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 Srečko KATANEC 1984-1989 
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Name: Srečko Katanec

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Country: :SLO: Slovenia
Clubs: NK Olimpija Ljubljana, NK Dinamo Zagreb, FK Partizan, VfB Stuttgart, U.C. Sampdoria
Position: *DMF, CMF, CB, SB
Side: RF/BS
Age: 21-26 years (16/07/1963)

Height: 190 cm
Weight: 81 kg (Italian sites claim 79 kg)

Attack: 73
Defence: 82
Balance: 89
Stamina: 90
Top Speed: 80
Acceleration: 76
Response: 83
Agility: 72
Dribble Accuracy: 79
Dribble Speed: 75
Short Pass Accuracy: 83
Short Pass Speed: 80
Long Pass Accuracy: 81
Long Pass Speed: 76
Shot Accuracy: 72
Shot Power: 84
Shot Technique: 71
Free Kick Accuracy: 68
Curling: 73
Header: 88
Jump: 84
Technique: 81
Aggression: 73
Mentality: 84
Keeper Skills: 50
Team Work: 83

Injury Tolerence: B
Condition/Fitness: 6
Weak Foot Accuracy: 5
Weak Foot frequency: 5
Growth Type: Standard


CARDS:
P04: Anchor Man
P14: Enforcer
S08: Slide Tackle
S09: Covering

SPECIAL ABILITIES: Sliding - Covering

Attack / Defence Awareness Card: Balanced


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Srečko Katanec is former Slovenian player who represented Yugoslavia and later Slovenia on 5 occassions, and is IMO the best DMF at least as a destroyer. But Srečko wasn't only typicall destroyer, he had also solid passing range, in Stuttgart he would come to pick up the ball from keeper and start the attack till the centre line and than give the ball to Sigurvinsson, but those 2 knew to exchange well quick passes between them. Katanec was also excellent in aerial battles. Katanec began his career at the age of seven with NK Ljubljana. With the jump in the first Yugoslav league in 1981 he made the switch to NK Olimpija Ljubljana. In 1984 he played with Yugoslavia at Euro 1984 his first major tournament and then reached with the Yugoslav team the third place at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles. In 1987 Katanec was with Partizan Belgrade for the first time Yugoslavian Champion. A year later, the VfB Stuttgart had signed up. In 1989 he came with VfB into UEFA Cup final but lost against Napoli. In 1989 Katanec joined the Serie A club Sampdoria. With Sampdoria, he won the 1990 European Cup Winners Cup, in 1991 the Italian championship and reached the following year's Champions League final which was won by FC Barcelona 1-0. In his last full season in Italy Katanec won the 1994 Italian Cup. In the knockout stage match of the FIFA World Cup 1990 against Spain Katanec played for the last time for the Yugoslav national team. This World Cup was the only one in which he participated as a player. In this World Cup, he also saw the red card, although he sat on the bench. This happened also to Claudio Caniggia of Argentina at the FIFA World Cup 2002. He played for the Slovenian national team in 1994, still an official international match, before he ended his active career. In total he won 31 caps and scored 5 goals for Yugoslav NT. Since 1996 Katanec worked as an assistant coach of the Slovenian U-21 team. After obtaining his trainer's license in 1998 he was appointed as a Slovenian national team coach. Previously, he only had a short stint as head coach with the Slovenian first division club HIT Gorica. Nevertheless Katanec made of the team that had lost in qualifying for soccer's World Cup in 1998, seven of eight games, a respected force in European football. He led the team to Euro 2000. There Katanec with Slovenia failed in the preliminary round, but reached at least a 3-3 draw against Yugoslavia. Two years later, with Slovenia Katanec qualified for the 2002 World Cup. After three defeats in the preliminary round and a dispute with the star of the team, Zlatko Zahovic, resigned Katanec. In November 2002, Katanec signed as a coach of Olympiakos, but was released after three months because of failure and a dispute with the chairman of the club again. In 2004 Katanec was a candidate for the post of Croatian national team. Ultimately, he obtained but only in February 2006 again a coach job. Between 2006 and 2009 he led the Macedonian national team and from June 2009 he is the coach of the United Arab Emirates.


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