Nikola Kavazović

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Nikola Kavazović
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Personal information
Date of birth (1975-07-29) 29 July 1975 (age 39)
Place of birth Belgrade, Yugoslavia
Height 177 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Sri Lanka
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1993 OFK Beograd
1993–1995 BASK
Teams managed
1996–2005 BASK
2006–2008 Zarkovo
2008–2010 Borac
2010–2012 Resnik
2012–2013 Istiqlol Dushanbe
2012–2013 Tajikistan
2014– Sri Lanka
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Nikola Kavazović (29 July 1975, Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia) is a Serbian professional football coach. Since June 2014, he is the head coach of Sri Lanka national football team. Kavazović is the former Tajikistan national football team head coach (2012 - 2013), and also former head coach of Tajikistan champions Istiqlol Dushanbe. As head coach of Istiqlol Dushanbe, Nikola Kavazović won AFC Presidents Cup 2012.[1] Kavazović successfully completed UEFA "A" license, and enrolled on UEFA "PRO" license in Football Federation of Bosnia and Hercegovina. In August 2012, he was the youngest national team head coach in the world.



Nikola Kavazovic started coaching job in 1996. in BASK Belgrade, as youth coach. Besides BASK, Kavazovic worked as youth and senior coach in BSK, Zarkovo, Borac and Resnik. In 1998. Kavazovic graduate on Belgrade Sports University as youngest high educated football coach in SR Yugoslavia.

Istiqlol FC[edit]

In January 2012, Kavazovic moved to Asia, Tajikistan, and become Istiqlol FC head coach. In his first season, Istiqlol won Tajikistan Supercup and AFC Presidents Cup. Also, they won silver medal in Tajikistan elite league, and lost Tajikistan Cup finals against Regar Tad Az after penalty series (8:7). In his second season, Istiqlol finished first part of season with record of 8 wins, 0 draws and one defeat. After 8 straight wins, Istiqlol lost away game to Champions Ravshan Kulob (1:0), and Kavazovic was sacked day after, on June 17, 2013.


In July 2012, Kavazovic got offer to become Tajikistan national head coach. On his debut, Tajikistan won Qatar in Munich (Germany) 2:1. Also, under him, Tajikistan won Pakistan (1:0) and Macau (3:0), and lost to Iran (6:1) and Kyrgyzstan (1:0). On March 28, 2013, Kavazovic resigned after failure to qualify for final tournament of AFC Challenge Cup 2014, during the press conference in Bishkek.

Sri Lanka[edit]

On 5 June 2014, Kavazović was appointed head coach of the Sri Lankan National Football Team.[2] On his debut, on August 24, 2014, Sri Lanka beat the Seycheles national team in Mahé, by two goals to one. This was the first away victory for Sri Lanka after 15 years.

Managerial Statistics[edit]

Team Nat. From To P W D L GS GA %W Honours Notes
Istiqlol Tajikistan January 2012 June 2013 46 36 6 4 129 22 78.26 AFC Presidents Cup Tajikistan Supercup
Tajikistan Tajikistan September 2012 March 2013 5 3 0 2 7 8 60.00
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka June 2014 4 1 1 2 3 6 25.00
  • Notes:

P – Total of played matches W – Won matches D – Drawn matches L – Lost matches GS – Goal scored GA – Goals against
%W – Percentage of matches won


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