Dejan Antonić

Dejan Antonić (Serbian Cyrillic: Дејан Антонић, Chinese: 狄恩; born 22 January 1969) is a football manager and former player.

Dejan Antonić
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Dejan Antonić
Personal information
Full name Dejan Antonić
Date of birth (1969-01-22) 22 January 1969 (age 52)
Place of birth Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
PSS Sleman (Head Coach)
Youth career
1984–1989 Red Star Belgrade
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1990 Spartak Subotica 14 (0)
1990–1992 Napredak Kruševac 59 (4)
1992–1994 Beveren (20)
1994–1995 Obilić
1995–1996 Persebaya Surabaya
1996–1997 Persita Tangerang
1997–1998 Persema Malang
1998–2000 Instant-Dict
2000–2002 Hong Kong Rangers
2002–2003 Sun Hei
2003–2005 Kitchee
National team
1987 Yugoslavia U-20
2000 Hong Kong 2 (0)
Teams managed
2005–2008 Kitchee
2007–2009 Hong Kong
2009 TSW Pegasus
2010 Shatin
2010–2011 Tai Chung
2011–2012 Tuen Mun
2012–2013 Arema Indonesia
2013 Pro Duta
2013–2015 Pelita Bandung Raya
2016 Persib Bandung
2016–2017 South China
2017 Hong Kong Rangers
2018–2019 Borneo
2019–2020 Madura United
2020– PSS Sleman
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He is the father of footballer Stefan Antonić, who is currently playing at Southern.[1]

Early careerEdit

Dejan Antonić with the squad of Youth FIFA World Cup Champion 1987, Chile

He started his professional football playing in local club Red Star Belgrade.

In 1987, Antonić was called in the Yugoslavia squad[2] training section, and was able to win a cap. Yugoslavia won the first title that time on final against East Germany through penalty shootout (PSO). And they are remembered as a Yugoslav' "zlatna generacija" (Golden Generation). His well-known team mates were : Robert Jarni, Igor Štimac, Zvonimir Boban, Robert Prosinečki, Predrag Mijatović and Davor Šuker. Later Antonić joined Red Star Belgrade but made no league appearance for them. His debut will be in the 1989–90 Yugoslav First League with FK Spartak Subotica.[3] Next he played with FK Napredak Kruševac in the Yugoslav Second League.[3][4] In 1995, he left Europe and joined Persebaya FC in Indonesia.

Career in Hong KongEdit

As a playerEdit


In 1998–99, Antonić joined Hong Kong First Division club Instant-Dict FC and played more as a defender than a midfielder. His debut was the semi-final match against South China in Hong Kong FA Cup. He was included in Hong Kong XI to compete in 2003 Carlsberg Cup and was elected as a Hong Kong XI as well. Dejan scored a goal by penalty in the match against Denmark national team in Carlsberg Cup. Dejan played very well in the season and was awarded "The Most Fair Player" and being nominated in Hong Kong Footballer Awards several times. In 2000–01, he assisted Instant-Dict FC to win Hong Kong FA Cup.

Sun HeiEdit

In early 2000, he joined Sun Hei and won three championships, including Hong Kong Senior Challenge Shield, Hong Kong FA Cup and Hong Kong League Cup.

As a coachEdit

Dejan Antonić, coach of Hong Kong National Team in 2011 Asian Cup Qualification
Dejan Antonic, with Kitchee winning the League Cup Champion 2006–2007, Hong Kong

Antonić, a UEFA Pro License holder, was appointed by Kitchee as head coach in 2005 and successfully led the team to two trophies in the league on his first year of duty, winning the Hong Kong League Cup and Hong Kong Senior Shield Cup. He led the team to defend their Hong Kong League Cup in 2006, during his second year of duty. He managed Kitchee towards qualification for 2008 AFC Cup.

Achievements with Kitchee FCEdit

  • Winner of Hong Kong League Cup 2005-2006
  • Winner of the Senior Shield Cup 2005-2006
  • Winner of Hong Kong League Cup 2006-2007
  • Kitchee went through to Asian Football Championship 2008 qualification
  • Elected as Hong Kong "Coach of the Year 2005-2006“
  • Won the 2nd Place of Hong Kong League 2006-2007
  • Won the 2nd Place of Senior Shield Cup 2007-2008
  • Kitchee FC friendly games against:

- Shanghai Shenhua FC (Kitchee was the winner of Canon Cup) - Hong Kong Selection vs Barcelona FC

He was elected as the 2006 Hong Kong Coach of The Year and also appointed to be a coach of Hong Kong League XI for the annual Carlsberg Cup.

After leaving Kitchee, expansion club TSW Pegasus appointed Antonić as their new Deputy Team Manager & Youth Development.

Antonić has been appointed to coach the Hong Kong National Team as preparation for the 2011 Asian Cup qualifiers. And with Hong Kong National Team, he won the 31st Guangdong Cup 2008. He has been nominated as a consultant of the Hong Kong Law Society Football Team.

