Ratko Dostanić

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Ratko Dostanić
Personal information
Full name Ratko Dostanić
Date of birth (1959-10-25) 25 October 1959 (age 57)
Place of birth Lučani, FPR Yugoslavia
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1975–1980 FK Partizan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1983 Timok Zaječar
1983–1986 Rad
1986–1987 Bourges
1987–1988 Caen
1988–1990 Le Mans
1990–1992 Rodez
1992–1994 Red Star 93
1994–1995 Châtellerault
1995–1996 Montluçon
Teams managed
1995–1996 Montluçon
1999–2001 Red Star Belgrade (assistant)
2001 Obilić
2002–2003 Levski Sofia (assistant)
2003 Smederevo
2003–2004 Slavia Sofia
2004–2005 Red Star Belgrade
2006 Slavia Sofia
2007 OFK Beograd
2007 Bežanija
2007–2008 Veria
2008 Dalian Shide
2008 Vardar
2008–2009 Srem
2009 Levski Sofia
2009–2010 Red Star Belgrade youth director
2010–2011 Red Star Belgrade
2011–2012 Diagoras
2013 Zestafoni
2013–2014 Veria
2014–2015 Bizertin
2015–2016 AEL
2016–2017[1] Levadiakos
2017– Veria
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Ratko Dostanić (Serbian Cyrillic: Ратко Достанић; born 25 October 1959 in Lučani, Serbia, FPR Yugoslavia) is a Serbian football coach and former player.

Playing career[edit]

Ratko Dostanić started his youth career as a member of FK Partizan. During his career as a footballer he used to play as a defender,[2] playing for Yugoslavian Timok Zaječar and Rad,[3] and French clubs – FC Bourges, SM Caen, Le Mans Union Club 72, Rodez AF, Red Star 93, SO Châtellerault and EDS Montluçon.[4]

Coaching career[edit]

Dostanić started his coaching career in season 1995–96 as a player-manager of the lower-division French club EDS Montluçon. Until 2003 he is an assistant of the Serbian coach Slavoljub Muslin at PFC Levski Sofia and Red Star Belgrade. For a short period of time he was the head coach of FK Obilić.[5] (second part of the season 2000–01).

During the period 2003–2009 Dostanić managed a total of nine clubs from five different countries – the Serbian FK Smederevo, Red Star Belgrade, OFK Beograd, FK Bežanija and FK Srem, the Bulgarian PFC Slavia Sofia (twice – January–September 2004 and July–December 2006), the Greek Veria FC, the Chinese Dalian Shide and the Macedonian FK Vardar.[6]

On 23 July 2009 Dostanić was appointed head coach of PFC Levski Sofia replacing Emil Velev who had been fired the previous day,[7] signing for 2+1 years with the club until 2012.[8]

On 18 October, about 3 months after becoming head coach of Levski, Dostanić resigned following a 0:1 home loss to Beroe.

Under the Dostanic management Levski Sofia "achieved" its worst record, with 8 consecutive losses both in the Bulgarian A PFG and in the European club competitions. On 21 March 2010 the ex-manager of Bulgarian club PFC Levski Sofia signed for FC Red Star Belgrade.[9]

On 6 August Dostanić resigned from Red Star's post as manager following team's defeat in their first UEFA Europa League game against ŠK Slovan Bratislava.[10]

On November 16, 2013 the Greek side club Veria F.C. announced the re-appointment of Ratko as the team manager.[11] On June 13, 2014 the Tunisian team CA Bizerta announced the nomination of Ratko as manager.

On 13 February 2017, Dostanić returned to Veria for the remaining of the season having as goal to avoid relegation one more time with the club. Veria is in the last position of the table with 13 points.


Ratko Dostanić does not have any honours as a player.

In the First League of FR Yugoslavia 2000-01 season Dostanić managed FK Obilić to finish third in the league, also reaching the semi-finals of the Yugoslav Cup during the same season.[2]

On 1 August 2009, 10 days after his appointment as a head coach of Levski Sofia, Dostanić won the first trophy in his career after beating PFC Litex Lovech 1–0 to win the Bulgarian Supercup . With Red Star Belgrade he won Serbian cup (2010).


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