Mehmet Durakovic

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Mehmet Duraković
Personal information
Full name Mehmet Duraković
Date of birth (1965-10-13) 13 October 1965 (age 48)
Place of birth Titograd, SFR Yugoslavia
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Selangor (Manager/Head coach)[1]
Youth career
Footscray JUST
Port Melbourne Sharks
Budućnost Titograd
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1988 Brunswick Juventus 61 (2)
1988 Footscray JUST (loan) 25 (1)
1989–1995 South Melbourne 138 (5)
1995–1998 Selangor 82 (3)
1998–1999 Sydney Olympic 21 (0)
1999–2000 Gippsland Falcons 25 (0)
2000–2004 South Melbourne 98 (1)
Total 450 (12)
National team
1990–2002 Australia 64 (6)
Teams managed
2003–2005 Port Melbourne Sharks
2005–2007 VIS
2008–2011 Melbourne Victory Youth
2011 Melbourne Victory (Caretaker)
2011–2012 Melbourne Victory
2013– Selangor FA
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of November 02, 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of October 31, 2013

Mehmet Duraković (born 13 October 1965) is an Australian football (soccer) coach and former player. Born in Titograd, Yugoslavia, now Podgorica, Montenegro, he spent his playing career as a defender for a number of clubs in the Australian National Soccer League, with a brief stint in Malaysia with Selangor. Durakovic made 64 appearances and scored six goals for the Australian national team. He was head coach of A-league club Melbourne Victory from March 2011 until January 2012.

Early life[edit]

Mehmet Durakovic was born in Montenegro into an Albanian family that was one of thousands living in the Yugoslav state.[2] Durakovic has stated, ‘‘When people ask me where I was born I say Montenegro. When they ask about the nationality of my family I say I am Albanian. We moved to Melbourne when I was six, though, so we are Australian really’’.[2]

The Durakovic family left Yugoslavia in search of better work and opportunities for their growing children. They went to Italy for three months to decide whether to go to America or Australia, choosing Australia. The family settled within the migrant communities of St Albans in 1971, and began to adapt to life in Australia reasonably well. Mehmet's official playing days began at Footscray juniors, and then he moved on to Port Melbourne juniors when the family moved to the Inner-city suburbs. He was with Port Melbourne from Under-10s to Under-16s.

After living in Australia for ten years, Mehmet's parents had missed their family and friends in Montenegro and moved back. Although unhappy, Mehmet began to take his soccer more seriously. He played with local clubs in the lower divisions. However, in just over a year Budućnost Titograd, who played in the Yugoslav First League, asked him to trial with them.[2]

With Titograd being over an hour away from his home, the club put him in a hotel. Although it was a good introduction into professional soccer, the senior players at Budućnost would pull his shirt and kick him a lot, viewing him as a threat to their positions.[2] Even though Durakovic developed a lot in Budućnost, he was lonely with only Dejan Savićević the only other person he was friendly with.[2] In 1984, Durakovic missing Australia, returned by himself and immediately joined Port Melbourne senior team. After one month, he had been signed by NSL club Brunswick Juventus.

Club career[edit]

Durakovic was a defender for Brunswick Juventus from 1985 to 1988, making 61 appearances and scoring two goals for the club. He spent most of his first year at Juventus in the reserves or on the bench for the seniors. He came off the bench a couple of times in 1985, but did not make his full debut until late that season. His second game for Juventus was the grand final against Sydney City. He was part of Juventus' 1985 NSL Championship winning team.

In 1987, Brunswick began a downhill slide and were relegated from the NSL by 1988. Mehmet was loaned out to Footscray JUST in 1988 and stayed just one year. He made 25 appearances (one goal), before moving to South Melbourne where he made 138 appearances and scored five goals from 1989 to 1995. He was part of South Melbourne's 1991 NSL Championship winning team.

In 1994, Ken Worden was the coach of Selangor FA in Malaysia and the club was having a tournament to open their brilliant new stadium. Vasco de Gama, Dundee United, Bayern Munich, Leeds and Selangor were all to play and Ken wanted to strengthen his squad for the tournament. In the end, Eddie Krncevic, Bruce Grobbelaar and Mehmet Durakovic were asked to play a couple games. Impressed with what they saw, they paid South Melbourne $130,000 for his transfer. In 1995, Durakovic moved to Malaysia where he played for Selangor until 1998 before returning to Australia, joining Sydney Olympic, for whom he played 21 times from 1998 to 1999. His next NSL club was Gippsland Power, where he made 25 appearances in 1999 and 2000.

