Ilić in 2015
|Full name||Branko Ilić|
|Date of birth||6 February 1983|
|Place of birth||Ljubljana, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|2002||→ Grosuplje (loan)||13||(2)|
|2007||→ Betis (loan)||13||(0)|
|2009||→ FC Moscow (loan)||6||(0)|
|2013–2014||Hapoel Tel Aviv||29||(1)|
|2016–2017||Urawa Red Diamonds||0||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 June 2019|
Born in Ljubljana, SR Slovenia, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Ilić started his career at local NK Olimpija, where he made his senior debut in 2003 against FC Koper. He joined NK Domžale in January 2005, after his former club went bankrupt.
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 quarter-final clash; on 4 February he first appeared in La Liga, providing the assist for Robert's goal in a 2–1 away win at Athletic Bilbao.
After a positive spell, 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 year. In late January 2010, however, he was released by the latter, immediately joining another team from Russia and its capital, FC Lokomotiv.
On 13 August 2010, Sky Sports reported that Ilić was on trial in England with Premier League's 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 Jürgen 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 against Serbia and Montenegro. 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.
- As of match played 9 December 2016
|Betis (loan)||2006–07||La Liga||13||0||—||13||0|
|FC Moscow (loan)||2009||Russian Premier League||6||0||0||0||6||0|
|Anorthosis||2012–13||Cypriot First Division||26||1||2||0||4||0||32||1|
|Hapoel Tel Aviv||2013–14||Israeli Premier League||28||1||1||0||4||0||33||1|
|Astana||2015||Kazakhstan Premier League||9||0||0||0||12||0||21||0|
|Urawa Red Diamonds||2016||J1 League||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||0|
- Scores and results list Slovenia's goal tally first.
|1||27 March 2015||Stožice, Ljubljana, Slovenia||San Marino||6–0||6–0||Euro 2016 qualifying|
- Olimpija Ljubljana
- "FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010: List of players" (PDF). FIFA. 4 June 2010. p. 27. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
- El esloveno Branco [sic] Ilic pasó reconocimiento médico antes de firmar con el Betis (Slovenian Branco Ilic passed medical before signing with Betis); Marca, 25 January 2007 (in Spanish)
- "El Betis aguanta el primer asalto ante un perezoso Sevilla" [Betis withstand first round against lazy Sevilla] (in Spanish). Marca. 1 February 2007. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
- Athletic Bilbao 1–2 Real Betis; ESPN Soccernet, 4 February 2007
- "Un 'machote' Betis sale reforzado de San Mamés" ['Macho-like' Betis leave San Mamés enpowered] (in Spanish). Marca. 4 February 2007. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
- ""Si Chaparro quiere, puedo jugar de central"" ["If Chaparro wants, I can play as a stopper"] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 9 February 2008. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
- "Ilic: "Siempre estoy preparado para jugar"" [Ilic: "I am always ready to play"] (in Spanish). Marca. 12 February 2009. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
- Branko Ilic se desvincula del Betis (Branko Ilic cuts ties with Betis); El Desmarque, 18 January 2010 (in Spanish)
- Илич подписал контракт с «Москвой» (Ilić signed a contract with Moscow); Sports.ru, 19 January 2010 (in 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.
- "Iliću se konačno ispunila želja da pređe u Partizan" [Ilić finally fulfilled desire to move to Partizan] (in Serbian). FK Partizan. 10 July 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
- Бранко Илич – игрок ФК Астана [Branko Ilić – player of FC Astana] (in Russian). FC Astana. 6 July 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
- ブランコ・イリッチ選手 加入内定のお知らせ (in Japanese). Urawa Red Diamonds. 6 January 2016. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
- Peter Dominko (5 February 2017). "Obramba zmajev močnejša za Branka Ilića" [Defence of "The Dragons" is stronger for Branko Ilic] (in Slovenian). SN Portal. Retrieved 5 February 2017.
- VB skriver med erfaren slovener, vejle-boldklub.dk, 15 January 2018
- "B. Ilič". Soccerway. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
- "Branko Ilič". EU-football.info. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
- "Slovenia set new record win against San Marino". UEFA. 27 March 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
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