Curriculum vitae

Professional experience as a coach

H.N.K. Rijeka (Croatia)

2004. – 2007.

N.K.Interblock (Slovenia)

2007. – 2009.

Al Arabi (Kuwait)


Al Nassr (Saudi Arabia)


H.N.K. Rijeka (Croatia)


Malavan FC (Iran)


Foolad FC (Iran)

2014. – 2016.

Khooneh be Khooneh (Iran)


Sanat Naft Abadan FC (Iran)


Iran National Football Team

2020. – 2022.

Croatia National U21 Football Team

2023. - TODAY



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. 




On 6 February 2020, Skočić was named head coach of the Iran national team. 

Skocic was obliged to take up the challenge. At first, he admitted the monstrous nature of the task. Iran was third in the region, five points behind Iraq, “doomed to compensate” and with player morale ebbing away.

Skocic started his career with wins over Uzbekistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Syria in three friendly matches. He then made history in the 2022 World Cup qualification Round 2, beating Hong Kong, Cambodia, Bahrain and Iraq in four must-win matches.

He managed to take Iran to the 2022 World Cup as the winner of Group A by scoring 25 points out of 10 matches in the third round of the World Cup qualifiers and set the best performance of the Iran national football team in the World Cup qualifiers.

Moreover, it was the fastest qualification ever made to the World Cup by an Asian national team with the most wins and highest points.








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