Zoran Mirković

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Zoran Mirković
Zoran Mirkovic - Commons photo.jpg
Mirković in 2018
Personal information
Date of birth (1971-09-21) 21 September 1971 (age 47)
Place of birth Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Partizan (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1990 Radnički Svilajnac 15 (0)
1990–1993 Rad 62 (1)
1993–1996 Partizan 82 (1)
1996–1998 Atalanta 52 (0)
1998–2000 Juventus 27 (0)
2000–2003 Fenerbahçe 71 (3)
2004–2006 Partizan 46 (2)
Total 355 (7)
National team
1995–2003 Serbia and Montenegro 59 (0)
Teams managed
2015 Sinđelić Beograd (assistant)
2015 Sinđelić Beograd
2016–2018 Montenegro (assistant)
2018– Partizan
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Zoran "Bata" Mirković (Serbian Cyrillic: Зоран Бата Мирковић, pronounced [zǒran bâta mǐrːkoʋitɕ]; born 21 September 1971) is a retired Serbian footballer and current manager of Partizan.

Playing career[edit]

Club career[edit]

Mirković made his first appearance for FK Rad during the 1990–91 season. But even before that he and his teammates won the Yugoslav title in the under-21 category, the biggest success this club ever had. Mirković spent three seasons in Rad as a professional player, and all together played 62 games (five in 1990–91 season, 26 in 1991–92 season and 31 in 1992–93 season), scoring a goal. His talent didn't go unnoticed by Partizan officials and they invited him to defend black and white colors.

Mirković always describes the three years he spent in Partizan as the most beautiful years of his career and says Partizan is the club he loves the most. In those three years he established himself as a player, became a first choice player in Yugoslav national team and won three titles (Yugoslav Championship 1993–94 and 1994–95 and Yugoslav Cup 1993–94). He wore the number 2 jersey. He became a hero of Partizan fans because he is such a fighter, because of all FK Crvena zvezda players he had beaten up and because he, in those difficult times (war and sanctions) upheld his obligations towards Partizan and stayed for all three years stipulated in his contract. He played 82 games in Partizan jersey (26 in 1993–94 season, 29 in 1994–95 season and 27 in 1995–96 season), scoring one goal.

Mirković spent two seasons with Atalanta. He got injured in the first game in Serie A league and had to take a three month break. He played a role of midfielder/defender and his performance was so good that the then Juventus coach Marcello Lippi invited him to join Juve. He was very popular among the Atalanta fans and when the club wanted to sell him to Fiorentina hell almost break loose.

Mirković's career in Juventus can be divided in two different periods. Under coach Lippi, Bata played 19 Serie A games, scoring one goal. He also played UEFA Champions League matches. When Carlo Ancelotti took over in spring of 1999, Mirković was no longer a first choice Juve player, playing mostly Italian Cup matches.

In summer 2000, Mirković signed a three-year contract with Fenerbahçe. It proved to be a very smart decision indeed. In his first season in Istanbul he won a Turkish League title and was a finalist in Turkish Cup. In his second season in Turkey he played Champions League and came second in Turkish League. His third season in Fenerbahçe was not so successful. Three coaches and problems in the club caused Fenerbahçe to end the season in the sixth place.

Then in January 2004, following a 6-month break from football, Mirković became Partizan player again. He signed a contract for two and a half years. On 6 March 2006, Mirković announced his retirement due to a recurring back injury at the age of 34.

