Vladimir Petković

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Vladimir Petković
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Petković in 2014
Personal information
Full name Vladimir Petković
Date of birth (1963-08-15) 15 August 1963 (age 53)
Place of birth Sarajevo, SFR Yugoslavia
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Switzerland (manager)
Youth career
FK Sarajevo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1984 FK Sarajevo 8 (0)
1984–1985 Rudar Prijedor 15 (7)
1985 FK Sarajevo 2 (0)
1985–1986 Koper 14 (4)
1986–1987 FK Sarajevo 17 (3)
1987–1988 Chur 97 ? (?)
1988–1989 Sion 6 (0)
1989–1990 Martigny-Sports 31 (8)
1990–1993 Chur 97 87 (19)
1993–1996 Bellinzona 63 (8)
1996–1997 Locarno 32 (3)
1997–1998 Bellinzona ? (?)
1998–1999 Buochs ? (?)
Total 275 (52)
Teams managed
1997–1998 Bellinzona
1999–2004 Malcantone Agno
2004–2005 Lugano
2005–2008 Bellinzona
2008–2011 Young Boys
2011–2012 Samsunspor
2012 Sion
2012–2014 Lazio
2014– Switzerland
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Vladimir Petković (Croatian pronunciation: [ʋlǎdimiːr pêtkoʋit͡ɕ]; born 15 August 1963) is a Swiss football manager and former professional player who played as a midfielder. He is currently head coach of Switzerland national football team, having previously managed a string of Swiss clubs as well as Italian side Lazio.

Early life[edit]

Petković was born in Sarajevo in 1963. He is naturalized Swiss of Bosnian Croat descent.[1][2][3][4] and holds Swiss, Croatian, and Bosnian passports.[5] Both of his parents worked as educational workers so they changed many schools and because of that family moved frequently.[6] First they lived in Vrelo Bosne and then, from when he was 5 years old, in Hadžići near Sarajevo.[6]

Playing career[edit]

A midfielder with good technique, Petković started playing football in Ilidža as an eleven-year-old before joining the youth sector of his hometown side FK Sarajevo youth as a fifteen-year-old.[6]

He remained at FK Sarajevo and began his professional career there[7] in the early 1980s. Petković made only a handful of appearances in a strong Sarajevo side led on the pitch by Bosnia's greatest ever player, Safet Sušić.[6] Petković was a part of the Sarajevo side that won the 1984–85 Yugoslav First League, making only two league appearances for them.[1] His time at Sarajevo was interrupted by two brief stints elsewhere, first a successful time with Rudar Prijedor, where Petković found a vein of scoring form, and then a season in the Yugoslav Second League with Slovenian side Koper, who finished last and were relegated.

Petković emigrated from Yugoslavia in 1987, leaving FK Sarajevo and moving permanently to Switzerland, where he joined second division club FC Chur 97. After a season with Chur, Petković moved to the Swiss top division, joining a strong FC Sion side. Sion managed a third-place finish in the Nationalliga but Petković left the club at the end of the season after only managing six league appearances.

After leaving Sion, Petković moved back into the lower tiers, first joining FC Martigny-Sports before returning to his first Swiss club, FC Chur 97. Petković enjoyed a career as a regular goalscoring midfielder in the Swiss second division, including two more stints at Bellinzona and Lugano.

Petković completed his playing career as a player-coach with Bellinzona and Malcantone Agno, the latter which later merged with financially stricken Lugano.

Managerial career[edit]

After his retirement from playing, he became a coach and his first job was player-manager at AC Bellinzona in 1997. In 2004, he took over the reins at Lugano before returning to Bellinzona for the fourth time in his career, where he led the club to the 2008 Swiss Cup final, only to lose out to FC Basel, and promotion to the Swiss Super League. At the beginning of the 2008–09 season, he was appointed as manager of Young Boys. After taking charge at the club, Petković installed a 3–4–3 formation and took his Bern side to a second-placed league finish. After two more seasons with Young Boys, he was sacked after a 1–1 draw against Luzern on 7 May 2011. The club placed a distant third in the league behind their rivals Zürich and Basel.

