Niko Kovac Biography
|Date of Birth:||1971 , October-15|
|Age:||47 years old|
|Height:||5 Feet 8 Inch|
|Birth Place/City||West Berlin|
|Weight in KG||75 kg|
|Married to||Kristina Kovac|
Croatian former footballer, Niko Kovac is playing as a mid- fielder. He is longtime captain of the Croatian national team. He later became the manager of the team beginning in 2013.
As of 2018, Kovac married a woman named Kristina in 1999. He has a younger brother named Robert.
Early Life And Education Of Niko Kovac
Niko Kovac was born on 15 October 1971
Niko Kovac's Career
In 2009, Niko Kovac retired from professional football team. His last game was in a friendly match against FC Bayern Munich from Red Bull Salzburg. Niko Kova is a defensive mid fielder, who had been an important motivation raiser to his teammates.
He had captained at UEFA Euro 2004, 2006 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2008. Niko Kovac is well known for his excellent passing and tackling skills. He was the long time captain of Croatian National Football team. He spent most of his club career playing in German Bundesliga.Niko Kovac started to play by joining at the local club called Hertha Zehlendorf.
Kovac became their first choice in the team at the age of 17 in 1989. He played 25 matched from this club making 7 goals. In 1991, Niko joined Hertha BSC and started his professional career.
In 1996, Kovac left Hertha BSC and joined Bayer Leverkusen. He then appeared as a halftime substitute in the club’s match of 1996-1997. He played 77 matches form Bayer making 8 goals in his name. In 1999, Kovac joined Hamburger SV. He played 55 Bundesliga matches bagging 12 goals for hamburger.
In 2001, Kovac moved to Bayern Munich to team up with his brother Robert. Until this time, Kovac could not manage to establish himself as a regular one at any club. He played 34 Bundesliga matches for Munich making 3 goals for the club.
Then in 2003, he moved to Hertha BSC again from where his professional career started. He appeared in 75 Bundesliga matches securing 8 goals for the club. After 2006 FIFA World Cup, Kovac moved to Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg. He played 65 games for the club making 9 goals.
After retiring from his professional career, he was chosen to be the coach of the second squad of Red Bull Salzburg called Red Bull Juniors. In 2011, Kovac was promoted to be the assistant coach of the first squad of Red Bull Salzburg.
In 2012, Kovac left his position and in early 2013, he was chosen to be the head coach of Croatian under- 21 National Football team. His task was to qualify for 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championships.
In the first four games in the group division, Croatia got the maximum of 12 points with the goal difference of 13-0. Later in 2013 October 16, President of Croatian Football Federation announced that Kovac will be given responsibility of Croatian National Football team as Caretaker Manager replacing Igor Stimac.
Croatia this time is playing in the World Cup 2014 in Brazil after its victory over Iceland in FIFA qualifier under the supervision of Niko Kovac.
Niko Kovac's Net Worth
Niko Kovac is one of the higest paid coach from Croatia. Her estitmeted net worth has not disclpsed yet. The Croatian coach should supposedly earn between five and six million euro, given that Jupp Heynckes was paid about a million euro, Carlo Ancelotti earned 12 million a year, and Pep Guardiola was paid up to 17 million.
On 1st July, 2018, Kovac become the new coach of Bayern Munich and as per some onlie sources, he has signed a rich contract with the Bundesliga club.
Niko Kovac's Personal Life
Niko Kovac has been in a martial relationship with Kristina since 1999, and they had known each other since elementary school.
The couple blessed with a daughter Laura. Kova? is a Roman Catholic. He generally lives a quiet family life, and considers a family of great value and tries to convey that to his players.