Luka Milivojević

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Luka Milivojević
Лука Миливојевић
Personal information
Full name Luka Milivojević
Date of birth (1991-04-07) 7 April 1991 (age 26)
Place of birth Kragujevac, Serbia
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Crystal Palace
Number 28
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 14 (2)
National team
2011–2012 Serbia U21 11 (1)
2012– Serbia 21 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 May 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 June 2017

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

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

His first season as senior was with his home town club Radnički Kragujevac during the 2007–08 season playing back then 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. He played as right side midfielder.

Red Star Belgrade[edit]

Milivojević signed for Red Star Belgrade on 19 December 2011.[1] 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.[2]

Anderlecht[edit]

On 26 July 2013, Milivojević signed a five-year contract with Belgian football giants R.S.C. Anderlecht.[3] On 1 September 2014, it was announced that Luka Milivojević has joined Olympiacos on loan from Anderlecht.[4] After the 2013-14 season, Olympiakos midfielder Luka Milivojević has reiterated his desire to stay at the club. The two clubs may start new negotiations after the season ends and the 24-year-old defensive midfielder has stated that his wish is to make the move permanent.[5] According to reports in Belgium, Olympiakos will meet Anderlecht's asking price in order to complete the permanent transfer of Luka Milivojević. Olympiakos have been in negotiations with the Belgian club as they were reluctant to pay the €2,7 million Anderlecht have been asking for the 24-year-old Serbian midfielder.[6]

Olympiacos[edit]

On 4 June 2015, Anderlecht confirmed that it had reached an agreement with Olympiacos for the permanent transfer of Luka Milivojević. The Serbian international who has spent a season with the Mauves, joined the Greek champions by signing a four-year contract with Greek champions, on a fee of €2.3 million.[7][8][9] On 30 June 2015, Olympiakos turned down a bid in the region of €5 million from Fenerbahce.

Crystal Palace[edit]

On 31 January 2017, Milivojević signed for Crystal Palace on a three-and-a-half year contract for almost €16 million.[10] 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.[11]

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.[12] He made his debut for Serbia on 14 November 2012 in a friendly match with Chile.[13]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 21 May 2017[14]
Club statistics
Club Season League National Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Rad 2008–09 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 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 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 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 14 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 2
Total 14 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 2
Career total 197 25 18 4 35 0 1 0 251 29

International[edit]

As of 11 June 2017[15]
Serbian national team
Year Apps Goals
2012 1 0
2013 6 0
2014 0 0
2015 4 0
2016 8 0
2017 2 0
Total 21 0

Honours[edit]

Clubs[edit]

Red Star
Anderlecht
Olympiakos

Individual[edit]

  • Serbian SuperLiga Team of the Year (1): 2011–12

References[edit]

  1. ^ Novi Magazin (Serbian): Luka Milivojević potpisao za Zvezdu 19 December 2012
  2. ^ [1] Blic Sport: Milivojević: Ceo život sam sanjao i molio Boga da dam gol Partizanu (in Serbian) 18 November 2012
  3. ^ [2] Sports Mole: Milivojević joins Anderlecht (28 July 2013
  4. ^ Στα «ερυθρόλευκα» ο Μιλιβόγεβιτς (in Greek). Olympiacos.org. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Milivojević wants to commit his future to Olympiakos". www.sdna.gr. 19 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "Olympiakos poised to activate Milivojevic buy-out clause". www.sdna.gr. 20 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "Anderlecht cède définitivement Luka Milivojevic à Olympiacos". www.lameuse.be. 4 June 2015. 
  8. ^ "Θρύλος και Μιλιβόγεβιτς συνεχίζουν μαζί!". www.olympiacos.org. 4 June 2015. 
  9. ^ "Μιλιβόγεβιτς ως το 2019". www.sport24.gr. 4 June 2015. 
  10. ^ "Milivojevic Joins The Eagles". Crystal Palace Official Site. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  11. ^ Butler, Michael (2017-04-10). "Crystal Palace v Arsenal: Premier League – live!". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-04-10. 
  12. ^ Milivojević: "Hvala Jankoviću, biću još bolji at Sportske.net
  13. ^ Mondo (Serbian): "Orlovi" opet poleteli... 14 November 2012
  14. ^ "Serbia - L.Milivojević - Profile with news, career statistics and history". Soccerway. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  15. ^ "Serbia - L.Milivojević - Profile with news, career statistics and history". Soccerway. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 

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