Ivan Jovanović (football manager)

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Ivan Jovanović
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Personal information
Date of birth (1962-07-08) 8 July 1962 (age 56)
Place of birth Loznica, FPR Yugoslavia
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1974–1980 FK Loznica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1984 FK Loznica
1984–1989 Rad Beograd 121 (15)
1989–1999 Iraklis Thessaloniki 271 (52)
Teams managed
2001–2002 Niki Volou
2002 Iraklis Thessaloniki
2003–2005 APOEL
2005–2006 Panachaiki
2007–2008 Iraklis Thessaloniki
2008–2013 APOEL
2013–2016 Al Nasr
2018 Al Nasr
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ivan Jovanović (Serbian Cyrillic: Иван Joвaнoвић; born 8 July 1962) is a Serbian football manager and former footballer.

Playing career[edit]

Jovanović played for FK Rad in the Yugoslav First League during the 1987–88 and 1988–89 seasons.[1] The next season, he transferred to the Greek side Iraklis Thessaloniki, where he played until the end of his career. During his spell in Iraklis, Jovanović evolved into one of the highest quality foreign players who ever played for the team.

Managerial career[edit]


Ivan Jovanović started his managerial career on 2001 at Greek side Niki Volou. He also worked for Iraklis Thessaloniki and Panachaiki.


During his managerial career at APOEL he won 9 trophies, 4 Championships, 1 Cup and 4 Super Cups. He also helped APOEL to qualify for the UEFA Champions League group stages for the first time in their history in 2009. Two years later, he repeated his achievement and just not only helped APOEL to qualify for the group stages of the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League, but achieved also to qualify for the quarter-finals by topping their group, beating Olympique Lyonnais in the last 16 on penalties, before being knocked-out by Real Madrid in the quarter-finals. He is considered as the most successful manager in the history of APOEL.

During his seven-year spell at APOEL he has been awarded the "Coach of the Season" award by Cyprus Football Association six times. He has also been awarded the "Serbian Coach of the Year" award by Football Association of Serbia in 2011.

On 30 April 2013, APOEL announced that Ivan Jovanović decided to leave at the end of the 2012–13 season, after five-and-a-half consecutive (and seven in total) successful years in the club.[2]

Al Nasr[edit]

On 18 June 2013, Jovanović was announced as the new head coach of the Emirati club Al Nasr, having signed a two-year contract.[3] On 19 May 2014, Jovanović led his team to a 2–1 victory over Saham in the 2014 GCC Champions League final and won his first trophy as Al Nasr's manager.[4]

On 29 October 2016, Al Nasr sacked Jovanović from the technical command of the first football team, after failing to adjust the repeated technical errors.[5]

On 19 January 2018, Al Nasr have re-appointed Ivan Jovanovic to replace Cesare Prandelli.

On 2 December 2018, Ivan Jovanovic was sacked for a second time after a mixed start of the 2018–19 UAE Pro-League season. [6]

Managerial honours[edit]





  1. ^ "Fudbal ex-YU 1945.-1992. > Igrači J". Fudbal ex-YU. Archived from the original on March 5, 2009. Retrieved December 10, 2008.
  2. ^ Ανακοίνωση (in Greek). APOEL FC. April 30, 2013. Retrieved April 30, 2013.
  3. ^ "Ivan Jovanovic unveiled as new Al Nasr Head Coach - News - UAE Pro League Committee". uae.agleague.ae. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
  4. ^ "Emotional night in Dubai as Al Nasr beat Saham to win GCC Clubs Championship". thenational.ae. May 19, 2014. Retrieved May 19, 2014.
  5. ^ "Al Nasr Football Company decides to sack Jovanovic". www.alnasrclub.com. Retrieved October 29, 2016.
  6. ^ "AGL news: Al Nasr dismiss Ivan Jovanovic for a second time - Article - Sport360". sport360.com. Retrieved December 2, 2018.