Zoran Spisljak


Football manager

Ujpest FC


Professional experience

Aug 2011 to May 2012 Head Coach, UJPEST Football Club, Budapest, Hungary

Long established football club that in August 2011 was struggling having scored no points or a single goal in the first five games of the season. It was also suffering financial difficulties.

Initially employed by Mr Leo Beenhakker (Sport Director at the time) as Head Coach. In October 2011, the club was taken over by a new owner from Belgium. I was retained as Head Coach and given charge of the entire sport department. During my time with Ujpest I restructured the whole sport department, reached my targets of keeping the team in the top division, and reached the semi-final of the national cup. Impressed by Ujpest’s performance, the Hungarian National Team asked me to construct a training plan for the first team, U21s, U20s and U19s.

Assistant Manager


Dec 2007 to Dec 2010 Assistant Manager, DVSC-TEVA Football Club, Hungary

DVSC is one of the leading clubs in the Hungarian Premiership and the first Hungarian team to reach the final 32 of the Champions League.

My primary role was Assistant Manager and Conditioning Coach for the first team. I was also responsible for delivering the entire training programme for the reserve team, U18s and U19s. During my time with the club I developed a sophisticated new full periodisation plan which includes: pre season, competitive season, weekly training planning, rest and recovery, nutrition, fitness testing, and injury prevention. This plan has since been commended by the world renowned conditioning coach Raymond Verheijen.


 Qualified Group Stage Europa League Group Stage (10/11)/Group I (UC Sampdoria, FC Metalist Kharkiv, PSV Eindhoven)
 Hungarian National Champions (Soproni League 09/10)
 Hungarian Supercup winners (09/10)
 Hungarian National Cup Winners (09/10)
 Hungarian LIGA Cup Winners (09/10)
 Qualified for Champions League Group Stage (09/10). First time in Hungarian history. Achieved on the record-breaking, lowest budget ever for a Champions League team. (Group: DVSC, Liverpool, Fiorentina, Lyon)
 Hungarian National Champions (Soproni League 08/09)
 Hungarian Supercup winners (08/09)
 Winners of the Hungarian National Cup (07/08)
 Hungarian LIGA Cup winners (07/08)
 Runners up in the Hungarian Premier League (07/08)
 Qualified for UEFA Cup competition (07/08)
 Set new club record for number of unbeaten games in a row
 Set new club record for number of goals scored in a competitive season
 Set new club record for number of points accumulated in a competitive season

Head Coach

Protec Football Academy (Barnet FC)

Potters Bar

 Over 30 players signed professional contracts as a direct result of my work including:
o Steve Morrison- Stevenage FC (scored first goal at the new Wembley Stadium)
o Joe de Veira- Barnet FC
o Chris Casey- Tottenham Hotspur FC
o Luke Medley – Tottenham Hotspur FC/Bradford FC (scored on debut)
o Shefket Ajet- Tottenham Hotspur FC
o Niall Ranger- Southampton FC/Now Newcastle FC 
 Reached final or semi-final status in every one of the large number of competitions my teams entered.
 Under my supervision, Protec was nominated as the best football academy in Britain outside professional football clubs.
 Produced training plan for pre World Cup preparation for Scottish U20s (2007)

Youth Coach

Cardiff City FC

Cardiff, United Kingdom

 James Collins – play for Cardiff City FC, West Ham United, Aston Villa and the Welsh National Team. Is now in West Ham United 1st team
 Darcy Blake now plays for Cardiff City FC.
 Nicky Fish went on to play for Cardiff City Reserves and all Underage Welsh National Teams.
 Michael Parkins played with Cardiff City Reserves and all Underage Welsh National Teams.

• UEFA Pro Licence, Welsh FA, Cardiff 2011 
• UEFA ‘A’ Licence, Welsh FA, Aberystwyth 2008 
• UEFA ‘B’ Licence, Welsh FA Aberystwyth 1999
• UEFA ‘C’ Licence, Welsh FA Aberystwyth 1998
• Child Protection Certificate, Middlesex FA 2007



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