Niko Kovač, Eintracht Frankfurt.
Born 15th October 1971 in Berlin, West Germany. His family hails from Livno in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Midfielder. 491 club and 83 Croatian national team appearances.
Kovač began his playing career at local club Hertha Zehlendorf earning a spot on their first team in 1989 at age 17. His professional career began in 1991 when he joined Hertha BSC, competing in the 2nd Bundesliga at the time. After stints with Bayer Leverkusen (1996-1999) and Hamburg (1999-2001), Kovač joined Bayern Munich in 2001 and won the Bundesliga and the DFB Pokal in season 2002/03.
In 2003, Kovač rejoined Hertha before finishing his playing career with Red Bull Salzburg from 2006-2009.
Kovač appeared 83 times with the Croatian national team from 1996-2008. When he retired from international play, as the oldest member of the team, he stated that it was time for younger players.
Kovač coached the Red Bull juniors, the second squad of Red Bull Salzburg from 2009 – 2011. Kovač was among the favorites to succeed Ricardo Muniz as the manager of the first team, when the job went to Roger Schmidt, Kovač left Salzburg.
In Janurary 2013, Niko Kovač, alongside his brother Robert, took over as head coach of the Under-21 Croatian National Team.
From 2013 – 2015, Niko Kovač, and brother Robert, coached the Croatian national team, qualifying for the 2014 World cup in Brazil.
In March of 2014 Niko Kovač and brother Robert, were hired by Eintracht Frankfurt in an attempt to rescue the team from relegation following the termination of Armin Veh.
The team survived the relegation playoffs to preserve their spot in the Bundesliga. After a top-to-bottom shakeup of club management, staff and players, the Eintracht is off to a good start in season 2016/17, in 7th place after 9 matches.
Niko Kovač is married to his childhood sweetheart Kristina and has a teenage daughter Laura.