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Matja? Kek
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Kek as Slovenia manager in 2009
Personal information
Full name Matja? Kek
Date of birth (1961-09-09) 9 September 1961 (age 58)[1]
Place of birth Maribor, PR Slovenia,
FPR Yugoslavia
Playing position(s) Defender
Club information
Current team
Slovenia (manager)
Youth career
0000-1980 ?elezni?ar Maribor
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979-1980 ?elezni?ar Maribor
1980-1985 Maribor 114 (36)
1985-1988 Spittal/Drau
1988-1995 GAK 86 (15)
1995-1999 Maribor 126 (17)
National team
1992 Slovenia 1 (0)
Teams managed
2000 Maribor
2001 Maribor (interim)
2002-2004 Maribor
2006 Slovenia U15
2006-2007 Slovenia U16
2007-2011 Slovenia
2011-2012 Al-Ittihad
2013-2018 Rijeka
2018- Slovenia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Matja? Kek (born 9 September 1961) is a Slovenian professional football manager and former player who is the manager of the Slovenia national team.

Playing career

Kek started his football career at his home club ?elezni?ar Maribor in 1979, before moving to another Maribor-based team, NK Maribor, in 1980.[1] In 1985, he joined the Austrian club Spittal/Drau, where he spent three seasons. He then transferred to another Austrian club, GAK of the Austrian Bundesliga where he played for seven years. After that, he returned to Maribor, where between 1995 and 1999 he won three Slovenian league titles, before retiring. Overall, Kek made 280 appearances for Maribor in all competitions over the span of eleven seasons.[2] He spent most of his career playing in defense, mostly in the centre-back position and was known for his leadership abilities.[]

Managerial career

Maribor

After finishing his career as a player, Kek stayed at Maribor, serving as an assistant manager for one season, before being appointed as manager in March 2000 after Bojan Pra?nikar left the club.[3] He immediately won the league title in the 1999-2000 season.[4] He resigned in September 2000 after a 3-1 defeat against Korotan Prevalje.[5] In October 2001, Kek returned to Maribor as an interim manager after Ivo ?u?ak resigned.[6] A couple weeks later, he was moved to the assistant manager position after Bojan Pra?nikar took over the managerial role.[7] In September 2002, he once again became a manager of the team,[8] and won the league title in the 2002-03 season.[4] Kek was sacked by the team on 20 September 2004 after a string of poor results.[9]

Slovenia national team

Between 2006 and 2007, Kek was the head coach of the Slovenian under-15 and under-16 national teams.[1] On 3 January 2007, Kek was appointed manager of the Slovenia national team, which he led to the 2010 FIFA World Cup after beating Russia in the play-off. On 24 October 2011, after the unsuccessful UEFA Euro 2012 qualifications, Kek and the Football Association of Slovenia came to a mutual agreement on the early termination of his contract.[10] He was succeeded by Slavi?a Stojanovi?.[11]

Al-Ittihad

On 20 December 2011, Kek became the head coach of Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad, however, his brief encounter with the Arabian football finished abruptly when he was sacked less than two months later, on 8 February 2012.[12][13]

Rijeka

On 27 February 2013, after more than a year without contract, Kek took over Croatian top division club HNK Rijeka.[14] He led Rijeka to the group stage of the UEFA Europa League in both the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons. In the 2016-17 season, Kek led Rijeka to their first-ever championship title and the historic double. He also won the 2013-14 and 2016-17 editions of the Croatian Cup, as well as the 2014 Croatian Super Cup.[15] In the 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons of the Croatian First League, Rijeka finished as the runners-up. With over five years at the club, Kek holds numerous club records, including for most wins and appearances for a manager. On 24 October 2016, he became Rijeka's longest-serving manager by single appointment.[16][17] In June 2017, Kek signed a new three-year contract with Rijeka, which ties him with the club until June 2020.[18] On 7 September 2017, Kek became the longest-serving manager by single appointment in the history of the Croatian First Football League.[19] He resigned on 6 October 2018 after a 2-1 defeat against HNK Gorica.[20]

Return to the national team

On 27 November 2018, Kek was appointed as the manager of Slovenia for the second time in his career, replacing caretaker manager Igor Benedej?i?.[21] He managed the team in the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers, where Slovenia finished in fourth place with four wins out of ten games.[22]

Personal life

Matja?'s father, Franc Kek, played for NK Maribor during the early 1960s, earning 51 appearances for the club and scoring one goal in the process.[23][24] His son Matja? is also a footballer.[25]

