Milan Biševac

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Milan Biševac
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Biševac in action for Lyon in 2013
Personal information
Full name Milan Biševac
Date of birth (1983-08-31) 31 August 1983 (age 33)
Place of birth Titova Mitrovica, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Metz
Number 4
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2003 FK Bask 52 (5)
2003 Bežanija 15 (1)
2004 Železnik 14 (1)
2004–2006 Red Star Belgrade 58 (3)
2007–2008 Lens 35 (1)
2008–2011 Valenciennes 100 (4)
2011–2012 Paris Saint-Germain 19 (1)
2012–2015 Lyon 76 (0)
2016 Lazio 11 (1)
2016– Metz 1 (0)
National team
2006–2014 Serbia 19 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 September 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 November 2014

Milan Biševac (Serbian Cyrillic: Милан Бишевац; born 31 August 1983) is a Serbian footballer who plays as centre-back for French Ligue 1 club Metz. In international competition, he has represented the Serbia national team.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Biševac with Red Star Belgrade in 2006.

Biševac started his football career when he was at BASK in 2001, as his first club. Biševac had been at OFK Beograd, but the club let him go because it was not impressed with his talent. At BASK, he established himself in the starting XI, scoring five goals in 52 appearance. In 2003, he left BASK for FK Bežanija, where he scored once in 15 appearance. After half a season at Bežanija, he joined FK Železnik after their coach was impressed by his play and decided to sign him. At Železnik, Biševac helped the club to a third place finish in the league.

Red Star Belgrade[edit]

In the summer transfer window, Biševac joined Serbian Red Star Belgrade for a reported fee of €500,000. He made his European debut when he came on as a late substitute in a 2–2 draw against Swiss side Young Boys in the first leg. In the second leg, Red Star Belgrade advanced to the next round, winning 3–0, where Biševac played the full 90 minutes. With Red Star's elimination from the UEFA Champions League, he also made his UEFA Cup debut in a first-round loss against Russian side Zenit Saint Petersburg. At Red Star, he won his place in the first team in defence and scored once in 24 appearances. The club, however, was unable to win the title, losing to rivals Partizan, though in the following season, the team won the title. In the UEFA Cup campaign, Biševac played all the club's matches. He continued to be in the first team for the club until he left Serbia for France.

Lens[edit]

In the summer transfer window, Biševac joined Lens; he remained, however, at Red Star until January due to remaining issues in Serbia.[1] After his move, he joined up his Serbian national teammate Nenad Kovačević. On 3 February 2007, Biševac played his first Ligue 1 match for Lens against Valenciennes.[2] In the second half of the season, Biševac played only a handful of matches after suffering from a back injury.[3] The following season, Biševac established himself in the first team. On 21 January 2008, he scored his first goal in his French career in a 3–0 win over his future club Lyon. In a 1–1 draw against Toulouse, he also set up a goal for striker Loïc Rémy. During the season, the club would play in European games, where Biševac featured regularly. Lens, however, were relegated at the end of the season.

Valenciennes FC[edit]

On 4 July 2008, Biševac signed a four-year contract with Valenciennes for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of €3 million.[4] On his move, he was seen a replacement for central defenders Éric Chelle and Abdeslam Ouaddou. In the opening game of the domestic season, Biševac made his debut in a 1–0 win over Saint-Étienne. In his first season, he went on to make 37 appearances, where his one absence was due to a suspension after picking up a fifth league yellow card.

The following season, Biševac was named captain of the team, replacing Rafael Schmitz, who was his partner in central defence partnership during the season.[5] On 26 September 2009, he scored his first goal in a 3–2 win over Marseille.[6] In a match against Montpellier on 7 November 2009, Biševac suffered an injury on his foot, forcing him to miss two weeks of action.[7] Several weeks later, he made his return in a 3–1 win over Monaco on 4 December 2009.[8] On 10 April 2010, he scored his second goal of the season in a 2–1 loss against Monaco.[9]

During the summer transfer window, Biševac was linked a move away from Valenciennes, with the likes of Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe,[10] Paris Saint-Germain[11] and other European clubs all tracking him; no offers were ever made. The next season, he maintained his captaincy and his first team place as he stayed for another season at Valenciennes. On 29 January 2011, he scored his first goal of the season in a 2–1 win over Lyon, scoring from the penalty spot[12] and his second came in a 3–0 win over Brest.[13] On 9 April 2011, Biševac received a red card after receiving second booking offence in a 1–1 draw against Nancy. At the end of the season, the club finished 12th place in the league.

