Aleksandar Janković

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Aleksandar Janković
Personal information
Full name Aleksandar Janković
Date of birth (1972-05-06) May 6, 1972 (age 46)
Place of birth Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1982–1991 Red Star Belgrade
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992 Bonnyrigg White Eagles 8 (0)
1992–1994 AS Cherbourg
1994–1995 Pau FC
Kansas City Wizards
Teams managed
1999–2001 Red Star Belgrade (assistant)
2002–2003 Levski Sofia (assistant)
2003–2004 Red Star Belgrade (assistant)
2004–2005 Metalurh Donetsk (assistant)
2005 Lokeren (assistant)
2006 Lokomotiv Moscow (assistant)
2006–2007 Lokeren (assistant)
2007–2008 Red Star Belgrade
2009 Lokeren
2010–2013 Serbia U-21
2012–2013 Red Star Belgrade
2014–2016 Mechelen
2016–2017 Standard Liège
2017–2018 Mechelen
2018– China U-19 B
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Aleksandar Janković (Serbian Cyrillic: Александар Јанковић; born May 6, 1972) is a Serbian football coach and former football player. Helast managed KV Mechelen in the Belgian First Division A.

Playing career[edit]

He played football professionally for his hometown club Red Star Belgrade and FK Napredak Kruševac in Serbia, Bonnyrigg White Eagles Football Club (under the name of Sasha Jankovic) in Australia, AS Cherbourg Football and Pau FC in France, and Kansas City Wizards in the United States, before ending his playing career aged 28, due to a knee injury.

Coaching career[edit]

While playing at Pau FC, Janković met his compatriot, coach Slavoljub Muslin who would turn out to be an important figure for his eventual venture into coaching. Following the injury that forced him to end his playing career, Janković came into the Red Star organization (club coached by Muslin at the time) in an adviser-scout role during the early 2000. At the end of the 2000–01 season that saw Red Star win another league title (after winning the league and cup double the previous season), Ratko Dostanić, Muslin's assistant, took the head coaching job at FK Obilić, and Muslin offered the vacated place to Janković who thus became Red Star's assistant coach on July 5, 2001 at the age of 29.[1]

However, Janković wouldn't get to stay at his new job for long as very early into the 2001–02 season Muslin abruptly resigned as head coach after the 2001–02 UEFA Champions League qualifying first leg loss to Bayer Leverkusen and Janković left as well.

In March 2002, Muslin resurfaced as head coach at Levski Sofia and Janković followed him there to be his assistant. In April 2003, Muslin got the sack and Janković left again as well.

Couple of months later, during summer 2003 offseason, the duo returned to their old stomping grounds at Red Star. After Zoran Filipović got sacked, Muslin got the head coaching job, and, Janković, by now his established second-in-command, was on his way to Belgrade as well.

From there Janković followed Muslin to Metalurh Donetsk, Lokeren, Lokomotiv Moscow, and back to Lokeren, respectively.

From July 2007, he has been an advance scout in Red Star, and his duties mainly included scouting opponents' players and tactics.

Red Star Belgrade[edit]

After Milorad Kosanović's resignation on 9 November 2007, Janković was appointed new head coach of Red Star. Yet, after failing to earn a title in the national championship or in the national cup, he was fired June 11, 2008, to be replaced by Zdeněk Zeman.

Janković has since been appointed head of the Red Star Belgrade Football School.[2]


On April 6, 2009 he has been named the new SC Lokeren coach, the Serbian signed until June 2010 and replaces Georges Leekens.[3] On 25 October 2009 Janković was fired after a series of bad results.


As of match played 25 January 2018
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
P W D L Win %
Red Star Belgrade November 2007 June 2008 24 16 6 2 066.67
SC Lokeren April 2009 October 2009 17 5 2 10 029.41
Serbia U-21 November 2010 December 2012 15 7 4 4 046.67
Red Star Belgrade August 2012 March 2013 23 14 2 7 060.87
Mechelen May 2014 September 2016 88 35 23 30 039.77
Standard Liège September 2016 April 2017 35 9 16 10 025.71
Mechelen November 2017 January 2018 10 3 1 6 030.00
Total 212 89 54 69 041.98

Personal life[edit]

Aleksandar is married and has two children. His father is a notable Serbian sports journalist Dobrivoje "Bobi" Janković. He has been dubbed as "Serbian Mourinho" due to his charisma and cult status he has enjoyed among the players and fans.[4]


  1. ^ Janković za MONDO: Zvezda kao sudbina , MTS Mondo, December 17, 2007 Archived December 19, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Aleksandar Janković starts Crvena Zvezda Football School". 2008-08-20. Retrieved 2008-08-20.[dead link]
  3. ^ "Jankovic officeel opvolger van Leekens". Archived from the original on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2009-04-07.
  4. ^ Serbian Mourinho[permanent dead link] (in Serbian)

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