Managerial statistics

As of match played 19 November 2019[15][26]
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Slovenia 3 January 2007 24 October 2011 49 20 9 20 040.82
Al-Ittihad 20 December 2011 8 February 2012 11 3 2 6 027.27
Rijeka 27 February 2013 6 October 2018 275 164 66 45 059.64
Slovenia 27 November 2018 Present 10 4 2 4 040.00
Total 345 191 79 75 055.36

Honours

Player

Maribor

Manager

Maribor

Rijeka

References

  1. ^ a b c "Strokovno vodstvo" (in Slovenian). Football Association of Slovenia. Archived from the original on 26 June 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ "Kek Matja? - nastopi" (in Slovenian). NK Maribor. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ "STA: Kek namesto Pra?nikarja". sta.si (in Slovenian). Slovenian Press Agency. 9 March 2000. Retrieved 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d "Nekdanji podprli zdaj?nje" (in Slovenian). NK Maribor. Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ "STA: Matja? Kek ponudil odstop". sta.si (in Slovenian). Slovenian Press Agency. 9 September 2000. Retrieved 2020.
  6. ^ "STAu?ak ni ve? trener Maribora Pivovarne La?ko". sta.si (in Slovenian). Slovenian Press Agency. 11 October 2001. Retrieved 2020.
  7. ^ "Novi trener vijoli?astih je Bojan Pra?nikar" (in Slovenian). NK Maribor. 28 October 2001. Retrieved 2020.
  8. ^ "Matja? Kek na ?elu vijoli?astih" (in Slovenian). NK Maribor. 9 September 2002. Retrieved 2020.
  9. ^ "Matja? Kek ni? ve? na mariborski klopi". sta.si (in Slovenian). Slovenian Press Agency. 20 September 2004. Retrieved 2020.
  10. ^ "Kek No Longer National Football Team Coach". Football Association of Slovenia. 24 October 2011. Archived from the original on 19 February 2012. Retrieved 2020.
  11. ^ "Slavi?a Stojanovi? novi selektor reprezentance Slovenije" (in Slovenian). Football Association of Slovenia. 24 October 2011. Retrieved 2020.
  12. ^ Suhadolnik, Jernej (20 December 2011). "Kek ob Rde?em morju: Ittihad zame velik izziv". Delo (in Slovenian). Retrieved 2020.
  13. ^ Somerford, Ben (8 February 2012). "Saudi Arabian giants Al Ittihad sack ex-Slovenia coach Matjaz Kek". goal.com. Retrieved 2020.
  14. ^ Pacak, Tomislav. "Rijeka odabrala Matja?a Keka" (in Croatian). Sportnet.hr. Retrieved 2013.
  15. ^ a b c d e "Matjaz Kek". footballdatabase.eu. Retrieved 2020.
  16. ^ Vivoda, Vlado (24 October 2016). "Matja? Kek od Intera do Intera: rekordnih 1335 dana na klupi Rijeke" (in Croatian). Hocuri.com. Retrieved 2016.
  17. ^ Vujnovi?, Korado (24 October 2016). "Pod stijenama Kantride 24.10. - Ru?e se rekordi" (in Croatian). Radio Rijeka. Retrieved 2016.
  18. ^ "Matja? Kek i Sre?ko Juri?i? produ?ili ugovor" (in Croatian). HNK Rijeka. 3 July 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  19. ^ Plestenjak, Rok (7 September 2017). "Zgodovinski podvig: Matja?u Keku ploska vsa Hrva?ka" (in Slovenian). Siol.net. Retrieved 2017.
  20. ^ H.V. (6 October 2018). "Kek podnio ostavku: "?uo sam se s Mi?kovi?em, vi?e nisam trener Rijeke"" (in Croatian). Index.hr. Retrieved 2018.
  21. ^ Rok Vi?kovi? (27 November 2018). "Veliki Matja? Kek. Pretkani ?tajerec se vra?a na krov" (in Slovenian). Siol. Retrieved 2018.
  22. ^ "European Qualifiers - Standings". UEFA. Archived from the original on 5 July 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  23. ^ "Kek Franc - nastopi" (in Slovenian). NK Maribor. Retrieved 2018.
  24. ^ "Kek Franc - goli" (in Slovenian). NK Maribor. Retrieved 2018.
  25. ^ rb (10 November 2014). "Dru?ina Kek: dvakrat ?est" (in Slovenian). Ekipa24. Retrieved 2018.
  26. ^ "Matja? Kek - national football team manager". eu-football.info. Retrieved 2020.

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