Milan Biševac

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Milan Biševac
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Biševac in action for Lyon in 2013
Personal information
Full name Milan Biševac
Date of birth (1983-08-31) 31 August 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Kosovska Mitrovica, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Lyon
Number 5
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2003 FK Bask 52 (5)
2003 Bežanija 15 (1)
2004 Železnik 14 (1)
2004–2006 Red Star Belgrade 58 (3)
2007–2008 Lens 35 (1)
2008–2011 Valenciennes 100 (4)
2011–2012 Paris Saint-Germain 19 (1)
2012– Lyon 67 (0)
National team
2006– Serbia 19 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 December 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 November 2014

Milan Biševac (Serbian Cyrillic: Милан Бишевац; born 31 August 1983) is a Serbian footballer who plays as centre-back for French Ligue 1 club Lyon. In international competition, he has represented the Serbian national team.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Biševac with Red Star Belgrade in 2006.

Biševac started his football career when he was at BASK in 2001, as his first club. Biševac previously was at OFK Beograd, but the club let him go after the club wasn't impressed with his talent. At BASK, he established himself in the starting XI, scoring five goals in 52 appearance. In 2003, he left BASK in favor of FK Sopot, where he scored once in 15 appearance. After one year at Sopot, he joined FK Železnik after their coach was impressed by his play and decided to sign him. At Železnik, Biševac helped the club to a third place finish in the league.

Red Star Belgrade[edit]

In the summer transfer window, Biševac joined Serbian giants Red Star Belgrade for a reported fee of €500,000. He made his European debut when he came on as a late substitute in a 2–2 draw against Swiss side BSC Young Boys in the first leg. In the second leg, Red Star Belgrade would advanced to the next round, winning 3–0, where Biševac played the full 90 minutes. With Red Star's elimination from the UEFA Champions League, he also made his UEFA Cup debut in a first round loss against Russian side Zenit Saint Petersburg. At Red Star, he won his place in the first team in defence and scored once in 24 appearances. The club, however, was unable to win the title, losing to rivals FK Partizan, though in the following season, the team would win the title. In the UEFA Cup campaign, Biševac played all the club's matches. He continued to be in the first team for the club until he left Serbia for France.

RC Lens[edit]

In the summer transfer window, Biševac joined RC Lens; he remained, however, at Red Star until January due to remaining issues in Serbia.[1] After his move, he joined up his Serbian national teammate Nenad Kovačević. On 3 February 2007, Biševac played his first Ligue 1 match for Lens against Valenciennes.[2] In the second half of the season, Biševac played only a handful of matches after suffering from a back injury.[3] The following season, Biševac established himself in the first team. On 21 January 2008, he scored his first goal in his French career in a 3–0 win over his future club Lyon. In a 1–1 draw against Toulouse, he also set up a goal for striker Loïc Rémy. During the season, the club would play in European games, where Biševac featured regularly. Lens, however, were relegated at the end of the season.

Valenciennes FC[edit]

On 4 July 2008, Biševac officially signed a four-year contract with Valenciennes for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of €3 million.[4] On his move, Biševac was seen a replacement for central defenders Éric Chelle and Abdeslam Ouaddou. In the opening game of the domestic season, Biševac made his debut in a 1–0 win over Saint-Étienne. In his first season, he went on to make 37 appearances, where his one absence was due to a suspension after picking up a fifth league yellow card.