Paris Saint-Germain[edit]

Biševac signing autographs for PSG fans in 2011

In the summer transfer window, Paris Saint-Germain renewed their interests in signing Biševac.[14] On 25 July 2011, he signed a three-year contract with PSG for an undisclosed fee.[15] On his move, he spoke out about feeling under pressure and said, "I got to know this at Red Star Belgrade, where fans could enter the dressing room to demand us to win. I'm not afraid of pressure. I prefer for there to be pressure, I am more focused and I perform better."[16]

On the opening game of the season, Biševac made his debut in a 1–0 loss against Lorient, playing 90 minutes. He soon became a regular player in the team, playing the first four games to start the season. After the arrival of centre back Diego Lugano, however, he lost his first team status. Incoming manager Carlo Ancelotti then shifted Biševac from central defence to right back, finding himself competing with natural right backs Christophe Jallet and Ceará. The arrival of Alex from Chelsea sent Biševac further down the pecking order at centre back. On 28 January 2012, Biševac opened his goalscoring account for PSG, netting the only goal in a 0–1 victory away to Brest. In the same month, he was awarded UNFP Player of the Month due to his impressive performances.[17] He went on to make more appearances for the club, reverting to his nature centre back position towards the end of the season.

At the start of the following season, PSG signed centre back Thiago Silva from Milan, leading to speculation that Biševac would leave the club, with Lyon confirming their interest in signing him.[18][19] After rumours of the bid spread, PSG initially agreed only to sell him if Lyon agreed to send right back Anthony Réveillère in the opposite direction.[20] PSG were motivated to sell him in order to free up one of the four prohibited non-EU spots after the club signed Brazilian winger Lucas from São Paulo.[21] Just days after Biševac joined Lyon, league rivals Marseille stated their intent to sign him, but owner Margarita Louis-Dreyfus refused, stating the club didn't have enough money.[22]

Lyon[edit]

In the summer of 2012, Biševac joined Lyon for a transfer fee of €2.75 million plus bonuses on a four-year contract.[23][24] He made his debut coming on as a substitute in a 4–1 win over Troyes. He then played the full 90 minutes in the next game in a 1–1 draw against Evian. Since then, Biševac has formed a central defence partnership with Bakary Koné in the starting XI.[citation needed]

Lazio[edit]

On 6 January 2016, Biševac was signed by Serie A club S.S. Lazio[25] on a free transfer.[26]

Metz[edit]

On 24 August 2016, Biševac returned to France, agreeing to a two-year contract with Metz.[27]

International career[edit]

Biševac won a silver medal with the Serbia and Montenegro national under-21 football team at the 2004 European Under-21 Football Championship. Subsequently, he played for the Serbian and Montenegrin 2004 Olympic football team which exited in the first round, finishing fourth in Group C behind gold-medal winners Argentina, Australia and Tunisia.

Biševac made his senior team debut for Serbia in a friendly against Czech Republic, 16 August 2006.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 24 August 2016[28]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
BASK 2001–02 24 1 ? ? 0 0 0 0 24 1
2001–02 28 4 ? ? 0 0 0 0 28 4
Total 52 5 ? ? 0 0 0 0 52 5
Bežanija 2003–04 15 1 ? ? 0 0 0 0 15 1
Total 15 1 ? ? 0 0 0 0 15 1
Železnik 2003–04 15 1 ? ? 0 0 0 0 15 1
Total 15 1 ? ? 0 0 0 0 15 1
Red Star 2004–05 24 1 ? ? 3 0 0 0 27 1
2005–06 20 0 ? ? 5 0 0 0 25 0
2006–07 14 2 ? ? 6 0 0 0 20 2
Total 58 3 ? ? 14 0 0 0 72 3
Lens 2006–07 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
2007–08 26 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 30 1
Total 35 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 39 1
Valenciennes 2008–09 37 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 38 0
2009–10 31 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 32 2
2010–11 32 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 33 2
Total 100 4 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 103 4
Paris Saint-Germain 2011–12 19 1 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 25 1
Total 19 1 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 25 1
Lyon 2012–13 30 0 1 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 36 0
2013–14 27 0 2 0 3 0 10 1 0 0 42 1
2014–15 13 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 15 0
2015–16 6 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 8 0
Total 76 0 4 0 4 0 17 1 0 0 101 1
Lazio 2015–16 11 1 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 15 1
Metz 2015–16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 381 17 10 0 5 0 41 1 0 0 437 18

International[edit]

Serbian national team
Year Apps Goals
2006 2 0
2007 1 0
2008 0 0
2009 0 0
2010 0 0
2011 6 0
2012 5 0
2013 3 0
2014 2 0
Total 19 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Red Star

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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