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Ljubiša Tumbaković (Serbian Cyrillic: Љубиша Тумбаковић, pronounced [ʎǔbiʃa tumbȃːkoʋitɕ, - tǔː-]; born 2 September 1952) is a Serbian professional football manager, currently managing the Serbia national team.

Ljubiša Tumbaković
Ljubiša Tumbaković.jpg
Tumbaković as Montenegro manager in 2019
Personal information
Full name Ljubiša Tumbaković
Date of birth (1952-09-02) 2 September 1952 (age 66)
Place of birth Belgrade, FPR Yugoslavia
Club information
Current team
Serbia (manager)
Youth career
1962–1964 Radnički Belgrade
1964–1970 Partizan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1970–1976 Partizan 0 (0)
1971–1972Vardar (loan)
1972–1973Radnički Sombor (loan)
Teams managed
1980–1985 Radnički Belgrade
1985–1987 Obilić
1989–1990 Khaitan
1990–1992 Partizan (youth)
1992–1999 Partizan
1999–2000 AEK Athens
2000–2002 Partizan
2003–2004 Al Nassr
2004–2009 Shandong Luneng
2010 Steel Azin
2013 Wuhan Zall
2016–2019 Montenegro
2019– Serbia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He is the most successful coach in the history of Serbian powerhouse Partizan which he led to six national championship titles and three national cup wins during his two spells at the club between 1993 and 2001.

On 1 July 2019, he was appointed the new manager of the Serbia national team.


Playing careerEdit

Born in Belgrade's urban neighborhood of Dorćol, Tumbaković started out in the youth categories of Radnički Beograd in 1962.[1] Two years later, he joined the youth ranks of Partizan Belgrade. In 1970, with Tumbaković turning 18, he joined the senior squad. Although he didn't appear in any domestic league matches for Partizan, he did appear in 45 friendlies, scoring 6 goals.[2]

Managerial careerEdit


Tumbaković started his management career with Partizan Belgrade in 1992. Partizan were in the doldrums when Tumbaković took control, however he immediately brought success to Partizan by winning the league with them in his debut season.[3] This was a feat that he would repeat five times during his first time with Partizan as well as winning three Yugoslav Cups. These achievements caught the eye of AEK Athens F.C. who finished third in the league under Tumbaković's management.[4]

Return to PartizanEdit

Tumbaković returned to Partizan at the beginning of the 2000/01 league season after a season away from the club and with the NATO attacks on Yugoslavia firmly behind the league, Tumbaković would continue establishing Partizan as one of the strongest teams in the league.[5] However, despite more domestic success with Partizan where they won the 2001/02 league title European success was far more difficult to achieve. He would stand down from his position after almost a decade in charge of FK Partizan where he was one of the most successful coaches in Yugoslavian football history.[3]

Shandong LunengEdit

In 2003, he would coach Saudi football team Al-Nasr for a short period. However, he quickly moved to Chinese football team Shandong Luneng at the beginning of their 2004 league season. Tumbaković who was the second Serbian to manage Shandong after Slobodan Santrač, was to make a quick impression at the club when he won the Chinese FA Cup and took them second in league.[6] Ljubiša would continue to establish Shandong as genuine title contenders throughout the 2005 league season despite them coming third within the league and being unable to retain their FA Cup.[7] It was within the 2006 league season which established Shandong as a significant force within the Chinese Super League when they won the league by 17 points and FA cup. Their dominance was repeated when they again won the league title in 2008.


Tumbaković was appointed head coach of the Montenegrin national team on 19 January 2016 and was sacked on 7 June 2019[8] after refusing to take charge of a UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying game against Kosovo.[9]


He was appointed as the manager of the Serbian national team on 1 July 2019.[10]

Managerial statisticsEdit

Only league games are counted

As of 1 July 2019[11]
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
FK Partizan   1992 1999 295 214 46 35 072.54
AEK Athens F.C.   1999 2000 34 20 6 8 058.82
FK Partizan   2000 18 Dec 2002 110 80 15 15 072.73
Shandong Luneng   7 January 2004 4 November 2009 164 90 43 31 054.88
Steel Azin   5 July 2010 13 October 2010 10 3 3 4 030.00
Wuhan Zall F.C.   22 April 2013 18 Aug 2013 15 1 4 10 006.67
Montenegro   19 January 2016 7 June 2019 26 7 7 12 026.92
Serbia   1 July 2019 present 0 0 0 0 !
Total 654 415 124 115 63.46



  1. ^ Samo Partizan by Vojkan Kostić and Vladimir Niškanović (2000-09-03). Samo Partizan issue #1, pgs. 14-17.
  2. ^ FK Partizan (3 January 2016). "Igrači Partizana 1945. – 2015. – FK Partizan". Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  3. ^ a b Tumbakovic resigns from Partizan
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  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 September 2012. Retrieved 12 June 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 September 2012. Retrieved 23 July 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  9. ^ Montenegro sack Ljubisa Tumbakovic for missing Kosovo match BBC Sport. 8 June 2019. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  10. ^ Sportski žurnal (1 July 2019). "Ljubiša Tumbaković novi selektor Srbije!" (in Serbian). Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  11. ^ Ljubisa Tumbakovic at