Zoran Zeljković is only the sixth Slovenian on the Olimpija bench in the Mandaric-Delius era: the German has agreed to work with the first Slovenian ever
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No more doubts as of Tuesday evening: Zoran Zeljković will be the new coach Olimpija. Although Igor Barišić and Goran Boromisa claimed on Monday that the new coach would be a foreigner, a Slovenian will take over the reins. In fact, he is even a Ljubljančan and former Olimpija footballer. Zoran Zeljković wore the Olimpija jersey in the 2010-11 season, in which he played 25 matches and scored 4 goals.
It is interesting to note that Zoran Zeljković became only the sixth Slovenian to be awarded the Milan Mandarić (he took over the club in summer 2015) and Adam Delius to lead Olimpija. The first one was Marijan Pušnik, who sat on the bench for half a year, and Korošec returned a few weeks later in the season. In addition to Pušnik, since 2015 Olimpija has been managed by Luka Elsner, Safet Hadžić, Robert Pevnik and, most recently, Goran Stanković. The latter was the only other player besides Hadžić to win the trophy, both of them in the Cup competition.
In the era of Milan Mandaric and Adam Delius, there were many more foreigners. The first in the 2015/16 season was the Serbian expert Marko Nikolić, later the Dragons were led by Rodolfo Vanoli, Igor Biscan, Ilija Stolica, Aleksandar Linta, Zoran Barišić, Dino Skender, Savo Milošević, Robert Prosinečki, Albert Riera and Joao Henriques. So Slovenians against foreigners with Zeljković, who is Adam Delius’ first home selection, 6 vs 10.
It is interesting to note that since 2015, there has not been a Slovenian on the bench who has lasted the whole season. Hadžić has managed the most matches in his three terms (59), followed by Pušnik (29), Stanković (20), Elsner (19) and Pevnik (8). The last Slovenian coach to stay on the Olimpija bench for the whole competition year was Darko Karapetrović, the last expert in the Izet Rastoder era.
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