Miroslav Đukić

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Miroslav Đukić
Miroslav Djukic.jpg
Đukić as Valladolid manager in 2012
Personal information
Full name Miroslav Đukić
Date of birth (1966-02-19) 19 February 1966 (age 53)
Place of birth Šabac, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Sweeper, Centre back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1989 Mačva Šabac 87 (4)
1989–1990 Rad 31 (1)
1990–1997 Deportivo La Coruña 247 (7)
1997–2003 Valencia 157 (4)
2003–2004 Tenerife 27 (0)
Total 549 (16)
National team
1991–2001 Yugoslavia 48 (2)
Teams managed
2006–2007 Serbia U21
2007 Partizan
2007–2008 Serbia
2009 Mouscron
2011 Hércules
2011–2013 Valladolid
2013 Valencia
2014–2015 Córdoba

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

† Appearances (goals)

Miroslav Đukić (pronounced [mǐroslaʋ d͡ʑûkit͡ɕ], Serbian Cyrillic: Мирослав Ђукић; born 19 February 1966) is a Serbian retired footballer who played as a sweeper, and a current coach.

He spent 14 years of his professional career in Spain, notably at the service of Deportivo de La Coruña and Valencia, amassing La Liga totals of 368 games and 11 goals and winning six major titles for the two clubs combined.

Đukić represented Yugoslavia in one World Cup and one European Championship. After retiring he embarked in a managerial career, at both club and international level.

Playing career


Born in Šabac, Serbia, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Đukić began his playing career with hometown club FK Mačva Šabac, moving in 1988 to Belgrade with FK Rad, after reported interest from both national giants FK Partizan and Red Star Belgrade.

In the middle of 1990, Đukić signed for Deportivo de La Coruña in Spain, who purchased him for 40 million pesetas in 1990. He only appeared in five league games for the Galicians in his first season, which ended in La Liga promotion, but, from there onwards, became an undisputed starter, never totalling less than 35 matches and 3,000 minutes of action in five consecutive campaigns, as Super Depor was coming to fruition.

On 14 May 1994, in the league's last round, at home against Valencia CF, Đukić missed a penalty kick in the game's last minute (eventual 0–0 draw), as habitual taker Donato had already been replaced and second option Bebeto refused the responsibility.[1][2] As a result FC Barcelona were crowned champions instead, and the elegant defender left A Coruña at the end of 1996–97 at the age of 31, as his contract was not renewed.

Subsequently, Đukić signed for Valencia, starting in all of the league games he appeared in his first three seasons and helping the Che to two consecutive UEFA Champions League finals, both lost. Already as a backup, the 35-year-old played in 16 contests as the club won the first national championship in 31 years, in 2002.

Đukić returned to Segunda División after 12 years for the last season of his career, playing for CD Tenerife and retiring at the age of 38, having appeared in exactly 400 matches in the Spanish league (both major levels combined).


Đukić made his international debut for Yugoslavia on 27 February 1991, in a 1–1 friendly draw against Turkey in İzmir. He went on to win 48 caps scoring twice, and represented the newly formed FR Yugoslavia at UEFA Euro 2000 (all the games and minutes for the eventual quarterfinalists).

Đukić was also a member of the squad that competed at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, but did not play due to injury.

Managing career


On 23 January 2007, Đukić was named head coach of Partizan,[3][4] being eventually voted Manager of the Year. On 11 June 2009 he signed for R.E. Mouscron in Belgium, replacing Enzo Scifo and being joined at the top division team by former Valencia teammates Amedeo Carboni and Juan Sánchez, who acted as sporting director and technical director, respectively; all left shortly after, as the club folded due to severe economical problems.

In late March 2011, Đukić became Hércules CF manager, after Esteban Vigo was sacked. His first match in charge was a 3–1 away win against Real Sociedad,[5] but the Valencian club ultimately suffered top flight relegation.

On 6 July 2011, Đukić was appointed at another second division side, agreeing to a three-year contract with Real Valladolid.[6] In early June 2013, after leading the Castile and León outfit to promotion in his first season – via the playoffs – and the 14th position in the second, he replaced Ernesto Valverde at the helm of former club Valencia.[7]

Đukić was relieved of his duties on 16 December 2013, following the team's eighth loss of the season, 0–3 at Atlético Madrid which left it in ninth place.[8] He was revealed as the new Córdoba CF manager on 20 October 2014, succeeding Albert Ferrer.[9]


Đukić earned his coaching license in Spain, and started his new career with Serbia's under-21 team, which he led to the final of the 2007 UEFA European Championship, lost against hosts Netherlands. This arrived after a dramatic play-off qualification (0–3 home loss against Sweden, followed by a 5–0 away win).

On 19 December 2007, Đukić decided not to extend his expired contract with Partizan, and was appointed coach of Serbia, leaving the position on 19 August of the following year without having played any official games, due to various problems with the Football Association.





Serbia U21


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  9. "El serbio Miroslav Djukic es el nuevo entrenador del Córdoba en lugar Ferrer" (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 20 October 2014. Retrieved 23 November 2014. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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