Branko Smiljanić, Serbian football manager
|Date of birth||September 27, 1957|
|Place of birth||Belgrade, FPR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|1995–1996||Obilić (Assistant Coach)|
|2000–2002||Jordan (Technical Director)|
|2016||BEC Tero Sasana|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
- 1 Personal life
- 2 Playing career
- 3 Managerial career
- 4 Achievements as manager
- 5 References
- 6 External links
His son, Milan Smiljanić is a professional footballer who has played for top European clubs like FK Partizan, RCD Espanyol, Sporting de Gijón, Gençlerbirliği S.K., Maccabi Netanya and is currently playing for Perth Glory in the A-League.
Branko began his professional footballing career in 1970 with his parent club, OFK Beograd, based in his hometown Belgrade, and played there for the next 8 years. He was also part of the squad which reached the Quarter-finals of the 1972–73 UEFA Cup. In 1978, he signed a one-year contract with FC Mercator. He moved back on a one-year contract to Belgrade and his former club, OFK Beograd. In 1981, he moved to Užice where he signed a long-term contract with FK Sloboda Užice.
He first moved out of Serbia in 1983 to Sweden and more accurately to Kalmar where he signed a long-term contract with Kalmar AIK FK. After a two-year spell with the Kalmar-based club, he moved to the city of Mönsterås where he signed a long term contract with FC Mönsterås.
Branko holds the UEFA Pro Licence, the highest football coaching qualification. He received the UEFA Pro Licence in 2007 from the Football Association of Serbia. He also holds the UEFA A License (from the Football Association of Serbia and Montenegro since 2005), UEFA B License (from the Swedish Football Association since 1988) and also the UEFA C License (from the Swedish Football Association since 1987). He has also obtained a graduate degree in Physical Education in 1996 from the University of Novi Sad.
He began his professional managerial career with the U-20 team of FK Obilić in 1993. In 1995, he was appointed as the assistant coach of the first team of the club. In his one-year spell with the club, he helped them achieve the runners-up position in the 1994–95 FR Yugoslavia Cup.
In 1998, he moved to Čačak where he was appointed as the head coach of FK Borac Čačak. He helped the club win the 1998–99 Second League of FR Yugoslavia (West Group) with 47 points from 14 wins and 5 draws.
In 1999, he moved back to his hometown Belgrade where he was appointed as the head coach of FK Milicionar.
In 2003, he moved back to Jordan and to the capital city, Amman where he was appointed as the head coach of Jordan League club, Al-Faisaly SC. In his one-year spell with the Amman-based club, he helped them secure the second position in the 2003–04 Jordan League, win the 2004 Jordan FA Cup and the 2004 Jordan Super Cup.
In 2005, he moved back to Jordan and his former club, Al-Faisaly SC. He again helped them secure the second position in the 2005–06 Jordan League and win the 2005 Jordan FA Cup.
In 2006, he moved to the North Africa and more accurately to Libya where he was appointed as the head coach of Libyan Premier League club, Al-Ittihad Club. In his two-year spell with the Tripoli-based club, he helped them win the 2006–07 Libyan Premier League, 2006 Libyan Super Cup, 2007 Libyan Al-Fatih Cup, 2007–08 Libyan Premier League and the 2007 Libyan Super Cup. He also helped the club to reach the Semi-finals of the 2007 CAF Champions League which is till-date the best performance of the club in the competition.
In 2008, he was appointed as the head coach of Libya national under-20 football team. During his one-year spell with the U-20 national team, he helped them achieve the bronze medal in the 2009 Mediterranean Games. His team first topped the Group C with two draws against Montenegro U-20 and with the help of a 4–2 penalty shootout win over the Europeans in the second match. In the Semi-finals, they were defeated 1–0 by Italy U-20 and in the Third Place match they won 8–7 on penalties against France U-20 after the match had ended 0–0 at normal time.
After a successful stint with the U-20 national team of Libya, he was appointed as the head coach of the Libya national football team on a three-year contract.
In 2012, he moved back to Jordan where he was appointed as the head coach of Al-Wehdat SC, fierce rivals of his former club, Al-Faisaly SC. He helped the Amman New Camp-based club reach the Quarter-finals of the 2012 AFC Cup. On 31 August 2012, he was sacked by the club after a 2–0 defeat against Al-Arabi (Irbid), the club's second defeat in the past three matches.
In 2013, he moved back to Libya and to his former club, Al-Ittihad on a one-year contract.
With Assistant Coach, Yaqoob Ismail
On 20 November 2015, he arrived in Muscat, Oman and then moved to Saham where on 22 November 2014, he signed a six-month contract to be appointed as the head coach of Saham SC of Oman Professional League.
Achievements as manager
- Runners-up 1994–95
- Winners 1998–99 (West)
- Jordan FA Cup (2):
- Winners 2004, 2005
- Jordan Super Cup (1):
- Winners 2004
- AFC Cup (1):
- Winners 2005
- Libyan Cup (1):
- Winners 2007
- Libyan Super Cup (2):
- Third Place 2009
- Best Coach Award 2006,2007,2008
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- "Jordan's Al Wehdat sack head coach Branko Smiljanic". BOXSCORE.