MUSOVIC’S BELATED SUCCESS
Dzemaludin Musovic is now 62-year-old coach from Bosnia-Herzegovina, but in the 1960s and 1970s he was also a feared striker. He started his career with FK Sarajevo before moving to Hajduk Split in 1967, and from 1972 to 1974, Musovic, a striker who scored two goals in ten appearances for Yugoslavia, played for Standard Liege in Belgium, where he had an exemplary record of 24 goals in 58 games without a single yellow or red card to his name.
He also played for Chateauroux and Valenciennes in France, where he ended his career in 1977. After gaining his coaches badges, Musovic took his first steps at lower-league clubs in Bosnia-Herzegovina before returning to his first club, FK Sarajevo, in 1988. he enjoyed a two-year spell as coach at FK while also acting as Ivica Osim’s assistant with the national team, helping to lead Yugoslavia to the quarter-finals of the 1990 FIFA World Cup TM. After that World Cup, Musovic moved to Qatar and worked as a club coach for five years (at FC Qatar, Al Sadd and Al Arabi) before spending the 1995-1996 season in the Unitade Arabian Emirates with Al Jazeera. In 1996, with the civil war in his homeland finally over, Musovic returned to Sarajevo to accept the post of sporting director at the Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, a position he held until 1998 when he took over as national team coach for just one year. Musovic had still won nothing of note, his only honors coming in the shape of one second division title in the former Yugoslavia and promotion with Celik Zenica in 1985-86.
After quitting as national team coach, he moved back to Qatar in 1999 and he has never looked back. In 2000, he won the league championship and the Emir Cup with Al Sadd, following that up by winning the Crown Prince Cup with Qatar Sports Club in 2002 and 2004, as well as the Qatar league championship in 2003. Musovic was also voted coach of the year in 2002, 2003 and 2004.
In August 2004, Musovic replaced Frenchman Philippe Troussier as the coach of Qatar, guiding his team to glory in trhe prestigious Gulf Club almost immediately. In 2006, Qatar qualified for the Asian Cup 2007 and won gold at the Asian Games in Doha.
Musovic, who is married with two children, now feels at home in Qatar and Qatari FA has no intention of losing him either. Musovic has a contract until the summer of 2007, but he already has an offer to take over as Qatari sporting director or coordinator irrespective of how his team fares in the months to come. He is almost certain to say yes to the people who run football in this tiny Gulf state of just 800,000 people.