Branko Ilić

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Branko Ilić
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Ilić in 2015
Personal information
Full name Branko Ilić[1]
Date of birth (1983-02-06) 6 February 1983 (age 34)
Place of birth Ljubljana, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Olimpija Ljubljana
Number 30
Youth career
Grosuplje
–2002 Olimpija
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2004 Olimpija 55 (0)
2002 Grosuplje (loan) 13 (2)
2005–2007 Domžale 63 (2)
2007 Betis (loan) 13 (0)
2007–2010 Betis 21 (0)
2009 FC Moscow (loan) 6 (0)
2010–2011 Lokomotiv Moscow 11 (0)
2012–2013 Anorthosis 26 (1)
2013–2014 Hapoel Tel Aviv 29 (1)
2014–2015 Partizan 27 (4)
2015 Astana 9 (0)
2016 Urawa Red Diamonds 0 (0)
2017– Olimpija Ljubljana 4 (0)
National team
2001 Slovenia U17 4 (0)
2001 Slovenia U18 10 (0)
2001 Slovenia U19 1 (0)
2002–2003 Slovenia U20 7 (0)
2003–2005 Slovenia U21 14 (0)
2004–2015 Slovenia 63 (1)
2006 Slovenia B 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 March 2017.

Branko Ilić (born 6 February 1983) is a Slovenian professional footballer who plays for Olimpija Ljubljana. Usually a right back, he can also operate as a central defender.

A Slovenian international between 2004 and 2015, Ilić represented his country at the 2010 World Cup.

Club career[edit]

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.[2] His first official appearance came against city rivals Sevilla FC, in a Copa del Rey quarter-final clash;[3] 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.[4][5]

After a positive spell,[6] 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.[7]

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,[8] immediately joining another team from Russia and its capital, FC Lokomotiv.[9]

On 13 August 2010, Sky Sports reported that Ilić was on trial in England with Premier League's Blackpool,[10] 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.[11]

On 10 July 2014, Ilić agreed to a two-year deal with Serbian club FK Partizan.[12] The following summer he moved teams and countries again, joining Kazakhstan Premier League champions FC Astana.[13]

On 6 January 2016, Ilić signed for Urawa Red Diamonds from Japan.[14] On 5 February of the following year he returned to his homeland, joining NK Olimpija Ljubljana.[15]

International career[edit]

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.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 9 December 2016[16]
Club Season League National Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Olimpija 2002–03 Slovenian PrvaLiga 13 0 2 0 15 0
2003–04 26 0 1 0 3 0 30 0
2004–05 16 0 2 0 18 0
Total 55 0 5 0 3 0 63 0
Domžale 2004–05 Slovenian PrvaLiga 13 0 0 0 13 0
2005–06 34 2 2 0 5 0 41 2
2006–07 16 0 1 0 4 0 21 0
Total 63 2 3 0 9 0 75 2
Betis (loan) 2006–07 La Liga 13 0 13 0
Betis 2007–08 18 0 18 0
2008–09 3 0 3 0
Total 21 0 0 0 0 0 21 0
FC Moscow (loan) 2009 Russian Premier League 6 0 0 0 6 0
Lokomotiv Moscow 2010 1 0 0 0 1 0
2011–12 10 0 1 0 2 0 13 0
Total 11 0 1 0 2 0 14 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
Partizan 2014–15 Serbian SuperLiga 27 4 5 0 9 0 41 4
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
Career total 259 8 17 0 44 0 320 8

International[edit]

[17]

Slovenia
Year Apps Goals
2004 1 0
2005 6 0
2006 8 0
2007 10 0
2008 9 0
2009 1 0
2010 4 0
2011 3 0
2012 0 0
2013 9 0
2014 5 0
2015 7 1
Total 63 1

International goal[edit]

Scores and results list Slovenia's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 27 March 2015 Stožice, Ljubljana, Slovenia  San Marino 6–0 6–0 Euro 2016 qualifying[18]

Honours[edit]

Olimpija
Domžale
Partizan

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010: List of players" (PDF). FIFA.com. 4 June 2010. p. 27. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ "El Betis aguanta el primer asalto ante un perezoso Sevilla" [Betis withstands first round against lazy Sevilla] (in Spanish). Marca. 1 February 2007. Retrieved 4 November 2015. 
  4. ^ Athletic Bilbao 1–2 Real Betis; ESPN Soccernet, 4 February 2007
  5. ^ "Un 'machote' Betis sale reforzado de San Mamés" ['Macho-like' Betis leaves San Mamés enpowered] (in Spanish). Marca. 4 February 2007. Retrieved 28 April 2016. 
  6. ^ ""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. 
  7. ^ "Ilic: "Siempre estoy preparado para jugar"" [Ilic: "I am always ready to play"] (in Spanish). Marca. 12 February 2009. Retrieved 4 November 2015. 
  8. ^ Branko Ilic se desvincula del Betis (Branko Ilic cuts ties with Betis); El Desmarque, 18 January 2010 (in Spanish)
  9. ^ Илич подписал контракт с «Москвой» (Ilić signed a contract with Moscow); Sports.ru, 19 January 2010 (in Russian)
  10. ^ "Pool look at Slovenian, Holloway weighs up move for Ilic". Sky Sports. 13 August 2010. Retrieved 13 August 2010. 
  11. ^ "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. 
  12. ^ "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. 
  13. ^ Бранко Илич – игрок ФК Астана [Branko Ilić – player of FC Astana] (in Russian). FC Astana. 6 July 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  14. ^ "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. 
  15. ^ 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. 
  16. ^ "B. Ilič". Soccerway. Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  17. ^ "Branko Ilič". European Football. Retrieved 4 November 2015. 
  18. ^ "Slovenia set new record win against San Marino". UEFA.com. 27 March 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2015. 

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