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Zoran Filipović
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Personal information
Date of birth February 6, 1953 (1953-02-06) (age 57)
Place of birth    Titograd, FPR Yugoslavia
Playing position Striker (Retired)
Youth career
Red Star Belgrade
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1970-1980
1980-1981
1981-1984
1984-1985
Red Star Belgrade
Club Brugge
Benfica
Boavista
207 (93)
- (-)
84 (42)
- (-)   
National team
Yugoslavia 13 (2)
Teams managed
1988-1993
1993
1998-1999
2001-2003
2007-2010
2010-
SC Salgueiros
SC Beira-Mar
Vitória SC
Red Star Belgrade
Montenegro
Ceahlăul Piatra Neamţ

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

Zoran Filipović (Зоран Филиповић) was born February 6, 1953 in Titograd, Montenegro, Federal People's Republic of Yugoslavia. He is a famous retired football player of great success in the 1970's and 1980's for Red Star Belgrade and SL Benfica. Currently he is an active football coach.

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Playing

Zoran Filipović made his name in Yugoslavia as a potent striker with Red Star Belgrade, during more than ten seasons at the club (05.06.1969 to 29.06.1980). He played a total of 520 games for the club scoring 302 goals. He was the Yugoslav First League top scorer in 1976/77 season with 21 goals. He also still holds the club record for most goals in European competitions - scoring 28 goals for Red Star in European Cup, Cup Winners' Cup and UEFA Cup. His first stop abroad was a season at Club Brugge in Belgium. He later went on to play three seasons for SL Benfica (1981-1984) where he scored 28 goals in 54 league games for the Portuguese Champions. Zoran Filipović also guided the club Benfica to the 1983 UEFA Cup Final against Anderlecht, being the top scorer of the competition and scoring memorable goals for the Portuguese supporters against Roma. Filipović ended his career with Boavista FC (1984-1986) when he became the assistant coach at the same club. On an International level, Zoran Filipović played 13 matches for the Yugoslav national team scoring 2 goals. His debut for Yugoslavia was at the age of 17.

Coaching

Zoran Filipović began his coaching career with in Portugal as an assistant coach in Boavista FC. He got his first head coaching job at S.C. Salgueiros in 1988 and stayed with the club for five seasons. He orchestrated the club's most notable moments in history by becoming Second League Champion and achieving UEFA Cup participation through best placement in Club’s history immediately in the next season. In 1993 he moved to S.C. Beira-Mar where he coached for a season. In 1994 he returned to SL Benfica for a two year spell where he was the assistant coach and interim head coach winning one Portuguese Cup and participating in the Champions League. From mid 1990s Zoran Filipović was on the FR Yugoslavia national team coaching staff as an assistant to head coach Slobodan Santrač. He was part of Yugoslav coaching staff at the World Cup 1998, leaving the post together with Santrač right after the tournament. After joining Boavista FC again this time as their head coach for a short spell in 1997, he worked as part of Sampdoria coaching staff as their head coach under the tutelage of Vujadin Boškov during the second part of the 1998 season. Zoran Filipović's next stop was Vitória S.C. in the Portuguese league. However, Zoran Filipović re-joined the FR Yugoslavia national team in 1999 continuing his collaboration with Vujadin Boškov when he took over. Filipović was the assistant at the Euro 2000. In 2001 Zoran Filipović returned to coach Red Star Belgrade in Serbia until 2003 with which he won the Serbian Cup title and is remembered for launching young players such as Nemanja Vidić, Boško Janković, Aleksandar Luković amongst others. In 2003 Zoran Filipović went to the United Arab Emirates when coaching Al-Shaab with which he was defeated in the Cup finals. After the Emirates experience, he became the Technical Director of the Serbian and Montenegro A and u21 squads participating in the most recent World Cup in Germany and the u21 European Championship in Portugal in 2006. He returned to coaching when appointed as the first ever coach for Montenegro national team. Only two months after leaving the helm of Montenegro national team he assumed the coaching job in Romanian Club FC Ceahlăul Piatra Neamţ.

Montenegro National Team

On 1 February 2007 he was appointed the first coach of the newly created Montenegro national team. His first game in charge was a friendly against Hungary on 24 March 2007 where the they won their debut match with 2-1. The record in the newly formed Montenegro national team was more than positive for a team rated always as underdogs - of a total of 23 matches played, 8 victories were achieved, 8 draws and 7 defeats. The President of the Federation Dejan Savićević commented when Zoran Filipović's contract expired in January 2010 - "Filipović did an enormously good job. He formed a great group of players and worked with great enthusiasm." Zoran Filipović left the Balcan new comer's in an astonishing 73rd position in the FIFA ranking when he departed from this historical role.

Honours And Awards

PLAYER:
PortugalSL Benfica

Winner:1982/83 and 1983/84

Winner:1982/83

Runner Up: 1982/83

  • 1x Toronto Tournament:1982/83
  • 1x Taça Ibérica:1983
  • 1x Torneio de Lisboa:1983/84

YugoslaviaRed Star Belgrade

Winner: 1976/77, 1979/80 and (?/?)

Winner: 1976/77

Individual Honours

  • Yugoslavia Top Goalscorer Zoran Filipović (Crvena Zvezda - Red Star )21 Goals : Season 1976-77

AS MANAGER:
PortugalSL Benfica Manager/Assistant-Manager:

Winner: 1995/96

Trivia

  • Zoran still has the goal record in European competitions for Red Star Belgrade - 28 goals.
  • Filipovic is ranked the 3º Top goalscorer for Red Star - 502 games/302 goals.
  • In Season 1982/1983 he contributed to Benfica's European good campaign - 12 games/8 goals (hattrick against AS Roma, and also the decisive goal against U.Craiova)

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