Nikola Kavazović

Nikola Kavazović
Personal information
Date of birth (1975-07-29) 29 July 1975
Place of birth Belgrade, Yugoslavia
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Saif Sporting Club (Head Coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1993 OFK Beograd
1993–1995 BASK
Teams managed
1996–2005 BASK
2006–2008 Zarkovo
2008–2010 Borac
2010–2012 Resnik
2012–2013 Istiqlol Dushanbe
2012–2013 Tajikistan
2014–2015 Sri Lanka
2015–2015 New Radiant SC
2016-2016 Lanexang United F.C.
2016- Saif Sporting Club

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

Nikola Kavazović (29 July 1975, Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia) is a Serbian professional football coach. Kavazović is the former Tajikistan national football team head coach (2012 - 2013), and also former head coach of Tajikistan champions Istiqlol Dushanbe. As head coach of Istiqlol Dushanbe, Nikola Kavazović won AFC Presidents Cup 2012.[1] Kavazović successfully completed UEFA "A" license, and enrolled on UEFA "PRO" license in Football Federation of Bosnia and Hercegovina. In August 2012, he was the youngest national team head coach in the world.



Nikola Kavazovic started coaching job in 1996. in BASK Belgrade, as youth coach. Besides BASK, Kavazovic worked as youth and senior coach in BSK, Zarkovo, Borac and Resnik. In 1998. Kavazovic graduate on Belgrade Sports University as youngest high educated football coach in SR Yugoslavia.

Istiqlol FC

In January 2012, Kavazovic moved to Asia, Tajikistan, and become Istiqlol FC head coach. In his first season, Istiqlol won Tajikistan Supercup and AFC Presidents Cup. Also, they won silver medal in Tajikistan elite league, and lost Tajikistan Cup finals against Regar Tad Az after penalty series (8:7). In his second season, Istiqlol finished first part of season with record of 8 wins, 0 draws and one defeat. After 8 straight wins, Istiqlol lost away game to Champions Ravshan Kulob (1:0), and Kavazovic was sacked day after, on June 17, 2013.


In July 2012, Kavazovic got offer to become Tajikistan national head coach. On his debut, Tajikistan beat Qatar in Munich (Germany) 2:1. Also, under him, Tajikistan won Pakistan (1:0) and Macau (3:0), and lost to Iran (6:1) and Kyrgyzstan (1:0). On March 28, 2013, Kavazovic resigned after failure to qualify for final tournament of AFC Challenge Cup 2014, during the press conference in Bishkek.

Sri Lanka

On 5 June 2014, Kavazović was appointed head coach of the Sri Lankan National Football Team.[2] On his debut, on August 24, 2014, Sri Lanka beat the Seycheles national team in Mahé, by two goals to one. This was the first away victory for Sri Lanka after 15 years.

New Radiant SC

On 12 October 2015, Nikola Kavazovic was appointed head coach of the Maldivian champions New Radiant SC. Kavazovic took over the team after Maldives Cup finals, which New Radiant SC lost to biggest rivals Mazia. In 8 games under Kavazovic, New Radiant SC won 6 games, 1 draw and lost one game, and won fifth champions title in club's history.

Lanexang United F.C.

After Champions title in Maldives Dhivehi Premier League and securing AFC Cup group stage participation for New Radiant SC, Kavazovic decided not to extend contract. Attracted with great new project of Laos football, Kavazovic accepted offer from Lanexang United F.C. and become their Head coach on January 2nd 2016. After seven straight wins in pre-season, just five days before start of Lao Premier League 2016, Kavazovic left Lanexang United F.C. because of family reasons. Contract was terminate on mutual agreement.

Managerial Statistics

Team Nat. From To P W D L GS GA %W Honours Notes
Istiqlol Tajikistan January 2012 June 2013 46 36 6 4 129 22 78.26 AFC Presidents Cup
Tajikistan Supercup
Tajikistan Tajikistan September 2012 March 2013 5 3 0 2 7 8 60.00
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka June 2014 June 2015 4 1 1 2 3 6 25.00
New Radiant Maldives October 2015 December 2015 8 6 1 1 17 9 75.00 Dhivehi Premier League
Lanexang United F.C. Laos January 2016 April 2016 7 7 0 0 32 6 100.000

P – Total of played matches W – Won matches D – Drawn matches L – Lost matches GS – Goal scored GA – Goals against
%W – Percentage of matches won


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