Goran Đorović

Goran Đorović (Serbian Cyrillic: Горан Ђopoвић; born 11 November 1971) is a Serbian retired footballer who played mainly a central defender but also as a left back.

Goran Đorović
Personal information
Full name Goran Đorović
Date of birth (1971-11-11) 11 November 1971 (age 49)
Place of birth Pristina, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Position(s) Defender
Youth career
1980–1989 Prishtina
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1993 Prishtina 97 (4)
1993–1997 Red Star 100 (2)
1997–2001 Celta 100 (5)
2001–2004 Deportivo La Coruña 11 (0)
2003–2004Elche (loan) 15 (0)
Total 324 (11)
National team
1994–2001 FR Yugoslavia 49 (0)
Teams managed
2017–2019 Serbia U21
2021– Serbia (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

In his country, he played for Prishtina and Red Star. He spent the rest of his career in Spain after arriving there in 1997, representing Celta, Deportivo and Elche.

Đorović went into coaching upon retiring, serving as the manager of the Serbian national under-21 team.

Club careerEdit

Đorović was born in Pristina, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Having initially played for his hometown club FK Priština, he joined Red Star Belgrade in 1993. He went on to appear in exactly 100 league matches and, aged almost 26, moved abroad after signing with Spanish club RC Celta de Vigo.

Soon, interest arose from major teams, such as U.C. Sampdoria and Arsenal. However, he decided to stay at least for the 1998–99 season at Celta, where he would eventually share teams with his brother Zoran (who had absolutely no impact for the Galicians)[1] and play 126 competitive games, his La Liga debut coming on 31 August 1997 in a 2–1 home win against Real Zaragoza.[2]

Having had one attempt to sign the player previously rebuffed, Deportivo de La Coruña manager Javier Irureta signed Đorović in 2001, having already bought him from Red Star four years earlier. However, the player's career at Depor would be constantly marred by injuries as he earned over 2 million per season, one of the highest in the squad.[3]

For 2003–04, Đorović was loaned alongside Dani Mallo, Roberto Acuña and José Manuel, to Elche CF in the second division. After featuring rarely throughout the campaign he returned to Deportivo, and was immediately released despite still having one year in his contract.[4] He retired shortly after.

International careerEdit

Đorović made his debut for the Serbia and Montenegro national team on 23 December 1994, playing the second half of a 0–2 friendly loss in Brazil in Porto Alegre. He won 48 caps more in the next seven years, being part of the setups at the 1998 FIFA World Cup (playing in all the matches and minutes during the tournament, as the nation bowed out in the round-of-16) and UEFA Euro 2000.

International statisticsEdit


FR Yugoslavia
Year Apps Goals
1994 2 0
1995 6 0
1996 9 0
1997 7 0
1998 10 0
1999 4 0
2000 6 0
2001 5 0
Total 49 0

Managerial statisticsEdit

As of match played 23 June 2019[6]
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
P W D L Win %
Serbia U21 18 August 2017 2019 17 10 2 5 058.82
Total 17 10 2 5 058.82


  1. ^ "El Celta ataba a los Djorovic hace veinte años" [Celta snapped the Djorovics twenty years ago]. La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish). 8 June 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  2. ^ Conde, J. B. (1 September 1997). "Pachi Salinas resuelve la puesta de largo del Celta" [Pachi Salinas decides Celta's rentrée]. ABC (in Spanish). Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  3. ^ Conde, J. (13 June 2012). "De celestes y blanquiazules" [Of sky blue and white-and-blue]. La Opinión A Coruña (in Spanish). Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Room for Bent at Everton". UEFA. 23 June 2004. Retrieved 30 May 2010.
  5. ^ "Goran Đorović". European Football. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  6. ^ Goran Đorović coach profile at Soccerway

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