Vujosevic Returns To Partizan

26.06.2012

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Dusko Vujosevic
Dusko Vujosevic is back at the helm of Partizan after a two-year absence

Serbian league champions Partizan Belgrade have reinstalled Dusko Vujosevic as coach.

The 53-year-old tactician, who has been at the helm of numerous clubs and found success with most, has had a few stints with Partizan already.

He coached the team from 1986-89, 1990-91 and again from 2001-10, leading the outfit to numerous titles along the way.

Vujosevic also guided them on an impressive run to the 2010 Euroleague Final Four.

Also the coach of Montenegro's national team at the time, Vujosevic elected to leave Partizan after the 2009-10 season and replace Ettore Messina at CSKA Moscow.

While in charge of the Russian team, the squad had a myriad of injuries and suffered a dip in form, and Vujosevic announced he would concentrate only on his duties as coach of the club and not lead Montenegro at the EuroBasket in Lithuania.

Results did not improve, however, and CSKA decided to make a change and remove him as coach in November of 2011.

Vujosevic did not coach in the 2011-12 season.

"Partizan is my natural environment," he said at his press conference on Tuesday, "the best place to work here, so I accepted the invitation."

Partizan had been led the past two seasons by Vujosevic's former assistant at the club, Vladimir Jovanovic.

The club announced at the end of last week that Jovanovic would not be continuing with the team.

Jovanovic will instead coach Ukrainian champions BC Donetsk.

In a story on their website that had the headline "A big thank you and good luck Vlado!", Partizan showered praise on Jovanovic.

"The club is extremely proud of the young strategist who has grown into a real expert..." Partizan said.

"Jovanovic has won five trophies, as the head coach, for second place in the history of our club.

"As a youth team coach and as an assistant coach of the team he left a deep mark in 16 years at our club..."

Partizan endured a difficult season, though, which saw them win just four of their ten regular season games in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague and fail to advance to the top 16.

The club lost in the semi-finals of the Adriatic League to Cedevita Zagreb before ending the season with a Serbian league title.

The 42-year-old Jovanovic has replaced Sasa Obradovic following his departure to Alba Berlin.

It seemed inevitable that Vujosevic would return to Partizan.

"Partizan has always been a house of Dule," said one of the players Vujosevic once coached, Predrag Danilovic, the Partizan president.

"His agreement to return to the place of coach was reached a few days ago.

"He signed a contract for an indefinite period."


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