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The current manager of the Swiss national team is Vladimir Petković. Born in Serbia in 1963, Pektovic is relatively unusual in the world of international football management in that he is not in charge of the country of his birth but another nation entirely.

Before making the move into management, Petković played football to a decent standard in the Yugoslavian leagues for a number of different teams. Over a career spanning nearly two decades, Petković played for nine clubs, making roughly 275 appearances in total. During this time he scored 52 goals, a very impressive record for a central-midfielder.

He began his footballing career in his native Sarajevo where he was a member of the club's youth setup before being handed a professional contract in 1981 aged 18. After making just eight appearances in his first three seasons, Pektovic moved on to Rudar Prijedor where he managed to make more of an impression, making 15 league starts and scoring a very respectable seven goals. Following this upturn in form he returned to Sarajevo, making just two more appearances before moving on again to Koper where he made 14 appearances, scoring four times. A year later he returned to Sarajevo for the final time. In this stint with his hometown club, he made the biggest impact as he played 17 times in the 1986/1987 season and scored three goals.

The rest of Petković's playing career was spent playing for relatively obscure clubs. Therefore, official records of his appearances and goals are hard to come by, We know that in 1987 he moved to newly formed Chur where he made a handful of appearances before going on to appear for three clubs in as many years from 1988 to 1991. For the third of these teams, Martigny sports, Pektovic revitalised his career, playing 31 games and scoring eight goals.

His return for Martigny earned him a move back to Chur 97, by this time better established, where, it transpired, he would spend the best years of his playing career. He made nearly a century of appearances and scored 19 goals. For the remaining years of his career, Pektovic played a more withdraw role, scoring just 11 times in his remaining 100+ appearances.

After retiring from the playing side of the game, Petković, who had been working as a player-manager during the last two years of his career, decided to focus solely on coaching. He took charge of Malcantone Agno in 1999 and stayed for four seasons before moving on to Lugano. With Lugano, Pektovic oversaw the club for a single season before deciding to take up an offer to return to Bellinzona where he had been player-manager from 1997 to 1998. In his second stint with the club, Petković stayed for three seasons.

He was offered a contract by prestigious club Young Boys in 2008 and he enjoyed three successful seasons with them before moving to Samsunpor in 2011 ands then Sion in 2012. Arguably the most high-profile position in his career came in 2012 however, when Petković accepted an offer from Lazio to become their permanent manager. In 2013, he won the Coppa Italia, his only major managerial honour to date. Now, he presides over the Switzerland national team. They are still in with a strong chance of qualifying for Euro 2020 as they lie in 3rd place behind Denmark and Ireland in Group D with a game in hand.


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