Luka Milivojević

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Luka Milivojević
Milivojevic 2018.jpg
Milivojević with Serbia at the 2018 World Cup
Personal information
Full name Luka Milivojević[1]
Date of birth (1991-04-07) 7 April 1991 (age 27)[2]
Place of birth Kragujevac, SFR Yugoslavia[2]
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Crystal Palace
Number 4
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Radnički Kragujevac 17 (2)
2008–2012 Rad 49 (3)
2012–2013 Red Star Belgrade 36 (7)
2013–2014 Anderlecht 19 (0)
2014–2017 Olympiacos 62 (11)
2017– Crystal Palace 59 (12)
National team
2011–2012 Serbia U21 11 (1)
2012– Serbia 30 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:18, 21 October 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22 June 2018

Luka Milivojević (Serbian Cyrillic: Лука Миливојевић, pronounced [lûːka miliʋǒːjeʋitɕ]; born 7 April 1991) is a Serbian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Crystal Palace and the Serbian national team.

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Milivojević's first season as senior was with his home town club Radnički Kragujevac during the 2007–08 season, then playing in the Serbian League West. At the end of that season he moved to the top league club Rad Belgrade entered into the senior team in the 2008–09 season. He played as right side midfielder.

Red Star Belgrade[edit]

Milivojević signed for Red Star Belgrade on 19 December 2011.[3] His arrival to Red Star was largely due to the desire of coach Robert Prosinečki, who believed that Milivojević had bright potential. On 17 November 2012, Milivojević scored an impressive goal against city rivals Partizan.[4]

Anderlecht[edit]

On 26 July 2013, Milivojević signed a five-year contract with Belgian football giants R.S.C. Anderlecht.[5] On 1 September 2014, it was announced that Milivojević had joined Olympiacos on loan from Anderlecht.[6]

After the 2013–14 season, Milivojević reiterated his desire to stay with Olympiacos. The two clubs could have started new negotiations after the season ended; Milivojeviwa stated that his wish was to make the move permanent.[7] According to reports in Belgium, Olympiacos were to meet Anderlecht's asking price in order to complete the permanent transfer of Milivojević. Olympiacos were in negotiations with the Belgian club as they were reluctant to pay the €2,7 million Anderlecht asked for Milivojević.[8]

Olympiacos[edit]

On 4 June 2015, Anderlecht confirmed that it had reached an agreement with Olympiacos for the permanent transfer of Milivojević. He had spent a season with the Mauves, and joined the Greek champions by signing a four-year contract with Greek champions, on a fee of €2.3 million.[9][10][11] On 30 June 2015, Olympiacos turned down a bid in the region of €5 million from Fenerbahce.

Crystal Palace[edit]

Milivojević in action against Manchester United

On 31 January 2017, Milivojević signed for Crystal Palace on a three-and-a-half year contract for almost €16 million.[12] On 10 April 2017, he scored his first goal for Palace with a penalty kick in his team's 3–0 home win over Arsenal.[13]

International career[edit]

He was a member of the Serbia national under-21 football team. He had been called up for the Serbia national football team squad on 29 September 2011, to face Italy and Slovenia in the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying phase.[14] He made his debut for Serbia on 14 November 2012 in a friendly match with Chile.[15] On 6 October 2017 he scored his first goal for Serbia in a World Cup Qualifying match with Austria.[16]

In June 2018, he was included in the final 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[17] There he appeared in two matches, against Costa Rica[18] and Switzerland.[19]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 21 October 2018[20]
Club statistics
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
FK Rad 2008–09 Serbian SuperLiga 1 0 0 0 1 0
2009–10 9 0 0 0 9 0
2010–11 26 0 0 0 26 0
2011–12 13 3 1 0 4 0 18 3
Total 49 3 1 0 4 0 54 3
Red Star Belgrade 2011–12 Serbian SuperLiga 11 1 3 0 14 2
2012–13 25 6 2 0 5 0 32 6
2013–14 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Total 36 7 5 0 6 0 47 7
Anderlecht 2013–14 Belgian Pro League 16 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 21 0
2014–15 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 0
Total 19 0 1 0 4 0 1 0 25 0
Olympiacos 2014–15 Superleague Greece 23 2 7 4 7 0 0 0 37 6
2015–16 22 3 3 0 6 0 0 0 31 3
2016–17 17 6 1 0 8 0 0 0 26 6
Total 62 11 11 4 21 0 0 0 94 15
Crystal Palace 2016–17 Premier League 14 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 2
2017–18 36 10 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 37 10
2018–19 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Total 59 12 0 0 1 0 0 0 60 12
Career total 242 33 18 4 1 0 35 0 1 0 296 37

International[edit]

As of 27 June 2018[21]
Serbia
Year Apps Goals
2012 1 0
2013 6 0
2015 4 0
2016 8 0
2017 5 1
2018 6 0
Total 30 1

International goal[edit]

Scores and results list Serbia's goal tally first.[21]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 6 October 2017 Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria  Austria 1–0 2–3 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Clubs[edit]

Red Star
Anderlecht
Olympiacos

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Squads for 2017/18 Premier League confirmed". Premier League. 1 September 2017. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Milivojević: Luka Milivojević: Player". BDFutbol. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  3. ^ Novi Magazin (Serbian): Luka Milivojević potpisao za Zvezdu 19 December 2012
  4. ^ [1] Blic Sport: Milivojević: Ceo život sam sanjao i molio Boga da dam gol Partizanu (in Serbian) 18 November 2012
  5. ^ [2] Sports Mole: Milivojević joins Anderlecht (28 July 2013
  6. ^ Στα «ερυθρόλευκα» ο Μιλιβόγεβιτς (in Greek). Olympiacos.org. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2014.
  7. ^ "Milivojević wants to commit his future to Olympiakos". www.sdna.gr. 19 April 2015.
  8. ^ "Olympiakos poised to activate Milivojevic buy-out clause". www.sdna.gr. 20 April 2015.
  9. ^ "Anderlecht cède définitivement Luka Milivojevic à Olympiacos". www.lameuse.be. 4 June 2015.
  10. ^ "Θρύλος και Μιλιβόγεβιτς συνεχίζουν μαζί!". www.olympiacos.org. 4 June 2015.
  11. ^ "Μιλιβόγεβιτς ως το 2019". www.sport24.gr. 4 June 2015.
  12. ^ "Milivojevic Joins The Eagles". Crystal Palace Official Site. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  13. ^ Butler, Michael (10 April 2017). "Crystal Palace v Arsenal: Premier League – live!". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  14. ^ Milivojević: "Hvala Jankoviću, biću još bolji at Sportske.net
  15. ^ Mondo (Serbian): "Orlovi" opet poleteli... 14 November 2012
  16. ^ [3] 6 October 2017
  17. ^ "Soccer: Krstajic names Serbia's final 23-man World Cup squad". reuters.com. 1 June 2018. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  18. ^ Timothy Abraham (17 June 2018). "Costa Rica 0–1 Serbia". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  19. ^ Matthew Henry (23 June 2018). "Serbia 1–2 Switzerland". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  20. ^ "Serbia - L.Milivojević - Profile with news, career statistics and history". Soccerway. Retrieved 28 October 2017.
  21. ^ a b "Milivojević, Luka". National Football Teams. Retrieved 11 October 2017.

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