Ivan Jovanović (coach)

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Ivan Jovanović
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Personal information
Date of birth (1962-07-08) July 8, 1962 (age 52)
Place of birth Loznica, FPR Yugoslavia
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Al Nasr (Head coach)
Youth career
1974–1980 FK Loznica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1984 FK Loznica
1984–1989 Rad Beograd 121 (15)
1989–1999 Iraklis Thessaloniki 271 (52)
Teams managed
2001–2002 Niki Volou
2002 Iraklis Thessaloniki
2003–2005 APOEL
2005–2006 Panahaiki
2007–2008 Iraklis Thessaloniki
2008–2013 APOEL
2013– Al Nasr
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ivan Jovanović (Serbian Cyrillic: Ивaн Joвaнoвић; born July 8, 1962 in Loznica) is a Serbian football manager and former footballer. He is currently the head coach of Al Nasr SC in the UAE Arabian Gulf League.

Playing career[edit]

Jovanović played for FK Rad in the Yugoslav First League during the 1987–88 and 1988–89 seasons.[1] The next season, he transferred to the Greek side Iraklis Thessaloniki, where he played until the end of his career. During his spell in Iraklis, Jovanović evolved into one of the highest quality foreign players who ever played for the team.

Managerial career[edit]

Greece[edit]

Ivan Jovanović started his managerial career on 2001 at Greek side Niki Volou. He also worked for Iraklis Thessaloniki and Panachaiki.

APOEL[edit]

During his managerial career at APOEL he won 9 trophies, 4 Championships, 1 Cup and 4 Super Cups. He also helped APOEL to qualify for the UEFA Champions League group stages for the first time in their history in 2009. Two years later, he repeated his achievement and just not only helped APOEL to qualify for the group stages of the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League, but achieved also to qualify for the quarter-finals by topping their group, beating Olympique Lyonnais in the last 16 on penalties, before being knocked-out by Real Madrid in the quarter-finals. He is considered as the most successful manager in the history of APOEL.

During his seven-year spell at APOEL he has been awarded the "Coach of the Season" award by Cyprus Football Association six times. He has also been awarded the "Serbian Coach of the Year" award by Football Association of Serbia in 2011.

On 30 April 2013, APOEL announced that Ivan Jovanović decided to leave at the end of the 2012–13 season, after five-and-a-half consecutive (and seven in total) successful years in the club.[2]

Al Nasr[edit]

On 18 June 2013, Jovanović was announced as the new head coach of the Emirati club Al Nasr, having signed a two-year contract.[3] On 19 May 2014, Jovanović led his team to a 2–1 victory over Saham in the 2014 GCC Champions League final and won his first trophy as Al Nasr's manager.[4]

Managerial honours[edit]

Club[edit]

APOEL
Al-Nasr

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fudbal ex-YU 1945.-1992. > Igrači J". Fudbal ex-YU. Retrieved December 10, 2008. [dead link]
  2. ^ Ανακοίνωση (in Greek). APOEL FC. 30 April 2013. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Ivan Jovanovic unveiled as new Al Nasr head coach". proleague.ae. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Emotional night in Dubai as Al Nasr beat Saham to win GCC Clubs Championship". thenational.ae. 19 May 2014. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
Awards
Preceded by
Milovan Rajevac
Serbian Coach of the Year
2011
Succeeded by
Dragan Okuka