In 2011, he became new manager of Turkish side Samsunspor. He resigned from that position in January 2012 with the club in the relegation zone.[8] On 15 May 2012 he was named the new temporary manager of Sion until the end of the 2011–12 season.[9]

S.S. Lazio[edit]

On 2 June 2012, Petković became the new manager of Italian side Lazio in Serie A.[10] With Lazio, he won Coppa Italia in 2013, thanks to Senad Lulić's goal in 71' of the game.

On 23 December 2013, it was announced Petković was to succeed Ottmar Hitzfeld as the manager of Switzerland national football team after the 2014 FIFA World Cup. [11] As a result of this president of Lazio Claudio Lotito initially dismissed Petkovic as the coach of the club as he was not aware that Petković was in negotiations with Swiss Football Association over his future at the time. However decision has not yet been made over Petković's future with the club with rumours indicating he is to be replaced by Edoardo Reja from next match day.[12] Petković was sacked as Lazio manager on 4 January 2014.

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of match played 13 November 2016.
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Switzerland Bellinzona 1997 1998
Switzerland Malcantone Agno 1999 2004
Switzerland Lugano 2004 2005 34 14 8 12 41.18
Switzerland Bellinzona October 2005 June 2008 97 56 21 20 57.73
Switzerland Young Boys August 2008 8 May 2011 131 78 21 32 59.54
Turkey Samsunspor 1 July 2011 27 January 2012 22 4 7 11 18.18
Switzerland Sion 15 May 2012 1 June 2012 4 1 0 3 25.00
Italy Lazio 2 June 2012 4 January 2014 79 38 21 20 48.10
  Switzerland 1 July 2014 Present 27 15 5 7 55.56
Total 394 206 83 105 52.28





Malcantone Agno

Charitable work[edit]

While living in Switzerland, Petković worked for Caritas Ticino, a Catholic relief development and social service organisation, for 5 years.[13][14][15]


  1. ^ a b uefa.com (6 January 2013). "The official website for European football – UEFA.com". 
  2. ^ Tagesanzeiger.ch: «Die Berner denken zu oft ans Verlieren»:Ich bin Schweizer und bosnischer Kroate aus Sarajevo.
  3. ^ "Trainersteckbrief Vladimir Petkovic, Schweiz". 
  4. ^ Ilmessaggero.it: Petkovic, in testa solo la Lazio Il tecnico ha lasciato la famiglia in Svizzera per evitare ogni distrazione: In realtà, per non rimanere tanto lontani al famoso film dove ci sono due mostri sacri come De Sica e la Lollo (Pane, amore e fantasia ndc), a lui molto caro secondo alcuni amici, in questo uomo croato tutto d’un pezzo c’è tanta fantasia e soprattutto tantissimo amore per la sua famiglia.
  5. ^ Petkovic wird neuer Sion-Trainer!: Mit YB wurde der Staatsbürger von Kroatien und der Schweiz zweimal Vize-Meister und verlor 2009 mit den Bernern den Cupfinal - gegen Sion.
  6. ^ a b c d "Mourinho sa Ilidže". 
  7. ^ "zerodic.com". 
  8. ^ "Samsunspor'da Mesut Bakkal dönemi" (in Turkish). NTVSpor.net. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "FC Sion - Vladimir Petkovic ist der neue Trainer des FC Sion". 
  10. ^ FIFA.com. "Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) - FIFA.com". 
  11. ^ fifa.com (23 December 2013). "Petkovic to succeed Hitzfeld". 
  12. ^ theguardian.com (2 January 2014). "Vladimir Petkovic claims he is 'proudly still the coach of Lazio'". 
  13. ^ Caritas-ticino.ch: Auguri a Vladimir Petkovic
  14. ^ expert, James Horncastle Italian football. "Tottenham and Lazio united by fondness for former star Gazza". 
  15. ^ "Hrvatski sport u Svicarskoj". 

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