Ilija Petkovic rose to a player stardom in the late 60s. He played for OFK Beograd, either as left or right winger, together with Santrac, Stepanovic, Lukic, Gugleta, Zec, Djujic and Borota. Interestigly, he and several other players from his generation came from Knin and surroundings (Gugleta and Djujuc). The gretest success of this team (coach was Gojko Zec) was qualifying for the semi-finals of the UEFA cup where they lost against Dynamo Tbilisi. Before that, they eliminated Feyenoord.
Petkovic played 40+ games for the Yugo-national team, but he will be remembered only for his 1st game vs. France in Belgrade, in the 1/4-finals for Europena championship. He scored 2 goals and was the best player of the game (Yug. won 5:1).
After leaving OFK Bgd., he played successfully in France and then returend to OFK where he finished his playing career.
His greatest success as a coach was with Severt (sp.?) (Switzerland) where he won the title with a team which prior his comming were fighting for relegation. He was also coaching in Greece, Yugoslavia (OFK) and his last post was a Japanese club (Fukoka?). No trophies with any of those clubs. He was fired from Japan and returened to Yugoslavia to become coach of the national team. He was also an assistant to the national team coach Santrac in the qualifying games for the WC98, but he left for Japan just before the WC tournament began.