Olympique de Marseille today announced the signing of Igor Tudor as coach. Free of any contract, the Croatian technician has signed up for two years with the Olympian club.
At only 44 years old, Igor Tudor already has extensive experience in European football.
Passed by Croatia, Greece, Turkey and Italy, he managed several clubs in different championships.
Recognized for his forward-thinking philosophy, he has always sought to impose a strong identity on his teams.
Last season at the head of Hellas Verona in Serie A, he obtained results with style.
His team is the 5th best attack in a renowned defensive championship, beating in particular Juventus Turin, AS Roma and Atalanta Bergamo, advocating a game carried forward with a lot of movement and very high intensity pressing. .
His great adaptability, his tactical knowledge and his attacking style will give continuity and ambition to the project.
In addition and with more than 50 selections under the colors of the Croatian national team, where he rubbed shoulders with a certain Alen Bokšić, Tudor has extensive international experience as a player.
In club, it is under the colors of Juventus Turin that he spent most of his career, playing more than 170 games with the Bianconeri as central defender and winning two Italian Champion titles.
During the 1998-1999 season, his teammates were none other than Didier Deschamps and Zinédine Zidane, with whom he played in a UEFA Champions League semi-final.
He also finds the “Old Lady” during the 2020-2021 season as assistant coach alongside Andrea Pirlo.
OM are very happy to have reached an agreement with Igor Tudor and are now entering a new stage in their project.
Statement from OM owner Frank McCourt.
“Today, OM are in a stronger situation thanks to the leadership of President Pablo Longoria. Together with Jorge Sampaoli, who also joined the club last year at a difficult time, they both worked tirelessly to unlock the team’s potential. As Jorge hands over, I wish him well and express my gratitude for what he has done, together with the players and supporters of the club, to take OM to an exciting new stage. This season, we will face a new and beautiful challenge, since the club returns to the Champions League. We’ve been there before, and we know the requirements. Our foundations are built on trust in our players and our project, and we need leaders who share our vision and understand the expectations of our supporters.
I think we have found what we need in Igor Tudor, and I am happy to welcome him to our club. Igor is a fighting man, as he has demonstrated throughout his career, both as a coach and as a player. Trained in Split, I am convinced that he will feel at home in Marseille. Moreover, his coaching experience at Galatasaray and PAOK, as well as Juventus as a player, prepared him for the level of passion that defines and unites our club and his city. But above all, as he recently proved at Hellas Verona, Igor is a true leader who offers a bold vision of football, who does not shy away from any challenge and who is determined to pursue excellence.»
OM welcome Igor Tudor.