Where are they now? Dario Šimić


A product of Dinamo Zagreb, Dario Šimić was a versatile defender that coaches could rely on for covering almost every position of the defensive line. Šimić has also played for the national football team of Croatia and is the eighth most capped player of all time. He has earned a total of 100 international caps, participating in all major tournaments between 1996 and 2008.


Between 2002 and 2008, Dario Šimić played for AC Milan. The Croatian joined a packed roster of tough right backs and battled for his place for six years. He was part of an amazing team winning two Champions Leagues, one Scudetto, one Supercoppa Italiana, one UEFA Super Cup, one FIFA Club World Cup and one Coppa Italia. In his first season, the Croatian was a revelation as he took the starting spot immediately and starred 19 times for the Rossoneri. In the Champions League, he was especially impressive as he helped Milan maintain 5 out of eight clean sheets in the second group stage and quarter finals. He was the key rotation player at right back in the 2006-07 season when the Rossoneri won the Champions League again. That season, he featured 22 times, particularly in the league, to allow the rotation system of Ancelotti to produce results. He had to fight for playing time with Cafu and Massimo Oddo during his years with Milan.


In 2008, Šimić left Milan to join Monaco for a 2-year spell. In 2010, he returned to his native country to play for his childhood team, Dinamo Zagreb, for a mere 3 months and he eventually retired from the profession of a footballer. Away from the sport, Šimić is a devout Catholic and organizes pilgrimages frequently. Also, he is the owner of a business called Aquaviva, a bottled water supplier.