Today in history: Stevanovic appointed Black Stars Coach

On 10th January, 2011, the Ghana Football Association (GFA) confirmed Goran Stevanovic as the head coach of the men’s senior team, the Black Stars to replace his compatriot Milovan Rajevac, who saw out his two year contract in 2010 following a successful FIFA World Cup campaign.

A statement from the Ghana FA that confirmed the Serbians appointment read “The Ghana Football Association have appointed a new coach for the Black Stars. He is in the person of Goran Stevanovic.

“We have successfully negotiated with the coach and he would replace his compatriot, Milovan Rajevac.

“The coach will be presented to the public at a press conference at the GFA on Wednesday, 12 January 2011 at 10:00am,” an FA statement read.

Stevanovic was sacked after the 2012 African Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. Although Ghana reached the last 4, he was blamed for losing his dressing room, which resulted in issues of some players using black power against others.

Below is the full profile of the coach
Date of Birth: 27th November 1966, Serbian
Coaching qualification: UEFA Pro Licence
Club coaching experience: He started his caching career in 2001 with Cukaricki Stamcom in the Serbian top flight before moving to the currently defunt club Zeleznik a year later.

He was the assistant coach for Serbian giants Partizan Belgrade between 2007 and 2009 and was promoted to the top post of the club where he stayed for 18 months.

International coaching experience: He was that assistant coach of the Serbia and Motenegro team that impressed at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. He occupied that position for three years from 2003.

Achievements: He was the assistant coach when Partizan Belgrade won two league titles and two FA Cups between 2007 and 2009. He won the Serbia league title in the 2009/2010 season and clinched the FA Cup too.

Coaching Philosophy: His coaching philosophy is heavily slanted towards the modern 4-5-1 system used by most coaches in the top leagues of Europe. As a former midfielder he is known to use his midfield as the base of organising his side, using the centre to block the opponent with compact midfield while using wingers to start swift attacks.

Playing experience: He also enjoyed a distinguished career at club level with several major European sides. He started his career with Partizan Belgrade before playing for Osasuna, Farense, Setubal, and some other Portuguese side as well as Greek side Panelefsiniakos.

Disappointments in coaching career: His decision to retire as the coach of Partizan Belgrade after pressure from fans last year over results.

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