Dragoslav Stepanović

Dragoslav Stepanović (Serbian Cyrillic: Драгослав Степановић, pronounced [drâɡoslaʋ stepǎːnoʋitɕ]; born 30 August 1948) is a retired Serbian footballer and current coach.

Dragoslav Stepanović
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Stepanović in 2005
Personal information
Full name Dragoslav Stepanović
Date of birth (1948-08-30) 30 August 1948 (age 72)
Place of birth Rekovac, Yugoslavia
Playing position(s) Defender
Youth career
0000–1962 FK Mladi Proleter
1962–1966 OFK Belgrade
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1966–1973 OFK Belgrade 201 (11)
1973–1976 Red Star Belgrade 30 (2)
1976–1978 Eintracht Frankfurt 49 (3)
1978–1979 Wormatia Worms 33 (0)
1979–1981 Manchester City 15 (0)
1981–1982 Wormatia Worms 16 (0)
Total 344 (16)
National team
1970–1976 Yugoslavia 34 (1)
Teams managed
1982–1985 FV Progres Frankfurt
1985–1987 FSV Frankfurt
1988–1990 Rot-Weiß Frankfurt
1991 Eintracht Trier
1991–1993 Eintracht Frankfurt
1993–1995 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
1995–1996 Athletic Bilbao
1996 Eintracht Frankfurt
1998 AEK Athens
1999 VfB Leipzig
2000 Stuttgarter Kickers
2000 Kickers Offenbach
2001 Rot-Weiß Oberhausen
2003 Shenyang Jinde
2004 El Zamalek
2007–2008 Čukarički
2009 Vojvodina
2010 Laktaši
2014 Radnički Niš
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


He made his name with OFK Beograd where he was a defensive right back fixture for 11 years between 1962 and 1973, before moving on to Red Star Belgrade for 3 seasons until 1976. Due to the transfer age restrictions in SFR Yugoslavia he had to wait until 28 years of age to move abroad.

Stepanović's first stop abroad was German Bundesliga with Eintracht Frankfurt where he became affectionately known as Steppi. He played in Frankfurt for two seasons (1976–1978). Next came a 1-season stint with Wormatia Worms.

In July 1979 he joined English club Manchester City F.C. for £140,000, and spent 2 seasons there.

He finished out his career back in Germany with Wormatia Worms in 1981–82 season.

International careerEdit

Stepanović is a former Yugoslav international, and used to be a favourite of national team head coach Vujadin Boškov.

International goalsEdit

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 14 June 1972 Estádio Belfort Duarte, Curitiba, Brazil   Venezuela 7–0 10–0 Friendly

Coaching careerEdit

Stepanović went on to become a successful football coach in Germany. He made a managerial name for himself in Germany with Eintracht Frankfurt before taking over at Bayer Leverkusen, replacing Reinhard Saftig shortly before they won the 1993 DFB-Pokal Final.[1] He was then signed to coach Athletic Bilbao in July 1995. He did not survive until the end of the season, however, getting replaced in mid-March 1996.

He was idolized in the US and finally came to Columbus, Ohio in 2002 to Coach the youth soccer club Blast FC. He has since returned to Germany where he for a brief spell was team manager at TuS Koblenz.

In December 2006, Stepanović was a short list candidate for the Bosnia-Herzegovina national team coaching spot, but the job went to Fuad Muzurović instead.

On 24 August 2007, Stepanović was named the head coach of the Serbian Superliga club FK Čukarički. His appointment came two weeks into the 2007–08 season during which Čukarički already played the Serbian powerhouses Red Star Belgrade and Partizan, managing a draw and a loss respectively,[2] On 8 December 2008 he was fired by Čukarički.

During the summer 2009 off season on 8 June 2009, he was named FK Vojvodina head coach for the upcoming 2009–10 season[3] but he was released on 2 October 2009.


  1. ^ "1992/1993". bayer04.de. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  2. ^ "Dragoslav Stepanović novi trener Čukaričkog | Mondo". Mtsmondo.com. 10 June 2010. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007.
  3. ^ "Stepi za MONDO: Da, ja sam trener Vojvodine, MTS Mondo, June 6, 2009". Mtsmondo.com. 10 June 2010. Archived from the original on 7 June 2009.

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