Vlado Jagodić

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Vlado Jagodić
Personal information
Full name Vlado Jagodić
Date of birth (1964-03-22) March 22, 1964 (age 50)
Place of birth Bosanska Gradiška, SFR Yugoslavia
Playing position Defender, Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Zadrugar
Lijevče
Sloga Gornji Podgradci
Laktaši
BSK Banja Luka
Rudar Prijedor
Kozara Gradiška
Borac Banja Luka
Morava Ćuprija
Teams managed
2002–2007 FK Laktaši
2008 Borac Banja Luka (sport director)
2008–2009 Borac Banja Luka
2009–2010 Ljubić Prnjavor
2010–2011 Borac Banja Luka
2011– Bosnia and Herzegovina U21
2011–2012 Kozara Gradiška
2012–2013 Čelik Zenica
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only. † Appearances (Goals).

Vlado Jagodić (Serbian Cyrillic: Владо Јагодић; born March 22, 1964 in Bosanska Gradiška, SFR Yugoslavia) is a former Bosnian Serb football player and referee and now the manager of Bosnia and Herzegovina U21.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Jagodić played with lower-league Bosnian clubs FK Zadrugar, FK Lijevče, FK Sloga DIPO, FK Laktaši, FK BSK Banja Luka, FK Rudar Ljubija and FK Kozara Gradiška before joining FK Borac Banja Luka and playing with them in the First League of FR Yugoslavia as Borac was stationed in Serbia at the time because of the Bosnian War. Later he also played with Serbian side FK Morava Ćuprija.[2]

His biggest playing successes came with FK Borac Banja Luka where he won two Republika Srpska Cup titles in seasons 1994/95 and 1995/96. He scored the second goal in the final against FK Rudar Prijedor in the 1994/95 campaign in front of 20.000 spectators, only days after the signing of the Dayton Peace Agreement. During his career at Borac, he played in over 250 matches and scored over 80 goals.[3]

Although he played briefly as a defender, he spent the majority of his career as a striker.

Refereeing career[edit]

Parallel with his playing and managerial career, Jagodić was a successful referee starting in the refereeing system of SFR Yugoslavia. He got his first refereeing license in 1984 followed by a republic-level license in 1986 and a federal license in 1990. Later on, he was placed on the FIFA's Referees List and was a licensed futsal referee from 2002 to 2006.[4]

He refereed during the inaugural two seasons of the joint Bosnian Premier League, 2002/03 and 2003/04. After the match between HNK Orašje and FK Sarajevo, he was removed from the refereeing list without explanation.

Coaching career[edit]

Laktaši[edit]

Jagodić was the mastermind behind the rise of FK Laktaši through the leagues in the recent years. He took over as the manager of the club in the winter break of the 2002/03 season when Laktaši were competing in the Third League of Republika Srpska - West, 4th tier of the Bosnia & Herzegovina football pyramid. In only a few months, the club managed to win their league and was promoted to the 3rd tier, Second League of Republika Srpska - West.

The next season in the upper tier proved to be even more impressive when Jagodić led the club to another title and achieved promotion to First League of Republika Srpska.[5]

During the next few seasons, Laktaši found themselves in the middle of the table until finally winning the First League of Republika Srpska in the season 2006/07 and reaching promotion to the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the top national tier.

Jagodić's ambition continued in the top flight in the season 2007/08 where Laktaši continued with several good performances. However, he was sacked from his post in December 2007. According to the club's official statement, his contract was cancelled due to inappropriate comments in the media.[6]

During his 5 year tenure at the club, he achieved three promotions by winning three titles where he led the club from the 4th to top tier.

Borac Banja Luka (sports director)[edit]

Jagodić was named as the sporting director of FK Borac Banja Luka in January 2008.[7]

Borac Banja Luka[edit]

After Milomir Odović was sacked from the manager position at Borac in September 2008, Jagodić was promoted to that position from his role of sports director.[8] During the season 2008/09 Borac played well under Jagodić eventually finishing fifth and winning the Republika Srpska Cup. However, much to the surprise of everyone, Jagodić was relieved of duty in June 2009 after failed renegotiation of his contract.[9]

Ljubić[edit]

FK Ljubić Prnjavor named Jagodić as their manager in October 2009 hoping that he can save them from relegation from the First League of Republika Srpska. Although he recorded some good results, he failed to avoid relegation and left the club after he was offered the manager position back in Borac.[10]

Borac Banja Luka[edit]

Jagodić rejoined FK Borac Banja Luka in August 2010 after a poor start to the season with the previous manager. He remained on the bench for the whole season and although he managed to win the Bosnian Premier League in that 2010/11 season, the club decided not to extend his contract.[11] He left the club in June 2011 and concentrated on his position in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national under-21 football team.

Bosnia & Herzegovina U-21[edit]

Towards the end of his tenure in Borac, he took over the Bosnia and Herzegovina U21 team.[12] After a successful campaign where Bosnia & Herzegovina narrowly missed the play-offs, his contract was extended in September 2012 for another qualification cycle.[13]

Kozara[edit]

Since the Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina made a recommendation that the U21 national team manager should also manage a club in order to track players more efficiently, Jagodić took over as the manager of FK Kozara Gradiška for the 2011/12 season. Although he did manage to record some good results, at the end he failed to save them from relegation and resigned from his position shortly after the start of the second part of the season.[14]

During his tenure at FK Kozara, Jagodić was given the award of "Best coach of Republika Srpska of 2011" by Football Association of Republika Srpska and Sportski žurnal, mainly due to his success at Borac.[15]

Čelik Zenica[edit]

In June 2012, Jagodić took over the manager position at NK Čelik Zenica.[16]

Mediterranean Games[edit]

Jagodić took charge of the Bosnian team playing in the 2013 Mediterranean Games.[17] Bosnia finished the tournament in 5th place.

Honours[edit]

Player honours[edit]

FK Borac Banja Luka

Managerial honours[edit]

FK Laktaši
FK Borac Banja Luka

References[edit]