Ivan Juric Biography

Wed 08 September 2021 | 13:30

He is the winner of the Panchina d'Argento award during the 2015-16 season when he managed to promote Crotone to Serie A. In this article, we will take a look at Ivan Juric biography.

Ivan Juric, born 25 August 1975 in Split, SFR Yugoslavia, now Croatia, is a former Croatian footballer and current coach, at the moment working as head coach of Torino. His football education started with the renowned Hajduk club in his hometown Split. There, he spent three years until he moved to the Spanish

FC Sevilla

in 1997 for a transfer fee of 600,000 euros.

He spent three seasons there and played in both the

La Liga

and Segunda Division. This was followed by a six-month stint at Albacete Balompié, and a subsequent transfer to Italy. He played for

FC Crotone

for five years in Serie C1 and Serie B (third and second Italian leagues), where he made more than 150 appearances. Starting in 2006, Juric was a regular in the starting eleven of the Italian first division club CFC Genoa. In June 2010, he retired from playing football.

While Juric was highly successful in all of Croatia's youth teams, he only made his first senior appearance as a 33-year-old in a friendly against Romania. In total, he played five matches for the national team of Croatia in 2009.

His coaching career started as an assistant coach for Gian Piero Gasperini at

Inter Milan

, and after his dismissal from the club, he also left Inter only to join his coaching staff again as an assistant coach at Palermo in 2012. After leading Mantova, he had a successful season at Crotone, winning promotion to Serie A with the club.

For the 2016/17 season, Juric moved to CFC Genoa. He was dismissed by CFC Genoa on 19 February 2017. Two months later, his successor Andrea Mandorlini was fired and Juric was again hired as Genoa's head coach. He was again dismissed on 5 November 2017. Since 9 October 2018, he returned as head coach of Genoa. He coached Hellas Verona in 2019.

All You Need to Know About Ivan Juric Biography

In Hellas Verona, he experienced two productive seasons, before being dismissed from his post as coach of the team at the end of the 2020-21 season. A few days later, he joined Torino club as their new head coach.

Ivan Juric Information

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Ivan Juric biography

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Ivan Juric Bio

  • Full Name: Ivan Juric

  • Nickname: N/A

  • Profession: Professional Football Coach

Ivan Juric Physical Stats

  • Weight: 68 Kg

  • Height: 1.74 m

  • Eye Color: Hazel

  • Hair Color: Brown

Ivan Juric Football Information

  • Position: Midfielder

  • Jersey Number: 28

  • Professional Debut: 1993

Ivan Juric Date of Birth and Personal Info

  • Date of Birth: 25 August 1975

  • Birth Place: Split, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia

  • Zodiac Sign: Virgo

  • Nationality: Croatian

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Ivan Juric Early Life

Juric made his first appearance for

Hajduk Split

in 1994 and spent time there until the summer of 1997, where he played 49 games and scored eight goals. He was purchased by Sevilla in 1997 and remained there until November 2000, making a total of 89 appearances and scoring 12 goals.

He then joined


, playing 20 games and scoring one goal, before joining Crotone in 2001. He was with Crotone for 5 years and played a total of 152 games and scored 9 goals.


He was purchased by


in the 2006-2007 season on the recommendation of coach Gian Piero Gasperini, who had previously coached and admired him in Crotone. In Genoa, he played for four seasons and scored his only goal with the Genoa Grifone jersey in the match between Genoa and Juventus (1-1). He helped the club return to Serie A after 12 years.

His debut in the top flight came on 26 August 2007 in the 0-3 defeat against AC Milan. After having played as a starter in his first two years in Serie A, he only made 19 appearances in his last season, in part due to physical problems.

He is one of the most admired players by Genoa fans, who is also famous for his pirate look and his passion for metal music. In an interview with the newspaper Il Secolo XIX on 14 June 2010, he announced his retirement from playing football. The player has made 259 appearances with Italian teams (86 in Serie A, 124 in Serie B and 49 in Serie C).

