Ivan Kurtušić

Ivan Kurtušić (Serbian Cyrillic: Иван Куртушић, born 28 April 1984) is a retired Serbian footballer who was first-team coach of Hong Kong Premier League club Tai Po.

Ivan Kurtušić
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Kurtušić in action for Marsaxlokk in 2012
Personal information
Date of birth (1984-04-28) 28 April 1984 (age 37)
Place of birth Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Position(s) Central midfielder
Youth career
Red Star Belgrade
Vojvodina
Sartid Smederevo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005 Dinamo Pančevo
2006 Vlasina 6 (0)
2007 Obilić 15 (0)
2008 Pobeda
2009 OFK Kikinda 6 (0)
2010 Obilić
2010 Sinđelić Niš 10 (3)
2011 Mladenovac
2012 Marsaxlokk 2 (0)
2012 Gudja United 9 (4)
2013 Żejtun Corinthians 5 (0)
2013 Manama Club
2014 Sheikh Russell
2015 Sloga Kraljevo 9 (0)
2016–2017 Eastern District
2017–2019 Wong Tai Sin
Teams managed
2016–2017 Eastern District (assistant coach)
2017–2019 Wong Tai Sin (assistant coach)
2020– Tai Po (first-team coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

Born in Belgrade, SR Serbia, he started to play football with Red Star Belgrade. In 2001 Kurtušić moved to FK Vojvodina. In 2002 Kurtušić made his first professional contract with FK Sartid Smederevo when he was only 17 years old.

Next season, he played for FK Vlasina and FK Obilić in the Serbian First League. In summer 2008, he moved to FK Pobeda of the Macedonian First Football League. After his spell in Macedonia, Kurtušić returned to Serbia and during the following seasons he represented a number of clubs, namely OFK Kikinda, FK Obilić, FK Sinđelić Niš and Mladenovac.[1]

During the winter break of the 2011–12 season, he moved abroad again, this time signing with Maltese Premier League team Marsaxlokk. In the 2012–13 season he signed with Gudja United.[2] He scored 4 goals in 9 games for the team and that was the perfect recommendation for the famous Maltese club Żejtun Corinthians to take him and sign him to the end of the 2012–13 season. He helped the club to stay in the league that season playing 5 games for them.[3]

His next career move was signing a contract with Bahraini Premier League team Manama Club on a one-year deal.[4] In 2014, he got an offer and signed a contract until the end of the season for Sheikh Russel KC in the Bangladesh Premier League, last year's champion team.[5] With his new team he was part of the history of football in Bangladesh as a member of the squad in the AFC President's Cup, where the Bangladesh team reached the final round of this competition for the first time ever.[6] In summer 2016, he signed for Hong Kong First Division club Eastern District.[7]

Coaching careerEdit

In 2020, Kurtušić was coach of Hong Kong Premier League defending champions Tai Po. The club started a six-game unbeaten streak, breaking into the semi-finals of the Hong Kong FA Cup.

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