Svetozar Šapurić

Svetozar Šapurić (Serbian Cyrillic: Светозар Шапурић; born 28 August 1960) is a Serbian football manager and former player. He is the current manager of Chinese club Changchun Yatai.

Svetozar Šapurić
Personal information
Date of birth (1960-08-28) 28 August 1960 (age 59)
Place of birth Titov Vrbas, FPR Yugoslavia
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Changchun Yatai (manager)
Youth career
1972–1977 Vrbas
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1985 Vrbas 173 (18)
1985–1989 Vojvodina 127 (8)
1989–1993 APOEL 102 (11)
1993–1995 Anorthosis 41 (4)
1995–1996 APOEL 24 (2)
Total 467 (43)
Teams managed
1996 APOEL
1996–1999 Vojvodina (sporting director)
2000 APOEL
2001–2002 Olympiakos Nicosia
2003–2004 Ethnikos Achna
2006–2008 Ethnikos Achna
2008 Apollon Limassol
2009–2011 Ethnikos Achna
2011–2012 Changchun Yatai
2013–2014 Changchun Yatai
2015–2018 APOEL (sporting director)
2019– Changchun Yatai
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Šapurić started out at his hometown club Vrbas, spending eight seasons in the senior squad (1977–1985),[1] before securing a move to Vojvodina. He was a member of the team that won the Yugoslav First League in 1989.[2] Subsequently, Šapurić moved abroad to Cyprus and signed with APOEL. He later switched to Anorthosis (1993–1995), before returning to APOEL for his final season.

After finishing his playing career, Šapurić was briefly manager of APOEL in 1996. He later served as sporting director for his former club Vojvodina from September 1996 to October 1999.[3] Afterwards, Šapurić returned to Cyprus for his second brief spell as manager of APOEL in 2000. He also later appointed as their sporting director in December 2015,[4] remaining in charge until September 2018.





Ethnikos Achna


  1. ^ "Statistika odigranih prvenstvenih utakmica i datih golova za FK Vrbas 1969-2007" (in Serbian). Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  2. ^ "FK Vojvodina po drugi put osvojila titulu prvaka Jugoslavije: Kako zadržati igrače? (1989)" (in Serbian). April 2015. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Klupko se odmotava..." (in Serbian). 26 December 2000. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Διευθυντής Ποδοσφαίρου ο Svetozar Sapuric" (in Greek). 31 December 2015. Retrieved 8 January 2016.

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