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Amar Osim (born 18 July 1967) is a Bosnian-Herzegovinian football manager and former professional football player. Currently he is the manager of FK Željezničar Sarajevo in the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Amar Osim
Personal information
Full name Amar Osim
Date of birth (1967-07-18) 18 July 1967 (age 51)
Place of birth Sarajevo, SFR Yugoslavia
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Željezničar Sarajevo (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1991 Željezničar Sarajevo 57 (8)
1991–1992 Saint-Dié
1992–1996 Strasbourg
1996–1997 Željezničar Sarajevo 5 (0)
Teams managed
2001–2003 Željezničar Sarajevo
2006–2007 JEF United Chiba
2009–2013 Željezničar Sarajevo
2014–2016 Al Kharaitiyat
2018– Željezničar Sarajevo
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He is one of the most successful Bosnian-Herzegovinian football managers[1] and is the most successful manager in FK Željezničar history, winning 5 Bosnian Premier Leagues, 4 Bosnian cups and 1, now disabled, Bosnian Supercup. He has also won 1 J.League Cup with J2 League club JEF United Chiba.

He was also a two time candidate for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team head coach position in 2014 and 2018. He was closest to becoming national team head coach in January 2018, but at the end "losed" to Croatian football legend, Robert Prosinečki.[2]


Playing careerEdit

Born and raised in Sarajevo, Amar Osim started playing football in FK Željezničar. After playing for the youth team, he entered the senior squad in 1986. In 1991, he left to France where he played for lower division clubs SR Saint-Dié and ASPV Strasbourg. In 1996, he returned to his home country. He played one more season for his favourite FK Željezničar before he retired from professional playing career.

Although a talented player, with good technical skills, he never managed to match the success or renown of his father, Ivica Osim's playing career.

Managerial careerEdit


His managerial career started in FK Željezničar's youth squad which he guided to success in domestic competitions. After Hajrudin Đurbuzović was sacked in the spring of 2001, club officials promoted him to the place of the first team manager.

He immediately led the club to two Bosnian Premier League titles in 2001 and in 2002, being runner-up in season 2003.

In August 2002, Osim led Željezničar to the 2002–03 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round, where the club lost 0–5 on aggregate (0–1 in Sarajevo, 4–0 in Newcastle) to English Premier League club Newcastle United F.C. That is so far, the club's biggest post-war European competition result.

He also claimed two national cup titles in 2001 and 2003, being the runner-up in 2002. He also claimed the Bosnian Super Cup in 2001, after he claimed the double that year.[3]

He was sacked at the beginning of the 2003–04 season, allegedly because of the poor results.

JEF United ChibaEdit

His father Ivica Osim invited him to Japan to be his assistant at JEF United Chiba. After Ivica was named the head coach of the Japanese national team, Amar was promoted.

He guided JEF United Chiba to win the J.League Cup in 2006. But after a poor finish to the 2007 season, in which JEF United finished in 13th place in the J1 League, Osim was sacked.

Return to ŽeljezničarEdit

After his Japanese adventure, Osim returned to his hometown and in July 2009, he returned to FK Željezničar for his second spell as the club's manager.

In his first season as manager, Osim immediately guided the club to win the league title and finished as national cup runners up. In the following season he won the national cup, losing the league title just one round before the end of the season and ending third. In 2012, he claimed once more the league title, with three rounds left to play, breaking many records on the way and also defended the national cup, bringing after 11 years the double back to Željezničar.

He left the managerial position of the club in August 2013 becoming only the sport director of the club.[4] In December 2014 he completely left the club.

While at Željezničar, Osim won many individual managerial awards after his success with the club. In 2010, he won the Bosnian Premier League Manager of the Year award. In 2012, Osim won the 2011–12 Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina Manager of the Season award while in 2013 he won the same award for the 2012–13 season.

Al KharaitiyatEdit

In December 2014, Osim was named the new manager of Qatar Stars League club Al Kharaitiyat.[5]

In his first season he made a club record of a 7-game unbeaten run in the league, 9 games in all competitions (including the league). In that season's league, Al Kharaitiyat finished on a descent 9th place. In March 2015, Osim was named Qatar Stars League manager of the month for February 2015.[6]

In his second season as the club's manager, Osim's Al Kharaitiyat finished on a disappointing 12th place, just narrowly missing relegation.

