Milan Janković (footballer, born 1959)

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Milan Janković
Personal information
Full name Milan Janković
Date of birth (1959-12-31) 31 December 1959 (age 58)
Place of birth Belgrade, FPR Yugoslavia
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
0000–1978 Red Star
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1980 Maribor 45 (9)
1980–1987 Red Star 151 (20)
1987–1988 Real Madrid 38 (4)
1988–1990 Anderlecht 36 (6)
Total 270 (39)
National team
1986–1989 Yugoslavia 12 (1)
Teams managed
2003–2005 Tonga
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Milan Janković (Serbian Cyrillic: Милан Јанковић; born 31 December 1959) is a Serbian retired footballer who played as a midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Born in Belgrade, Socialist Republic of Serbia, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Janković played youth football with Red Star Belgrade, signing in 1978 with NK Maribor alongside Vladislav Bogićević and Rade Radić in exchange for the best Slovenian player at the time, Milan Arnejčič. Two years later, however, he returned to his previous club, going on to be an important member as the capital side won two leagues and as many cups; he also missed the entire 1982–83 season due to injury.[1]

In late January 1987, aged 27, Janković was allowed to leave his country, joining La Liga powerhouse Real Madrid and being a starter in most of his first full campaign, teaming up in midfield with Rafael Gordillo, Míchel and Rafael Martín Vázquez in support of strikers Emilio Butragueño and Hugo Sánchez, as the Merengues won the league with 95 goals scored.

Janković closed out his career in 1990 at the age of 30, after two seasons with R.S.C. Anderlecht in Belgium.

International career[edit]

Janković won 12 caps for Yugoslavia in three years, but did not attend any major international tournament. He scored on his debut, a 2–4 friendly loss with Brazil on 30 April 1986.[2]

In the 2000s, Janković coached the Tonga national team.


The year after retiring Janković emigrated to Australia, settling down in far North Queensland with his Cairns-born wife.[3] There, he played some futsal with Kunzi.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Milan Arnejčič; at Red Star Belgrade (in Serbian)
  2. ^ Yugoslavia National Team List of Results 1980–1989; at RSSSF
  3. ^ Real Madrid legend aims for A-League; FourFourTwo, 22 April 2009

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