The following season, Biševac was named captain of the team, replacing Rafael Schmitz, who was his partner in central defence partnership during the season.[5] On 26 September 2009, he scored his first goal in a 3–2 win over Marseille.[6] In a match against Montpellier on 7 November 2009, Biševac suffered an injury on his foot, forcing him to miss two weeks of action.[7] Several weeks later, he made his return in a 3–1 win over Monaco on 4 December 2009.[8] On 10 April 2010, Biševac scored his second goal of the season in a 2–1 loss against Monaco.[9]

During the summer transfer window, Biševac was linked a move away from Valenciennes, with the likes of Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe,[10] Paris Saint-Germain[11] and other European clubs all tracking him; no offers were ever made. The next season, Biševac maintain his captaincy and his first team place as he stayed for another season at Valenciennes. On 29 January 2011, Biševac scored his first goal of the season in a 2–1 win over Lyon, scoring from the penalty spot[12] and his second came in a 3–0 win over Brest.[13] On 9 April 2011, Biševac received a red card after receiving second booking offence in a 1–1 draw against Nancy. At the end of the season, the club finished 12th place in the league.

Paris Saint-Germain[edit]

Biševac signing autographs for PSG fans in 2011

In the summer transfer window, Paris Saint-Germain renewed their interests in signing Biševac.[14] On 25 July 2011, Biševac officially signed a three-year contract with PSG for an undisclosed fee.[15] On his move, Biševac spoke out about feeling under pressure and said, "But I have experienced this with Red Star Belgrade, where fans could enter the dressing room to ask us win. I'm not afraid of pressure. well I prefer there to be, I am more focused and I'm better performance"[16][17]

On the opening game of the season, Biševac made his debut in a 1–0 loss against Lorient, playing 90 minutes. Since at Paris Saint-Germain, he soon became a regular player in the team, playing the first four games to start the season. After the arrival of centre back Diego Lugano, however, he lost his first team status. Incoming manager Carlo Ancelotti then shifted Biševac from central defence to right back, finding himself competing with natural right backs Christophe Jallet and Ceará. The arrival of Alex from Chelsea further sent Biševac down the pecking order at centre back.

On 28 January 2012, Biševac opened his goalscoring account for PSG, netting the only goal in a 0–1– victory away to Brest. In the same month, he was awarded UNFP Player of the Month due to his impressive performances.[18] He would make more appearance for the club, reverting to his nature centre back position towards the end of the season.

At the start of the following season, PSG signed centre back Thiago Silva from Milan, leading to speculation that Biševac would leave the club, with Lyon confirming their interest in signing him.[19][20] After rumours of the bid spread, PSG initially agreed only to sell him if Lyon agreed to send right back Anthony Réveillère in the opposite direction.[21] PSG were motivated to sell him in order to free up one of the four prohibited non-EU spots after the club signed Brazilian winger Lucas from São Paulo.[22] Just days after Biševac joined Lyon, league rivals Marseille stated their intent to sign him, but owner Margarita Louis-Dreyfus refused, stating the club didn't have enough money.[23]

Lyon[edit]

In the summer of 2012, Biševac joined Olympique Lyonnais for a transfer fee of €2.75 million.[24][25] Biševac made his debut when he came on as a substitute in a 4–1 win over Troyes. He then played the full 90 minutes in the next game in a 1–1 draw against Evian. Since then, Biševac has formed a central defence partnership with Bakary Koné in the starting XI.[citation needed]

International career[edit]

Biševac won a silver medal with the Serbia and Montenegro national under-21 football team at the 2004 European Under-21 Football Championship. Subsequently, he played for the Serbian and Montenegrin 2004 Olympic football team which exited in the first round, finishing fourth in Group C behind gold-medal winners Argentina, Australia and Tunisia.

