​ Ante’s Road to Glory


After running Perth Glory’s football operations for the past seven years, club star, Ante Kovacevic, has decided to take up a new and exciting opportunity at Adelaide United.

Kovacevic joined Glory in the inaugural season of the Hyundai A-League (2005-06) on a two year contract, and was known as a hard nose defender.

He played 32 games for the club before retiring in 2007 and later took up a role at Perth Glory’s football operations in 2009.

Before moving to WA, Kovacevic enjoyed back-to-back National Soccer League championship success (94/95-95/96) with NSL powerhouse Melbourne Knights.

The City of Churches is no stranger to Kovacevic. He played there for three seasons with NSL heavy weights Adelaide City, wearing the captain’s armband in his final season.

“I’ve very grateful for what Perth Glory has offered me, both on and off the pitch. Perth has been my home for the last decade and I’ve forged many friendships here, so I’d be lying if I said that it’s not sad to be leaving” he said.

Kovacevic has also been actively involved in the WA-NPL League as a player and coach. He played in the undefeated championship winning team with Floreat Athena in 2007 and more recently played a key role as assistant at Perth SC, which made the Round of 32 in the Westfield FFA Cup.

“I’ve learnt a lot about the business of football during my time at Perth Glory, and they are important skills which will serve me well at Adelaide United. Ultimately I was approached with an exciting offer I couldn’t ignore” he added.

Glory CEO Peter Filopoulos wished Kovacevic the best of luck.

“There is no doubt Ante has been a great asset for the club and will be sadly missed. We wish him every success with his new endeavours” he said.

Kovacevic has been appointed General Manager of Football and is expected to start his tenure at United in mid-October.