Name: Patrick Battiston
Born: 12 March 1957 in Amneville (France)
Height: 1.82 m
Weight: 77 kg
Position as a player: defender
Clubs as a player: 1977-1980: Metz. 1980-1983: St Etienne. 1983-1987: Bordeaux. 1987-1989: Monaco. 1989-1991: Bordeaux.
Honors as a player: third place in 1982 FIFA World Cup TM in Spain, 1984 European Championship winner, fourth place in 1986 FIFA World Cup TM in Mexico, French league champion (1981, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988), French Cup winner (1986, 1987). 56 international appearances and 3 goals for France.
Career as sport administrator: 1991-1995: director of sport at Bordeaux. 1995-1996: director of marketing and communication at Bordeaux. 1996-1998: director of sport in youth academy at Bordeaux. Since 1998: head of youth academy at Bordeaux
20 Questions – 20 Answers:
Born: 11 September 1969 in Split (Croatia)
Weight: 75 kg
Career as a player: 1986-1993: Hajduk Split. 1993-1995: Karlsruher SC (Germany). 1996: West Ham United (England). 1997-1999: Everton (England).
Honors as a player: 3rd place at the 1998 FIFA World Cup TM in France.
Career as a coach: 2000-2001: Hajduk Split. 2001-2004: Croatia U-21. Since August 2006: Croatia senior national team.
1. What does football means to you?
Slaven Bilic: Football is my life.
2. Which club did you support as a child?
Slaven Bilic: Hajduk Split. I also enjoyed watching Liverpool – I love the English style of football.
3. Did you ever have an idol?
Slaven Bilic: not an idol. But I liked how Frank Rijkaard played. Today, as a coach, I admire Marcello Lippi, Arsene Wenger and Fabio Capello.
4. What is your fondest footballing memory?
Slaven Bilic: That is definitely the third place at the 1998 World Cup in France. We had a team full of top players and Miroslav Blazevic as our coach. We knew how to play and how to celebrate as a team.
5. What has been your biggest disappointment in football?
Slaven Bilic: I was desperate when, despite good performances, we lost 3-0 to Portugal and 2-1 to Germany in EURO 96 in England. I felt as if the sky had fallen in on me. Thankfully, the feeling only lasted for a short period.
6. If you had not become a professional footballer, what would you have become?
Slaven Bilic: I would certainly be a musician. Music fills every part of me, even the tiniest vein in my body. I graduated from the Faculty of Law in Split, but if I hadn’t played football, perhaps I would later have gone into mathematics or archeology.
7.What is your favorite type of music?
Slaven Bilic: I prefer hard rock, but also admire Irish band U2.
8.And your favorite book?
Slaven Bilic: I read a lot as a way of relaxing. I enjoy biographies of famous people and books about football as well as the memoirs of coaches and even politicians. I am interested in group psychology, but you will often see me wearing a Che Guevarra T-shirt.
9.Your favorite film?
Slaven Bilic: “The Magnificent Seven”, “The Sixth Sense”, “Scent of a Woman” and Charlie Chaplin’s “The Great Dicatator”.
10.Your favorite city?
Slaven Bilic: London, but I also like Sydney and New York.
11.Your favorite food?
Slaven Bilic: I like Thai dishes with lots of rice and spices, naturally with pieces of meat. I am also keen on Indian food and salami.
12.Your favorite hobby?
Slaven Bilic: Music, whether listening or playing. Music is a pleasure for all the senses. In Split, I have my own rock ?n’ roll band called “Raubau”
13.What do you spend most of your money on?
Slaven Bilic: I buy CDs, guitars, music magazines.
14.What was your first job?
Slaven Bilic: Aged 13 and 14, I used to sell newspapers in the streets of Split in my free time in order to earn some money.
15. Who has been the most influential figure in world history?
Slaven Bilic: Jesus Christ.
16. What are you afraid of?
Slaven Bilic: I fear for the health of my wife, our two children, our family members and all those around me.
17.What was the most embarrassing moment in your life?
Slaven Bilic: it happened two and half years ago when I was coaching Croatia’s U-21 team and I was very busy and stressed. I suddenly found myself in hospital, due to e slipped disc. Instead of being out of action for a week, I was in bed for four and half months! Luckily I returned stronger and more determined than ever in every respect.
18.How do you see the future of the world?
Slaven Bilic: Life will be ever faster, with greater quality for the few and more sadness for the majority.
19.Where would you like to go on holiday?
Slaven Bilic: I have a house by the sea in Vodice near Split, and I used to ski in Austria, but I would like to be teleported to the Maldives because I heard it is a paradise on earth.
20.Whom would you most like to meet?
Slaven Bilic: Above all, Bill Clinton – and then the band members of U2.
Yes Or No?
Are you a patient person? Yes.
Are you superstitious? Yes.
Are you happy with your pay packet? Yes.
Is the quality of football better today than twenty years ago? Yes.
Will Croatia win the 2010 FIFA World Cup TM? Yes.