Achievements with Hong Kong National TeamEdit

  • Won the 1st place of Guangdong Cup 2008
  • Won the game against India 2-1
  • Won the game against Macau 9-1

Antonić left his post as head coach of Tuen Mun in the middle of the 2011–12 Hong Kong First Division League season and joined Arema FC as their manager.[5] Coaching Arema FC for only 6 months and he was voted by the soccer news website,, as "The Best Coach 2011–2012" [6] of the Indonesian Premier League as he brought Arema FC to go through to the quarter final of AFC Cup 2012[7] and make the country proud.[8]

Achievements with Arema Indonesia FCEdit

  • Won against Kitchee FC in the knockout stage of AFC Cup 2012, and went through to the quarter final round
  • Voted as “The Best Coach of Indonesian Premier League 2011-2012”


  • Voted as “The Coach of The Month” (May 2012) by the AFC

After left Arema FC, Antonic was appointed to be head coach of Pro Duta FC and continued shining.

Achievements with Pro Duta FCEdit

  • Champion of the Indonesian Premier League 2012-2013
  • Champion of the Indonesian Premier League Super Cup 2012-2013
  • Voted as “The Coach of the Year” 2012-2013

Finished his contract with Pro Duta FC, Antonic signed a two-year contract with Pelita Bandung Raya on 20 November 2013.[9] On 9 September 2014, he got his contract extended until 2016.[10]

Achievements with Pelita Bandung Raya FCEdit

  • Voted as “The Coach of the Month” in February 2014
  • Voted as “The Coach of the Month” in August 2014
  • Voted as “The Coach of the Month” in October 2014
  • Voted as “Coach of the Year”, Indonesian Super League 2014-2015 by PSSI
  • Voted as “Coach of the Year”, Indonesian Super League by
  • Voted as “Coach of the Year”, Indonesian Super League by ESPN
  • Pelita Bandung Raya FC was voted as “Team of the Year, Indonesian Super League 2014-2015”
  • Pelita Bandung Raya FC won the Runner Up in Bali Island Cup 2014-2015

Antonic joined Persib Bandung FC after he finished his contract with Pelita Bandung Raya.

Achievements with Persib Bandung FCEdit

  • Won the 2nd Place of Bhayangkara Cup 2016

Antonić returned to management on 31 October 2016, signing a 1.5 year contract at South China as manager.[11] The club managed to finish 4th in the league and reached the finals of the 2016-17 Hong Kong FA Cup. Following South China's decision to voluntarily relegate, the contracts of the entire coaching staff were terminated.[12]

On 4 July 2017, Hong Kong Rangers Director Philip Lee announced that Antonić would be the club's new manager.[12]

On 28 March 2018, Borneo announced that Antonić would be the club's new head coach after sacked their previous head coach[13]

After left Borneo FC, Antonic signed with Madura United FC.

Achievements with Madura United FCEdit

  • Elected as Best Coach for two weeks in a row

Personal lifeEdit

Antonić married his Indonesian fiancee, Venna Tikoalu. Venna gave birth to their son Stefan Antonić on 6 February 2001 in Hong Kong.[11]

Antonić has another older daughter who is living and studying in Serbia.

Games of Hong Kong team coached by Dejan Antonić and Goran PaulićEdit

International games of Hong KongEdit

# Date Type of Match Location Opponent Result
1 19 November 2008 Friendly Macau   Macau 9–1
2 14 January 2009 Friendly Hong Kong   India 2–1
3 21 January 2009 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification Hong Kong   Bahrain 1–3
4 28 January 2009 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification Sana'a, Yemen   Yemen 0–1

Non-international games of Hong KongEdit

# Date Type of Match Location Opponent Result
1 1 January 2009 2009 Guangdong–Hong Kong Cup Guangzhou, China   Guangdong 1–3
2 4 January 2009 2009 Guangdong–Hong Kong Cup Hong Kong   Guangdong 4–1



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  1. ^ "【港超聯】冠忠南區簽入名將狄恩之子 Double史提芬迎接復賽". HK01. 6 June 2020. Retrieved 4 July 2020.
  2. ^ "Yugoslavia Squad in FIFA U-20 World Cup, Chile 1987"
  3. ^ a b Yugoslav First and Second League stats at B92
  4. ^ Tempo almanah 1991/1992 page 42
  5. ^ 若首名晉級或鬥印尼勁旅[permanent dead link] The Sun. 26 April 2012 (in Chinese)
  6. ^ "The Best Coach of Indonesian Premier League 2011–2012" 28 July 2012.
  7. ^ "The Serbian head tactician, Dejan Antonic, has successfully led Arema Indonesia to the quarter-finals of the AFC Cup for the first time in the club's history" 24 May 2012.
  8. ^ "Arema massive win over Navibank Saigon" 9 May 2012.
  9. ^ "Dejan Antonic Latih PBR Dua Musim" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  10. ^ "PBR Perpanjang Kontrak Dejan" (in Indonesian). Archived from the original on 11 September 2014. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
  11. ^ a b "狄恩教南華 簽約一年半 最快11月下旬領軍". HK01. Retrieved 31 October 2016. (in Chinese)
  12. ^ a b "約滿南華有工開! 狄恩改教標準流浪". Apple Daily. Retrieved 4 July 2017. (in Chinese)
  13. ^ "RESMI: Borneo FC Tunjuk Dejan Antonic Sebagai Pelatih |" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 28 March 2018.

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