Darije Kalezić (born 1 November 1969) is a Swiss football manager and former player.
|Full name||Darije Kalezić|
|Date of birth||1 November 1969|
|Place of birth||Pfäffikon, Switzerland|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|2006–2008||De Graafschap (reserve/youth)|
|2008–2009||De Graafschap (assistant)|
|2015–2016||Roda JC Kerkrade|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Kalezić was born in Pfäffikon, Switzerland. He started his career still in Yugoslavia, then Bosnia and Herzegovina, where he played for FK Velež Mostar, before moving to the Netherlands in 1994 and as player being member of FC Den Bosch, RKC Waalwijk, AGOVV Apeldoorn, De Graafschap. He retired in 2006.
On 25 February 2009, he was appointed interim manager of De Graafschap after previous manager Henk van Stee was dismissed due to poor results. Even though the team relegated at the end of the season, Kalezić was confirmed as head coach for the new season, in which he led the promptly bounce back into the Eredivisie by claiming the 2009–10 Eerste Divisie title. He saved the team from relegation in 2010–11, leaving the club at the end of the season.
Ahead of the 2013–14 season, Kalezić was appointed manager of Jong PSV, the reserve side of PSV Eindhoven, for their first season in the Eerste Divisie. Jong PSV finished the 2013–14 Eerste Divisie in 10th place. Kalezic guided the Jong PSV to a 14th place finish in the 2014/15 Eerste Divisie.
Kalezić was sacked on 10 May 2016 after making critical comments against the club’s Technical director, Ton Caanen.
On 1 March 2018, Wellington Phoenix announced that Darije Kalezic would be departing the club at the end of the season after they were not able to come to an agreement on how the club proceeds forward for the next season. A further announcement on 8 March 2018 confirmed he was leaving the club, with a caretaker manager to see out the remainder of the season.
Kalezić's father is from Montenegro and his mother is from Sanski Most, Bosnia and Herzegovina. His parents were guest workers in Switzerland when he was born, but they moved back to the Balkans, settling in Mostar when Darije was a child.
- As of 2 February 2019
|De Graafschap||25 February 2009||30 June 2011||88||39||22||27||137||117||+20||44.32|
|Zulte Waregem||30 June 2011||27 December 2011||21||3||9||9||26||30||−4||14.29|
|Stockport County||24 January 2013||20 March 2013||12||3||2||7||13||19||−6||25.00|
|Jong PSV||1 July 2013||11 June 2015||76||26||22||28||112||113||−1||34.21|
|Roda JC Kerkrade||11 June 2015||10 May 2016||38||11||10||17||47||63||−16||28.95|
|Al-Taawoun||2 June 2016||15 October 2016||7||2||1||4||10||15||−5||28.57|
|Wellington Phoenix||7 June 2017||8 March 2018||22||4||5||13||24||41||−17||18.18|
|PSM Makassar||2 February 2019||present||0||0||0||0||0||0||+0||—|
As a coachEdit
- Eerste Divisie: 2010
- Seizoengids 2010/2011 (in Dutch). Voetbal International. August 2010. p. 78.
- "Darije Kalezic: Stockport County appoint Jim Gannon's successo". BBC Sport. 24 January 2013.
- "Kalezic leaves Edgeley Park". Stockport County FC. 20 March 2013.
- "Nieuwe hoofdtrainer Roda JC is Darije Kalezic=11 June 2015". Roda JC.
- "Roda JC sack coach Darije Kalezic =10 May 2016". Football Oranje.
- "رسمياً .. الهولندي داريو كالزيتش بديل جوميز في التعاون" [Darije Kalezić manager of Al Taawoun, replacing Gomes]. arabia.eurosport.com (in Arabic). Arabia Eurosport. 2 June 2016. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
- "Pride and politics: Middle East football this week". Al-Araby Al-Jadeed. 17 October 2016.
- "Wellington Phoenix managers: Darije Kalezic, Rado Vidosic, A-League news". Fox Sports. 7 June 2017. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
- Hyslop, Liam (1 March 2018). "Wellington Phoenix coach Darije Kalezic confirms he is departing the club at season's end". Stuff.co.nz.
- "Darije Kalezic". Soccerbase. 11 May 2016.