|Full name||Branko Ilić|
|Date of birth||6 February 1983|
|Place of birth||Ljubljana, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Current club||Hapoel Tel Aviv|
|2007||→ Betis (loan)||13||(0)|
|2009||→ FC Moscow (loan)||6||(0)|
|2013–||Hapoel Tel Aviv||12||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 December 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Ljubljana, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Ilić started his career at local Olimpija, where he went through the ranks and made his debut for the first team in 2003, against FC Koper. After serious financial difficulties at the club, he left in January 2005 and headed for NK Domžale, where he played for a year and a half.
Ilić was loaned to Real Betis in January 2007, becoming the first Slovenian to play for the club. His first official appearance came against city rivals Sevilla FC in a Copa del Rey quarterfinal clash; on 4 February he played his first La Liga game, against Athletic Bilbao, where he assisted a goal for Robert in a 2–1 away win.
After a good half-season, the Andalusian side completed the transfer for €1.5 million in the summer of 2007, but Ilić eventually fell out of rotation in 2008–09 after the signing of S.L. Benfica's Nélson, in a relegation-ending season where he only featured in three matches.
On 6 September 2009 FC Moscow signed Ilić on loan from Betis, for one season. In late January 2010, however, he was released by Betis, immediately signing with another side from Russia and its capital, FC Lokomotiv.
On 13 August 2010, Sky Sports reported that Ilić was on trial in England with Premier League side Blackpool, but nothing came of it. On 5 June 2013, after one season in the Cypriot First Division with Anorthosis Famagusta FC, he and teammate Jurgen Colin signed two-year contracts with Hapoel Tel Aviv F.C. from Israel.
Ilić made his debut for Slovenia on 18 August 2004 in a friendly match with Serbia. He was selected for the squad at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, but did not leave the bench in an eventual group stage exit.
- El esloveno Branco Ilic pasó reconocimiento médico antes de firmar con el Betis (Slovenian Branco Ilic passed medical before signing with Betis); Marca, 25 January 2007 (Spanish)
- Athletic Bilbao 1–2 Real Betis; ESPN Soccernet, 4 February 2007
- Branko Ilic se desvincula del Betis (Branko Ilic cuts ties with Betis); Betis Web, 18 January 2010 (Spanish)
- Илич подписал контракт с «Москвой»; Sports.ru, 19 January 2010 (Russian)
- "Pool look at Slovenian, Holloway weighs up move for Ilic". Sky Sports. 13 August 2010. Retrieved 13 August 2010.
- "יורגן קולין וברנקו איליץ' חתמו לשנתיים בהפועל" [Colin and Ilić sign two-year contracts at Hapoel] (in Hebrew). One. 6 June 2013. Retrieved 6 June 2013.
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