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Fredi Bobic ( ) (born October 30, 1971 in Maribormarker, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslaviamarker) is a former Germanmarker football player of Slovene and Croat descent. Currently, he works as a managing director for Bulgarian Chernomorets Burgas.

Career

Bobic was at his prime in mid-1990s at VfB Stuttgart in the Bundesliga. In his first Bundesliga season 1994/95 he scored a goal in each of his first five games, so he became a candidate for the German national football team after only a few appearances in the first German league. In 1996 he was the Bundesliga's top scorer with 17 goals. After four years in Stuttgart, in 1999 he signed with Borussia Dortmund and was the club's top scorer in both 1999-00 and 2000-01. However, after the signings of Jan Koller and Marcio Amoroso in the summer of 2001, he soon fell out of favor and played only 3 games in the first half of 2001-02 season. Subsequently, he was loaned to the Premiership side Bolton Wanderers, where had a successful spell, playing a key role in keeping Bolton in the Premiership. His hat trick in the 4-1 win against Ipswich at the Reebok Stadium ensured Bolton stayed up, while effectively sending Ipswich down. He scored once more for Bolton, in a 3-2 victory over Aston Villa. After returning from England he was signed by newly promoted Bundesliga side Hannover 96 where he reestablished himself as one of the league's top scorers, netting 14 times in 27 games. In 2003 he was signed by Hertha BSC, where he played for two seasons, scoring 8 goals in 54 games. He last played for Croatian outfit NK Rijeka before retiring in early 2006.

He has won 37 caps (10 goals) for Germany and was part of the Euro 96 winning squad. He also played at Euro 2004, having returned to the national team in 2002 after a four year absence.

Coaching Career

Bobic signed a contract as a managing director of PFC Chernomorets Burgas on 25 March 2009, and will work in the club with his former teammate Krassimir Balakov.

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