Slaviša Jokanović

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Slaviša Jokanović
0Full Name Slaviša Jokanović
0Date of Birth 16 August 1968
0Place of Birth Novi Sad, Yugoslavia
0Position Defensive midfielder
0Chelsea career 2000–2002
0Debut 21 October 2000
0Games (goals) 53 (0)
0Other clubs FK Novi Sad
Real Oviedo
Deportivo La Coruña
Ciudad Murcia

Slaviša Jokanović (born 16 August 1968 in Novi Sad) is a former international midfielder who represented Yugoslavia and Serbia & Montenegro. He played for Chelsea from 2000-2002, with many of his 53 appearances coming as a substitute.


Before Chelsea

Jokanović started playing at FK Novi Sad and he later moved to Vojvodina Novi Sad, winning the Yugoslavian national league in 1988-89. In 1990 Jokanovic joined Belgrade side FK Partizan. With them, he won the Yugoslav Cup in 1991-92 and the league the season after. After his success in Partizan he joined Spanish side Real Oviedo. Following his move from Asturias in 1995, Jokanović was an integral part of Tenerife's rise in La Liga, and subsequently signed for Deportivo de La Coruña, helping the Galician side win the 1999-2000 league title, after forming a physical midfield partnership with Brazilian Mauro Silva.

Chelsea career

Jokanović's signed for Chelsea in October 2000, for £1.7m from Deportivo. He was a fringe player over the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons, and failed to make an impression or win over the Chelsea fans. He left Chelsea in 2002 after making 53 appearances in all competitions, almost half of which were as a substitute.

After Chelsea

Jokanović briefly joined the coaching staff at lower league Spanish side Club Atlético de Pinto, but three months later he became the head coach of FK Partizan. In May 2008, under Jokanović's management, Partizan won the league and cup double. He was also selected as the year's "Best Coach in Serbia" by the Serbian FA, but refused to receive this award due to Partizan's poor results in 2008-09's UEFA Cup group stage. In May 2009, Jokanović won another Serbian Double crown with FK Partizan, thus becoming the first coach in the club's history to defend the double. On 5 September 2009 he left the Partizan managerial post, his contract terminated by mutual consent.


Jokanović represented FR Yugoslavia 6 times and Serbia & Montenegro on a further 58 occasions during an 11-year span. He was called up to the Serbia & Montenegro squads for the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000, making four and three appearances respectively. He was sent off in a match against Spain in the latter tournament.


Season Prem FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2000-01 19 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 22 0
2001-02 20 0 5 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 31 0
Total 39 0 7 0 4 0 3 0 0 0 53 0
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