Zoran Đorđević (football manager)

Zoran Đorđević (Serbian Cyrillic: Зоран Ђорђевић; born 13 February 1952) is a Serbian international football manager. During his 40-year career, he has coached many national and first-league teams across Asia and Africa.

Zoran Đorđević
Personal information
Full name Zoran Đorđević
Date of birth (1952-02-13) 13 February 1952 (age 71)
Place of birth Veliki Jovanovac, FPR Yugoslavia
Position(s) Midfielder
Managerial career
Years Team
1978–1980 Radnički Pirot
1981–1982 Emirates
1982–1983 Fahaheel
1983–1985 Qadsia
1985 Khatian
1985–1990 Qadsia
1991 Al-Gharafa
1991 Trudbenik
1991 Al-Ahli
1992 Muharraq
1992–1994 Al-Hilal
1994–1996 Sahel
1996–1998 Al-Nasr
1998–1999 Al-Ahli
1999 Yemen
2000 Sudan
2000–2001 Timok
2001–2002 Qatar SC
2002 Qadsia
2002–2004 Al-Wahda
2004–2005 Al-Riyadh
2007–2008 Zob Ahan
2008–2009 Churchill Brothers
2010 Bangladesh
2010–2011 Al-Majd
2011–2012 Philippines Olympic
2012–2013 South Sudan
Zoran Đorđević
Medal record
Men's Football (Coach)
South Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 2010 Dhaka Bangladesh Bangladesh NT

Đorđević was the subject of the 2013 documentary Coach Zoran and His African Tigers, describing his attempts to give a head start to the recently formed South Sudan national football team.[1]


Đorđević was the head coach of Bangladesh national football team with whom he became champion at the 2010 South Asian Games. He led Bangladesh to their first gold medal in 11 years at this competition, creating history by setting two new records: 4–0 victory vs. Afghanistan is the biggest winning margin in the final in the 26 year history of this competition and becoming champion without a single goal conceded in the tournament. Before this he was the head coach of Churchill Brothers SC in the Indian Professional League, the I-League. Đorđević was the first foreign coach to become champion of India when Churchill Brothers won the 2008–09 I-League, their first national league title in club history, after finishing as runners-up on four previous occasions. He is also the first foreigner to receive the prestigious S. A. Rahim Trophy for the best coach of the year from the All India Football Federation. FIFA and President Sepp Blatter sent a congratulatory letter to Đorđević for this achievement. Additionally he led the club to become state champions of Goa and reached qualification for the AFC Champions League for the first time.

National team coaching careerEdit

(5 matches played, 5 wins, 0 draws, 0 losses, 13 goals scored, 0 goals conceded, no red card)
Group Matches: Bangladesh 3–0 Nepal, Bangladesh 4–0 Bhutan, Bangladesh 1:0 Maldives, Semifinal: Bangladesh 1–0 India, Final: Bangladesh 4–0 Afghanistan
New record 4–0 victory in final of the competition – first gold medal for Bangladesh after 11 years
First time team becoming champion without a single goal conceded in tournament 26-year history

Preliminary Playoff: (H) Sudan 1–0 Mozambique, (A) Mozambique 2–1 Sudan (2–2 Sudan qualified on away goals rule for Group B with Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone)

(Best results: Yemen 3–0 Nepal, Yemen 11–2 Bhutan)

Đorđević was appointed head coach of the Philippines U-21's in January 2012.[2]

Club coaching careerEdit

On 9 June 2007 Đorđević signed a contract with IPL club F.C. Zob Ahan for the 2007–08 season following the departure of Rasoul Korbekandi who resigned due to health issues. He was sacked in October 2007 following unsatisfactory results in the 2007–08 Iran Pro League season. Coach Đorđević removed from the starting lineup some experienced players who did not fit into his concept and promoted from the youth team a 17-year-old goalkeeper Mohammad Bagher Sadeghi and 16-year-old Mohsen Mosalman who became the youngest player ever to score a goal against Persepolis F.C. – the most successful and biggest club in Iran. His disagreements with the club management over player selection led to his departure from the club, claiming he wanted to build a champion team at a club which never finished higher than 5th position in the Iranian League. After coach Đorđević's departure, in the very next season Zob Ahan club won the national cup which was their second trophy in club history and narrowly lost the league on the final match of the season, finishing 2nd on goal difference. Many[who?] in Esfahan today praise ZĐorđević for his farsighted vision and his contribution of launching the careers of talented young players who reached the Iran national team. Tomislav Savic, the former goalkeeper coach of Atletico Madrid who was brought to the club by head coach Đorđević, received the best goalkeeper coach award in Iran in 2008–09 and still remains with the club into his fourth season.[citation needed]

On 5 February 2007 Đorđević was appointed head-coach of UAE 2nd Division side Al-Rams. In the first disastrous half of the 2006–07 season, the club was at the bottom of the standings with only one point and had not registered a single win (15 matches, 0 wins, 1 draw, 14 losses) which led to the dismissal of their Egyptian coach. After coach Zoran's arrival in mid-season, against all the odds he managed to revitalize the team (5 wins, 2 draws, 8 losses, 17 points). He created a sensational result when with the bottom club Al-Rams won 4–3 against the league leaders Ajman Club who were until then favourites for promotion to UAE Premier League.[citation needed]

2008–09 Churchill Brothers SC[3]

  • First Foreign Coach India League Champion[4][5]
  • First Foreigner to receive the Best Coach of the year award in India
  • Received a congratulation letter from FIFA President Joseph Sepp Blatter for this unique achievement
  • Qualification for AFC Champions League – First National League Title in Club history
  • Goa Vodafone Pro-League Champion
  • India Federation Cup semifinal, Super Cup final
  • Churchill Brothers SC 9–1 victory over Vasco SC is the record biggest winning margin in I-League history

Coach Zoran and His African TigersEdit

During 2012, Đorđević was the subject of a documentary by British filmmaker Sam Benstead. The documentary looked at Đorđević's time as South Sudan national football team in which he led South Sudan to a 2-2 draw with Uganda in their inaugural FIFA recognised international friendly and their campaign in the 2012 CECAFA Cup.[6][7][8][9]


  1. ^ Sam Wollaston. "Storyville: Coach Zoran and His African Tigers – TV review | Television & radio". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 March 2014.
  2. ^ "soccercentral.ph". soccercentral.ph. Retrieved 2 March 2014.
  3. ^ Gomes, Alaric (8 May 2009). "Coach Zoran makes a mark in debut for churchill Brothers". gulfnews.com. Gulf News. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 2 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Young Brothers outlast their elders". FOX Sports. Archived from the original on 20 July 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  5. ^ I-League 2008-2009 points table and statistics. worldfootball.net. Retrieved 22 July 2021.
  6. ^ "Zoran Djordjevic becomes South Sudan's first coach". Goal.com. 24 June 2012. Retrieved 2 March 2014.
  7. ^ Jackson, Andrew (10 July 2012). "BBC Sport - South Sudan set for their first international match". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2 March 2014.
  8. ^ "More than a game for South Sudan". FIFA.com. Archived from the original on 2 March 2014. Retrieved 2 March 2014.
  9. ^ Rees, Jasper (28 February 2014). "Storyville: Coach Zoran and His African Tigers, BBC Four". theartsdesk.com. Retrieved 28 February 2014.

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