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Veljko Paunovic was born on the 21st of August 1977 in Strumica, Yugoslavia. He started his youth career with Partizan where he spent 11 years improving as a midfielder in the youth academy. In 1994 he was granted his professional debut at the age of 17 and in that same season, he played 13 games scoring just once. By the end of this season, he left his beloved Partizan to join Spanish club Marbella. He made a further 20 appearances this season and caught the eye of Spanish giant Atletico Madrid where he would spend 6 years with them. During these 6 years, he spent multiple seasons on loan with other clubs including the likes of Mallorca, Oviedo and then returned back to Mallorca for one final season. He really impressed playing for the B team before being called up for the 1st team making a huge 52 appearances whilst netting nine times.

In 2002, whilst being used as a utility player at Atletico, Paunovic decided to pursue a move to Tenerife so he could get regular football. He really shined in this season and so he attracted a lot of interest from multiple big clubs, one being Atletico. He then joined back to Atletico for the start of the 2003-04 season as he was promised a 1st team space and so he made 35 appearances in the two following seasons to come. He moved to Germany for the end of the 2004-05 season to play for Hannover, however, this was a short-lived deal as he joined Getafe just 6th months later. This was arguably his most successful season as he made over 30 starts and he scored 10 goals in the Spanish top flight. To finish his football playing career, he joined multiple clubs such as Russian side Rubin Kazan and Almeria. But in these two stints he only made 16 appearances, before he moved back to his boyhood club, Partizan. He only made 9 starts before leaving to join Philadelphia Union where he ended his career.

To begin his coaching career, he earned his UEFA Pro License and underwent a sporting degree from the Royal Spanish Football Federation. Shortly after achieving this, he became a UEFA Champions League Analyst for Radiotelevision Espanyol. In 2012, Paunovic joined Serbia’s Under-18 side as manager. He was then promoted to manage the U-19 side for one season as he went on to manage the U-20’s. Whilst at the U20’s, Paunovic won the U20’s World Cup, hosted in New Zealand. After beating USA in the quarter-finals, they squeezed past Mali after a late winner in extra time to the final. In the final, they were up against competition favourites, Brazil. 70 minutes into the final, Mandic poked home a goal that was the 1st Brazil had conceded in 502 minutes. However, just minutes later, Andreas Pereira equalised with a quite dazzling run and a superb finish. In the 117th minute of the game, Makismovic won the game for Serbia.

In November that year, Paunovic was appointed manager of Chicago Fire in the MLS. He would go on to spend 4 years with them and in 2017 he reached the play-offs with them. He was then fired in 2019. Just a few days ago on the 29th of August 2020, he was appointed the manager position at English Championship side Reading FC. This will most certainly be his toughest job yet as Reading have finished lower mid-table for the last few seasons and are struggling financially.