|Date of birth||1 July 1955|
|Place of birth||Belgrade, FPR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.82 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|1972–1982||Red Star Belgrade||257||(49)|
|1996–1997||Red Star Belgrade|
|2002–2004||Serbia and Montenegro U-21|
|2009–2010||Red Star Belgrade|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Vladimir Petrović (Serbian Cyrillic: Владимир Петровић, pronounced [ʋlǎdimiːr pětroʋitɕ]; born July 1, 1955 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia) is a Serbian football manager and former player. He is widely known domestically by his nickname Pižon (Serbian: Пижон), after the French for pigeon. He was last working as manager of OFK Beograd.
He started out at Red Star making his debut in 1971, at the age of 16. With the team, he won five Yugoslav League Championship titles, six Yugoslav Cups and reached the final of the 1979 UEFA Cup, losing to Borussia Mönchengladbach. In 1980, he was named the Yugoslav Footballer of the Year.
In 1982, he moved abroad, and briefly played for Arsenal; he joined the London side in December 1982 and made 22 appearances in the 1982–83 season. At Arsenal he had a brief but memorable career and helped them reach the semi finals of both domestic cups (losing both to Manchester United). He scored twice in the league against Stoke City and West Ham United and once in the FA Cup quarter final against Aston Villa. In June 1983 he left Arsenal and subsequently played for Brest and AS Nancy in France, and Royal Antwerp (1) and Standard Liège (16) in Belgium. In all he played 526 matches for the clubs.
As assistant coach, he won the 1990–91 European Champions Cup with Red Star, and as head coach when they won the 1996 Yugoslavia FA Cup, Pižon guided the Serbia and Montenegro national under-21 football team to a runners-up finish at the 2004 European U-21 Championship.
In 2005, Petrović managed the Chinese Dalian Shide team to the double. On September 14, 2007, Petrović was named as coach of the Chinese national team. After China failed to qualify for the 2010 World Cup, he was sacked.
On June 2, 2009, Petrović returned to Red Star Belgrade. as manager. Petrović was part of takeover of Red Star by the club's veterans, replacing caretaker/interim coach Siniša Gogić. On 21 March 2010, Red Star officials unexpectedly sacked Petrović after a league defeat against Metalac.
On June 4, 2010, he was named the manager of Romanian club FC Politehnica Timișoara.
On September 15, 2010, Petrović was named the new head coach of Serbia. On October 14, 2011, the football association of Serbia announced they had terminated their contract with Petrović.
On December 13, 2013, he was named the head of coach of the national football team of Yemen. In May 2014, he resigned following the end of the contract.
|Red Star Belgrade||1972/73||27||2||?||?||?||?||27||2|
|Red Star Belgrade||July 1996||August 1997||46||31||7||8||91||37||+54||67.39|
|FK Bor||January 1999||September 1999||0||0||0||0||0||0||+0||—|
|FC Slavia Mozyr||2000||2001||0||0||0||0||0||0||+0||—|
|Serbia and Montenegro U-21||2002||2004||13||8||2||3||22||17||+5||61.54|
|FK Vojvodina||July 2004||December 2004||0||0||0||0||0||0||+0||—|
|Dalian Shide||July 2005||December 2006||26||21||2||3||57||18||+39||80.77|
|China||September 2007||July 2008||18||6||7||5||28||16||+12||33.33|
|Red Star Belgrade||June 2009||March 2010||25||20||1||4||47||18||+29||80.00|
|Timisoara||June 2010||September 2010||11||3||6||2||33||8||+25||27.27|
|Serbia||September 2010||October 2011||13||5||3||5||13||14||−1||38.46|
|Iraq||February 2013||September 2013||7||1||0||6||2||12||−10||14.29|
|Yemen||December 2013||May 2014||3||1||1||1||3||2||+1||33.33|
- As of 15 April 2014
- "Vladimir Petrovic... the adored failure". arsenal.com. 27 March 2013. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
- Pižon i zvanično selektor Kine
- FIFA.com – FIFA Player Statistics: Vladimir PETROVIC
- Pižon @ reprezentacija.rs
- Vladimir Petrovic – Fussballdaten – Die Fußball-Datenbank
- Chinese national soccer team releases head coach Vladimir Petrovic
- Pižon ponovo na "Marakani", MTS Mondo, June 3, 2009
- "Yemen Football." Yemen.fa. Ministry of Youth, 26 Dec. 2013. Web. 3 Mar. 2014.
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