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.
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.