Ilija Petković

Ilija Petković (Serbian Cyrillic: Илија Петковић, pronounced [ǐlija pětkoʋitɕ]; 22 September 1945 – 27 June 2020) was a Serbian footballer and manager. From the early 1990s until his death, Petković was a football manager, with his most notable appointment being with the Serbia and Montenegro national team.

Ilija Petković
Ilija Petković in 2006.jpg
Petković in 2006
Personal information
Date of birth (1945-09-22)22 September 1945
Place of birth Knin, Croatia, Yugoslavia
Date of death 27 June 2020(2020-06-27) (aged 74)
Place of death Belgrade, Serbia
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
Dinara Knin
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1964–1973 OFK Beograd 212 (37)
1973–1976 Troyes 122 (7)
1976–1983 OFK Beograd 171 (16)
Total 505 (60)
National team
1968–1974 Yugoslavia 43 (6)
Teams managed
1990–1993 OFK Beograd
1993–1995 Servette
1997–1998 FR Yugoslavia (assistant)
1998–1999 Avispa Fukuoka
1999–2000 Aris Thessaloniki
2000–2001 FR Yugoslavia
2001 Shanghai Shenhua
2002 Sichuan Guancheng
2003–2006 Serbia and Montenegro
2009–2010 Incheon United
2010 Al Ahli Doha
2013 Gyeongnam FC
2017 Serbia U20
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Petković played 43 games for Yugoslavia, and participated in UEFA Euro 1968, and in the 1974 FIFA World Cup where he scored a goal in a big 9–0 win against Zaire. He played much of his career between 1964–1983 in OFK Beograd, with a stint in the middle in Troyes AC between 1973–1976.

He began his coaching career in 1990 with his original club, OFK Beograd, and coached many clubs. He coached Yugoslavia three times, first as an assistant in 1997–98, then in 2000–01, following Vujadin Boškov's departure after UEFA Euro 2000.

Coaching careerEdit

In late December 2009, Petković accused Dragan Stojković of starting a media smear campaign against him back in late May 2006 right before the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Petković claimed that he refused to name some Red Star players in the final squad that the club was looking to sell at a better price by having them showcased at the World Cup, all of which prompted Stojković's ire.[1] Stojković denied such claims.[2]


Petković died on 27 June 2020 in Belgrade after complications with his ulcer breaking and getting infected with COVID-19.[3]


  1. ^ Ilija Petković: "Piksi me namestio jer nisam hteo njegove igrače u reprezentaciji";, December 31, 2009
  2. ^ Dragan Stojković odgovorio na optužbe: Nisam zvao Petka da prodaje igrače Zvezde Archived 2010-01-12 at the Wayback Machine; Blic, January 9, 2010
  3. ^ "Preminuo Ilija Petković, legendarni nogometaš i trener". (in Bosnian). 27 June 2020. Retrieved 27 June 2020.

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