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Official: Mandzukic the new assistant coach at Croatia

Croatia have announced former Juventus and Milan forward Mario Mandzukic will start his career as a coach by working under Zlatko Dalic at the national team.

Mandzukic, who retired after a six-month stint at Milan towards the end of 2020-21, has been appointed as the new assistant of Dalic at Croatia.

The 35-year-old was capped 89 times by the national team, scoring 33 goals in the process. He helped Croatia to the Final of the 2018 World Cup, when they finished runners-up behind France in Russia.

Mandzukic spent five years at Juventus between 2015 and 2020, before moving to Qatar and Al-Duhail.

The former Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid forward scored 44 goals in 162 appearances with the Bianconeri.

He arrived at Milan in January 2021, but struggled with injuries during his time with the Rossoneri and only played 11 games for the Rossoneri.

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