Igor Tudor



Igor Tudor (born 16 April 1978) is a Croatian football manager and former player, currently managing Turkish Süper Lig side Galatasaray. Tudor spent much of his career at the Italian club Juventus, winning several trophies, and during this time, he was considered one of Croatia's best defenders in the period between the late 1990s and mid-2000s. Tudor was a large, hard-working, strong and imposing defender who excelled in the air, making him a dangerous goal threat during set pieces. He was also a tight man-marker and a hard tackling defender, with great tactical intelligence. Although primarily a central defender, he was capable of playing anywhere along the back line and even as a defensive midfielder, which was made possible due to his tactical versatility, stamina, and his surprisingly capable technique, ball control and distribution skills, for such a large, physical player. Despite his talent, he was also prone to injuries, which is often thought to have affected his playing career. He was a part of the Croatian national side at UEFA Euro 2004 and the 2006 FIFA World Cup, but missing the 2002 World Cup due to injury. Tudor announced his retirement on 22 July 2008 at the age of 30 after problems with his right ankle reappeared. He spent his final season playing for his youth club, Hajduk Split. As a manager, he took charge of Hajduk Split from 2013 to 2015, and spent eight months with PAOK in the 2015–16 season.

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