Ljupko Petrović during his time at Litex Lovech
|Full name||Ljubomir Petrović|
|Date of birth||15 May 1947|
|Place of birth||Brusnica Velika, SR Bosnia, FPR Yugoslavia|
|1979–1981||Buffalo Stallions (indoor)||70||(79)|
|1981–1982||Kansas City Comets (indoor)||25||(15)|
|1982||Phoenix Inferno (indoor)||15||(8)|
|1987||Yugoslavia U18 (assistant)|
|1990–1991||Red Star Belgrade|
|1994–1996||Red Star Belgrade|
|2004||Red Star Belgrade|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Brusnica Velika village near Bosanski Brod, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FPR Yugoslavia, Petrović played for the NK Osijek during most of his career. He is remembered as one of the best player of the generation which achieve promotion for NK Osijek in late 1970s. After his career at NK Osijek he also spent some time in the United States.
As a manager, he has been in charge of NK Osijek, FK Spartak Subotica, FK Rad, FK Vojvodina, and finally Red Star, with whom he won the 1991 European Cup. He has also managed Spanish RCD Espanyol, Uruguayan C.A. Peñarol, Austrian Grazer AK and Chinese Shanghai Shenhua and Beijing Guoan. He had another two spells at Red Star before moving to Bulgaria in the 2000s to coach PFC Levski Sofia and later PFC Litex Lovech. He came back to Serbia in March 2008 to become the manager of OFK Beograd, but he resigned from this position one month later. July 2, 2008, Petrović became the head coach of Croatian First League team Croatia Sesvete, thus becoming the first Serbian head coach of a Croatian first division team after the Yugoslav wars. On December 23, 2008 he was appointed for the head coach of his former team FK Vojvodina from Novi Sad, title challengers in the Serbian Superliga for 2008-09 season. Yet, after gaining only one point in the first two matches of the second part of the season, he resigned from this position on March 8, 2009. As of 2010 he is coached Croatian side NK Lokomotiva a youth division of Croatian football giant NK Dinamo Zagreb.
FK Sarajevo controversy
Petrović was on the 8th of April 2014  announced as the successor of the recently sacked Croatian manager Robert Jarni as the head of the FK Sarajevo team. However, only two days after, a picture of the manager and deceased Serbian paramilitary commander Arkan erupted in the Bosnian media depicting Petrović holding a weapon while instructed by the war criminal. This resulted in a hurried press conference where the FK Sarajevo board of members announced that no contract would be signed with Petrović. The manager himself agreed to the decision, citing the possibility of strained working conditions after the unexpected publication. He however claimed no involvement in the Yugoslav wars nor the paramilitary activities of Arkan. Petrović managed FK Sarajevo for only one day, conducting a single training with the players. The authenticity of the photo has later been brought to doubt.
Petrović is married to Snežana with whom he has two children: son Srđan and daughter Svetlana. He also has two grandchildren: Nikola and Anastasija.
- Spartak Subotica
- Vojvodina Novi Sad
- Red Star Belgrade
- Levski Sofia
- Litex Lovech
- Bulgarian Cup 2004
- Beijing Guoan
- Chinese FA Cup 2003
|European Cup Winning Coach