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Croatian national team


Croatian National Team

After playing in almost all Croatian youth teams, he was only called up by the coach

Slaven Bilic

and only made his senior national team debut when he was 33 years old in the friendly match against Romania on 11 February 2009, where he played the full 90 minutes.

Later that year he made four more appearances in the qualifying round of the 2010 World Cup against Andorra,


and Belarus, all of them as a substitute player. His last match for Croatia was against Belarus on 5 September 2009, where he played just 8 minutes.

Ivan Juric Profile

He attended the coaches' course in May 2010 and from 7 July he became part of the technical staff of Genoa's youth team led by Sidio Corradi. During the summer of 2011, he completed the second category coaches' course at the Coverciano Federal Technical Centre and passed the exam on 18 July.

He became part of Inter's coaching staff on 5 July 2011 upon request of Gian Piero Gasperini, serving as an assistant coach, until the manager was relieved of his duties on 21 September 2011, although he remained under contract with Inter.

However, his contract with the Nerazzurri was terminated after Gasperini took charge of


on 16 September 2012, in order to become his assistant coach at the Sicilian side. He was sacked along with Gasperini on 4 February 2013.

Juric started attending the master's course for professional coaches First Category-UEFA Pro at Coverciano on 10 December 2012, and since 2013 he has left Gasperini's staff. He replaced Stefano Eranio at the helm of Genoa's youth team on 23 September 2013 and took the team to an 11th place finish in the league.

Following his spell as head coach of the Genoa youth team, he signed with


in the Serie C and brought the Lombard club to the round of 16 of the Coppa Italia Lega Pro and to 12th place in the Serie C during the 2014-2015 season.


The breakthrough in Juric's career happened in the summer of 2015: the Crotone club president Gianni Vrenna bet everything on him, who had been playing in Calabria from 2001 to 2006, making almost 150 appearances. The gamble was a winner because on 29 April 2016 the sharks were able to celebrate their first historic promotion to Serie A under coach Ivan Juric.

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He returned to Genoa on 28 June 2016, this time as head coach of the first team. Following a good first half of the season, which featured home victories of 3-0 and 3-1 against AC Milan and Juventus respectively, he only picked up two points in his last ten games, and following a 5-0 defeat against last-placed Pescara on 19 February 2017, with the team in 16th place, he was fired from his position and was substituted by Andrea Mandorlini.

He was brought back to the Genoa bench on 10 April 2017 to take Mandorlini's place. He was able to secure salvation with a day to spare following a 2-1 win against Torino. Confirmed for the next season, he was dismissed again on 5 November 2017, following the 2-0 defeat in the derby della Lanterna against Sampdoria, with the team in second to the last place in the standings and with only 6 points collected in 12 matches. He was replaced by Davide Ballardini.

Almost a year later, on 9 October 2018, Ballardini was sacked and Juric was brought back to Genoa, which was in the middle of the Serie A table with 12 points and one match to spare and then lost 2-1 to AC Milan at the San Siro in injury time. In his debut match on 21 October, he drew 1-1 at the Allianz Stadium in Turin against Juventus, thus stopping them after 8 wins in a row.

In the next six matches of the season, however, the team got only two points, after two draws. On 7 December, the Croatian coach was fired after the home defeat against Virtus Entella after penalty shoot-outs in the fourth round of the

Coppa Italia


Cesare Prandelli

replaced him on the Ligurian club's bench.


He signed a one-year contract with newly-promoted Hellas


in Serie A on 14 June 2019. Following the difficult experience at Genoa, in Verona, he was able to find the right ground for himself. His team proved to have a very precise identity and game very similar to the one of his master Gian Piero Gasperini; his side took several victories on their return to Serie A proving to be difficult to face for any team in the top league.

Highlights include a draw in Milan with Pioli's AC Milan and in Rome with Lazio, a 2-1 home comeback win against Juventus and ties at home with Inter and Atalanta. He finished the season in ninth place. He then signed a three-year contract with Verona on 22 July 2020.

