Milan Smiljanić

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Lola Smiljanić
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Smiljanić warming up with Espanyol in 2009
Personal information
Full name Milan Smiljanić
Date of birth (1986-11-19) 19 November 1986 (age 30)
Place of birth Kalmar, Sweden
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Partizan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Partizan 48 (1)
2007–2011 Espanyol 47 (0)
2010 Sporting Gijón (loan) 6 (0)
2010–2011 Partizan (loan) 18 (1)
2011–2013 Partizan 47 (1)
2013–2015 Gençlerbirliği 1 (0)
2015–2016 Maccabi Netanya 31 (0)
2016–2017 Perth Glory 15 (0)
National team
2006–2009 Serbia U21 28 (2)
2007–2008 Serbia 6 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 February 2017.

Milan "Lola" Smiljanić (Serbian Cyrillic: Милан 'Лола' Смиљанић; born 19 November 1986) is a Serbian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder.

Early life[edit]

Smiljanić was born in Kalmar, Sweden, as his father Branko, who was also a professional footballer, was playing for Kalmar AIK FK at the time.

Club career[edit]

Partizan[edit]

Smiljanić subsequently returned to Serbia and joined FK Partizan youth ranks. Under head coach Vladimir Vermezović, he made his debut for the first team in a league match against FK Sutjeska Nikšić, during the second part of 2004–05.

Smiljanić also spent some time playing for farm team FK Teleoptik and, in little more than two professional seasons, he amassed more than 50 official appearances with the club, and eventually gained club captaincy despite his age.

Espanyol[edit]

On 18 July 2007, Spain's RCD Espanyol agreed with Partizan for the transfer of Smiljanić for an undisclosed fee, in a five-year contract.[1] He made his La Liga debut against Real Valladolid on 26 August, in a 0–1 home loss;[2] most of his first two seasons in Catalonia were spent mainly appearing from the bench, even though one of his main competitors in the team, Iván de la Peña, was often injured.

After the club's initial unsuccessful attempts to loan him out for 2009–10, Smiljanić spent the first months of the new campaign only training, not having been given any squad number. However, such a move was arranged in late January 2010, as he joined Sporting de Gijón until June.[3]

Partizan return[edit]

In the summer of 2010, Smiljanić was loaned to his former club Partizan.[4] After his loan expired he returned to Spain and agreed the contract termination with the Barcelona-based club.[5]

On 16 August 2011 Smiljanić signed a permanent contract with Partizan, penning a two-year deal.[6]

Gençlerbirliği[edit]

On 29 May 2013, it was announced that Gençlerbirliği S.K. had agreed terms with Smiljanić to sign him as a free agent.[7] He appeared in only four competitive games during his spell, his Süper Lig debut coming on 19 October 2013 in a 1–3 home loss against Kasımpaşa SK.

Smiljanić was released on 30 June 2015.

Later years[edit]

On 30 July 2015, Smiljanić joined Maccabi Netanya F.C. on a 1+1 contract.[8] He left Israel the following 9 August, moving alongside countryman Nebojša Marinković to A-League club Perth Glory FC.[9] On 16 February 2017, he left the latter via mutual termination of his contract to explore opportunities in Asia.[10]

International career[edit]

After the 2006–07 season, Smiljanić was called up by Serbia under-21 coach Miroslav Đukić to be part of his squad for the 2007 UEFA European Championships. He helped the national side finish runner-up in the tournament, to hosts the Netherlands.[11]

Smiljanić made his international debut for the full squad on 22 August 2007, in a 2–3 loss against Belgium in Brussels for the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifiers. In July of the following year he was picked to the 18-man squad for the 2008 Summer Olympics, with Đukić again as manager – Serbia ranked last in its group.[12]

Next year, Smiljanić appeared in the 2009 European Under-21 Championship as captain, but could not help repeat the previous edition's feat as the nation did not progress through the group stages in his country of birth, Sweden.[13]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 17 October 2007 Tofiq Bahramov, Baku, Azerbaijan  Azerbaijan 5–1 6–1 Euro 2008 qualifying

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 4 December 2013[14]
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Serbia League Serbian Cup Europe Total
2004–05 Partizan SuperLiga 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2005–06 15 1 1 0 0 0 16 1
2006–07 31 0 3 1 8 0 42 1
Spain League Copa del Rey Europe Total
2007–08 Espanyol La Liga 30 0 4 0 0 0 34 0
2008–09 17 0 5 0 0 0 22 0
2009–10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sporting Gijón 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Serbia League Serbian Cup Europe Total
2010–11 Partizan SuperLiga 18 1 3 0 7 0 28 1
2011–12 23 0 3 0 1 0 27 0
2012–13 24 1 1 0 6 0 31 1
Turkey League Türkiye Kupası Europe Total
2013–14 Gençlerbirliği Süper Lig 1 0 3 0 0 0 4 0
Total Serbia 113 3 11 1 22 0 146 4
Spain 53 0 9 0 0 0 62 0
Turkey 1 0 3 0 0 0 4 0
Career total 167 3 23 1 22 0 212 4

International[edit]

As of 31 May 2008[15]
Serbia
Year Apps Goals
2007 2 1
2008 4 0
Total 6 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "El Espanyol cierra la plantilla con el serbio Smiljanic" [Espanyol closes roster with Serbian Smiljanic] (in Spanish). Terra. 18 July 2007. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Espanyol 0–1 Valladolid". ESPN Soccernet. 26 August 2007. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Lola Smiljanic, cedido al Sporting de Gijón hasta final de temporada" [Lola Smiljanic, loaned to Sporting de Gijón until end of season] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 26 January 2010. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Smiljanić nova akvizicija crno-belih" [Smiljanić new acquisition of Black and Whites] (in Serbian). FK Partizan. 23 July 2010. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Lola deixa l'Espanyol" [Lola leaves Espanyol] (in Catalan). RCD Espanyol. 11 August 2011. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Smiljanić ponovo u Partizanu!" [Smiljanić returns to Partizan!] (in Serbian). FK Partizan. 16 August 2011. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
  7. ^ Смиљанић сутра потписује за Генчлер (in Serbian). Zurnal. 29 May 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "סמיליאניץ' ועומר בוארון חתמו במכבי נתניה" [Smiljanić and Omer Buaron signed with Maccabi Netanya] (in Hebrew). Sport 5. 30 July 2015. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  9. ^ "Glory signs second international Serbian". Perth Glory. 9 August 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  10. ^ Davidson, John (16 February 2017). "Smiljanic departs Perth". FourFourTwo. Retrieved 16 February 2017. 
  11. ^ "Jong Oranje clinch European crown". UEFA.com. 24 June 2007. Retrieved 11 February 2016. 
  12. ^ "Milan Smiljanic". FIFA.com. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "Captain's tears show Serbia dismay". UEFA.com. 24 June 2009. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  14. ^ "M. Smiljanić". Soccerway. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  15. ^ "Milan Smiljanić". European Football. Retrieved 1 August 2016. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Albert Nađ
Partizan captain
2007
Succeeded by
Antonio Rukavina
Preceded by
Branislav Ivanović
Serbia U-21 captain
2007–2009
Succeeded by
Miralem Sulejmani