Danilo Dončić

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Danilo Dončić
Danilo Doncic during the game.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1969-08-20) 20 August 1969 (age 49)
Place of birth Vranje, SFR Yugoslavia
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Valletta (Manager)
Youth career
1981–1989 FK Beograd
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1990 Rudar Prijedor 23 (1)
1990–1992 Napredak Kruševac
1992–1993 Čukarički
1993–1994 FK Beograd
1994–1997 Valletta 63 (58)
1997–1999 Lokomotiv Sofia 50 (17)
1999–2001 Imortal DC 43 (6)
2001–2006 Sliema Wanderers 133 (93)
Teams managed
2006–2007 San Gwann
2007–2008 Floriana
2008–2010 Lokomotiv Sofia (assistant)
2010–2011 Kavala (assistant)
2011–2012 Sliema Wanderers
2012–2013 Tarxien Rainbows
2013–2014 Mosta
2014 St. Andrews
2014–2015 Al-Najma
2015–2016 Ethnikos Achnas
2016–2017 St. Andrews
2017–2019 Valletta
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Danilo Dončić (Serbian Cyrillic: Данило Дончић; born August 20, 1969) is a Serbian football manager and former player.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Vranje but spent most of his early life in Belgrade.[1] He started his youth football career with FK Beograd before joining his first professional football team, FK Rudar Prijedor playing back then in the Yugoslav Second League.

Playing career[edit]

He continued his professional career with famous Serbian football clubs FK Napredak Kruševac, FK Čukarički before returning to FK Beograd.[2] Having spent the majority of his early football career in Serbia, Dončić decided to try the international waters by joining Valletta where he won all possible Maltese Cups in one season 2006–07 and was the top scorer[3] in Malta by breaking the record of scoring 32 league goals in one season. He left Malta for one of the top Bulgarian clubs Lokomotiv Sofia and continued his career by moving to Portugal playing for Imortal DC. After that he spent five years playing for Sliema Wanderers F.C. where he won three league campaigns in a row and one trophy. In those years of his most success Dončić was three times top scorer of the Maltese Premier League. In total, he played eight years in Malta with a record of 196 games played and 151 goals scored. In May 2006 at the age of 37, Dončić retired from playing football.

Coaching career[edit]

Dončić decided to concentrate on coaching and soon after he finished his career as a player, he started coaching the First Division Maltese team San Gwann F.C. in 2006. In the consecutive season, he signed with Floriana F.C. as a head coach of this premier Maltese team. Floriana, a team with a successful football history placed fifth in the Premiere league and was a semi-finalist in the Trophy for the same year.

Following this achievement, Dončić got invited by one of the best Serbian coaches, Dragan Okuka, where he accepted to become his first assistant coach in Dončić's ex-club PFC Lokomotiv Sofia.[4][5][6] Subsequently, Dončić moves on to a top Greek league team Kavala F.C. together with Dragan Okuka. After some time, Okuka resigned and Dončić continued working with Henryk Kasperczak till the year 2011. At the same time, Dončić was contacted by Sliema Wanderers F.C. for the post of a head coach and he returned to Malta to take over his ex-team Sliema Wanderers from February 2011 till May 2012. Remainder of 2012. Danilo is coaching Tarxien Rainbows F.C. Premier League team. His career continues with Mosta F.C. (2013–2014) and St. Andrews F.C. (2014- Autumn 2014) as a Club Manager.[7] With start of new football season Danilo decides to accept the offer of Al-Najma (2014–2015) on position of Club Manager.[8] Following successful year at Al-Najma Danilo takes the contract with Ethnikos Achnas (2015-2016). Danilo is back to the Maltese Premier League after reaching an agreement with St. Andrews.[9][10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Official website". Danilodoncic.com. Retrieved January 26, 2014.
  2. ^ "UEFA Champions League – Danilo Doncic – UEFA.com". 2000.uefa.com. August 20, 1969. Archived from the original on December 11, 2013. Retrieved October 4, 2012.
  3. ^ Maltese Top Scorers List, The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation – archive
  4. ^ Doncic as Lokomotiv hit top gear, The Times of Malta – archive
  5. ^ Danilo Doncic to Take Up Coaching Role at Lokоmotiv Sofia, News.bg – archive
  6. ^ Сърбин поема Локомотив (Сф), Blitz.bg – archive
  7. ^ Danilo takes over as St. Andrews coach. Article Times of Malta
  8. ^ Danilo Lands Coaching Position in Bahrain Article Times of Malta Sep. 2014
  9. ^ Danilo Replaces Borg as Coach of St. Andrews Article Times of Malta Oct. 2016
  10. ^ Danilo Doncic Kowc Gdid Ta St.Andrews Article Esklussiva Oct. 2016

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