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Miroslav Đukić
Personal information
Full name Miroslav Đukić
Date of birth February 19, 1966 (1966-02-19) (age 43)
Place of birth    Šabac, SFR Yugoslavia
Playing position Centre-back
Club information
Current club Excelsior Mouscron
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Mačva Šabac
Rad Beograd
Deportivo La Coruña
053 0(1)
039 0(1)
247 0(7)
157 0(4)
027 0(0)
523 (13)   
National team
1991–2001 SFRY/FRY 048 0(2)
Teams managed
Serbia U-21
Serbia Olympic
Excelsior Mouscron

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Miroslav Đukić (Serbian: Мирослав Ђукић; born 19 February 1966 in Šabac) is a retired Serbian football defender and was head coach of the Serbian football team at the 2008 Summer Olympics. He is the current coach of the Belgian premier league club Excelsior Moeskroen


Playing career



Đukić began his playing career with hometown club FK Mačva Šabac and soon made a name for himself for both club and country. He was the last great libero in Yugoslav domestic football and was much in demand. Belgrade rivals FK Crvena Zvezda and FK Partizan both vied for his signature but Đukić opted instead for FK Rad.

Similar thinking took him to Deportivo in 1990. Deportivo were then a second division side but Đukić's decision would quickly be vindicated; Depor won promotion the following year and were soon competing at Europe's top table. Đukić will always be associated with the club, particularly for one moment in the final round of the 1993/94 season with the Spanish title on the line. Depor were awarded a penalty in the final minute of the final game against Valencia CF. Đukić took responsibility but missed and FC Barcelona were crowned champions.

Three years later Đukić moved to Valencia and three years from that Depor finally won their first league title. "God exists, they deserve that. Now I have peace in my soul," Đukić said. After twice appearing on the losing side with Valencia in the UEFA Champions League finals of 2000 and 2001, Đukić eventually collected some silverware himself as the Mestalla club captured the Spanish crown in 2002.

He saw out his career with CD Tenerife in 2004.


He made his international debut for Yugoslavia in a 1-1 draw against Turkey in Izmir on 27 February 1991. He would go on to win 48 caps, scoring twice, and represented his country at the UEFA Euro 2000. He was also a member of the squad at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, but didn't play due to an injury.

Management career


Though he might have continued playing beyond 2004 for CD Tenerife, his desire to take up a new challenge was even greater, so he trained to be a coach in Spain. Almost entire 2007, Đukić was the head coach of Partizan Belgrade. He had great success with the club, and praised by the management, the players, and the fans. He was also selected the "Best Coach in Serbia" for the year 2007. On 11 June 2009 the Serbian coach has signed for Excelsior Mouscron, he replaces Enzo Scifo, who recently quit. Đukić previously worked as Serbian national team head coach from December 2007 to August 2008. On November 1, 2009, Đukić quit his post as the head coach of Mouscron following a league loss at home to Standard Liege that dropped the team into relegation zone (15th spot). Three days earlier Mouscron was eliminated from Belgian Cup by second division club Mons.[1] Sporting director Amedeo Carboni and technical director Juan Sánchez Moreno also left the club at the same time as Đukić. Đukić led the team in 13 league matches, recording 2 wins, 5 draws, and 6 losses.


The hard work paid off with his appointment as coach of the Serbia national under-21 football team with which he qualified to the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship in dramatic fashion versus Sweden - after losing 0-3 at home in Novi Sad, the Serbian team demolished their opposition 5-0 away in the return leg, and led them to 2nd place in the tournament, beating the likes of Italy, Czech Republic and Belgium. On 19 December 2007 he decided not to extend his expired contract with FK Partizan and was appointed for the coach of Serbia national football team on December 25, 2007. He was Serbia's national team coach until August 19, 2008 when he was sacked after Olympic Games.


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