The attacker and former Atletic Madrid player was affectionately called the "Serb of Ben" and OSB or "Old Serby Bastard" by the fans. Paunovic arrived suddenly three years after he officially retired from professional game and the initial fan reaction was far from positive. His work rate, personality and ultimately his play on the field won over the most skeptical of fans and although he was only in a Union uniform for one season, he will live long in the hearts of the Union faithful.
He is currently the coach of the Serbian U-19 team. During an interview with the Brotherly Game last year, Paunovic stated his desire to coach at the club level and return to Philadelphia, a place he has great affection for. He also still follows the Union very closely saying:
I followed every game, every week and everything about Philadelphia since I had gone, I'm still in contact with my mates, Roger Torres, [the] Farfans, Le Toux, Valdes, Amobi, and others on Twitter.
It's a part of my daily ritual to check Union web sites and social networks, I love to interfere with the Union fans and by that I know that 2012 was a difficult season for the team and the fans. I also know that forms the part of reality of the developing teams and I'm sure that this experience will help the team to build up in the seasons to come.
It will be fantastic to see Veljko back in Philadelphia and we too hope he gets the opportunity to return for more then just a social visit.