Marko Babić

  • Born: (Osijek, SFR Yugoslavia, [now Osijek-Baranja County, Slavonia Region, Croatia])

Marko Babić is a Croatian former professional footballer who is the current manager of 2. HNL club Rudeš. He primarily played as left midfielder, but was also often deployed as a left-back.

Babić began his senior career with Osijek in 1997. However, he only made 16 league appearances before moving to Germany to join Bayer Leverkusen. He became a regular for the club, and made 144 league appearances before joining Spanish side Real Betis. He was less successful here, and made 12 league appearances in two years, while his spells at Hertha BSC and Real Zaragoza were brief. In 2010, Babić returned to Osijek, but struggled to re-establish himself, and made just 26 league appearances in two years. A switch to LASK Linz followed in 2013, but this yielded just eight league matches before he left the club and afterwards retiring from professional football.

Having represented Croatia at under-15, under-17, under-18, under-19, and under-20 levels between 1996 and 2001, Babić made his under-21 and senior international debut in 2002, and made 49 appearances for the senior international appearances. However, he was omitted from Croatia's UEFA Euro 2008 squad, and did not play for the national team ever again.

After finishing his playing career, he became a manager, working as an assistant manager at Olympiacos in 2017, in September 2019 was the manager of Bosnian Premier League club Čelik Zenica and since October 2019, has been the manager of Croatian 2. HNL club Rudeš.

Babić made his Croatia national team debut in May 2002 against Hungary. He was part of the Croatian squad at UEFA Euro 2004, but did not make an appearance.
He played all three matches at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, stationed as a left wing-back in a 3–5–2 formation.


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