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Coaching Krasnodar in 2011
|Full name||Slavoljub Muslin|
|Date of birth||June 15, 1953|
|Place of birth||Belgrade, FPR Yugoslavia|
|1975–1981||Red Star Belgrade||140||(3)|
|1983–1986||Stade Brestois 29||?||(0)|
|1989–1991||Stade Brestois 29|
|1995–1996||Girondins de Bordeaux|
|1997–1998||Le Mans UC72|
|1999–2001||Red Star Belgrade|
|2003–2004||Red Star Belgrade|
|2005–2006||FC Lokomotiv Moscow|
|2008–2009||FC Dinamo Minsk|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Slavoljub Muslin (Serbian Cyrillic: Cлaвoљуб Mуcлин; born June 15, 1953) is a Serbian football manager and a former player who last managed FC Krasnodar in Russian Premier League. He began his head coaching career in 1988 and has since had stints in France, Morocco, Serbia-Montenegro, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Belgium and Russia.
His son Marko is also a professional footballer.
Born to Croatian father Duje Muslin (from Split) and Serbian mother (from Kragujevac), Slavoljub Muslin was born and raised in Belgrade where he started playing football with OFK Beograd, continuing on in BASK, and FK Rad before transferring to Red Star Belgrade.
Muslin was a defensive stalwart for Red Star Belgrade in the 1970s. Throughout his 6 years at Marakana he played alongside some of the club's biggest stars like Dragan Džajić, Vladislav Bogićević, Jovan Aćimović, Vladimir Petrović, Dušan Savić, among others. He has won three championship titles with Red Star and finished as runner up in the UEFA Cup in 1978-79 losing the final to Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Pau and Bordeaux
Muslin spent the next three seasons at Pau FC before moving on to Girondins de Bordeaux in summer 1995. With a potent squad of quality up-and-coming players like Bixente Lizarazu, Christophe Dugarry as well as superstar-in-the-making Zinedine Zidane, Muslin led the team on a great run in the 1995-96 UEFA Cup ensuring progression to the quarterfinals before winter break 1995/96. He was sacked during spring 1996 due to poor domestic league form, which meant that he didn't get to lead the team in the UEFA Cup quarterfinals where the Girondins eliminated the favourites AC Milan and later made it to the final where they lost to a Bayern Munich team featuring the likes of Lothar Matthäus, Jürgen Klinsmann, Oliver Kahn, Markus Babbel, etc.
He went to Le Mans UC72 in the summer of 1997, but got the axe there couple of months into the season during November 1997.
He changed clubs during the 1998/99 season, moving to coaching the Moroccan side Raja Casablanca.
Red Star Belgrade
His old club Red Star Belgrade came calling in late summer 1999. Muslin took over the reins on September 20, in difficult circumstances after Miloljub Ostojić got sacked because of poor league form and embarrassing 0-1 first leg "home" loss (match was played in Sofia due to air traffic embargo imposed on FR Yugoslavia following the NATO bombing that ended a couple of months earlier) to Montpellier HSC in UEFA Cup first round. Though he couldn't lead his squad past the French team in the second leg (his first match in charge), Muslin won the domestic double (league & cup) at the end of the season in an impressive fashion.
He resigned his post on September 30, 2001, six weeks into the 2001-02 league season. The specific reason was never given, but it is widely believed it had to do with the ongoing simmering row with striker Mihailo Pjanović that came to a head during the Champions League 3rd round qualifying tie when Muslin dropped the 24-year-old forward and Red Star ended up losing 0-3 to Bayer Leverkusen.
Muslin was not without a job for too long as in late March 2002 Levski Sofia sacked their coach Rüdiger Abramczik mid-season and offered the job to the Serbian who promptly steered the team to the league and cup double in May. He was sacked in April 2003 as Levski was trailing the leaders by 8 points in the domestic league. The team went on to win the National Cup under the management of Georgi Todorov.
Red Star, again
In June 2003, Red Star came calling again after two seasons under coach Zoran Filipović. By the following spring Muslin brought his third title to the club as a coach, though just like in 2000/01 couldn't pull the double, this time losing the Cup final to Sartid Smederevo. The split from Red Star was again full of controversy. After winning the title, Muslin reportedly wanted more say in the club's transfer policy, essentially calling for his coaching role to be expanded into what club managers in England do. Red Star president Dragan Džajić would have none of it and a huge row erupted. At one point, usually calm and collected Džajić exploded in the media calling Muslin "the worst person he's ever met".
The next stop for Muslin in summer 2004 became Ukraine's Metalurh Donetsk, which he coached fairly successfully for the better part of 2004/05 domestic league season. He resigned his post on March 8, 2005, citing differences in opinion over the vision for the team's immediate future as the reason. His departure came after league matchday 17 with Metalurh occupying the 3rd spot in Vyscha Liha. Simultaneously, Muslin also led the team in 2004/05 UEFA Cup - with much less distinguished outcome - after successfully overcoming the qualifying stage, Metalurh was demolished by SS Lazio (0-6 on aggregate).
Then came Belgian side Lokeren between May and December 2005.
In December 2005, Muslin was appointed as coach of Lokomotiv Moscow. With star forward Dmitri Sychev as the team's undisputed leader on the pitch, Lokomotiv started the Russian League 2006 season in great fashion, jumping ahead early to the top of the table and going on an 18-match unbeaten streak at one point. Closely pursued by CSKA Moscow, Lokomotiv kept holding on to the top league spot until mid-October when a string of indifferent results saw them surrender it. Muslin was already under the gun following his team's elimination in UEFA Cup's first round to Belgian side S.V. Zulte Waregem, and after giving up the league leading position, he was promptly fired in October 2006.
On November 26, 2006, Muslin's return to Lokeren bench was announced. He arrived at the club in the middle of a bad run of results that prompted previous coach Ariël Jacobs' departure with Lokeren in 13th league spot. However, Muslin failed to raise the team's form and Lokeren barely avoided relegation, finishing the Belgian Jupiler League 2006/07 campaign in 16th spot (out of 18 teams). During the summer 2007, Muslin was replaced with Georges Leekens.
On September 7, 2007, Muslin was announced as the new coach of FC Khimki. At the time of his arrival following matchday 23 of the 2007 season, the team was occupying 11th league spot, only three points out of the relegation zone. Under his guidance, Khimki finished the season in 9th spot, five points out of the relegation zone. In the 2008 season after matchday 5 Khimki occupied the 16th spot out of 16 after 0-4 defeat from Rubin Kazan. On 14 April 2008, Muslin was fired.
On 7 August 2009 he signed a contract with the Cypriot club Anorthosis Famagusta, a year after the team's appearance in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League 2008-2009. The Serbian replaced German coach Ernst Middendorp. He was released in 2010, due to the elimination of team in the quarterfinals of the cup, although the team was second in the Championship.
- Website from LEVSKI2000
- Upoznavanje u trku, Glas javnosti, September 21, 1999
- Muslin podneo ostavku, Gov't of Serbia Web Portal, September 30, 2001
- Povratak Slavoljuba Muslina u Zvezdu, Gov't of Serbia Web Portal, June 10, 2003
- Zbogom Zvezdi zbog principa, Dnevnik, May 24, 2004
- Muslin talks about young talent Milan Pršo, as well as his own ethnic origins, Slobodna Dalmacija, January 30, 2005
- Muslin više nije trener Metalurga, B92, March 8, 2005
- Osvojicu Rusiju, Kurir, October 5, 2006
- Profile at Worldfootball.
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