During his second season as coach of the Verona team, he was able to maintain the same identity as last year although he lost many players from the previous year such as Amrabat, Kumbulla, Rrahmani, Verre and Pessina among others. He secured salvation in the first half of the season with 30 points. They won the first league match against Fonseca's Roma 3-0.

This was followed up on 25 October with a draw in Turin against Pirlo's Juventus (Hellas had not drawn in Turin for 32 years), and on 8 November they also drew in Milan against a first-placed AC Milan while on 28 November they won 0-2 at home to Atalanta.

Subsequently, in the first half of the season, Hellas Verona also won away against Lazio (1-2), a match that Hellas had not won in 35 years at the home of the Biancocelesti and against Napoli (3-1). During the second half of the season, having achieved salvation, the team recorded negative results and earned 15 points, and ended the season in tenth place with 45 points.

Among the notable results were the 1-1 draw against Juventus and the 1-1 draw in Naples on the last day of the league. He terminated his contract with the Verona-based club on 28 May 2021. Now stay tuned to this section of Ivan Juric biography as we want to share some info about his


coaching career.


He signed a three-year deal as coach of Torino on 28 May 2021. His debut was on 15 August in the 4-1 victory on penalties against Cremonese, a match valid for the 32nd round of the Coppa Italia. Their first match in

Serie A

was played on 21 August 2021, in which they suffered a 1-2 home defeat against Atalanta BC.

A week later, at the Artemio Franchi stadium, they were defeated for the second time in a row in Serie A, this time against Fiorentina. After conceding two goals in the 41st and 69th minutes of the match, Simone Verdi scored a goal for Ivan Juric’s side in the 89th minute, which was not enough to avoid defeat.

Style of Play

Playing in a three-man defence with either wingers (3-4-3) or trequartistas (3-4-1-2 or 3-4-2-1), his teams are highly aggressive, with high pressing (especially the first point on the central defenders) and man-to-man marking.

In addition, his teams are very attacking, with the wide midfielders pushing hard in the offensive phase, and they also can move without the ball, as well as working hard in defence. His style of play has been heavily influenced by that of Gian Piero Gasperini, of whom he was assistant and player at Genoa.


Despite his young age as a football coach, Ivan Juric has managed to establish himself as a good coach in the Italian Serie A and many football critics believe that we are going to see him in bigger clubs in the coming years.

Ivan Juric outside Football

As he has lived in Italy since he transferred to play for Crotone, he loves Italian food and in many interviews, he has admitted his special love for Gnocchi, stracotto and polenta, among other Italian dishes.

According to Ivan himself, he enjoys growing crops on his balcony and has a small vegetable garden with tomatoes, chilli peppers, cucumbers, pots and even strawberries when the season comes.

Ivan Juric Personal Life

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Ivan Juric religion

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Family, Children and Relationships

Ivan Juric has been married to his wife Irena for a long time. The couple has two daughters together, Lucia and Carla. According to Ivan, one of his daughters is studying at Bocconi and the other at Maffei and they have a close relationship.


Currently, there are no reports of any charitable activities on behalf of the Croatian football coach on the media.

Legal Issues

At the time of writing this Ivan Juric biography article, there aren’t any reports of legal issues or disputes about him.

Ivan Juric Career Statistics

In this section of Ivan Juric biography, we will take a look at his career stats on the international and club level.


In 17 years of playing professional football, Ivan Juric played a total of 368 league matches for many clubs in Croatia, Spain and Italy, scoring only 20 goals. Between 2001 and 2006, he played 148 league matches for Crotone, thus playing the majority of his career at this club.


Having played in all of the Croatian national youth ranks, Juric only was able to play 5 international matches with the senior team, all of them in 2009.


Ivan Juric has a win ratio of 33.04 percent during his time as a coach, with 74 wins, 64 draws and 86 defeats in a total of 224 he has managed his teams as of 28 August 2021.

Ivan Juric Honors

While coaching Crotone in Serie B during the 2015-16 season, he was awarded Panchina d'Argento as the best coach of Serie B that season.

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