In his final move, Durakovic returned to South Melbourne in 2000, making a further 98 appearances until retiring in 2004. He was named in South's team of the century in 2000.[3]

International career[edit]

Durakovic played 64 times for the Australian national team from 1990 to 2002, including several FIFA World Cup qualification campaigns. In the qualifying campaign for the 1994 World Cup, he scored a vital goal against Canada to level the tie on aggregate. In the subsequent play-off against Argentina, he marked Diego Maradona.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

Durakovic's coaching career began with Port Melbourne Sharks in 2003. He then became the coach of the Victorian Institute of Sport Football (Soccer) Program. In 2008, Mehmet Durakovic was appointed the inaugural coach of the Melbourne Victory Youth Team. He stayed in the role until 2011, when he was appointed the caretaker coach of the Melbourne Victory FC senior team, following Ernie Merrick's sacking during Victory's Asian Champions League campaign.[4][5]

Under Durakovic as caretaker head coach, Melbourne Victory won one of their remaining Asian Champions League fixtures and drew the others. Subsequently in June 2011 Durakovic was named as Merrick's permanent replacement, signing a two-year deal.[6][7]

As Melbourne Victory's coach, he signed Isaka Cernak,[8] Tando Velaphi,[9] Marco Rojas,[10] James Jeggo, Jean Carlos Solórzano,[11] Harry Kewell,[12] Fabio,[13] Lawrence Thomas[13] and Ante Čović.

Under the weight of expectation, particularly in the light of Kewell's arrival, Melbourne Victory started the 2011-12 A-League season poorly, failing to score in their first three games and remaining without a win until Round 4. As the season progressed, Melbourne Victory's performances remained inconsistent, and following successive away losses against Brisbane Roar and Central Coast Mariners which saw Victory fall to eighth position, in January 2012 Durakovic was sacked after only seven months in the job.[14] He was succeeded by former Ipswich Town and Queens Park Rangers manager Jim Magilton.

In November 2012, Durakovic was appointed as senior technical director at Victorian Premier League club South Melbourne.

Durakovic returned to Malaysia to become head coach and manager of his former team Selangor FA in November 2013, signing a 3-year contract.[15][16]

Coaching statistics[edit]

As of 28 June 2012
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Melbourne Victory Australia March 2011 January 2012 19 4 9 6 21.05
Selangor Malaysia November 2013 0 0 0 0 !
Total 19 4 9 6 21.05


With Australia:

With Brunswick Juventus:

With South Melbourne FC:

With Selangor FA:

Personal Honours:

  • Pingat Jasa Kebaktian (The Meritorious Service Medal in Malaysia): 1995
  • South Melbourne's Team of the Century: 2000


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  2. ^ a b c d e Wallace, Neil Montagnana (2004). Our Socceroos. 20 Alfred street, Milsons Point, NSW: Random House Australia Pty Ltd. pp. 164–169. ISBN 1 74051 306 1. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Durakovic closes curtain on brilliant career". South Melbourne FC. 5 March 2004. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  4. ^ Foxsports Australia
  5. ^ Sportal,-merrick-part-114976
  6. ^ Durakovic gets Victory job
  7. ^ Courier Mail
  8. ^ "Victory Swoop For Cernak". FourFourTwo Australia. Haymarket Group. 20 October 2010. 
  9. ^ "Velaphi Move To Victory Sealed". FourFourTwo Australia. Haymarket Group. 8 February 2011. 
  10. ^ "Victory secure Rojas signing". A-League Official Website. 11 March 2011. 
  11. ^ "Victory snare Roar's Solorzano". A-League Official Website. 28 March 2011. 
  12. ^ Smithies, Tom (20 August 2011). "Harry Kewell signs three-year deal with Melbourne Victory". The Daily Telegraph (Sydney: Nationwide News Pty Limited). 
  13. ^ a b "2011/12 Playing Squad Nearing Completion". Melbourne Victory. 15 September 2011. 
  14. ^ "Durakovic given his marching orders". ABC. 7 January 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
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