Euro 2012: Croatia's incomparable coach

May, 29, 2012
UEFA Euro 2012, one of soccer's top international competitions, kicks off June 8. In anticipation of this eagerly awaited event, Playbook is teaming up with ESPN FC to offer sights and other delights from each participating nation.

This is Slaven Bilic, after helping Croatia to a best-in-its-history third-place finish at the 1998 World Cup.

This is Slaven Bilic, as manager of Croatia's national team -- a post he'll man at Euro 2012 (before leaving for Lokomotiv Moscow).

And this is Slaven Bilic playing guitar for the band Rawbau, which produced the nation's anthem for Euro 2008 -- "Vatreno Ludilo" ("Fiery Madness").

Yes, Croatia's manager plays guitar in a real rock band. Is he the coolest coach at Euro 2012?

Photos by Daniel Garcia/AFP/Getty Images; Milos Bicanski/Getty Images; AFP/Getty Images

What team eliminated Slaven Bilic's Croatia side on PKs in the Euro 2008 quarterfinals?

The answer will be posted on Facebook later today.

Patrick Dorsey is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor for He has worked for the Web and newspapers. He also played in one Division-III golf tournament (he shot 105).



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