Boro Primorac

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Boro Primorac
Personal information
Full nameBoro Primorac
Date of birth (1954-12-05) 5 December 1954 (age 66)
Place of birth Mostar, FPR Yugoslavia
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Position(s) Defender
Senior career*
1972–1978 Velež Mostar 133 (10)
1978–1983 Hajduk Split 157 (22)
1983–1986 Lille 107 (13)
1986–1990 Cannes 111 (14)
National team
1976–1980 Yugoslavia 14 (0)
Teams managed
1990–1992 Cannes
1992–1993 Valenciennes
1994 Guinea
1994–1997 Nagoya Grampus (assistant)
1997–2018 Arsenal (assistant)
2020–2021 Hajduk Split
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Boro Primorac (pronounced  [bǒːro prǐːmorats] ; born 5 December 1954) is a Bosnian professional football manager and former player who most recently managed Croatian First Football League club Hajduk Split.


Playing career


Primorac featured as a centre half with Yugoslavian clubs Velež Mostar and Hajduk Split, as well as for French teams Lille and Cannes. [1]


Primorac played at the senior level for Yugoslavia whom he captained in the late 1970s. [2] He made his debut for them in a February 1976 friendly match away against Tunisia and has earned a total of 14 caps, scoring no goals. Primorac went on to be triumphant as Yugoslavia won the gold medal in football at the 1979 Mediterranean Games. He also was a part of the Yugoslavian squad which got to the semi-finals of the 1980 Summer Olympics. All together Primorac was capped a sum of 18 times for Yugoslavia. [1] [3] His final international was a November 1980 World Cup qualification match against Italy. [4]

Managerial career

After his playing days came to an end, Primorac went on to manage French clubs AS Cannes and Valenciennes. [5] [6] He then worked under Frenchman Arsène Wenger at Grampus Eight in Japan before joining him at Highbury in March 1997. He then served under Wenger within the role of assistant coach at Arsenal. [1] [2]

On 4 November 2020, Primorac was appointed manager of Croatian club Hajduk Split. [7] He was intended to be a caretaker, but after 7 points won in 3 matches he had extended the contract to the end of the year. After declining performances in December his contract was not extended again and he was replaced by Paolo Tramezzani in January 2021.

Managerial statistics

As of match played 20 December 2020
Cannes 1 July 199030 June 199219469021.05
Valenciennes 29 August 199230 June 199314158007.14
Hajduk Split 4 November 202018 January 20216213033.33

Personal life

Primorac is an ethnic Herzegovinian Croat. [8] He is reportedly fluent in eight languages; his native Croatian, French, English, Japanese, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian. His son Jure Primorac is also a professional footballer. [6]





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