Aleksandar Stanojević

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Aleksandar Stanojević
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Personal information
Full name Aleksandar Stanojević
Date of birth (1973-10-28) 28 October 1973 (age 40)
Place of birth Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Defender/Midfielder
Youth career
1988–1993 Partizan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1995 Obilić
1995–1996 Mallorca 5 (0)
1996–1997 Obilić
1997–1999 OFK Beograd 40 (2)
1999–2001 Partizan 38 (0)
2001–2002 OFK Beograd
2002–2003 Videoton 14 (0)
National team
1988–1990 Yugoslavia U-16[1]
Teams managed
2000–2004 OFK Beograd (youth)
2004–2006 OFK Beograd (assistant)
2006–2007 Srem
2007 Partizan (assistant)
2007–2008 Serbia (assistant)
2008–2010 Serbia U-19
2010–2012 Partizan
2012 Dalian Aerbin
2013 Beijing Guoan
2014– Maccabi Haifa
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Aleksandar Stanojević (Serbian: Александар Станојевић, born 28 October 1973) is a Serbian football manager, former player and currently the manager of Maccabi Haifa.

Playing career[edit]

Stanojević started his playing career in Partizan youth squad. From 1993 until 1997 he spent three seasons in Obilić and one season in Spanish Segunda División playing for Mallorca. In 1997 he joined OFK Beograd for two seasons. He rejoined Partizan in 1999, and was part of the squad that won 2001 national cup. After returning to OFK Beograd for a season, he moved to Hungarian National Championship club Videoton, where in 2003 he ended his professional career at the age of 29.



Stanojević began his coaching career as a youth coach and later an assistant coach in OFK Beograd. His first job as a head coach was in Serbian First League club Srem. For almost two years he was the assistant coach for Miroslav Đukić in Partizan and later Serbia national team. On 3 September 2008, he was appointed the head coach of Serbia national under-19 team that finished 3rd in 2009 European Under-19 Championship in Ukraine.


On 15 April 2010, Goran Stevanović resigned from Partizan following a disappointing result in national cup semi-finals. Within 24 hours, Stanojević was promoted as new Partizan head coach, and at the age of just 36 became the youngest manager in the club history.[2] With Stanojević in position, Partizan won all seven remaining league fixtures, including the Eternal derby and defended the title. The team carried good momentum from the league finish into Champions League qualifying phase and managed to go all the way and qualify for the group stage.

Stanojević, who was largely credited for this success, thus became the first Serbian coach to lead one Serbian team into the UEFA Champions League group stage. He managed the team through another successful campaign as Partizan won the 2010–11 double.

In late May 2011, Stanojević signed new 2-year contract with FK Partizan.[3] However, start of 2011–12 season brought disappointing results in qualifications for UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, when FK Partizan did not succeed to reach the group stage in either of those competitions. Despite lack of success in international competitions, performance in domestic competition in the first half of the 2011/2012 season was successful, as Partizan ended the half-season on the first place with 10 points ahead of its first rival.

During the mid-season break, FK Partizan director of football Mladen Krstajić attacked club president Dragan Đurić over the media, following Djuric's claim that director of football and coach are solely responsible for unsuccessful campaign in European competitions at start of 2011/2012 season. Krstajić stated that him and Stanojević did not have full control over the sale and acquisition of players during summer transfer window, which affected the results on the field. Stanojević openly said he would resign as head coach if they were to sack Krstajić. Stanojević and Krstajić gained wide support from Partizan fans, who asked Djuric to step down.[4] The day before Krstajić was released, Partizan fans Grobari chanted Krstajić's name during a basketball game against arch rivals KK Crvena Zvezda as a sign of support. Krstajic advised Stanojević over the media to stay as the head coach of FK Partizan in the best interest of the club, claiming he is the best football coach in Serbia.[5] Stanojevic postponed his decision until 6 January 2012, when he confirmed he decided to continue his work as the head coach of FK Partizan.[6] Despite this fact, the Board of directors of FK Partizan dismissed Stanojević on 13 January 2012 and appointed Avram Grant as new coach of the team. Stanojevic was not allowed to hold a press conference the next day at the stadium, but given the popularity he has among the fans, they have gathered in front of the stadium to show their support to him and protest against the decision of the club to change the coach.[7]

On 17 January 2012, Stanojević organized a press conference in Belgrade when he spoke in detail about his engagement at FK Partizan, the way the club was organized and worked during that period and his vision of the club.[8]

Dalian Aerbin[edit]

On 4 April 2012, Stanojević was appointed as the new manager of Chinese Super League side Dalian Aerbin, replacing Chang Woe-Ryong who resigned from the club the day before.[9] He led Dalian Aerbin from the bottom of Super League to reach the fifth place at the end of the season. Stanojević officially announced his resignation on 9 November 2012.

Beijing Guoan[edit]

On 28 November 2012, Chinese Super League side Beijing Guoan announced that they had officially signed Stanojević for the 2013 league campaign. He led Beijing Guoan to the third place in the Chinese Super League and semi-finals in the FA Cup. Stanojević, also led Beijing Guoan to their first Asian Champions League win over a club from South Korea, a home victory against FC Pohang Steelers in the Asian Champions League. In this season Stanojević, for the second time in the club history, guided the team through the group stage of the Asian Champions League. He was sacked at the end of the season.[10]

Maccabi Haifa[edit]

On 25 April 2014, it was announced that Stanojević was appointed as the new manager of the Israeli club Maccabi Haifa. Under Stanojević led team reached semi-final of Israeli Toto Cup, after winning first place in group phase of competition. On September 15, 2014 Maccabi Haifa started new season with first game at new Sammy Ofer Stadium in front of more than 27,000 supporters against Bnei Sakhnin F.C.. Stanojević led team to 4-2 victory in this match.

Manager honours[edit]



  1. ^ D. Kolašinac (13 May 1990), Od sutra naši fudbaleri – kadeti učestvuju na Evropskom prvenstvu u DR Nemačkoj, Tempo magazine 
  2. ^ "Aleksandar Stanojević novi trener Partizana" (in Serbian). 16 April 2010. Retrieved 16 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Stanojević u Partizanu do 2013." (in Serbian). Radio Televizija Vojvodine. 1 June 2011. Retrieved 29 August 2011. 
  4. ^ ""Grobari" biraju stranu (foto)" (in Serbian). 5 January 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Krstajić pozvao trenere da ostanu" (in Serbian). 5 January 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Stanojević: Da nastavim gde sam stao!" (in Serbian). 6 January 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Stanojevic – Obracanje navijacima ispred stadiona Partizana 14.01.2012" (in Serbian). Youtube. 14 January 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Aleksandar Stanojević: Aktuelna dešavanja u FK Partizan 17.01.2012" (in Serbian). MC Web televizija. 17 January 2012. Retrieved 17 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "阿尔滨官方宣布新主帅 塞尔维亚欧冠名帅接手" (in Chinese). 4 April 2012. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  10. ^ 斯塔诺国安完成解约 下一站或进塞尔维亚国家队 (Chinese)

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