ZAGREB, 22 April 2020 – Dinamo Zagreb’s successful youth team coach Igor Jovicevic is the new head coach of the first team, the club announced on Wednesday.
Jovicevic (46) replaces Nenad Bjelica (48) who parted ways with the club last week after almost two years in charge.
“GNK Dinamo and Mr. Nenad Bjelica have agreed to terminate their business cooperation. The club thanks Nenad Bjelica for his cooperation so far and the results he has achieved as Dinamo coach,” the club said in a statement last week.
Jovicevic has been the head coach of the Dinamo Zagreb academy youth team since 2017, leading them to the quarterfinals of the Youth Champions League for the past two years in a row. He led Dinamo to the FIFA Youth Cup in 2018 and won silver with the team at the Premier League International Cup in the 2018-19 season.
A former Croatia U21 international, Jovicevic was a youth player himself at Dinamo Zagreb, before stints in Japan, China, Brazil, Ukraine and France.
He started his coaching career in 2015 at his former Ukrainian club Karpaty Lviv. He also coached Slovenian club Celje before taking charge of the Dinamo Zagreb Academy.