Cacic takes over as Dinamo Zagreb coach

23 December 2011 02:16

Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb on Friday appointed Ante Cacic as their new coach nearly three weeks after Krunoslav Jurcic's sacking in the wake of a crushing 7-1 home defeat to Lyon in the Champions League.

Jurcic was sacked within an hour of the December 7 match against former French champions Lyon -- Dinamo's worst ever defeat in European competition and one of the largest winning margins in the Champions League.

Zagreb-born Cacic, who has coached several Croatian first and second division clubs in a two-decade long career, moves from Lokomotiva Zagreb.

"Cacic is a great coach and has achieved good results with all Croatian clubs," Dinamo official Zoran Mamic told media.

"He has never won a championship since he did not have a chance to lead Dinamo or Hajduk" Split, he said in a reference to the top flight's long-time rivals.

"This is a great honor and the high point in my career," said the 58-year-old Cacic.

"I believe I can improve (Dinamo's) game and I'm certain that I will succeed."

Dinamo finished bottom of Group D without a point after conceding 22 goals over six matches -- also a record since the Champions League competition started in 1992.

Dinamo Zagreb ended the first half of the season top of the league with points, six more than the second-placed Hajduk Split. Lokomotiva Zagreb sit in sixth, 17 points behind the leaders.

Source: AFP