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.
Tumbaković as Montenegro manager in 2019
|Full name||Ljubiša Tumbaković|
|Date of birth||2 September 1952|
|Place of birth||Belgrade, FPR Yugoslavia|
|1971–1972||→ Vardar (loan)|
|1972–1973||→ Radnički Sombor (loan)|
|* 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.
Born in Belgrade's urban neighborhood of Dorćol, Tumbaković started out in the youth categories of Radnički Beograd in 1962. 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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
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. 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. 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 after refusing to take charge of a UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying game against Kosovo.
Only league games are counted
- As of 1 July 2019
|AEK Athens F.C.||1999||2000||34||20||6||8||58.82|
|FK Partizan||2000||18 Dec 2002||110||80||15||15||72.73|
|Shandong Luneng||7 January 2004||4 November 2009||164||90||43||31||54.88|
|Steel Azin||5 July 2010||13 October 2010||10||3||3||4||30.00|
|Wuhan Zall F.C.||22 April 2013||18 Aug 2013||15||1||4||10||6.67|
|Montenegro||19 January 2016||7 June 2019||26||7||7||12||26.92|
|Serbia||1 July 2019||present||0||0||0||0||—|
- FR Yugoslavia First League (6): 1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 2001–02
- FR Yugoslavia Cup (3): 1993–94, 1997–98, 2000–01
- Shandong Luneng
- Samo Partizan by Vojkan Kostić and Vladimir Niškanović (2000-09-03). Samo Partizan issue #1, pgs. 14-17.
- FK Partizan (3 January 2016). "Igrači Partizana 1945. – 2015. – FK Partizan". Retrieved 3 January 2016.
- Tumbakovic resigns from Partizan
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 September 2012. Retrieved 12 June 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 September 2012. Retrieved 23 July 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- Montenegro sack Ljubisa Tumbakovic for missing Kosovo match BBC Sport. 8 June 2019. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
- Sportski žurnal (1 July 2019). "Ljubiša Tumbaković novi selektor Srbije!" (in Serbian). Retrieved 1 July 2019.
- Ljubisa Tumbakovic at footballdatabase.eu