Former Bundesliga professional Ivica Olic is the new head coach of the six-time Russian champions CSKA Moscow. The 41-year-old succeeds Wiktar Hantscharenka, who left the club on Monday after around four years.
For Olic it is the first job as head coach. So far, the former striker (including Hertha BSC, Hamburger SV, Bayern Munich, VfL Wolfsburg, 1860 Munich) worked as an assistant coach for the Croatian national team. With the Vatreni he was runner-up in the world championship in 2018.
The club did not announce how long Olic signed with CSKA. During his time as a professional with the Red and Blue (2003 to 2006) he scored 44 goals in 116 games for CSKA and won the Russian championship three times, the cup twice and the UEFA Cup in 2005.
At the moment the team can only dream of such successes: After the 2: 3 against double winners Zenit St. Petersburg, the gap to the league leaders is already eight points seven laps before the end of the season. The last championship was won in 2016.