Miodrag Božović

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Miodrag Božović
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Personal information
Date of birth (1968-06-22) June 22, 1968 (age 48)
Place of birth Mojkovac, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Red Star Belgrade (Manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1992 Budućnost Titograd 107 (6)
1992–1994 Red Star Belgrade 52 (1)
1994–1996 Pelita Jaya
1996–1997 APOP Kinyras Peyias
1997–1998 RKC Waalwijk 19 (1)
1998 Avispa Fukuoka 8 (0)
1999 RBC Roosendaal 5 (0)
National team
1990 Yugoslavia U21 1 (0)
Teams managed
2000–2001 FK Beograd
2001–2002 Consadole Sapporo (Assistant)
2002–2003 Borac Čačak
2003–2004 Hajduk Lion
2004–2005 AEP Paphos
2005–2006 Borac Čačak
2006–2007 Budućnost Podgorica
2007 Grbalj
2007 Borac Čačak
2008 Amkar Perm
2009 FC Moscow
2010–2011 Dynamo Moscow
2011–2012 Amkar Perm
2012–2014 Rostov
2014–2015 Lokomotiv Moscow
2015– Red Star Belgrade
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Miodrag "Grof" Božović (Cyrillic: Миодраг Гроф Божовић; born 22 June 1968) is a Montenegrin football manager and former player, who is currently the manager of Red Star Belgrade.

Playing career[edit]

Božović has played for Yugoslav teams FK Budućnost Podgorica and Red Star Belgrade, Dutch clubs RKC Waalwijk and RBC Roosendaal, as well as in Indonesia, Cyprus and Japan. He represented his U-21 national side once.

During his playing career Božović won Yugoslav Cup with Red Star Belgrade.

Managerial career[edit]

As a coach, he had a successful spell in Budućnost in 2006-2007 season, when his team was leading in Montenegrin First League, but he resigned in February 2007, due to the disagreement with the board.[1] Božović also was successful in Borac Čačak, as he made a competitive team out of a humble club.

Russian side FC Amkar Perm qualified for the UEFA Europa League for the first time in club's history under his management. Next season, his new club FC Moscow was among the leaders in the Russian Premier League for long stretches, before fading in the end of the season and falling out of European qualification. In early 2010, FC Moscow dropped out of the Premier League due to financial considerations, and Božović became a free agent.

On 27 April 2010, Božović signed a three-year contract with FC Dynamo Moscow.[2]

After the game against his former club, Amkar, he was questioned in the flash interview, did he feel that he was playing against the team he had built himself. His answer was: "I feel I was playing against players who made me a coach." [3]

He resigned from Dynamo on 21 April 2011 after losing in a Russian Cup quarterfinal against FC Rostov (winning the Cup was the last hope for Dynamo to qualify for UEFA Europa League).[4]

In Serbia Božović was nicknamed Grof (the Count or Earl), because of his orderly and elegant appearance.[5]

In June 2012 he became the Manager General of FC Rostov. The next season Rostov won the 2013–14 Russian Cup.[6]

Red Star[edit]

2015-16[edit]

On May 29, 2015 it was announced that Božović would manage his former club Red Star Belgrade.[7] His start as Red Star manager was turbulent. Red Star was eliminated by Kairat in the first qualifying round for the Europa League and started off the regular season with a comeback win against OFK Beograd and a draw against Metalac in Gornji Milanovac in the first two rounds of the Serbian Superliga. Serbian media and journalist were not on his side and criticized him and his team's play. After a draw against Radnički Niš in front of 22.000 fans who started to chant against the club board, Božović offered his resignation. Fans were explicit in their desire that board members must leave the club right away, not him, and gave clear support to Božović. Several board members including the vice president and the general director left the club and Božović started a "little war" with the media.[8] After the series of bad performances, Red Star dominated throughout the match and won after a comeback against Čukarički, considered the best match of the season.

Following these incidents, Božović masterminded Red Star to 24 straight wins in the regular season, a new club record, and dominated the Serbian Superliga with 32 points ahead of their rivals. With Božović at the helm Red Star made the best start in club history. Božović lead Red Star to the 27th club league title in history, and the first in his career. Božović stated that he is very happy like never before in his life.

2016-17[edit]

After clear and unambiguous support from Red Star fans, who were chanted his name and ask to stay, Grof Božović signed new two year contract with Red Star to lead the club to the Champions League. Božović said that chants from the fans and whole stands of Marakana are the biggest thing which happened to him in his life, after birth of his sons. He record his first european victory, which is also Red Star first in three years and five matches in a row, against Valletta FC in first match of second qualifying round for the Champions League in Valletta.[9]

Club statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Total
1998 Avispa Fukuoka J1 League 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Country Japan 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Total 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Red Star Belgrade

Manager[edit]

Rostov
Lokomotiv Moscow
Red Star Belgrade

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bozovic shock in Montenegro", uefa.com
  2. ^ НОВЫМ ГЛАВНЫМ ТРЕНЕРОМ "ДИНАМО" СТАЛ МИОДРАГ БОЖОВИЧ (in Russian). FC Dynamo Moscow official site. 27 April 2010. Retrieved 27 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "Браво, Миодраг!", Express Yourself (russian)
  4. ^ "Футбольный клуб "Динамо" подтвердил отставку Божовича". RIA Novosti. 21 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Mysterious Count", Sovetsky Sport (russian)
  6. ^ Miodrag Bojovic resigns from Rostov
  7. ^ "Гроф Божовић нови тренер Црвене звезде" "Moja Crvena zvezda: Grof Božović novi trener Crvene zvezde" (serbian)
  8. ^ "Звезда је симбол Србије, никад неће пропасти, никад" (in Serbian). Moja Crvena zvezda. 12 August 2015. 
  9. ^ Malteški vitez Aleksandar Katai! (in Serbian). Retrieved 12 July 2016. 

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