Jokanović as Muangthong United coach
|Date of birth||16 August 1968|
|Place of birth||Novi Sad, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
|1999–2000||Deportivo La Coruña||23||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
A physical, not devoid of skill, defensive midfielder, with excellent aerial ability, he impressed at Partizan before spending seven seasons in La Liga with three different clubs, amassing totals of 208 games of 31 goals mainly at the service of Tenerife; he also played for two years at Chelsea towards the end of his career.
Born in Novi Sad, Vojvodina, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Jokanović started playing for hometown side FK Novi Sad, making his senior debuts with another team in his city, FK Vojvodina, which helped win its second national title, in the 1988–89 season, with four goals in 24 matches.
In 1990, Jokanović joined Belgrade's FK Partizan. In his second year he helped the club win the domestic cup and, in his third, he scored an impressive 13 league goals (a career-best), being one of several players to net in double digits – the team scored 103 in 36 games – en route to the league conquest.
After impressive displays at Partizan, Jokanović signed for Real Oviedo in Spain. During his two-year spell he partnered compatriots Janko Janković, Nikola Jerkan and Robert Prosinečki and, subsequently, he joined fellow La Liga side CD Tenerife, being instrumental in the Canary Islands' domestic consolidation.
In the 1999 summer, aged 31, Jokanović signed for Deportivo de La Coruña, forming a physical midfield partnership with Brazilians Mauro Silva and Donato Gama da Silva – the trio combined for 85 games and five goals – as the Galicians won their first ever league title.
After only one season with Depor, Jokanović signed with Premier League Chelsea in October 2000, for £1.7 million. He appeared relatively for the Blues during two seasons and was released in July 2002 at nearly 34, hanging up his boots after playing just three months in the Spanish second division with Ciudad de Murcia.
Jokanović was living in Madrid when he joined, in September 2007, the technical staff of third division team Club Atlético de Pinto. However, three months later, he became the head coach of Partizan, replacing Miroslav Đukić, who left to take the reins of the national side. His family (wife and three children) remained in the Spanish capital.
In May 2008, under Jokanović's management, Partizan won the double (league and cup). He was also selected as the year's "Best Coach in Serbia" by the Football Association of Serbia, but refused to receive this award due to Partizan's poor results in the group stage of the UEFA Cup.
In his first full season Jokanović led Partizan to another double, winning the league with 19 points in advance to former club Vojvodina; thus, he became the first coach in the club's history to successfully defend the accolades. On 5 September 2009, however, he left the post, by mutual consent, bidding farewell to the club through an open letter.
On 28 February 2012, Muangthong United F.C. introduced Jokanović as their new head coach, and he signed a one-year contract with an option for a further two years. In his first and only season he led the club to the third Thai Premier League title in its history, being undefeated throughout the whole campaign.
Jokanović played six times for Yugoslavia, his debut coming on 27 February 1991 in a friendly with Turkey, playing the last 10 minutes in the place of Željko Petrović. He then appeared in some UEFA Euro 1992 qualifying matches, helping the national team top its group – although it would eventually be prevented from taking part in the final stages in Sweden, due to the Yugoslav Wars.
Jokanović represented Serbia and Montenegro in a further 58 matches, appearing for the nation at the 1998 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2000. In the former competition, he played in four complete matches as the national side reached the round-of-16; in the latter he appeared three times, being sent off against Spain in a 3–4 loss, with the team also reaching the last-eight stage.
- Muangthong United
- Euro 2000 profile; BBC Sport
- Jokanovic leaves Chelsea; BBC Sport, 10 July 2002
- Nisam navijao za zvezdu u bariju; Press Online, 19 October 2008 (Serbian)
- Jokanovic verlässt Partizan (Jokanovic leaves Partizan); Transfermarkt, 5 September 2009 (German)
- Jokanović nije više trener Partizana!; Partizan's official website (Serbian)
- Muangthong introduced Slavisa Jokanovic as new coach; Muangthong's official website
- Jokanović osvojio titulu na Tajlandu (Jokanović wins title in Thailand); Srpskifudbal, 15 October 2012 (Serbian)
- Йоканович е новият треньор на "Левски" (Jokanović announced as the new manager of "Levski" Sofia); Topsport, 16 July 2013 (Bulgarian)
- Yugoslavia hit by fine; BBC Sport, 23 June 2000
- Stats at Liga de Fútbol Profesional (Spanish)
- BDFutbol profile
- Slaviša Jokanović career stats at Soccerbase
- National team data (Serbian)
- Slaviša Jokanović at National-Football-Teams.com
- Levski Sofia official profile
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