On the eve of his first game in charge of the Iraqi team, we have a look at the coach that the Iraq FA have pinned their hopes to get them to the World Cup in Brazil.
|Date of birth||1 July 1955 (age 57)|
|Place of birth||Belgrade, FPR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|1972–1982||Red Star Belgrade||257||(49)|
|1996–1997||Red Star Belgrade|
|2002–2004||Serbia and Montenegro U-21|
|2009–2010||Red Star Belgrade|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Vladimir Petrović (Serbian Cyrillic: Владимир Петровић, born July 1, 1955 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia) is a Serbian football manager and former player. He currently manages the Iraq national football team.
He started out at Red Star making his debut in 1971, at the age of 16. With the team, he won five Yugoslav League Championship titles, six Yugoslav Cups and reached the final of the 1979 UEFA Cup, losing to Borussia Mönchengladbach. In 1980, he was named the Yugoslav Footballer of the Year.
In 1982 he moved abroad, and briefly played for Arsenal; he joined the London side in December 1982 and made 22 appearances in the 1982–83 season. In June 1983 he left Arsenal and subsequently played for Brest and AS Nancy in France, and Royal Antwerp (1) and Standard Liège (16) in Belgium. In all he played 526 matches for the clubs.
As assistant coach, he won the 1990–91 European Champions Cup with Red Star, and as head coach when they won the 1996 Yugoslavia FA Cup, Pižon guided the Serbia and Montenegro national under-21 football team to a runners-up finish at the 2004 European U-21 Championship.
In 2005, Petrović managed the Chinese Dalian Shide team to the double. On September 14, 2007, Petrović was named as coach of the Chinese national team. After China failed to qualify for the 2010 World Cup, he was sacked.
On June 2, 2009, Petrović returned to Red Star Belgrade. as manager. Petrović was part of takeover of Red Star by the club’s veterans, replacing caretaker/interim coach Siniša Gogić. On 21 March 2010, Red Star officials unexpectedly sacked Petrović after a league defeat against Metalac.
On June 4, 2010, he was named the manager of Romanian club FC Politehnica Timișoara.
On September 15, 2010, Petrović was named the new head coach of Serbia. On October 14, 2011, the football association of Serbia announced they had terminated their contract with Petrović.