Ljubiša Stamenković

Ljubiša Stamenković (Serbian Cyrillic: Љубиша Стаменковић; born 21 July 1964) is a Serbian football manager.[2]

Ljubiša Stamenković
Ljubiša Stamenković in August 2013.png
Ljubiša Stamenković in August 2013
Personal information
Date of birth (1964-07-21) July 21, 1964 (age 56)
Place of birth Vlasotince, SFR Yugoslavia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Železničar Smederevo
OFK Beograd
Mladi Radnik
Balkan Mirijevo
Teams managed
Mladost Goša (assistant)
Zvezdara (assistant)
Mladi Radnik Radinac
1999–2000 Mladi Radnik
2000–2001 Napredak Kušiljevo
2001–2002 Mladenovac
2002–2003 Timok
2003–2006 Sevojno
2006–2007 Mladenovac
2007–2008 Bežanija
2008–2010 Sevojno
2010–2014 Sloboda Užice[1]
2015 Napredak Kruševac
2016 Borac Čačak
2016–2017 OFK Beograd
2018 Smederevo
2019–2020 Jagodina
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

Although born in Vlasotince, he spent almost whole his life in Smederevo, where he started playing for local club Železničar.[3] Then he has moved to Belgrade for studies and joined OFK Beograd just to spend short time there. Most of his career he has played for, then lower league level clubs Smederevo and Mladi Radnik whose jerseys he has worn in several different occasions. At the end of playing career, he played for Balkan Mirijevo and Vranovo.[4]

Coaching careerEdit

After retiring as a player, Stamenković has started working as an assistant coach with Velimir Ciga Đorđević.[5]

Sevojno (2003-2006): First successEdit

In the summer of 2003, then 39-year-old Piskavac took the job at then 3rd league club Sevojno. In his first season the club finished short in achieving promotion finished second, 11 points behind the promoted Mladost Lučani[6] The following season the club achieved what they failed the previous season, promotion.[7] In the 2005-06 season they found themselves in the second division and finished in a respectable 8th spot, thus avoiding relegation, which was the goal at the beginning of the season.[8] That was undoubtedly his first successful period as a coach.

Mladenovac (2006-2007)Edit

After leaving Sevojno, Stamenković returned to his old club Mladenovac which then played in the Serbian First League second highest tier in Serbian football. They finished in a solid 10th position and were 4 points short of promotion play-offs, the main reason being too many draws.[9]

Bežanija (2007-2008): First job in the highest football rank of SerbiaEdit

Piskavac started the season as OFK Mladenovac coach but in October 2007 Bežanija, struggling in the Jelen SuperLiga with only one win, offered the job to Piskavac. His job was to help the club survive and avoid relegation. In the end he failed to achieve the survival in the league. Under his management the club only won 4 games and was relegated convincingly.[10] This was the first time Stamenković managed in the top tier of Serbian football.

Sevojno/Sloboda Užice (2008-2014): Most successful periodEdit

He came back to the club in which he had his biggest success, Sevojno which also played in the Serbian First League, just so he could make the biggest success in history of the club, entering a Cup final, on the way beating Serbian giants Red Star[11] and thus achieved UEFA Europa League qualifications. In the league, however, they were not that successful and finished 7th 4 points behind promotion.[12]

The following season club started in the UEFA Europa League qualifications where his second division club has kicked out Lithuanian side FBK Kaunas,[13] but next rival, French Lille was too strong and they lost 4-0 on aggregate. However, this season the club achieved promotion finishing 2nd in the First League and thus achieving the joy of playing in the highest rank of Serbian football.[14]

That summer (2010) Sevojno and Sloboda Užice have merged.[15] In his first full season in the elite rank Sloboda finished in 6th place[16] and again being successful in the Serbian Cup reaching the semi-finals, but losing to Vojvodina 3-1 on aggregate.

In the 2011-12 season the club finished 5th and didn't achieve the Europa League qualifications on goal difference. That was also the highest ranking in the history of the club.

The 2012-13 season was the same as they finished 5th again.

On 26 October 2013, Stamenković coached his 100th SuperLiga game with Sloboda, against Javor at home. However, Sloboda lost 1-0.

On 6 November 2013, Stamenković, alongside Milovan Rajevac, was selected to be the head coach of the media selection team that would play Serbia national football team in a revival match in Užice. Media selected Piskavac because he is the longest serving coach in the Serbian SuperLiga and the first person to be in charge of a club for 100 games in the Serbian SuperLiga.[17] Media selection team lost 2-0.[18]

On 23 November 2013, Stamenković coached his 200th game since joining the club in 2008. Sloboda lost 4-1 to Red Star Belgrade. On 26 April 2014, Sloboda lost 4-0 to Jagodina at home, this being their biggest defeat at home under Stamenković. In the final round of the 2013-14 season, Sloboda lost to Voždovac 1-0 at home, and finished in 16th place therefore being relegated. At the end of the season Stamenković left Sloboda after four years with the club.

He managed FK Borac Čačak in the 2015–16 Serbian SuperLiga season.[19]


Stamenković is rarely mentioned after his full name, instead he is referred as "Piskavac" (Serbian word for whistler), the nickname that he has gained as a kid.[20]


Beside a coaching licence, Stamenković has a diploma from a Faculty of Organizational Sciences in University of Belgrade.[21]

Attack after the matchEdit

On April 13, 2013 Stamenković's side Sloboda drew 2-2 with FK Vojvodina at Karađorđe Stadium in Novi Sad. After the match some unknown person hit Stamenković while he was going to the locker room. After the match a delegate said that Stamenković was indeed hit in the face but Stamenković denied it and said he only wanted to concentrate on football. After the investigation it was confirmed that Stamenković was hit and that the person who did it was in custody. Stamenković and the crowd had some exchanges during and after the game.[22]





As a managerEdit

As of 5 April 2017
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Bežanija   15 October 2007 30 June 2008 26 4 3 19 26 51 −25 015.38
Sloboda Užice   1 July 2008 1 June 2014 219 81 68 70 252 231 +21 036.99
Napredak Kruševac   27 May 2015 3 June 2015 2 0 1 1 2 4 −2 000.00
Borac Čačak   31 January 2016 23 April 2016 12 2 7 3 11 11 +0 016.67
OFK Beograd   22 December 2016 5 April 2017 5 1 2 2 3 5 −2 020.00
Total 264 88 81 95 294 302 −8 033.33

List of seasonsEdit

Champions Runners-up Third / SF Promoted Unfinished Relegated
Season Club Domestic International Trophies
League Cup UCL UEL
2007–08 Bežanija 12th R16 0
2008–09 Sevojno 7th 2 RU 0
2009–10 Sevojno 2nd 2 R16 3QR 1 0
2010–11 Sloboda Užice 6th SF 0
2011–12 Sloboda Užice 5th R16 0
2012–13 Sloboda Užice 5th 1R 0
2013–14 Sloboda Užice 16th QF 0
2014–15 Napredak Kruševac 14th 0
2015–16 Borac Čačak 7th SF 0
2016–17 OFK Beograd 16th2 0

1 Third Qualifying Round
2 Second tier
3 Third tier


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  19. ^ Vasov i Maslać: Nema predaje protiv Partizana at Sportski žurnal, 27-4-2016 (in Serbian)
  20. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-02-02. Retrieved 2012-10-23. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  22. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-11-12. Retrieved 2013-05-28. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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