Ivan Buljan

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Ivan Buljan
Personal information
Full name Ivan Buljan
Date of birth (1949-12-11) 11 December 1949 (age 69)
Place of birth Runovići, FPR Yugoslavia
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)[1]
Playing position Defender
Youth career
0000–1967 NK Mračaj
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1967–1977 Hajduk Split 192 (14)
1977–1981 Hamburger SV 103 (22)
1981–1982 New York Cosmos 33 (3)
National team
1973 Yugoslavia U21 1 (0)
1973–1981 Yugoslavia 36 (2)
Teams managed
1995 Hajduk Split
1996–1997 Hajduk Split
1997–1998 Étoile Sportive du Sahel
1998 HNK Šibenik
1999 Al-Wakrah Sports Club
2000–2001 Al Salmiya Club

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Ivan "Iko" Buljan (born 11 December 1949 in Runovići village near Imotski) is Croatian sport manager and a former Yugoslavian footballer, he was a member of the Yugoslavia squad at the FIFA World Cup 1974 and the 1976 European Football Championship.

Player career

Ethnically Croatian, he had a successful career as a defender and was capped for the Yugoslavia national team 36 times. He reached the European Cup final 1979–80 with Hamburger SV where the club ultimately lost to Nottingham Forest F.C.. He is also known by his nickname Iko.

Buljan started his career with local club NK Mračaj before moving to the first-league team Hajduk Split in 1967. In 1975, he was selected as Večernji list's top player in Yugoslavia. Buljan finally left Hajduk in 1977 for Hamburger SV where he played until 1981. He then finished his career with two seasons with the New York Cosmos.

Manager career

From 2008 to 2009, he was the sporting director at HNK Hajduk Split.[2]


Yugoslav Footballer of the Year: 1975


  1. "Buljan, Ivan" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 5 February 2011. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Buljan više nije sportski direktor" (in Croatian). Hajduk Split. 21 August 2009. Retrieved 5 February 2011. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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