Finally in November 2016 after a poor start to the 2016–17 season, Osim was sacked after almost two years as Al Kharaitiyat's manager.[7]

Second return to ŽeljezničarEdit

On 31 December 2018, Osim once again came back to Željezničar and signed a three and a half year contract after monthly speculations of him becoming the manager even earlier.[8]

His first win in his third term as Željezničar's manager came on 3 March 2019, in a 2–1 home win againts FK Mladost Doboj Kakanj.[9] In Osim's first Sarajevo derby after 6 years, Željezničar handled a big 0–3 disappointing home loss to FK Sarajevo on 6 April 2019.[10]

On 13 April 2019, in a 1–0 away league loss against HŠK Zrinjski Mostar, Osim made his 300th appearance as Željezničar's manager and became the club's third manager with the most games. At the time, the first two were Milan Ribar (as of May 2019, he still is 1st) with 367 games and his father Ivica Osim with 301 games.[11][12] On 20 April 2019, in his 301st managerial appearance for Željezničar, Amar tied his father Ivica's number of 301 managerial appearances and became joint 2nd people with most appearances as the club's manager. In that game, Željezničar beat FK Krupa 3–0 on their home stadium Grbavica, stayed on 4th place in the league and ended their three match winless run.[13]

On 24 April 2019, in his 302nd managerial appearance for Željezničar, in which the club tied 0–0 against NK Široki Brijeg on their home stadium, Amar surpassed his father Ivica and became the second manager with the most appearances in Željezničar's history.[14]

Personal lifeEdit

Amar is the son of legendary player and manager Ivica Osim. His mothers' name is Asima. He has two children and one grandchild.[15][16]

Managerial statisticsEdit

As of 25 May 2019[17]
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Željezničar Sarajevo March 2001 October 2003 151 94 36 21 062.25
JEF United Chiba July 2006 December 2007 56 20 6 30 035.71
Željezničar Sarajevo June 2009 September 2013 142 84 27 31 059.15
Al Kharaitiyat December 2014 November 2016 41 13 10 18 031.71
Željezničar Sarajevo December 2018 Present 14 6 4 4 042.86
Total 404 217 83 104 053.71



Željezničar Sarajevo

JEF United Chiba



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  2. ^ E.B. (4 January 2018). "Robert Prosinečki novi selektor nogometne reprezentacije BiH" (in Bosnian). Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Osim card coming up trumps at Željezničar". 8 February 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2010.
  4. ^ "Amar Osim u administraciji Željezničara, Đurbuzović ostaje na klupi" (in Bosnian). 19 September 2013. Retrieved 19 September 2013.
  5. ^ Edin Isanović (27 December 2014). "Amar Osim trenersku karijeru nastavlja u Kataru". Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  6. ^ D.B. (3 March 2015). "Katarska Premier Liga: Amar Osim dobio nagradu za najboljeg trenera u februaru" (in Bosnian). Retrieved 3 March 2015.
  7. ^ E.B. (5 November 2016). "Nakon serije loših rezultata: Amar Osim napustio Al Kharitiyat" (in Bosnian). Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  8. ^ E.B. (31 December 2018). "Amar Osim zvanično imenovan za novog trenera Željezničara" (in Bosnian). Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  9. ^ M. Šljivak (3 March 2019). "Prekinut crni niz FK Željezničar: Ermin Zec junak Grbavice!" (in Bosnian). Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  10. ^ M. Šljivak (6 April 2019). "Šampionski ples FK Sarajevo na Grbavici: Bordo tim ponizio Plave!" (in Bosnian). Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  11. ^ M. Šljivak (13 April 2019). "Pezer ušao i pogodio za pobjedu HŠK Zrinjski protiv FK Željezničar" (in Bosnian). Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  12. ^ A. Čaušević (11 April 2019). "Amar Osim u subotu postaje član "kluba 300" FK Željezničar" (in Bosnian). Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  13. ^ M. Šljivak (20 April 2019). "FK Željezničar razbio FK Krupa na Grbavici!" (in Bosnian). Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  14. ^ R. Pašić (24 April 2019). "Remi Željezničara i Širokog Brijega na Grbavici" (in Bosnian). Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  15. ^ "Amar Osim biografija". (in Bosnian). 6 October 2017. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  16. ^ N.K. (28 November 2018). "Radost u porodici Osim: Amar postao dedo, a Ivica dobio prvo praunuče" (in Bosnian). Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  17. ^ "Amar Osim (Stručni štab)". (in Bosnian). Retrieved 1 April 2019.

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