Milivoje Novaković

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Milivoje Novaković
Personal information
Full name Milivoje Novaković[1]
Date of birth (1979-05-18) 18 May 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth Ljubljana, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Shimizu S-Pulse
Number 18
Youth career
1999 Olimpija
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 DSG Klopeinersee
2000–2002 SAK Klagenfurt
2002–2003 ASK Voitsberg 6 (2)
2003–2004 SV Mattersburg 21 (8)
2004–2005 LASK Linz 21 (8)
2005–2006 Litex Lovech 27 (19)
2006–2014 1. FC Köln 166 (74)
2012–2013 Omiya Ardija (loan) 38 (17)
2014– Shimizu S-Pulse 22 (9)
National team
2006– Slovenia 63 (25)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 August 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 June 2014

Milivoje Novaković (born 18 May 1979 in Ljubljana) is a Slovenian footballer who plays for Japanese side Shimizu S-Pulse.

Club career[edit]

Milivoje came to 1. FC Köln from the Bulgarian Litex Lovech, where he rose to prominence. He has also played for the Austrian club LASK Linz, having begun his career with Olimpija.[2]

With Litex he reached the 2005–06 UEFA Cup round of 32, came third in the Bulgarian A Professional Football Group and became the championship's top goalscorer.

He had been linked with German team 1. FC Köln,[3] Israeli team Beitar Jerusalem FC[4] and Bulgarian champions Levski Sofia,[5] but he nevertheless played for Litex in the 2006–07 UEFA Cup against his compatriots FC Koper and AC Omonia from Cyprus despite his wish to continue his career in a different team.[6] He finally joined 1. FC Köln in late August 2006 for around 1.5 million.[7] He was the top goalscorer in the 2. Bundesliga during the 2007–08 season with the club.

On 12 September 2008, coach Christoph Daum made him captain of the first team squad of 1. FC Köln. During the 2008–09 season, he led his team (1. FC Köln) with 16 goals in the Bundesliga. In late November 2009, he lost his captaincy due to a dispute with Cologne's new manager Zvonimir Soldo. In the 2010–11, season he reached the third place in the Bundesliga top scorer's list, with 17 goals.

On 1 August 2012, Novaković joined J League side Omiya Ardija, on loan until December 2012. After the end of the loan contract, Novaković returned to Cologne and stayed fit with an individual training program. On 26 January 2013, the loan was eventually renewed through 31 December 2013.

International career[edit]

He is a striker in the national football team with impressive performances, notably a hat-trick for Slovenia against Trinidad and Tobago. He retired from international football on 13 February 2012, saying he wanted to focus on club football. However, in January 2013 he said that he is ready to play for the national football team once again. On 11 October 2013, he scored a hat-trick against Norway in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifications.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Slovenia's goal tally first.

Individual honours[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 4 June 2010. p. 27. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Новакович скоро ще е №1 в националния" (in Bulgarian). 2 June 2006. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Кьолн иска Миливое Новакович" (in Bulgarian). 11 July 2006. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Бейтар Йерусалим иска Новакович" (in Bulgarian). 4 July 2006. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  5. ^ Katsarov, Rumen (6 June 2006). "Левски хвърли око на Новакович и Желев" (in Bulgarian). Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "?". [dead link]
  7. ^ Popov, Dimitar (30 August 2006). "Новакович подписа с Кьолн за три години" (in Bulgarian). Retrieved 13 May 2011. 

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