Petrović in 2019 with CSKA Sofia
|Full name||Ljubomir Petrović|
|Date of birth||15 May 1947|
|Place of birth||Brusnica Velika, FPR Yugoslavia|
|1979–1981||Buffalo Stallions (indoor)||70||(79)|
|1981–1982||Kansas City Comets (indoor)||25||(15)|
|1982||Phoenix Inferno (indoor)||15||(8)|
|1987||Yugoslavia U18 (assistant)|
|1990–1991||Red Star Belgrade|
|1994–1996||Red Star Belgrade|
|2004||Red Star Belgrade|
|2018–2019||CSKA Sofia (consultant)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Born in Brusnica Velika (a village near Bosanski Brod) in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia, Petrović, Started playing for NK Darda and then moved to NK Osijek during most of his career. After his career at Osijek he also spent some time in the United States.
He had another two spells at Red Star before moving to Bulgaria in the 2000s to coach PFC Levski Sofia and later PFC Litex Lovech. He came back to Serbia in March 2008 to become the manager of OFK Beograd, but he resigned from this position one month later.
On 23 December 2008, he was appointed for the head coach of his former team FK Vojvodina from Novi Sad, title challengers in the Serbian Superliga for the 2008–09 season. Yet, after gaining only one point in the first two matches of the second part of the season, he resigned from this position on 8 March 2009. In 2010 he coached Croatian side NK Lokomotiva a feeding club of Croatian football giant GNK Dinamo Zagreb.
In the summer of 2015 Petrović managed Litex Lovech for three matches, leading them to first place in the 2015–16 A PFG standings, but left the team in early August for family reasons. In early December he returned to the team from Lovech once again after the position of manager was vacated by Laurențiu Reghecampf. Petrović guided them to the 1/2 finals of the Bulgarian Cup. However, it eventually turned out to be another short-lived appointment for the Serbian head coach, as Litex were expelled from the A PFG by the Bulgarian Football Union after their players were ordered off the pitch in a heated derby match against Levski Sofia held on 12 December.
FK Sarajevo controversyEdit
However, only two days after, a picture of the manager and deceased Serbian paramilitary commander Arkan erupted in the Bosnian media depicting Petrović holding a weapon while instructed by the war criminal. This resulted in a hurried press conference where the FK Sarajevo board of members announced that no contract would be signed with Petrović.
The manager himself agreed to the decision, citing the possibility of strained working conditions after the unexpected publication. He however claimed no involvement in the Yugoslav wars nor the paramilitary activities of Arkan. Petrović managed FK Sarajevo for only one day, conducting a single training with the players. The authenticity of the photo has later been brought to doubt.
Petrović is married to Snežana with whom he has two children: son Srđan and daughter Svetlana. He also has three grandchildren: Nikola, Anastasija and Viktor.
Red Star Belgrade
- Yugoslav First League: 1990–91
- Serbia and Montenegro First League 1994–95
- Serbia and Montenegro Cup: 1994–95
- European Cup: 1990–91
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