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Who is Udinese manager Igor Tudor?
The ominously named Igor Tudor is one of only four foreign managers taking charge of a club in Serie A this season. He will oversee Udinese. Born in Split, Croatia in 1978, Tudor enjoyed a fantastic career, one which will have familiarised and endeared him to fans across Italy as he played in the country for almost a decade.
Tudor began his footballing career as defender and although he would eventually transition away from this position towards a more midfield-centred role, the attributes he learned in his formative years as a centre-half set him up well for the rest of his career, especially in a combative league such as Serie A. He graduated from the Hadjuk Split youth academy aged 17 and went on to get his first professional contract with the club in 1995. He stayed with the Croatian club for three years in total, although he would eventually return for a second spell in the twilight years of his career as well as another stint as manager later on. In total he played 58 times for the club, scoring three times in the process.
In 1998, after a season on loan at Trigor in which he made a handful of appearances, it would become apparent that a player of Tudor's calibre needed to test himself in a better league. By this stage, he was already a regular in the Croatian national team after representing them at several youth levels throughout his young career. There were a number of elite European team attempting to get his signature. He eventually decided to go to Italy and Juventus, an offer which he said was too good to turn down.
He would be a loyal servant for the Turin side. He stayed for seven seasons in total and was an excellent utility player throughout; he was not a 'first-name-one-the-teamsheet' kind of player but one who was more than happy to fill in when required. This penchant for versatility meant that he made 110 appearances for the Old Lady in total, scoring 15 goals in the process. He spent a single season with Siena on loan but other than this he was Juventus through-and-through. He even stayed with the club after they were relegated to Serie B following the now notorious Italian football corruption scandal which brought the nation's sport into disrepute. However, he was unable to help them as they achieved promotion back to Serie A at the first attempt as he was sidelined with injuries for the entirety of the campaign.
During his time with the Italian giants, Tudor won Serie A twice in successive years, in the 2002/2002 and 2002/2003 campaign, as well as getting a medal for their exploits in Serie B in the 2006/2007 seasons. In the cup competitions, Juventus were unlucky during Tudor's time at the club, they finished as runners-up twice. The same was true of the Champions League in which Tudor's Juventus were vanquished finalists at the end of the 2002/2003 season.
After he decided to leave Juve, Tudor returned to Hadjuk Split where he would make eight more appearances and score one more goal before retiring in 2007/2008. He had a fantastic career, making over 200 league appearances and being capped 55 times for his country, including during their run to the semi-finals of the World Cup in France in 1998.
After a five year hiatus from football, Tudor returned to Hadjuk Split in 2013, this time as manager. Under his leadership, the club won the Croatian Cup in the 2012/2013 season. After being dismissed from the position after a poor run of form in 2015, he moved to Greece to manage PAOK where he had a controversial from which he was unceremoniously given the boot after some negative comments about the standard of the team's football.
He then had a stint in Turkey with Karabükspor for whom he drastically improved their results. Following this, he moved to Galatasaray. Here his tenure was not as impressive and he was sacked less than six months into the job.
He then moved to Udinese where he did a magnificent job to halt the teams slide into Serie B. Despite this however he was not offered a new contract with the club. A few months later he was re-appointed, perhaps after the board saw the error in their ways. He will take charge of the club for his first full season in the 2019/20 campaign.