Barisic worked as a player between 1993 and 1997 and as coach for the Green-Whites from 2013 to 2016 and has a contract until the summer of 2022. "For me, this marks the beginning of a new section of life and work in my great love I am looking forward to this great challenge and I will carry out my work with great respect and total commitment, "emphasized the 48-year-old Viennese who most recently worked as a coach at NK Olimpija Ljubljana.
Barisic will officially launch its new job as Managing Director Sport next Monday. "On this day, Zoran Barisic will also agree with Fredy Bickel on framing conditions to deliver projects and business," explains President Michael Krammer, who, above all, emphasized the professional qualifications of his preferred candidate. "In the rearview mirror of the past, he was very aware that Zoran Barisic has already approached as head coach as a sports director or CEO Sport for his task."
Successes as a player and coach
Barisic, who started his career with Rapid junior, celebrated as a green and white player a victory in the cup (1995), a title of champion (1996) and entry to the final of the European Cup Winners' Cup (1996). Between 1993 and 1996, he played 98 competitive matches for Hütteldorfer and scored 15 goals. Since September 2006, he has been almost a decade until June 2016 in various coaching positions at SK Rapid in April 2013, he has risen to the first team's head coach.
In the spring of 2013 he secured third place in the Bundesliga in the following three seasons succeeded in each of the runners-up behind Red Bull Salzburg and twice qualifying for the group stage of the Europa League. In the 2015/16 season, Barisic Elf won 15 of 18 points, clearly the group's victory against Villarreal, Viktoria Pilsen and Dinamo Minsk and wintered for the first time in 20 years in international competitions.
Junior work in the center
Always in sight, the Barisic had the installation of players of their own children. "He already had an overview and was always very interested in the development of SK Rapid from the junior company to the professionals, and the improvement of the training infrastructure has always been very important for him," Krammer said. "We are all convinced that with Zoran Barisic we have made the best choice for the Chief Executive Officer's position and I am delighted to have his extensive experience now."
According to Barisic, the highest priority in the short term is the compilation of a powerful cast for the new season. "I will do everything I can to build a successful sports future and I will seek this task with confidence from my team," said the 48-year-old. "In addition, I will illuminate and analyze all other areas and topics in the professional and junior area exactly."