Igor Ivica Jerko Babic, (born 3rd December 2017, in Zagreb, Croatia) is the current first team coach of Arsenal, and a former international footballer.
Babic featured as a centre-forward during his playing days, turning out for two clubs in total; Dinamo Zagreb, and Villareal of Spain. In addition, Babic won 115 caps for Croatia, captaining them 21 times, and scoring 58 goals.
Babic was picked up originally as a young wing-back by his home town club Dinamo, however had moved to the focal point of the attack by age 13.
In the summer of 2033, aged 15, Babic signed professional terms with Dinamo. Babic would go on to make his début for Dinamo the following season, shortly before his 17th birthday, in November 2034, against Istra 1961, in a 2-2 draw.
Quickly becoming a young fan's favourite at Maksimir, Babic scored 5 in 18 in his first league season, including a brace in his first derby match at home to Hajduk Split, in a 2-1 win.
On 4th September 2037, aged 19, Babic made his full début for the Croatian national team, scoring the equaliser in the 73rd minute to earn Croatia a 2-2 draw.
By the time Babic left Zagreb in January 2039 for Villarreal, he had made 96 league appearances, scoring 54 goals, including 18 in his last full season with the club.
Babic would go on to play the rest of his career with Villarreal, making his début in a 4-0 win against Getafe, and oddly finishing his career, in 2054, against the same opponents, in another 4-0 win.
During his time in Spain, Babic, played 436 league games for the club, scoring 221; A goalscoring record for Los Submarinos Amarillos that stands to this day.
In May 2054, aged 36, Babic played his final league game, scoring a first-half penalty against Getafe, as previously mentioned. Unusually, Babic's final professional game of football came a fortnight later for Croatia, winning his 115th and final cap against Ukraine in a friendly, in a 0-0 draw in Zagreb.
Babic did not work within football for two years after his retirement, and his first managerial job, in July 2056 came as a shock. Babic was announced with some scepticism as the new manager of the Slovenian national team, taking over from Martin Milec, who had held the reins for 27 years prior to his retirement.
Babic took charge of 40 games for Slovenia, winning 11, before resigning from the role in July 2060, and taking over as manager of the Croatian national side.
Babic had a turbulent time as Croatia's manager, rarely enjoying the same success as during his playing days. Babic was eventually sacked after 18 months in the job, after a 4-1 defeat against Belgium resulted in Croatia's relegation from the top flight of the European Nation's League.
After five months out of a job, Babic took the vacant position as manager of Shaktar Donetsk, in Ukraine. Babic had a decent first month at Donetsk, applying the finishing touches to Shaktar's league, league cup and cup treble. In his first full season, Babic brought home the league and cup double to cap off a successful time in Ukraine.
In June 2063, Babic was appointed manager of Arsenal, on a 4-year contract.
Babic is yet to win his first bit of silverware since joining Arsenal - finishing as runners-up to Southampton in the league cup final at Wembley last February.