Ivica Olić is a Croatian former professional footballer who is as an assistant manager of the Croatia national team. During his career, he played for German Bundesliga clubs such as Hamburger SV, VfL Wolfsburg, and Bayern Munich and also for the Croatia national team. Olić primarily played as a striker but could also operate as a winger. He has been described as a relentless pursuer of the ball and possessing "power and a decent bit of pace with him". Former Croatia manager Slaven Bilić described him as a typical "match-winner" and "king of important matches" due to his ability to score in important matches against big opponents.
Named the Croatian Footballer of the Year in 2009 and 2010, Olić appeared with Bayern Munich in two UEFA Champions League finals in 2010 and 2012. He represented his country in three FIFA World Cups – in 2002, 2006 and 2014 – and two UEFA European Championships – in 2004 and 2008 – earning his 100th cap on 16 November 2014, before retiring from international football in 2015.