Monday, April 7, 2008

Balkan Players on Asian Clubs - with Map

There are about a bazillion Brazilians playing all over Asia, but, in a region with a fairly small amount of foreign player influence, I've also noticed that there are a good quantity of players and coaches from the European Balkan region. There are players from Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Macedonia in various East Asian nations.

Why are there so many players and coaches from the former Yugoslavia playing in Asia? I really don't know, if anybody knows the connection, I'd like to hear it.




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China

Beijing Guoan
北京国安
Macedonia - Stojan Ignatov

Dalian Haichang
大连海昌
Croatia - Vedran Celiščak

Qingdao Jonoon
青岛中能
Serbia - Dragan Stancic

Shandong Luneng
山东鲁能
Serbia - Aleksandar Živković

Changsha Ginde
长沙金德
Serbia - Milan Nikolic

Tianjin Teda
天津泰达
Bosnia and Herzegovina - Darko Matic

Zhejiang Lücheng
浙江绿城
Macedonia - Slavcho Georgievski


Korea

Busan I'Park
부산 아이파크
Croatia - Čačić

Incheon United
인천 유나이티드
Serbia - Dragan Mladenović, Borko Veselinović
Montenegro - Dženan Radončić

Jeonbuk FC
전북 축구클럽
Croatia - Toni
Macedonia - Stevica Ristic

Suwon Bluewings
수원 블루윙즈
Croatia - Mato Neretljak

Japan

Nagoya Grampus
名古屋グランパス
Serbia - Miloš Bajalica

JEF United Ichihara Chiba
ジェフユナイテッド市原・千葉
Bosnia and Herzegovina - Mirko Hrgović

Malaysia

UPB-MyTeam FC
Croatia - Mijo Dadic, Sasa Brazenac


Singapore

Tampines Rovers FC
Serbia - Sead Muratovic




Current and Former Coaches

Vladimir Petrović - China Coach
Radojko Avramovic - Singapore Coach
Bora Milutinović - Former China Coach (right after he coached the Metrostars)
Dragan Stojković - Former Player, Current Coach for Nagoya Grampus


There is also a good article about Ethnic Balkans around the Globe over at Culture of Soccer. That blog is very interesting, check it out if you haven't already.

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