Following his successful stints at the Switzerland national team, leading them to the European Championship quarterfinals, coach Vladimir Petkovic left the Swiss team to join French club Bordeaux in a three-year contract. Petkovic left the team after seven years in charge in which he helped them advance to the finals tournament at each major competition.
The 57-year-old took over as Swiss coach after the 2014 World Cup as the successor to Ottmar Hitzfeld and led the team to the last 16 at the 2018 World Cup. In the recently concluded Euros, they eliminated World Champions France in the last-16 in a penalty shootout before losing to Spain on post-match spot-kicks in the quarter-finals after a 1-1 draw. Follow us for more sports predictions and free betting tips.
The Swiss soccer federation announced his exit in a statement earlier this week before his arrival was announced by the club. “We are sad that Vladimir Petkovic is leaving us, but we are very grateful to Vlado for the extremely good and successful seven years he has given us as a national coach,” Swiss FA president Dominique Blanc said in a statement.
Petkovic will succeed Jean-Louis Gasset as the club begins a new start under the ownership of Gérard Lopez. “We are so proud to be able to recruit Vladimir,” club president Gerard Lopez said in a statement. “He has the perfect profile to join a long-term project with the club. Personally, I must also thank him for his determination and his desire to join us.” Petkovic previously coached Rome’s Lazio and Young Boys.
Earlier, the club was demoted to Ligue 2 on July 2, due to the withdrawal of its majority shareholder King Street. However, Lopez, the former Lille owner, drew up a business plan to convince the French financial watchdog to reverse their decision to move back Bordeaux to the second tier despite finishing twelve last season. The club then confirmed in a statement that they will continue to play in Ligue 1.
Bordeaux, who has played continuously in Ligue 1 since 1992, is the club that has played the most seasons (69) at the highest French level next to Olympique Marseille (72). Bordeaux last won the French league title in 2009. The new manager will be in the stands for Bordeaux’s final pre-season friendly against Troyes.
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