Drago Dumbovic (Zagreb, Croatia, 1960), soccer player, coach and manager of
soccer academies. Lives in Cleveland, OH.
After a 23-year professional playing career spanning across Croatia and America, Dumbovic brings his wealth of knowledge to Cleveland, where he will look to develop the next generation of elite players utilizing fundamental European concepts.
Dumbovic achieved a long and decorated professional playing career. Most notably, he developed as a player in the academy of Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia, one of the top academies in the world which has produced the likes of Luka Modric, who was crowned as the winner of the Ballon d’Or in 2018, a recognition that is generally regarded as the most prestigious individual award in world soccer. During his time with Dinamo, Dumbovic scored important goals, including one in 1980 Cup Final that defined his career and cemented his status as a folk hero of the club. The goal’s 40th anniversary was recently celebrated in Croatia.
Dumbovic later brought his expertise stateside, capping off a stellar playing career before transitioning into the ranks of professional and college coaching. He has spent time as the director of elite academies and specialized programs throughout the country, sharing his knowledge of European concepts and technical foundations. After having honed his coaching skills all across America, he is excited for the opportunity to begin this new chapter in Cleveland. “I spent time as the Director of so many specialized academies across the country, and now I can finally say I am home.”
23 Year Professional Soccer Career in Croatia and United States
- Dinamo Zagreb (1976-1983) – developed in one of the top academies in world soccer
- CISL/MISL/NPSL (various teams) Detroit Rockers/Neon, Washington Diplomats, Baltimore Blast, Maryland Bays, Chicago Sting, Pittsburgh Spirit