Dejan Antonić (Serbian Cyrillic: Дејан Антонић, Chinese translated name: 狄恩) is the current Head Coach of South China. He is a former football player who was appointed as a head coach of a professional football team in Hong Kong, Kitchee SC during the year of 2005–2008. Antonić has also been appointed to coach the Hong Kong national team as preparation for the 2011 Asian Cup qualifiers. He was appointed as a Deputy Team Manager and Youth Development Director for TSW Pegasus in Hong Kong. He is of Serbian nationality and was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (now Serbia). In season 2011–2012, Dejan was appointed as the head coach of Hong Kong First Division club - Tuen Mun but he left before the season is over. After left Tuen Mun, Antonic signed with Arema FC Indonesia. Coaching Arema FC for only 6 months and he was voted by the soccer news website, Goal.com, as "The Best Coach 2011–2012" of Indonesian Premier League as he brought Arema FC to go through to the quarter final of AFC Cup 2012 and make the country proud.
He signed a two-year contract with Persipasi Bandung Raya on 20 November 2013.
His son Stefan Antonić is 2016-2017 another Hong Kong football team Kitchee SC reserve team player.
He started his professional football playing in local club Red Star Belgrade.
In 1987, Antonić was called in the Yugoslavia squad training section, and was able to win a cap. Yugoslavia won the first title that time on final against East Germany through penalty shootout (PSO). And they are remembered as a Yugoslav' "zlatna generacija" (Golden Generation). His well-known team mates were : Robert Jarni, Igor Stimac, Zvonimir Boban, Robert Prosinecki, Predrag Mijatovic and Davor Suker. Later Antonić joined Red Star Belgrade but made no league appearance for them. His debut will be in the 1989–90 Yugoslav First League with FK Spartak Subotica. Next he played with FK Napredak Kruševac in the Yugoslav Second League. In 1995, he left Europe and joined Persebaya FC in Indonesia.
In 1998–99, Antonić joined Hong Kong First Division League team Instant-Dict FC and played more as a defender than a midfielder. His debut was the semi-final match against South China in Hong Kong FA Cup. He was included in Hong Kong XI to compete in 2003 Carlsberg Cup and was elected as a Hong Kong XI as well. Dejan scored a goal by penalty in the match against Uruguay U-21 national team in Carlsberg Cup. Dejan played very well in the season and was awarded "The Most Fair Player" and being nominated in Hong Kong Footballer Awards several times. In 2000–01, he assisted Instant-Dict FC to win Hong Kong FA Cup.
In early 2000, he joined Sun Hei and won three championships, including Hong Kong Senior Challenge Shield, Hong Kong FA Cup and Hong Kong League Cup.
Antonić, the UEFA Pro Licence holder, was appointed by Kitchee SC as a head coach and successfully led the team to get two trophies in the league on his first year of duty, Hong Kong League Cup 2005 and Hong Kong Senior Shield Cup 2006 and one trophy, Hong Kong League Cup 2006 in the second year of his duty. He assisted Kitchee qualified for AFC Cup 2008.
He was elected as "The Coach of The Year 2006" and also appointed to be a coach of Hong Kong League XI for the traditional tournament in Hong Kong, Carlsberg Cup. After leaving Kitchee FC, a newcomer professional football team in Hong Kong, TSW Pegasus appointed Antonić as their new Deputy Team Manager & Youth Development.
Antonić has been appointed to coach the Hong Kong National Team as preparation for the 2011 Asian Cup qualifiers. And with Hong Kong National Team, he won the 31st Guangdong Cup 2008. He has recently been nominated as a consultant of the Hong Kong Law Society Football Team.
Antonić left his post as head coach of Tuen Mun SA in the middle of the 2011–12 Hong Kong First Division League season and joined Arema FC as their manager. Coaching Arema FC for only 6 months and he was voted by the soccer news website, Goal.com, as "The Best Coach 2011–2012" of Indonesian Premier League as he brought Arema FC to go through to the quarter final of AFC Cup 2012 and make the country proud.
He signed a two-year contract with Pelita Bandung Raya on 20 November 2013. On 9 September 2014, he got his contract extended until 2016.
Antonić married his Indonesian fiancee, Venna Tikoalu (now as Venna Antonić). Venna gave birth to their son Stefan Antonić on 6 February 2001 in Hong Kong.
Antonić has another older daughter who is living and studying in Serbia.As of 1 May 2016