Chicago Fire Extend Coach Paunovic

By Sean McCaffery, January 4, 2019

We have brought you much information from this team adding and securing many players for the coming season(s), now news that HC Veljko Paunovic has been locked down for 2 years and another option year. Fire Pres. & GM Nelson Rodriguez stated, "We believe the foundation we are setting and the standards we are demanding are the right ones". Thus far, he is 31-46-25 including the 3rd best record in the league for 2017 at 16-11-7 and their first trip to the post season since 2012. 2017 also had him selected HC of the MLS  All-Star Team, with 4 of his players taking on Real Madrid. Paunovic had this to say," I feel excited about this project as I was the very first day. Get ready to lift the trophy this year." His staff stays intact and he was last with the Serbian National Youth Teams, U-18,19 & 20, with many positive results at the international level. The U-19's made it to 3rd place in the UEFA's, U-20's took Brazil for the U-20 World Cup 2-0 for their first ever world title as a soverign nation. Coach had a great playing career, 16 years with 11 teams in Serbia, Spain, Germany, Russia and the US. His 76 goals in a whopping 358 games overall including a pair of caps with Serbia & Montenegro. In La LIga he took a title, Copa del Trophy & Spanish Super Cup. A holder of a UEFA PRO lisc, and Sporting Director degree out of the Royal Spanish Football Federation, he also spent 9 years as a UEFA analyst with TVE, Spain. He speaks 6 languages, just yesterday we put out that a new coaching staff spoke that many combined. What a well rounded figure to continue heading his team.