Darije Kalezić

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Darije Kalezić
Personal information
Full name Darije Kalezić
Date of birth (1969-11-01) November 1, 1969 (age 47)
Place of birth Pfäffikon, Switzerland
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Wellington Phoenix
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1994 FK Velež Mostar ? (?)
1994–1995 FC Den Bosch 19 (0)
1995–2002 RKC Waalwijk 118 (3)
2002–2003 FK Velež Mostar 27 (0)
2003–2004 AGOVV Apeldoorn 32 (1)
2004–2006 De Graafschap 24 (1)
Total 220 (5)
Teams managed
2006–2008 De Graafschap (reserve/youth)
2008–2009 De Graafschap (assistant)
2009–2011 De Graafschap
2011 Zulte Waregem
2013 Stockport County
2013–2015 Jong PSV
2015–2016 Roda JC Kerkrade
2016 Al-Taawoun
2017– Wellington Phoenix
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Darije Kalezić (born November 1, 1969 in Pfäffikon, Switzerland) is a Bosnian-Swiss former footballer and is currently the manager of Wellington Phoenix FC in the A-League [1]

Playing career[edit]

Kalezić divided his career between Bosnia, where he played for FK Velež Mostar, and the Netherlands as player for FC Den Bosch, RKC Waalwijk, AGOVV Apeldoorn, De Graafschap. He retired in 2006.

Coaching career[edit]

De Graafschap[edit]

After retirement from football as a player, Kalezić accepted to stay at De Graafschap as a reserve/youth team coach from 2006 to 2008, and later on being promoted as assistant.[2]

On 25 February 2009 he was appointed interim manager of De Graafschap after previous manager Henk van Stee was dismissed due to poor results. Even though the team relegated at the end of the season, Kalezić was confirmed as head coach for the new season, in which he led the promptly bounce back into the Eredivisie by claiming the 2009–10 Eerste Divisie title.[2] He saved the team from relegation in 2010–11, leaving the club at the end of the season.

Zulte Waregem[edit]

In June 2011 he was announced as new head coach of Belgian Pro League club Zulte Waregem. On 27 December 2011 he was fired with Zulte Waregem in 14th place and two places above relegation.

Stockport County[edit]

On 24 January 2013, he was announced as manager of Stockport County.[3] He held this position until 20 March 2013 at which point he left the club via mutual consent.[4]

Jong PSV[edit]

Ahead of the 2013/14 season, Kalezić was appointed manager of Jong PSV, the reserve side of PSV Eindhoven, for their first season in the Eerste Divisie. Jong PSV finished the 2013/14 Eerste Divisie in 10th place. Kalezic guided the Jong PSV to a 14th place finish in the 2014/15 Eerste Divisie.

Roda JC[edit]

On 11 June 2015, Kalezić was appointed manager of newly promoted Roda JC on a two year contract. [5] Roda JC finished 14th, 5 points above relegation, on their return to the Eredivisie.

Kalezić was sacked on 10 May 2016 after making critical comments against the club’s Technical director, Ton Caanen.[6]

Al-Taawoun[edit]

On 2 June 2016, he was appointed as manager of Saudi club Al-Taawoun.[7] Kalezić was sacked on 15 October 2016 after just five league games in charge.[8]

Wellington Phoenix[edit]

On 7 June 2017, he was announced as manager of Hyundai A-League club Wellington Phoenix. [9]

Personal life[edit]

Kalezić's father is from Montenegro and his mother is from Sanski Most, Bosnia and Herzegovina.[10] His parents were guest workers in Switzerland when he was born, but they moved back to the Balkans, settling in Mostar when Darije was a child.[10]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 1 June 2017
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
De Graafschap 25 February 2009 30 June 2011 88 39 22 27 137 117 +20 044.32
Zulte Waregem 30 June 2011 27 December 2011 21 3 9 9 26 30 −4 014.29
Stockport County[11] 24 January 2013 20 March 2013 12 3 2 7 13 19 −6 025.00
Jong PSV 1 July 2013 11 June 2015 76 26 22 28 112 113 −1 034.21
Roda JC Kerkrade 11 June 2015 10 May 2016 38 11 10 17 47 63 −16 028.95
Al-Taawoun 2 June 2016 15 October 2016 7 2 1 4 10 15 −5 028.57
Career total 242 84 66 92 345 357 −12 034.71

Honours[edit]

As a coach[edit]

With De Graafschap:

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/football/a-league/93409679/wellington-phoenix-name-darije-kalezic-as-their-new-head-coach
  2. ^ a b Seizoengids 2010/2011 (in Dutch). Voetbal International. August 2010. p. 78. 
  3. ^ "Darije Kalezic: Stockport County appoint Jim Gannon's successo". BBC Sport. 24 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Kalezic leaves Edgeley Park". Stockport County FC. 20 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Nieuwe hoofdtrainer Roda JC is Darije Kalezic=11 June 2015". Roda JC. 
  6. ^ "Roda JC sack coach Darije Kalezic =10 May 2016". Football Oranje. 
  7. ^ "رسمياً .. الهولندي داريو كالزيتش بديل جوميز في التعاون" [Darije Kalezić manager of Al Taawoun, replacing Gomes]. arabia.eurosport.com (in Arabic). Arabia Eurosport. 2 June 2016. Retrieved 2 June 2016. 
  8. ^ "Pride and politics: Middle East football this week". Al-Araby Al-Jadeed. 17 October 2016. 
  9. ^ "Wellington Phoenix managers: Darije Kalezic, Rado Vidosic, A-League news". Fox Sports. 7 June 2017. Retrieved 7 June 2017. 
  10. ^ a b http://san.ba/index.php?id=15451
  11. ^ "Darije Kalezic". Soccerbase. 11 May 2016.