Milorad Pavić (footballer)

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Milorad Pavić
Michel Pavić (1975).jpg
Pavić, coach of Benfica, on 4 March 1975 ahead of the European Cup Winners' Cup quarterfinal tie versus PSV Eindhoven.
Personal information
Date of birth 11 November 1921
Place of birth Valjevo, Kingdom of SCS
Date of death 16 August 2005(2005-08-16) (aged 83)
Place of death Valjevo, Serbia and Montenegro
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Valjevo SK
Red Star Belgrade
Teams managed
1957–1964 Red Star Belgrade
1964–1967 Standard Liège
1968–1969 Club Brugge
1969–1971 R.F.C. de Liège
1972–1974 Athletic Bilbao
1974–1975 Benfica
1975–1977 CD Málaga
1977–1978 FC Rouen
1978 FK Vojvodina
1978–1979 Sporting CP
1980–1983 Celta
1983–1984 Espanyol
1985–1987 Standard Liège
1987–1988 Standard Liège

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

† Appearances (goals)

Milorad "Miša" Pavić (11 November 1921 – 16 August 2005) was a Serbian football player and coach.


In his home country he coached Red Star Belgrade and FK Vojvodina.

He also coached Belgian teams Club Brugge (1967–1969), Standard Liège (1964–1967, 1985–1986, 1987–1988), Portuguese teams Benfica (1974–1975) and Sporting CP (1978–1979), and Spanish teams Athletic Bilbao (1972–1974), CD Málaga (1975–1977) and Celta de Vigo (1980–1983). Outside Yugoslavia he was known by nickname "Michel". The press also described him as a Gentleman in Iron Gloves.

In his youth Pavić was taken hostage by the Germans in World War II.

As a player he defended the colours of Red Star Belgrade. After his active career he became a head coach with the same team, winning the national championship three times (1958–59, 1959–60, 1963–64) and winning three Yugoslav Cups (1958, 1959, 1964). For seven seasons between 1957 and 1964, he led the team from the bench in 216 official competitive matches (113 wins, 52 draws, and 51 losses).

Pavić also won two Belgian Cups as a coach with Standard Liege (1966, 1967), a Spanish Copa del Rey with Athletic Bilbao (1973), and a Portuguese league with Benfica in 1974–75.

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