Savo Milošević

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Savo Milošević
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Savo Milošević in 2009
Personal information
Full name Savo Milošević
Date of birth (1973-09-02) 2 September 1973 (age 41)
Place of birth Bijeljina, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Proleter Ruhotina-Johovac
Podrinje Janja
Partizan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1995 Partizan 98 (76)
1995–1998 Aston Villa 90 (28)
1998–2000 Zaragoza 72 (48)
2000–2004 Parma 31 (10)
2002 Zaragoza (loan) 16 (7)
2002–2003 Espanyol (loan) 34 (16)
2003–2004 Celta (loan) 37 (19)
2004–2007 Osasuna 82 (51)
2008 Rubin Kazan 16 (10)
Total 476 (275)
National team
1994–2008 Serbia 102 (37)
Teams managed
2011–2012 Montenegro (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Savo Milošević (Serbian Cyrillic: Саво Милошевић, Serbian pronunciation: [sǎʋo milǒːʃeʋit͡ɕ]; born 2 September 1973) is a retired Bosnian-born Serbian footballer who played as a striker.

After making a name for himself at Partizan, he signed for Aston Villa, and went on to spend the vast majority of the following decade playing in Spain, where he represented four clubs, amassing La Liga totals of 241 games and 91 goals, and netting nearly 300 official goals over a 16-year professional career.

At the international level, Milošević played for the national team of FR Yugoslavia (later renamed Serbia and Montenegro),[1] surpassing the century of caps for both teams combined, and appearing in two World Cups and one European Championship, at which he earned the Golden Boot at Euro 2000.

Club career[edit]

Partizan[edit]

Born in Bijeljina, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Milošević joined the youth ranks of FK Partizan at not yet 14, making his senior debuts in 1992, and scoring an astonishing 60 league goals in his last two seasons combined – a competition-best in both years – as the Belgrade side won back-to-back national championships, including the double in 1993–94.

Aston Villa[edit]

In the summer of 1995, Milošević moved to Aston Villa, being brought to Birmingham by manager Brian Little for £3.5 million, a club record at the time. His spell in England lasted three seasons, during which he earned the tabloid nickname "Miss-a-lot-ević" owing to his frequent goalscoring dry spells.[2]

However, Milošević did score 51 official goals in 117 games for the Villans (38 in the Premier League) games for the club, including one in the 1995–96 Football League Cup final, a 3–0 win against Leeds United.

Zaragoza[edit]

Milošević signed for Real Zaragoza in La Liga in 1998, again scoring at an impressive rate in two seasons, notably netting 21 in 1999–2000. He finished the first round of matches with 19 league goals, only finding the net twice subsequently, with the Aragonese eventually finishing in fourth position.

Parma[edit]

After rediscovering his scoring touch in Spain, Milošević was signed by Parma A.C. in the summer of 2000 for €25 million.[3][4] He was used sparingly during his spell with the Emilia-Romagna side, only scoring once in the first half of his second season in Serie A.

Milošević was loaned back to Spain in January 2002, re-joining Zaragoza to replace Blackburn Rovers-bound Yordi.[5] He scored six times during his second spell, still managing to finish as the club's top scorer – alongside Yordi and Roberto Acuña – but his team was eventually relegated.

In the 2002–03 season, Milošević played for RCD Espanyol,[6] again finishing as his side's top scorer but narrowly escaping relegation, a fate that would befall him in the following year with Celta de Vigo (still owned by Parma[7]), helping the Galicians reach the round of 16 in their first ever appearance in the UEFA Champions League, with one goal in seven appearances, in a 3–2 group stage home win against AFC Ajax.

Later years[edit]

Playing for Rubin Kazan in 2008

In mid-July 2004, aged 30, Milošević signed a three-year contract with another Spanish top flight outfit, CA Osasuna.[8] In his second season with the Navarrese, he scored 11 goals in 32 games to help the team qualify for the Champions League, going scoreless in ten contests in the subsequent UEFA Cup semifinal run – he did provide two assists in a 3–0 away win against Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the quarterfinals' first leg (4–0 on aggregate).

In the summer of 2007, Milošević left Osasuna following his contract's expiry. He took a six-month break from competitive football during which he had a trial with Major League Soccer side Toronto FC in November, with a view of signing with them for the 2008 season. The deal fell through and, on 8 March 2008, he agreed terms with FC Rubin Kazan prior to the start of the Russian Premier League campaign.[9]

On 2 November 2008, Milošević scored the decisive goal for Rubin in a game against FC Saturn Ramenskoye, which meant his team won its first ever national championship. He retired shortly afterwards, aged 35.

International career[edit]

Milošević earned 102 caps for what is now the Serbia national football team, scoring 37 goals.[10] He made his debut for the then Federal Republic of Yugoslavia on 23 December 1994, in a 0–2 friendly loss in Brazil.

After appearing in two games at the 1998 FIFA World Cup,[11] Milošević scored five goals at UEFA Euro 2000. He was the tournament's joint-top scorer alongside Patrick Kluivert, despite playing one match fewer than the Dutchman.

On 16 June 2006, in the World Cup in Germany, he earned his 100th cap, in a 0–6 group stage loss against Argentina, becoming the all-time leader in caps. As a formal farewell from international football, Milošević was called up to the Serbia squad for a friendly with Bulgaria on 19 November 2008, scoring twice and missing two penalties in a 6–1 win, before being replaced by Dragan Mrđa.

International statistics[edit]

Serbian national team
Year Apps Goals
1994 1 0
1995 7 4
1996 7 5
1997 9 5
1998 11 2
1999 7 4
2000 12 6
2001 8 5
2002 9 1
2003 10 1
2004 7 2
2005 8 0
2006 5 0
2007 0 0
2008 1 2
Total 102 37

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Partizan
Aston Villa
Rubin Kazan

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Retiring Savo pleased with fitting final salvo". UEFA.com. 20 November 2008. Retrieved 24 November 2008. 
  2. ^ The 10 worst foreign signings of all time; The Guardian, 6 August 2000
  3. ^ "Savo's Parma move imminent". BBC Sport. 27 July 2000. Retrieved 11 March 2008. 
  4. ^ Džeko je kralj transfera SFRJ; MTS Mondo, 7 January 2010
  5. ^ "Milosevic returns to Zaragoza". UEFA.com. 23 January 2002. Retrieved 11 March 2008. 
  6. ^ "Espanyol move for Milosevic". UEFA.com. 18 July 2002. Retrieved 11 March 2008. 
  7. ^ "Celta gamble on Milosevic". UEFA.com. 24 July 2003. Retrieved 11 March 2008. 
  8. ^ "Milosevic takes Osasuna option". UEFA.com. 17 July 2004. Retrieved 11 March 2008. 
  9. ^ "Milošević agrees return with Rubin". UEFA.com. 11 March 2008. Retrieved 11 March 2008. 
  10. ^ Savo Milosevic – Goals in International Matches; at RSSSF
  11. ^ Savo MiloševićFIFA competition record

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Dragan Stojković
Serbia and Montenegro captain
2001–2006
Succeeded by
Dejan Stanković