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Ivan Jovanović

Published: Wednesday 1 June 2011, 14.17CET
Ivan Jovanović
APOEL FC coach Ivan Jovanović ©
Published: Wednesday 1 June 2011, 14.17CET

Ivan Jovanović


Date of birth: 8 July 1962
Nationality: Serbian
Playing career: FK Dojnica, FK Rad, Iraklis FC
Coaching career: Niki Volou FC, Iraklis FC (twice), APOEL FC (twice), Panachaiki GE

• Born in Dojnica in what was then Yugoslavia, Ivan Jovanović joined his hometown club in 1972 and stayed there for the next 12 years before moving on to Rad. Five seasons and 15 goals in 121 league appearances later, the midfielder opted to try his luck in Greece with Iraklis, for whom he featured in 271 league games – scoring an impressive 52 goals – before hanging up his boots in 1999.

• A move into coaching followed in 2001/02, Jovanović taking charge of Niki Volou and steering them to promotion to the Greek third division before returning to Iraklis as coach.

• Jovanović took over at APOEL in 2003, leading the Cypriot club to the league title in his first season before being lured back to Greece, first by Panachaiki and then by Iraklis again.

• Returned to APOEL in January 2008, that season ending with victory in the Cypriot Cup. The league title followed again a year later, before APOEL came through three qualifying rounds to become only the second Cypriot club to reach the UEFA Champions League group stage, where they drew with Club Atlético de Madrid twice and at Chelsea FC.

• Another league title was won in 2011, APOEL again emerging through three UEFA Champions League qualifying rounds to book a group stage return.

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