The Serbian manager has led Serbia U20, a few months ago to the top of the world and made his name known as a manager, he had a great career as a footballer.The 38 year old is expected to be Panathinaikos new manager replacing Giannis Anastasiou, managing a club team for the first time.Veljko Paunovic is the only foreign manager in recent years that hasn’t worked for a single day at another club and from a National team directly takes one of the major Greek clubs!

Has It happened again in Greek football? Yes, but only with Greek managers.

The Panathinaikos keys to Nioplias

Panathinaikos had repeated the same move back in 2009-10 season under the presidency of Nikolas Pateras. The Greens gave the fortunes of the team ,in the middle of the season , to Nikos Nioplias, who replaced Henk Ten Cate.The Greek coach after he hung his football shoes in 2004, took over as manager of the National Youth team, which led to the final of the European Championship in Austria in 2007. Later, he was promoted to the National team and on December 8, 2009 announced by Panathinaikos FC working for the first time for a club. Nikos Nioplias won the double the period 2009-10 having as assistant coach to Krzysztof Warzycha. Something similar Panathinaikos did in the distant 1968. Lakis Petropoulos stopped football in 1963 playing all his life for Panathinaikos 1964-65 season, and became national manager of Greece. He sat in the bench from 29.11.1964 till 10.27.1965 managing Greece for 7 games and his second term of the was from 03/08/1967 to 11/05/1967 for 6 games. Immediately after the national team, Lakis Petropoulos became Panathinaikos manager for two years conquering as many championships ...

The first alternative solution: Georgiadis.

PAOK ... plagiarized Panathinaikos in 2013 with Giorgos Georgiadis. The veteran ace in July 2009 was with Kostas Tsana sthe technical duo of national Youth team and a year later he took over the National U21 team in 2011. In 2012 Georgiadis returned to PAOK as technical director, and in 2013 was temporarily replacing Giorgos Donis. In the season 2013-14 became again the technical director of PAOK FC and in March 2014 replaced Huub Stevens as the PAOK manager.

The leader Katanec

Something similar had happened with Olympiacos in 2002. Socratis Kokkalis in November 2, 2002, gave the keys of the Piraeus Team to Stretsko Katanec. The Slovenian manager in 1996 became assistant coach to his country's national U21 team and remained until 1998. Then had a very brief spell at Ntroustvo Gorica and returned to Slovenia national football team remaining until 2002.That year he knocked Olympiacos door and essentially the managed for the first time in his career a club. However,what he said about the team’s leaders (said: "this time I do not think there is anyone qualified to be the natural Olympiacos leader ") was enough to get him axed…

From the National team to a Greek club...