Ljubinko Drulović

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Ljubinko Drulović
Personal information
Full name Ljubinko Drulović
Date of birth (1968-09-11) 11 September 1968 (age 48)
Place of birth Nova Varoš, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Winger
Youth career
Zlatar Nova Varoš
Sloga Požega
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1989 Sloboda Užice 55 (9)
1990–1992 Rad 77 (25)
1992–1993 Gil Vicente 44 (17)
1994–2001 Porto 225 (40)
2001–2003 Benfica 50 (5)
2003–2004 Partizan 26 (5)
2004–2005 Penafiel 8 (0)
Total 485 (101)
National team
1996–2001 FR Yugoslavia 38 (3)
Teams managed
2006–2007 Tourizense
2008 Banat Zrenjanin
2008–2009 Drava Ptuj
2010–2011 1º Agosto
2012–2013 Serbia U19
2014 Serbia (caretaker)
2015 Macedonia
2015 Partizan
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Ljubinko Drulović (Serbian Cyrillic: Љубинко Друловић; born 11 September 1968) is a former Serbian footballer who played as a winger, and a current coach.

He spent the most notable part of his playing career in Portugal, with stints at Porto and Benfica – ten seasons between the two teams combined, winning 14 major titles with the former.

Drulović represented the Serbian national team in one World Cup and one European Championship, earning nearly 40 caps.

Club career[edit]

Drulović was born in Nova Varoš, Serbia, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. After playing out his contract at FK Rad in the summer of 1992, he signed a two-year deal with Portuguese club Gil Vicente FC, but only played there until December 1993, after which he moved to the Primeira Liga with FC Porto; between both teams, he finished the 1993–94 season with a career-best 18 goals.

Drulović was one of very few players to have contributed to each of Porto's five consecutive titles during the 90s. He was mostly remembered at the side for his pin-point assists and ability to cross the ball, mainly to the head of Mário Jardel.[1]

In 2001, already 33, Drulović moved to S.L. Benfica. After a slow 2002–03 campaign, he returned home and signed with FK Partizan, being one of the most influential players in the club as it reached the group stage in the UEFA Champions League; he moved back to Portugal a year later, finishing out his career with F.C. Penafiel alongside former Porto teammate António Folha.

Drulović began his coaching career with modest Portuguese side G.D. Tourizense, in 2006–07. At its closure, he obtained a professional coaching licence.

In early April 2008, Drulović became manager of FK Banat Zrenjanin in the Serbian SuperLiga.[2] As the fifth manager of the season – he replaced Žarko Soldo – he took over a team under relegation threat (eighth place out of 12), with eleven matches to go.[3] Eventually, he could not help prevent them from dropping down a level after a 1–4 loss to FK Vojvodina on 17 May.[4]

In June 2008, Drulović moved to Slovenia and signed with NK Drava Ptuj. Almost two years later, in January 2010, he was appointed coach of C.D. Primeiro de Agosto of Angola.[5]

International career[edit]

Drulović made his debut for FR Yugoslavia on 28 December 1996, in a friendly with Argentina played in Mar del Plata (3–2). He went on to play a further 37 times in the following five years, appearing for the nation at the 1998 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2000 tournaments and contributing with one goal (in the 3–3 group stage draw against Slovenia[6]) and three assists in the latter as the country reached the quarter-finals.

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

International[edit]

[7]

Serbia
Year Apps Goals
1996 1 1
1997 11 0
1998 6 0
1999 6 1
2000 9 1
2001 5 0
Total 38 3

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Porto

Manager[edit]

1º de Agosto
Serbia U19

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 21 December 2015

Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Macedonia Republic of Macedonia April 2015 October 2015 5 0 1 4 000.00
Partizan Serbia October 2015 December 2015 15 7 3 5 046.67

References[edit]

  1. ^ "O fotogénico Monstro do Lago Ness" [The photogenic Loch Ness Monster] (in Portuguese). Primeiro Toque. 26 June 2015. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
  2. ^ Ljubinko Drulović novi trener Banata (Ljubinko Drulović new Banat manager); MTS Mondo, 4 April 2008 (in Serbian)
  3. ^ Banat se uzda u čudo (Banat relying on a miracle); MTS Mondo, 16 May 2008 (in Serbian)
  4. ^ MSL: Banat ispao, ostalo 3 razlike (MSL: Banat dropped, 3 other differences); B92, 17 May 2008 (in Serbian)
  5. ^ 1º de Agosto hire new coach; ANGOP, 8 January 2010
  6. ^ "Milošević stars as Yugoslavia beat the odds". UEFA.com. 6 October 2003. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
  7. ^ "Ljubinko Drulović". European Football. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 

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