Maccabi Tel Aviv FC announces the appointment of Žarko Lazetic as the Club’s new Head Coach after an agreement was reached with Serbian outfit TSC Backa Topola.

Maccabi’s owner, Mitch Goldhar said: ”I am pleased to welcome Žarko and his team to Maccabi Tel Aviv. During the process I was impressed by Žarko’s resilient character and clear methodology which has, no doubt, contributed to consistent coaching achievements. He understood the task involved at Maccabi and is ready to work hard towards moving the club forward and achieving results. Please join me in welcoming Žarko along with the rest of the coaching staff and in wishing him much success.”

Žarko Lazetic, added: “I am excited to join such a great Club as Maccabi and looking forward to work hard in order to make this campaign as successful as possible.”

The 42-year-old Serbian, guided TSC to 3rd place in the Super League last season, was voted by his peers and club captains as Manager of the Season in his country.

Lazetic joined TSC in November 2021 from newly promoted side FC Metalac a club he guided to 8th place. A year after his appointment at TSC, Lazetic, finished the 2022/23 season in 2nd place. He then guided TSC to the EUROPA LEAGUE group stages last season where his side faced West Ham, Freiburg and Olympiacos. 

Photo: Courtesy of TSC Backa Topola ()

Lazetic, spent most of his playing career in Serbia as a forward with FK Belgrade, Partizan where he won the League and Cup double (2007/08), Vojvodina and Bezanija with short spells in Greece and Indonesia. He retired in 2013 and began his coaching career climbing up the ranks at Partizan where he held various coaching positions including 1st team Assistant Coach, U17’s, U18’s and U19’s Coach, 1st team caretaker and Head Coach of Partizan’s reserve team Teleoptik.

He switched to Metalac Gornij Milanovac in 2020 before attracting the attention of TSC where he spent the past 2.5 years.

Lazetic should arrive in Tel Aviv in the next few days and will be joined at Maccabi by Drazen Bolic, Mutavdzic Dobrivoje who both worked with him at TSC as well as Bojan Leontijevic.

Photo: Courtesy of TSC Backa Topola ()