Coaching Career

After his playing career, Skočić went on to complete the Football Academy at the Croatian Football Academy and the Coach Education and Training Department at the Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Zagreb, receiving a UEFA-PRO Coach diploma and a Master of the Coaching Profession. He also finished Master of Sport’s Managment at the University Aspira in Split.

He became manager of his home club, Rijeka in 2005. Skočić secured two trophies for Rijeka, both times by winning the Croatian Cup for the 2004–05 and 2005–06 seasons.

In 2007, he became the head coach of the Slovenian club Interblock Ljubljana. While the club was in a difficult situation on the league scale. Only two years after the club was founded and under the management of Skočić, the club achieved outstanding results in the Slovenian PrvaLiga. Not only did they manage to stay in the first league, but they also won two trophies in the 2007–08 season, the Slovenian Cup and a Super Cup.
In the 2009–10 season, Skočić took over the management of the Al Arabi club in Kuwait. Under his leadership as head coach, Al Arabi played in two finals, the Crown Prince Cup and the Federation Cup. Also under Skočić, Al Arabi played in the AFC Cupquarterfinals. Following Kuwait, in the 2010–11 season, Skočić was engaged by the Al Nassr football club from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, one of the most prominent football clubs in the Arab world. Under Skočić, Al Nassr qualified for the third round of the AFC Champions League, after having played a successful season of competitions within the group.

In the 2011–12 season, Skocic again took over the management of his home club Rijeka. Skocic left the club in mutual agreement with the management. On 26 May 2013, Skocic was announced as the head coach of Malavan for the upcoming season. He signed a two years contract with the club. He led the club to the 7th place, their best league finish since 2005.

On 23 May 2014, Skočić was named as new head coach of Iran Pro League title-holders Foolad, replaced Hossein Faraki.

Skočić played Foolad in the group stage of the Champions League in 2015 , and he extended the contract for two years, and in 2016 mutually terminated contract.

In 2018, Skocic took over the Iranian football club Khooneh be Khooneh, and got all the way to the finals. 

In 2020. Skocic became head coach of Iranian National Team (contract was signed on 10.02.2020)


H.N.K. Rijeka (Croatia)

– 2004. – 2007.

N.K.Interblock (Slovenia)

– 2007. – 2009.

Al Arabi (Kuwait)

– 2010.

Al Nassr (Saudi Arabia)

– 2011.

H.N.K. Rijeka (Croatia)

– 2012.

Malavan FC (Iran)

– 2013.

Foolad FC (Iran)

– 2014. – 2016.

Khooneh be Khooneh (Iran)

– 2018.

Sanat Naft Abadan FC

– 2019

Iran National Football Team

– 2020


  • Football Academy – Croatian Football Federation – Certificate UEFA PRO Coach
  • Faculty of Kineziology at the University of Zagreb – Department for coach education – Certificate Expert specialist – coaching profession
  • Faculty of Kineziology at the University of Zagreb – Department for coach education – Certificate Higher Sports coach
  • Studia Intermedia – Media Academy, University of Zagreb – Public Relations Manager
  • University of Sport Management Aspira-  Certificate Master Professional Sport Management study program


  • Croatian Cup Winner 2004/2005
  • Croatian Cup Winner 2005/2006
  • Croatian League Vice champion 2005/2006
  • Slovenian Cup Winer 2007/2008
  • Slovenian Super Cup Winer 2007/2008
  • Vice Champion Kuwait Federation Cup 2009
  • Vice Champion Kuwait Prince Crown Cup 2010
  • Asian Cup quarterfinals 2009
  • Eighth finals of the Asian Champions League 2011
  • Group stage of the Asian Champions League 2015
  • Vice Champion Iranian Cup 2018
  • 2021 IFFHS World Best National Coach Nomination
  • Qualification FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
  • Qualification AFC Asian Cup China 2023