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Serbian coach Ljubo Petrovick outlines plans if appointed Ethiopia Walia Ibex Coach


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Coach Ljubo Petrovick nicknamed ”Ljupko” has outlined his objectives if appointed Ethiopia coach the man who for 16 years was a professional football player in Yugoslavian clubs and in USA clubs (Major Soccer League)
For more than 30 years he has worked   in 10 countries with  20 clubs and in  3 different  continents being  Europe,South America,Asia in addition to speaking seven languages that include Bosnia,Serbian,Croatian,Montenegrin,English,Greek,Bulgarian and Spanish.

Ljubo an holder of Uefa Pro coaching license studied at  University of Novi Sad  graduated  and became Bachelor’s of Physical Education   (Professional football Coaching) after that 1996 Master’s Degree in Physical Education and finally . PhD  in  Physical Education at University of Banja Luka (Bosnia and Herzegovina)  at 2010

Asked why he chose Ethiopia Ljubo was categorical and straight forward.

“I have worked all over the world,but I always looking for a new challenge in football,especially in the countries who have big potential and who can achieve better results in near future. I think that Ethiopia is a perfect place for achieving new and better results in all football segments”
“Ethiopia have long football traditions and this is one of the African countries who are pioneer of international competitions in Africa. Football is sport no 1 in Ethiopia,and this is a very important factors,when you have “deep football roots” and when you have huge support from your people”
“Of course,every National football team have their good and bad periods,the same situation is with Walia. Ethiopia was champion of African Cup of Nations (at early’s 60) but also almost 20 years didn’t participate in African Cup Of Nation until 2013”
“I must to mention also, that am not a first coach from this region who showing desire to lead Walia. On of the creator of best results in Ethiopian football history (when Ethiopia was won African Cup of Nation) is a Yugoslavian coach Slavko Milosevic who was lead Walia 1961 and 1962. and I put a mission to my self,to achieve good result with Walia.
“Success of the National team starting the “chain reaction”, increases the quality of the entire national football in all areas, as a top of the national football pyramid of the country,also football is one of the best ambassadors of the country, on the continent and in the world”
“I know that most of the players from the National team are from domestic league. One of the main task of the long term plan, is to create a large scouting network and to find players all over the world (originating from the region of Ethiopia) who have experience and who play in stronger league,to reinforce National team,positive competition into a national team,who will create positive atmosphere in the squad and to build strong wining spirit”
“Another task of the long term plan is creating a base (National football academy) who will create players by world top standard. Now I will give you one example. Serbia who have only 7.200.000 inhabitants is a 2nd largest exporter of the players in the world. Serbia have 2nd best youth football academy in Europe and lot of player in 5 TOP leagues in the world. If Serbia can achieve that with only 7.000.000 inhabitants,just imagine potential of Ethiopia who have  92.000.000 inhabitants,with properly work and creating long-term national football development strategy”Ljubo told
Academic honors is:
– Part-time professor at University of Belgrade , Faculty of Physical Culture
– UEFA Coaching License Instructor in UEFA Coaches School of the Serbian FA
– Member and president of Coaching committee of FA of Serbia
– 5 years president and  member of Serbia FA expert Committee
 coaching career and my achievements:
Senior clubs coaching career:
– FC Espagnol, Barcelona, Spain – Head Coach – 1984
– FC Osijek, Yugoslavia, Head Coach 1984-1987
– FC Spartak, Yugoslavia, Head Coach 1987-88
– FC Vojvodina, Yugoslavia – Head Coach – 1988-1990
– FC Red Star, Belgrade – Head Coach – 1990-91
– FC Penarol, Montevideo, Uruguay – Head Coach – 1992
– PAOK FC, Greece – Head Coach – 1992-93
– FC Olympiacos, Athens, Greece – Head Coach – 1993-94
– FC Red Star, Yugoslavia – Head Coach – 1995-96
– FC Grazer AK, Graz, Austria – Head Coach – 1996
– FC Vojvodina, Yugoslavia – Head Coach – 1996-97
– FC Al Ahli, Dubai, U.A.E. – Head Coach – 1998-99
– FC Levski, Sofia, Bulgaria – Head Coach – 1999
-FC Schenhua, Shanghai, China – Head Coach – 1999-2000
-FC Levski, Sofia, Bulgaria – Head Coach – 2000-2001
-FC Beijing Gou’an, Beijing, China – Head Coach – 2001-03
-FC Litex, Lovech, Bulgaria – Head Coach – 2003-04
-FC Red Star, Belgrade – Head Coach – 2004-05
-FC Litex, Lovech, Bulgaria – Head Coach – 2005-2007
-OFC Beograd, Belgrade – Head Coach – 2007-08
– NK Croatia Sesvete – Head Coach – 2008
– FC Vojvodina, Yugoslavia – Head Coach – 2008-09
– FC Lokomotiva, Croatia – Head Coach – 2010-11
-FC Taraz, Kazakhstan – Head Coach – 2011-2013
National Teams:
– Yugoslavian National Team U-18, Head Coach – 1987
– Yugoslavian National Team U-21, Head Coach – 1988
Key coaching moments and my achievements:
With  National teams:
-World Champions, U18 World Cup, Chile, U-18 Yugoslavian National Team – 1987
-2nd, UEFA Championship, U-21 Yugoslavian National Team – 1988
With clubs:
3x Yugoslavian Champion Winner
– FC Vojvodina – 1989;
– FC Red Star – 1991 & 1995
– Winner of UEFA Champions League, FC Red Star – 1991
2x Yugoslavian National Cup Winner,
– FC Red Star – 1995 & 1996
– Champion on half-season with Bulgarian team FC Litex 1999
– Chinese National League, 2nd Place, FC Schenhua, Shanghai, China – 1999/2000
– National Champion of Bulgaria, FC Levski – 2001
– Chinese National League, 2nd Place, FC Beijing Gou’an, Beijing, China – 2000/01
– National Cup Winner, FC Beijing Gou’an, Beijing, China – 2003
– National Cup Winner, FC Litex, Bulgaria – 2004
– Round of 16 UEFA CUP, FC Litex, Bulgaria – 2005/06
– UEFA Europa League Qualification, FC Litex, Lovech, Bulgaria – 2006/07
– UEFA Europa League Qualification, FC Vojvodina, Novi Sad – 2008-09
– Coach of the Year in Kazakhstan 2012
more about his work and career you can find on my personal web site and also you have link with good descriptions:

Appointed by CAF President Dr.Ahmad as CAF Media Expert. An expert on African football with over 13 years experience ,always with an ear to the ground with indepth knowledge of the game. I have worked for top publications including 7 years at until i founded to quench the thirst of football lovers across the continent. I have trained young upcoming journalists who are now a voice in African football.I have covered World Cup,AFCON,CHAN,Champions League,Confederations Cup,Cecafa,Cosafa,Wafu and many other football tournaments across the World. Founder Football Africa Arena(FAA),Founder

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