Darije Kalezić

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Darije Kalezić
Personal information
Full name Darije Kalezić
Date of birth (1969-11-01) November 1, 1969 (age 46)
Place of birth Pfäffikon, Switzerland
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Al-Taawoun (manager)
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 team)
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

* 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 currently manager of Al-Taawoun in the Saudi Pro League.

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]

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.[1]

On February 25, 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.[1] He saved the team from relegation in 2010–11, leaving the club at the end of the season. On June 2011 he was announced as new head coach of Belgian Pro League club Zulte Waregem, but in the last week of 2011 he was fired after unsatisfactory results. On January 24, 2013, he was announced as manager of Stockport County.[2] He held this position until March 20, 2013 at which point he left the club via mutual consent.[3]

On June 2, 2016, he was appointed as manager of Saudi club Al-Taawoun.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Kalezić's father is from Montenegro and his mother is from Sanski Most, Bosnia and Herzegovina.[5] 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.[5]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of match played 8 May 2016
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 44.32
Zulte Waregem 30 June 2011 27 December 2011 21 3 9 9 26 30 −4 14.29
Stockport County[6] 24 January 2013 20 March 2013 12 3 2 7 13 19 −6 25.00
Jong PSV 1 July 2013 11 June 2015 76 26 22 28 112 113 −1 34.21
Roda JC Kerkrade 11 June 2015 10 May 2016 38 11 10 17 47 63 −16 28.95
Al-Taawoun 2 June 2016 present !
Career total 235 82 65 88 335 342 −7 34.89


Honours[edit]

As a coach[edit]

With De Graafschap:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Seizoengids 2010/2011 (in Dutch). Voetbal International. August 2010. p. 78. 
  2. ^ "Darije Kalezic: Stockport County appoint Jim Gannon's successo". BBC Sport. 24 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Kalezic leaves Edgeley Park". Stockport County FC. 20 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "رسمياً .. الهولندي داريو كالزيتش بديل جوميز في التعاون" [Officially .. Darije Kalezić manager of Al Taawoun, replacing Gomes]. arabia.eurosport.com (in Arabic). Arabia Eurosport. 2 June 2016. Retrieved 2 June 2016. 
  5. ^ a b http://san.ba/index.php?id=15451
  6. ^ "Darije Kalezic". Soccerbase. 11 May 2016.