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Brana Ilić
Personal information
Full name Brana Ilić
Date of birth (1985-02-16) 16 February 1985 (age 37)
Place of birth Golubinci, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Železničar Pančevo
Number 9
Youth career
Jadran Golubinci
Zemun
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 Zemun 93 (14)
2007–2008 Rad 59 (16)
2009–2010 Partizan 33 (5)
2010–2011 Vojvodina 35 (13)
2012 Aktobe 10 (3)
2012–2016 PAS Giannina 127 (26)
2016–2017 Aris Thessaloniki 31 (8)
2017–2019 Kisvárda 65 (14)
2019–2021 Inđija 49 (3)
2021–2022 Železničar Pančevo 18 (7)
National team
2011 Serbia 1 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 3 December 2021

Brana Ilić (Serbian Cyrillic: Брана Илић; born 16 February 1985) is a Serbian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Železničar Pančevo.

Club career[edit]

Zemun and Rad[edit]

Ilić made his first senior appearances with Zemun in the 2003–04 First League of Serbia and Montenegro. He quickly established himself as a first-team regular, scoring four goals in 23 games. During his time at Zemun, Ilić amassed a total of 93 league appearances and scored 14 goals.

In the 2007 winter transfer window, Ilić moved to Serbian First League club Rad, spending there the next two years. He helped them win promotion to the Serbian SuperLiga in 2008.

Partizan and Vojvodina[edit]

On 9 January 2009, it was announced that Ilić signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with Partizan.[1] He made his competitive debut for the club on 14 March, coming on as a late second-half substitute for Lamine Diarra in a 2–0 home league victory over Čukarički. Four days later, in his second appearance for Partizan, Ilić scored his first goal for the club, giving his team a 1–0 away win against Jagodina.[2]

On 1 July 2010, it was announced that Ilić signed a one plus one-year contract with Vojvodina.[3] He made 44 appearances across all competitions and scored 15 goals for the club, before leaving Novi Sad in the 2012 winter transfer window.

Kazakhstan, Greece and Hungary[edit]

In March 2012, Ilić moved abroad to Kazakhstan and signed with Aktobe. He made 10 appearances and scored three goals in the first half of the 2012 Kazakhstan Premier League, before leaving the club during the summer transfer window.

In the summer of 2012, Ilić joined Superleague Greece side PAS Giannina. He made his first appearance for the club on 25 August, playing the full 90 minutes in a 0–0 home league draw with Platanias. On 7 October, Ilić scored his first goal for PAS Giannina in a 1–2 home loss to Panionios. He finished his debut season as the club's top scorer with 11 goals (10 in the league). During his four-year tenure at PAS Giannina, Ilić amassed 138 competitive appearances and scored 28 goals for the club.[4]

On 2 August 2016, Ilić signed with Football League club Aris Thessaloniki on a two-year contract plus one-year extension.[5] He netted his first goals for the side on 18 December, scoring a brace in a 3–2 win over Trikala. Eventually, Ilić left Aris Thessaloniki after just one season.

After five years in Greece, Ilić moved to Hungary and joined Nemzeti Bajnokság II club Kisvárda in July 2017. He helped them gain promotion to the Nemzeti Bajnokság I in his debut season, contributing with 10 goals in 35 appearances.

International career[edit]

On 18 March 2011, Ilić received his first call-up to the Serbia national team for their UEFA Euro 2012 qualifiers against Northern Ireland and Estonia,[6][7] but remained unused in both matches. He eventually made his debut in a friendly match against South Korea on 3 June 2011.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 3 December 2021[8]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Zemun 2003–04 First League of Serbia and Montenegro 23 4 2 0 25 4
2004–05 First League of Serbia and Montenegro 28 7 1 0 29 7
2005–06 First League of Serbia and Montenegro 27 2 2 0 29 2
2006–07 Serbian SuperLiga 15 1 1 0 16 1
Total 93 14 6 0 99 14
Rad 2006–07 Serbian First League 16 9 0 0 2[a] 0 18 9
2007–08 Serbian First League 29 6 1 0 4[a] 2 34 8
2008–09 Serbian SuperLiga 14 1 2 0 16 1
Total 59 16 3 0 6 2 68 18
Partizan 2008–09 Serbian SuperLiga 11 2 2 0 0 0 13 2
2009–10 Serbian SuperLiga 22 3 2 0 9 3 33 6
Total 33 5 4 0 9 3 46 8
Vojvodina 2010–11 Serbian SuperLiga 22 6 4 0 26 6
2011–12 Serbian SuperLiga 13 7 3 1 2 1 18 9
Total 35 13 7 1 2 1 44 15
Aktobe 2012 Kazakhstan Premier League 10 3 0 0 0 0 10 3
PAS Giannina 2012–13 Super League Greece 35 10 4 1 39 11
2013–14 Super League Greece 34 5 2 0 36 5
2014–15 Super League Greece 31 7 2 1 33 8
2015–16 Super League Greece 27 4 3 0 30 4
Total 127 26 11 2 138 28
Aris Thessaloniki 2016–17 Football League Greece 31 8 0 0 31 8
Kisvárda 2017–18 Nemzeti Bajnokság II 35 10 2 0 37 10
2018–19 Nemzeti Bajnokság I 30 4 5 2 35 6
Total 65 14 7 2 72 16
Inđija 2019–20 Serbian SuperLiga 26 3 1 0 27 3
2020–21 Serbian SuperLiga 23 0 0 0 23 0
Total 49 3 1 0 50 3
Career total 502 102 39 5 11 4 6 2 558 113
  1. ^ a b Appearances in Promotion/Relegation playoffs

International[edit]

Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Serbia 2011 1 0
Total 1 0

Honours[edit]

Partizan

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brana Ilić otvorio sezonu" (in Serbian). partizan.rs. 9 January 2009. Retrieved 9 January 2009.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Branina "praćka" iz blata!" (in Serbian). partizan.rs. 18 March 2009. Retrieved 18 July 2011.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Brana Ilić novi 'Lala'" (in Serbian). partizan.rs. 1 July 2010. Retrieved 1 July 2010.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Τέλος και οι Ίλιτς, Στρούνα από τον ΠΑΣ Γιάννινα" (in Greek). sport24.gr. 14 June 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  5. ^ "Πήρε τον Ιλιτς ο Αρης" (in Greek). contra.gr. 2 August 2016. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Pižon vratio Pantelića, pozvao Branu Ilića!" (in Serbian). mondo.rs. 18 March 2011. Retrieved 8 April 2011.
  7. ^ "Debituju Šaranov i Ilić" (in Serbian). rts.rs. 18 March 2011. Retrieved 8 April 2011.
  8. ^ Brana Ilić at Soccerway

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