Predrag Jokanović

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Predrag Jokanović
Personal information
Full name Predrag Jokanović
Date of birth (1968-10-26) 26 October 1968 (age 45)
Place of birth Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1991 Zemun 44 (3)
1988–1989 Spartak Subotica (loan) 13 (0)
1991–1993 OFK Kikinda 25 (8)
1993–1995 União Madeira 41 (10)
1995–2001 Marítimo 137 (14)
2001–2003 Nacional 35 (1)
Teams managed
2007–2008 Nacional
2009–2010 Nacional
2010–2011 Nacional
2011–2013 União Madeira
2014–0000 Bravos do Maquis
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Predrag Jokanović (Serbian Cyrillic: Пpeдpaг Joкaнoвић; born 26 October 1968) is a Serbian retired professional footballer and a current manager.

In his playing days, spent almost exclusively in Portugal – exactly ten years, nine of those in the first division, where he amassed totals of 191 games and 18 goals – he played mainly as a defensive midfielder (although he could occasionally appear as a central defender).

After retiring in 2003 Jokanović took on a manager career, in the same country.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Belgrade, Jokanović spent the vast majority of his professional playing career on the Portuguese island of Madeira, appearing for each of the region's biggest teams. He started at C.F. União in 1993 in the top flight and, when the team was relegated two years later, he transferred to neighbours C.S. Marítimo, the biggest and most successful of the local teams, enjoying six steady seasons in which he inclusively played in the 1998–99 UEFA Cup, losing to Leeds United on penalties.

In 2001, after helping his team to the final of the Cup of Portugal, Jokanović was released by the club, and promptly signed for fierce rivals C.D. Nacional, who competed in the second division. After just one season at the club, he helped it win promotion, and played there for one more year, before retiring at almost 35 years of age.

Coaching career[edit]

After almost two years in charge of the club's under-19, Jokanović was appointed manager of Nacional midway through 2006–07, and left the club at the end of the following season. After two years as an assistant – he also served the team as a scout and a match observer – he was re-signed on 13 December 2009,[1] replacing Manuel Machado who was recovering from surgery-related complications.

At the end of the 2009–10 season, Jokanović definitely replaced Machado at Nacional's helm, proffiting from the opportunity by signing several of his former compatriots (one Montenegrin, one Slovene and three Croats), as his teams rarely fielded more than two or three Portuguese players.

On 13 March 2011, following a 1–1 home draw against Académica de Coimbra – who equalized in the 92nd minute – Jokanović was fired by Nacional.[2][3] He remained connected with the team subsequently, in the scouting department.

Jokanović returned to União da Madeira on 11 November 2011 (after 18 years), being appointed head coach at the second level club. At the end of the 2012–13 season, he left the team.[4]

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