Ljubiša Tumbaković

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Ljubiša Tumbaković
Personal information
Full name Ljubiša Tumbaković
Date of birth (1952-09-02) 2 September 1952 (age 66)
Place of birth Belgrade, Yugoslavia
Club information
Current team
Montenegro (manager)
Youth career
1962–1964 Radnički Belgrade
1964–1970 Partizan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1970–1976 Partizan 0 (0)
1971–1972 Vardar (loan)
1972–1973 Radnički Sombor (loan)
Teams managed
1980–1985 Radnički Belgrade
1985–1987 Obilić
1989–1990 Khaitan Sporting Club
1990–1992 Partizan (youth)
1992–1999 Partizan
1999–2000 AEK Athens
2000–2002 Partizan
2003 Al Nassr
2004–2009 Shandong Luneng
2010 Steel Azin
2013 Wuhan Zall
2016– Montenegro

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Ljubiša Tumbaković (Serbian Cyrillic: Љубиша Тумбаковић; born 2 September 1952) is a Serbian football manager. Tumbaković is the most successful coach in the history of Partizan Belgrade where he won six national championships and three national cups. Following a stint with Wuhan Zall in the Chinese Super League,[1] he was appointed head coach of the Montenegrin national team on 19 January 2016.[2]

Playing career

Born in Belgrade's urban neighborhood of Dorćol, Tumbaković started out in the youth categories of Radnički Novi Beograd in 1962.[3] 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.[4]

Coaching career

FK Partizan

Ljubiša 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[5] 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.[6]

Return to FK Partizan

Ljubiša Tumbaković returned to FK 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.[7] 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.[5]

Shandong Luneng

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. Ljubiša 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.[8] 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.[9] 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.

Coaching career Stats

Only league games are counted

As of 29 May 2016[10]
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
FK Partizan Serbia 1992 1999 216 161 36 19 74.54
AEK Athens F.C. Greece 1999 2000 34 20 6 8 58.82
FK Partizan Serbia 2000 18 Dec 2002 85 67 10 8 78.82
Shandong Luneng China 7 January 2004 4 November 2009 164 90 43 31 54.88
Steel Azin Iran 5 July 2010 13 October 2010 10 3 3 4 30
Wuhan Zall F.C. China 22 April 2013 18 Aug 2013 15 1 4 10 12.5
Montenegro Montenegro January 2016 present 3 0 1 2 0
Total 527 342 103 82 64.9


Partizan Belgrade (1992–1999, 2000–2002)
Shandong Luneng (2004–2009)


  1. http://www.goal.com/en/news/14/asia/2009/12/18/1694727/shandong-luneng-appoint-branko-ivankovic-as-new-coach
  2. http://www.vijesti.me/sport/tumbakovic-selektor-870770
  3. Vojkan Kostić and Vladimir Niškanović, Samo Partizan (2000-09-03). "Samo Partizan #1, pgs. 14-17". Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. FK Partizan (1945-present). "Igrači Partizana 1945. – 2011. – FK Partizan". Retrieved 2011-06-28. Check date values in: |date= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. 5.0 5.1 Tumbakovic resigns from Partizan
  6. http://www.rsssf.com/tablesg/grk00.html
  7. http://www.rsssf.com/tablesj/joeg99.html
  8. http://www.rsssf.com/tablesc/china04.html
  9. http://www.rsssf.com/tablesc/china05.html
  10. Ljubisa Tumbakovic at footballdatabase.eu