Making his way up from the town of Pec in Serbia, Ranko Popovic has travelled a fair bit to make his name as a footballer and now as a coach. As a player, he plied his trade as central defender in Serbia and Spain before hanging up his boots in 2002 to take up coaching. His initial assignments took to him to Austria and to Japan where he learnt the tricks of the trade as an assistant coach. Ranko then moved back to his mother land where he managed Spartak Zlatibor Voda, a team in the Serbia SuperLiga for two seasons.
The 50-year- old’s notable assignment was at renowned La Liga outfit, Real Zaragoza where we took them to the finals of the La Liga play-offs. He has also had the opportunity to train Uruguayan forward Diego Forlan during his time at Cerezon Osaka a J1 League team. During his time at the club, Ranko helped a number of young players come through the ranks and notch up the highest number of goals scored during those two seasons.
Ranko brings in experience of coaching young players which corresponds with FC Pune City’s philosophy of promoting young talent. He has travelled far and wide learning and teaching the game we love and our players will be looking to feed off him as we dawn upon the 2017 edition of the Indian Super League.
The 55-year- old is the assistant coach at FC Pune City to Ranko Popovic. Vladica has worked with the Serbian for over five seasons now, starting from their stint at Tokyo FC. The duo have coached the likes of FC Tokyo, Cerezo Osaka, Real Zaragoza, Buriram United in their time together and now have taken charge of FC Pune City.
Vladica is a UEFA Pro Licence holder. As a player, he plied his trade across as many as six clubs in the Austrian Football Bundesliga in a career that spanned close to seven years. He ended his playing career at Gleinstaten only to take up the role of assistant coach at the club in a couple of years’ time. With his arrival at FC Pune City, the Austrian has completed over 10 years of experience as an assistant coach.
A footballing brain like no other, Pradyum Reddy has contributed massively to Indian football. In his first managerial stint, Pradyum led Shillong Lajong to being crowned champions of the Second Division League in the 2011-12 season, thereby securing promotion to the I-League; He then moved on DSK Shivajians in 2013. His most noteworthy stint so far has been at Bengaluru FC where he scouted players for the Steelmens’ debut season and was the assistant coach to Ashley Westwood. During his three year tenure at the club, the team from the Garden City was crowned champions on two occasions. The 41-year- old has a fantastic track record of working with young players and getting the best out of seasoned professionals. Pradyum took up the role of Assistant Coach at FC
Pune City in June 2017 and continues to be a more than significant contributor at the club.
The latest entrant to the bandwagon of coaches at FC Pune City is former Croatia international Ivica Barbaric. The 55-year- old has had three spells at Zrinjski Mostar and one at Siroki Brijeg, both being football clubs that play in the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzgovnia. The Metkovic town bor coach retired in July 1996 to take up a career in football coaching.
Ivica has also one cap to his name playing for Yugoslavia. The UEFA Pro-Licence holder has also spent time in Asia coaching teams from Japan like Ehime FC and C’dole Sapporo.
The 55-year- old goalkeeping coach has travelled a fair bit in his career and has now made his way to FC Pune City. Having spent time at renowned clubs in England like Preston North End, Cambridge United and Stevenage FC, Ali brings in a plethora of experience to the club.
Ali is no stranger to Indian football either, having spent time at Bengaluru FC as well. In his time in England, the Turk has coached goalkeepers who have gone to play the top division in the country like John Ruddy, Lionel Perez, Chris Day and Steven Simonsen. His experience and ability to build strong characters will be a welcome addition with FC Pune City’s young brigade of shot-stoppers.