International career[edit]

Mirković was a first choice player for the national team of FR Yugoslavia/Serbia and Montenegro where he usually played in the right-back position and wore the number 2 jersey. He played 59 games with the national A team.[1] He was a participant in the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France but missed Euro 2000 because of a three-game ban following an incident in the last qualifying match, played against Croatia in Zagreb, where he grabbed Robert Jarni by the testicles and therefore was sent off.[2]

Post-playing career[edit]

Administrative career[edit]

On 24 April 2007, Football Association of Serbia (FSS) appointed Mirković as sporting director of the national team, responsible for the A-squad and the under-21 squad. However, he quit by early December 2007, citing poor professional cooperation with the FSS leadership headed at the time by Zvezdan Terzić. FSS president Terzić (who would soon afterwards be indicted on embezzlement charges) commented on Mirković's resignation as follows: "Mirković is my mistake since I didn't know him well enough as a person before I brought him into the FSS. He's a wonderful person, but couldn't manage to be a part of the system and even said so on several occasions to both myself and general secretary Zoran Laković".[3]

Mirković was chosen as the vice-president of FK Partizan on 18 August 2008.[4] He was vice-president for about a year when he resigned after Partizan's early exit in the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League qualifying rounds.[5]

Managerial career[edit]

Mirković began his managerial career as assistant coach of Sinđelić Belgrade in 2015 eventually being promoted to head coach in July 2015. He remained in that position until December 2015. In February 2016, he became the assistant coach of the Montenegrin national team where he worked directly with his former coach Ljubiša Tumbaković.[6] He remained in that position until 4 August 2018 when he replaced Miroslav Đukić as head coach of Partizan.[7]

Personal life[edit]

In May 2013, Mirković married Sanela Šaulić, daughter of singer Šaban Šaulić.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Rad 1990–91 5 0 5 0
1991–92 26 0 26 0
1992–93 31 1 31 1
Total 62 1 62 1
Partizan 1993–94 26 0 26 0
1994–95 29 0 29 0
1995–96 27 1 27 1
Total 82 1 82 1
Atalanta 1996–97 22 0 22 0
1997–98 30 0 33 0
Total 52 0 52 0
Juventus 1998–99 19 0 5 0 4 0 28 0
1999–00 8 0 4 0 10 0 22 0
Total 27 0 9 0 14 0 50 0
Fenerbahçe 2000–01 29 1 5 0 0 0 34 1
2001–02 27 2 1 0 5 0 33 2
2002–03 15 0 0 0 4 0 19 0
Total 71 3 6 0 9 0 86 3
Partizan 2003–04 10 0 1 0 0 0 11 0
2004–05 23 2 3 0 12 0 38 2
2005–06 13 0 0 0 6 0 19 0
Total 46 2 4 0 18 0 68 2
Career total 340 7 19 0 41 0 400 7

International[edit]

National team Year Apps Goals
FR Yugoslavia 1995 6 0
1996 5 0
1997 13 0
1998 8 0
1999 6 0
2000 3 0
2001 5 0
2002 8 0
Serbia and Montenegro 2003 5 0
Total 59 0

Managerial[edit]

As of 4 November 2018
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
P W D L Win %
Sinđelić Beograd July 2015 December 2015 16 6 5 5 037.50
Partizan 4 August 2018 present 20 12 7 1 060.00
Total 36 18 12 6 050.00

Honours[edit]

Partizan
Juventus
Fenerbahçe

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Yugoslavia (Serbia (and Montenegro)) – Record International Players". rsssf.com. Retrieved 12 March 2009.
  2. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tb4b_ugKtg4&feature=player_embedded
  3. ^ Клементе више није селектор Србије (in Serbian). politika.rs. Retrieved 5 April 2009.
  4. ^ B92 (2008-08-18). "Mirković potpredsednik Partizana" (in Serbian). Retrieved 2018-08-16.
  5. ^ RTS (2009-08-20). "Zoran Mirković podneo ostavku u Partizanu" (in Serbian). Retrieved 2018-08-16.
  6. ^ Blic (2016-02-19). "Zoran Mirković pomoćni trener Crne Gore" (in Serbian). Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  7. ^ Mondo.rs (2018-08-03). "Zoran Bata Mirković novi trener Partizana!" (in Serbian). Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  8. ^ Blic (2013-05-21). "Ćerka Šabana Šaulića udala se za fudbalera Batu Mirkovića" (in Serbian). Retrieved 2018-08-16.

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