Former Croatia international and assistant coach Ivica Olić has been named head coach of Russian club CSKA Moscow.
The club reported on Tuesday that the 41-year-old Croatian would be returning back to the club after 15 years.
“PFC CSKA and Ivica Olić have reached an agreement on the appointment of a Croatian specialist as a head coach. Ivica will start working tomorrow, on March 23 — he will be introduced to the team, and he will hold his first training session,” the club said in a statement.
Olić played 116 matches for CSKA from 2003 to 2006, in which he scored 44 goals.
“Ivica, as a player, won 3 championship titles, 2 Russian Cups, 2 Super Cups, and the UEFA Cup with Army Men. We wish him great success also as a coach,” the club added.
During his playing career, he also played for German Bundesliga clubs Hamburger SV, VfL Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich.
— PFC CSKA Moscow (@PFCCSKA_en) March 23, 2021
Olić started his career in coaching in 2017 when he was named Croatia’s assistant coach under Zlatko Dalić. Olić’s four-year-stint with Croatia saw him earn a silver medal at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.