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Miodrag Ješić (Serbian Cyrillic: Миодраг Јешић, pronounced [mîodrag jêːʃitɕ];[1][2][3] born 30 November 1958) is a Serbian football manager and former footballer who last managed Saudi Professional League side Ettifaq.

Miodrag Ješić
Miodrag Ješić 2018.jpg
Ješić in 2018
Personal information
Full name Miodrag Ješić
Date of birth (1958-11-30) 30 November 1958 (age 60)
Place of birth Osečenica, FPR Yugoslavia
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1974–1980 Partizan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1985 Partizan 144 (13)
1985–1989 Altay 136 (29)
1989–1990 Trabzonspor 32 (3)
1990–1991 Partizan 4 (0)
1992–1994 Altay 18 (2)
National team
1980–1982 Yugoslavia U21 25 (0)
1982–1984 Yugoslavia 8 (2)
Teams managed
1997–1998 Radnički Niš
1998–1999 OFK Beograd
1999–2000 Partizan
2000–2001 CS Sfaxien
2002 Altay
2002–2004 Slavia Sofia
2004 Pegah Gilan
2004–2006 CSKA Sofia
2006–2007 Partizan
2007 Shirin Faraz
2007–2008 Litex Lovech
2008 CS Otopeni
2008–2009 Budućnost Podgorica
2009–2010 Al-Ittihad Tripoli
2010 Changsha Ginde
2011 Attahaddy Benghazi
2011 Shahrdari Tabriz
2012–2013 Najran
2013 CSKA Sofia
2014 Litex Lovech
2015 Yangon United
2015–2016 Sarajevo
2016–2017 Al-Arabi SC
2017 Ettifaq
2018–2019 Khor Fakan
2019– Ismaily SC
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Football careerEdit


Born in Osečenica, Ješić played for Partizan between 1974 and 1985,[4] taking part in 342 matches and scoring 81 goals in all competitions.

Between 1985 and 1989 he represented Altay SK, where he recorded 136 matches and 29 goals, and finished his career at Trabzonspor in 1989-90 with 37 matches and 9 goals in total.

He is immensely disliked amongst the Fenerbahçe supporters because they view him as responsible for an injury suffered by Rıdvan Dilmen in 1990 during a league match between Fenerbahçe and Trabzonspor. Rıdvan never fully recovered despite undergoing sixteen operations, and eventually had to retire in 1995 at Fenerbahçe after painful years of injuries. Ješić had also accumulated a record number of bookings in his tenure in Turkish Süper Lig. Opponents claimed that he also injured many players in Turkey and gave him the nickname of "Kasap Yeşiç", which means "Ješić the Butcher."

For the Yugoslav national team, he played in eight games and scored twice.

International goalsEdit

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 15 December 1982 City Stadium, Titograd   Wales 4–2 4–4 UEFA Euro 1984 qualifying
2. 7 June 1983 Stade Municipale, Luxembourg   West Germany 1–2 2–4 Friendly


As a manager, Ješić began his career at FK Obilić in 1993, reaching a Yugoslav Cup final, and then managed several other Serbian teams, including OFK Beograd and his native Partizan, that, during his period at the helm, scored 111 goals in a single season, a club record. He also recorded wins over Flora (6–0, 4–1) and Rijeka (3–1, 3–0) in UEFA Champions League qualifiers.

Coaching Tunisian side CS Sfaxien in 2000–01 and winning the Arab Champions League, he was at the helm of Turkish club Altay in 2002 and moved to Bulgaria in 2002 to manage Slavia Sofia and then Iranian Pegah Gilan, after which he became the manager of CSKA Sofia. During this period he became a Champion of Bulgaria and recorded a win over Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League qualifying phase, also eliminating Bayer Leverkusen in the UEFA Cup. Voted coach no. 1 for season 2004–05 by Bulgarian sport newspaper.

In May 2006 he became the coach of Partizan for the second time in his coaching career. However, following a disappointing first half of the season, he left the club in January 2007.[5] Since November 2007 he was coaching Litex Lovech. With him Litex won the Bulgarian Cup.

In June 2008, he signed with Romanian Liga I newcomers CS Otopeni and following a series of defeats his agreement was terminated early on 18 August 2008.[6]

In September 2008, he signed a one-year professional contract with Montenegrin First League team FK Budućnost Podgorica.

In July 2009, he signed a one-year contract with Libyan First League team Al-Ittihad Tripoli.[7] On 22 September 2009, Al Ittihad won the Libyan Super Cup, beating Tarsana 3–2.

On 16 June 2010, Ješić was appointed to the manager of Changsha Ginde replacing Hao Wei.[8]

On 19 June 2011, he was named as Shahrdari Tabriz F.C.'s new head coach replacing Hamid Derakhshan but he was sacked by the club on 24 December 2011.[9]

On 24 June 2012, he was named as Saudi Professional League side Najran's new head coach. On 7 January 2013, Ješić was reappointed as CSKA Sofia manager, replacing Stoycho Mladenov, but was surprisingly released from his duties on 11 March 2013, after just two games in charge of the team, one of which was won.

In late 2013, he was close to becoming the new Vancouver Whitecaps FC head coach.[10]

On March 31, 2014 Ješić was appointed head coach of Litex Lovech and was assisted by Darko Obradović.

On 14 June 2017, he was named as Saudi Professional League side Al-Ettifaq.[11] He was fired on 10 December 2017.[12]

in 31 August 2019, the Egyptian giant ismaily sc appointed jesic as a new head coach to succeed Mahmoud gaber.





CS Sfaxien

CSKA Sofia

Litex Lovech

Al-Ittihad (Tripoli)

Yangon United


Ješić is married to Irena with whom he has a daughter.[13] In 2001, while coaching CS Sfaxien, his daughter Jelena died in a traffic collision at the age of nineteen.[14]


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  2. ^ "drȃg". Hrvatski jezični portal (in Serbo-Croatian). Retrieved 2018-03-17. Mȉodrag
  3. ^ "Jèvrem". Hrvatski jezični portal (in Serbo-Croatian). Retrieved 2018-03-17. Jéšić
  4. ^ "JEŠIČ Miodrag". Retrieved 2010-02-13.
  5. ^ Milosavljevic, Zoran (2007-01-09). "Soccer-Former Yugoslavia defender Djukic named Partizan coach". Reuters.
  6. ^ "Jesici, dat afară de la CS Otopeni!" (in Romanian). Gazeta Sporturilor. 2008-08-18.
  7. ^ "Ješić novi trener libijskog Al Itihada" (in Serbian). RTS. 2009-06-26.
  8. ^ 金德队主帅发生更迭 郝伟请辞耶西奇继任 Archived 2012-04-05 at the Wayback Machine(in Chinese)
  9. ^ يسيچ سرمربي تيم فوتبال شهرداري تبريز شد
  10. ^ Urban Book Circle (2013-11-08). "Could Miodrag Jesic be the new Whitecaps head coach?". Retrieved 2014-08-12.
  11. ^ "الصربي ميودراغ يسيتش مدرب للاتفاق". ettifaq. 14 June 2017. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  12. ^ Miodrag Ješić napustio Etifak‚, 11 December 2017
  13. ^ Vesti (2011-02-24). "Meci leteli umesto lopti" (in Serbian). Retrieved 2019-08-03.
  14. ^ (2015-10-03). "Miodrag Ješić, "imperator" i "kasapin": Odbio Mamića da bi došao u FK Sarajevo" (in Bosnian). Retrieved 2019-08-03.

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