković replaces Krunoslav Jurčić who was sacked after his sides 0:2 loss to Austria Vienna in the Champions League play-off match.
“I am proud and happy that I am returning to Dinamo. We all know what Dinamo means, what are ‘the blues’ goals, and of course I believe we can achieve them. I know this side very well because I have been following what has been going on around the club. We have quality players and I believe we can play attractive football and achieve the results that will satisfy the fans,” said Ivanković after hearing the news.
Ivanković, who was assistant to Ciro Blazević with the Croatian national team in the 1998 World Cup in France, also guided Iran to the World Cup in 2006 and was Iran’s most successful coach. Ivanković has coached Dinamo Zagreb (twice), Rijeka, Varteks and Segesta in Croatia, as well as Hannover 96, Shandong Luneng, Ettifaq and Al-Wahda abroad.