Zlatko Dalić: age, net worth, nationality, coaching career, family, salary

Zlatko Dalić: age, net worth, nationality, coaching career, family, salary

Babu Tendu
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:17 PM

Zlatko Dalić is a former defensive midfielder for some of the biggest clubs in the Croatian top-flight league. The Croatian superstar resorted to football management after his retirement from playing the game. He has been privileged to manage some top clubs, including Al-Hilal. He is the current Croatian National football team manager.

Zlatko Dalić's age
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The Croatian football legend became popular after managing his national team upto the final of the Russian World Cup in 2018. He led Croatian to the final but unfortunately lost to a very exciting French squad. The Croatian team will look to dominate in the 2022 World Cup.

Zlatko Dalić's bio and profile summary

Manager name

Zlatko Dalić


56 (2022)


26 October 1966


Livno, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina


1.79 meters

Former playing position

Defensive midfielder


Davorka Propadalo

Zodiac sign


Current team

Croatia (Manager)

Retirement year



$1.66 million

Net worth

$5 million

Teams played for

Varteks, Hajduk Split, Velez Mostar

Social media

Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

Zlatko Dalić's age

The Croatian citizen and football management maestro is 56 years old (as of November 2022). He is one of the most senior managers in the 2022 Qatar World Cup. He made his professional playing debut in 1983 and started management in 2005.

Zlatko Dalić's nationality
Zlatko Dalić attends the post-match press conference after the World Cup 2022 match between Croatia and Canada at Khalifa Stadium on November 27, 2022, in Doha, Qatar. Photo by David Ramos.
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Zlatko Dalić's nationality

The talented coach comes from a Bosnian Croat family of a mother, Kata, and a father, Ivan. He holds Croatian citizenship. He has spent most of his life in Croatia after acquiring citizenship since most of his career has been around the country.

Zlatko Dalic's coaching career

Dalić retired from playing in 2000, at which point he joined Varteks as an assistant coach. Dali served as the club's sports director from May 2002 to May 2005 while also serving as Miroslav Blaevi's associate coach in the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons.

The Croatian was named Varteks' manager in May 2005, and in his first campaign, the team finished third in the Croatian First League and advanced to the Croatian Cup final. Varteks fell to HNK Rijeka 0-4 in the first leg of the final, which was held in Rijeka. Dali almost made a splash in the second leg in Varadin, propelling the team to a 5-1 victory, but they fell one goal short of winning the trophy.

The prolific coach took over as manager of Rijeka in the summer of 2007 after his contract with Varteks expired, and the team finished fourth at the end of the 2007–08 campaign. Dali was fired on July 1, 2008, just before the start of the season, after his team lost to FK Renova in the 2008 UEFA Intertoto Cup semifinals.

Zlatko Dalic's family
Zlatko Dalić, Head Coach of Croatia, speaks during the Croatia Press Conference at the Main Media Center on November 26, 2022, in Doha, Qatar. Photo by Igor Kralj.
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He signed a contract to manage Al-B Hilal's team on May 3, 2012, for the Saudi Arabian club. Antoine Kombouaré was fired on January 30, and Al-Hilal and Zlatko decided that Al-Hilal would take over as head coach of the first team. He made his managerial debut in the Saudi Crown Prince Cup semifinal between Al-Hilal and his former squad Al-Faisaly on February 9, 2013. These are some of the teams coached by Zlatko Dalic.

Zlatko Dalić as Croatia's head coach

The Croatian Football Federation appointed the legend as the head coach of the Croatia national football team on October 7, 2017, after Ante ai had been fired for a string of unsuccessful matches. Upon his arrival, Dalić made the following announcement: If Croatia makes it to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, he will only continue as head coach; if not, the HNS will decide.

Croatia defeated Iceland 2-1 to finish first in their World Cup group, earning all possible points. Croatia then faced Denmark in the round of 16, winning on penalties to advance. Croatia triumphed once more on penalties in the quarterfinal match against the hosts Russia, advancing them to face England in the semifinals.

The Checkered Ones defeated England 2-1 on July 11 to advance to the final game, whereas France defeated them 4-2 on July 15. He was given the Franjo Buar State Award for Sports Yearly Award in recognition of his accomplishment.

Zlatko Dalić's family

The manager wed Davorka Dalić Propadalo, whom he had met at a Livno high school in 1992. Toni and Bruno are their two sons, who they share.

Zlatko Dalić's salary

Zlatko is ranked 23rd among the highest-paid football managers in international football. Per his contract, he earns a whopping $1.66 million per year as a manager of the Checkered Ones.

Zlatko Dalić's net worth

The prolific football manager is estimated to be worth $5 million. This amount calculates the value of assets he owns and the average payments he has received throughout his career in salary and endorsement deals. He is one of the wealthiest coaches in Europe.

The post has proven that Zlatko Dalić's retirement age proved to be timely since he became one of the best coaches in world football and influenced the football scene massively, which is very rare. He has established himself among the most influential managers in World Cup history.

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