Biševac made his senior team debut for Serbia in a friendly against Czech Republic, 16 August 2006.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of end of 2013–14 season
Club performance League Cup Continental Other Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Serbia League Serbian Cup Europe Other Total
2001–02 BASK Serbian League Belgrade 24 1 ? ? 0 0 - - 24 1
2002-03 28 4 ? ? 0 0 - - 28 4
2003–04 Bežanija Second League 15 1 ? ? 0 0 - - 15 1
2003–04 Železnik First League 15 1 ? ? 0 0 - - 15 1
2004–05 Red Star 24 1 ? ? 3 0 - - 27 1
2005–06 20 0 ? ? 5 0 - - 25 0
2006–07 Superliga 14 2 ? ? 6 0 - - 20 2
France League Coupe de France Europe Coupe de la Ligue Total
2006–07 Lens Ligue 1 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
2007–08 26 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 30 1
2008–09 Valenciennes 37 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 38 0
2009–10 31 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 32 2
2010–11 32 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 33 2
2011–12 Paris Saint-Germain 19 1 3 0 3 0 0 0 25 1
2012–13 Lyon 30 0 1 0 4 0 1 0 36 0
2013–14 27 0 2 0 10 1 3 0 42 1
2014–15 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
League Cup Continental Other Total
Total Serbia 140 10 ? ? 14 0 - - 154 10
France 221 6 8 0 21 1 5 0 255 7
Career total 361 16 8 0 35 1 5 0 409 17

International[edit]

Serbian national team
Year Apps Goals
2006 2 0
2007 1 0
2008 0 0
2009 0 0
2010 0 0
2011 6 0
2012 5 0
2013 3 0
2014 2 0
Total 19 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Serbian Superliga : 2005–06
Serbian Cup : 2005–06

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lens seal Serbian deal". Sky Sports. 28 August 2006. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Tactical Formation". Football-Lineups.com. Retrieved 5 February 2007. 
  3. ^ "Injury concerns for Gillot". Sky Sports. 12 March 2007. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Bisevac four years at the VA (in French:Bisevac, quatre ans au VA)" (in French). L Equipe. 3 July 2008. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "captain Bisevac (in French:Bisevac capitaine)" (in French). L Equipe. 4 August 2009. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Valenciennes 3–2 Marseille". ESPN Soccernet. 26 September 2009. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Bisevac out two weeks (in French:" (in French). L Equipe. 10 November 2009. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Rafael and return Bisevac (in French:Rafael et Bisevac reviennent)" (in French). L Equipe. 4 December 2009. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "AS Monaco 2 – 1 Valenciennes". ESPN Soccernet. 10 April 2010. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "Bisevac coveted Turkey(in French:Bisevac convoité en Turquie)" (in French). L Equipe. 4 May 2010. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "PSG following Basa (in French:Le PSG suit Basa)" (in French). L Equipe. 8 June 2010. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "Valenciennes 2 – 1 Lyon". ESPN Soccernet. 29 January 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "Ducourtioux goal the catalyst". ESPN Soccernet. 13 February 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  14. ^ "PSG monitoring Bisevac". Sky Sports. 25 June 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "PSG continue spending with Bisevac". ESPN Soccernet. 27 July 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  16. ^ "Milan Bisevac "Kombouare I was not taken to make me happy" (in French:Milan Bisevac : " Kombouaré ne m'a pas pris pour me faire plaisir ")" (in French). La Parisien. 13 August 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  17. ^ "Bisevac: "Not afraid of pressure" (in French:" (in French). Paris Team. 13 August 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  18. ^ "Bisevac Player of the Month for January (in French:Bisevac joueur du mois de janvier)" (in French). So Foot.com. 9 February 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  19. ^ "Guard confirms Bisevac (in French:Garde confirme pour Bisevac)" (in French). L Equipe. 8 August 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  20. ^ "Lyon boss Garde admits Bisevac interest". Goal.com. 10 August 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  21. ^ "Guard confirms Bisevac (in French:Garde confirme pour Bisevac)" (in French). L Equipe. 8 August 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  22. ^ "Paris Saint-Germain interested in exchanging Bisevac for Lyon's Reveillere – report". Goal.com. 8 August 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  23. ^ "Marseille wanted Bisevac (in French:Marseille voulait Bisevac)" (in French). L Equipe. 22 August 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  24. ^ "Paris Saint-Germain's Milan Bisavec joins Lyon". Goal.com. 16 August 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  25. ^ http://www.actusnews.com/documents_communiques/ACTUS-0-29249-cp-ol-groupe-100912.pdf

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