Zoran Mamić Named Best Coach in UAE, Second Croat to Win After Dalić

Daniela Rogulj

Croatian coaches seem to be popular in the United Arab Emirates. 

Zoran Mamić has already tallied some impressive achievements during his time in the United Arab Emirates. After Al Alin secured their first double crown in history, Mamić was elected the best coach in the Emirates on Thursday and became the second Croat after Zlatko Dalić to receive the award, reports Goal.hr on May 11, 2018. 


“I am not looking for a new step and a career challenge. Al Ain is behind Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal, the second-best Asian club. I work in excellent conditions, the club is well organized, and I do not need to run for a new engagement,” Mamić said a few days ago to Croatian media. 

At the time Mamić gave an interview to Croatian media, he had yet to be declared the best coach in the United Arab Emirates. Perhaps now the ego boost might lead him to think differently – especially if a bid came from the Bundesliga. 

“If there were any interest in Germany, I would be interested, because I played there for years, I speak German, and I watch their sport – it would be a real challenge. However, I am aware that this is impossible at this time because of the judicial process. Again, I have no reason to complain, because the financial conditions here are fantastic, almost unimaginable.”

“If Niko Kovač will be getting 5-6 million euro a year at Bayern, that’s a gross amount for them, and for me, net!” Mamic said. 

And how does the other Mamić feel about the ongoing court case in Osijek?

“In my private life, it is not a burden to me. I sleep peacefully, I have no worries, but I am aware that this whole situation negatively reflects my training image and makes it difficult for me to plan for the future. My employers in the Emirates are perfectly familiar with my situation, and they have never done any problem with it,” concluded Mamić.


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