Mile Svilar

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Mile Svilar
Personal information
Full name Mile Svilar
Date of birth (1999-08-27) 27 August 1999 (age 19)
Place of birth Antwerp, Belgium
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Benfica
Number 1
Youth career
KFCO Wilrijk
Beerschot A.C.
2010–2017 Anderlecht
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2017 Anderlecht 0 (0)
2017– Benfica 3 (0)
National team
2014 Belgium U15 3 (0)
2014–2015 Belgium U16 3 (0)
2016 Belgium U17 7 (0)
2016 Belgium U18 1 (0)
2016–2017 Belgium U19 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 November 2017
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 October 2017

Mile Svilar (Serbian Cyrillic: Миле Свилар; born 27 August 1999) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays for Portuguese club Benfica as a goalkeeper.

Club career[edit]

Anderlecht[edit]

As the third choice goalkeeper, Svilar was part of the Anderlecht first squad during 2016–17 season[2] but he did not appear in any game.

Benfica[edit]

Svilar signed a five-year contract with Portuguese champions Benfica on 28 August 2017, and took the jersey number 1.[3] On 14 October, he made his Benfica debut in a 1–0 victory over Olhanense.[4] He broke Iker Casillas's record as the youngest goalkeeper to ever play in the Champions League on 18 October 2017, in a 1–0 home defeat against Manchester United, aged 18 years and 52 days.[5][6] He later also became the youngest goalkeeper ever to save a penalty in a Champions League match on 31 October 2017, in the return leg against Manchester United, aged 18 years and 65 days; in the same match, which ended in a 2–0 away defeat, he also became the youngest player ever to score an own goal in the competition.[7][8]

International career[edit]

Youth[edit]

Svilar was a member of Belgium U-16, Belgium U-17, Belgium U-18 national teams and he is a current member of Belgium U-19. He was the first choice goalkeepers for the Belgium U-17 team at the 2016 UEFA European Under-17 Championship in Azerbaijan.

Senior[edit]

Born in Belgium to a Serbian father and a Belgian mother, Svilar is eligible to represent Belgium or Serbia.[9] On 4 November 2017, he announced that he would play his first game for the Serbia national team in March 2018, as he accepted the call from the Football Association of Serbia.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 15 September 2018[11][12]
Club Season League National Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Anderlecht 2016–17 Belgian First Division A 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Benfica 2017–18 Primeira Liga 3 0 1 0 3 0 3 0 10 0
Career total 3 0 1 0 3 0 3 0 10 0

Honours[edit]

Anderlecht

Personal life[edit]

Svilar has a Serbian passport.[14] His father, Ratko, is a former Serbian goalkeeper.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Svilar - Official Profile". S.L. Benfica. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Anderlecht 2016-2017". footballsquads.co.uk. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  3. ^ a b Garcia, Filipa Fernandes (28 August 2017). "Svilar assina por cinco épocas" [Svilar signs for five seasons]. S.L. Benfica (in Portuguese). Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Taça de Portugal Placard 2017/2018 - Third Round: Olhanense 0-1 Benfica". thefinalball.com. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Benfica's Svilar breaks Casillas' Champions League record against Man United".
  6. ^ Michael Yokhin (31 October 2017). "Meet Mile Svilar, the youngest keeper in Champions League history". ESPN FC. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Man. United 2-0 Benfica". uefa.com. 31 October 2017. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  8. ^ Mark Critchley (31 October 2017). "Manchester United make it four from four on another night to forget for Benfica youngster Mile Svilar". The Independent. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  9. ^ "Mladi Srbin protiv Manchester Uniteda srušio rekord Lige prvaka". index.hr. Retrieved 28 August 2018. (in Croatian)
  10. ^ "Svilar odlucio - igra za Srbiju". rts.rs. Retrieved 4 November 2017. (in Serbian)
  11. ^ Mile Svilar at Soccerway. Retrieved 19 October 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  12. ^ "BDFutbol Player Profile". bdfutbol.com. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  13. ^ "Mile Svilar Titles". thefinalball.com. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  14. ^ "Jedan Srbin može protiv Junajteda da ispiše istoriju Lige šampiona". sport.blic.rs. Retrieved 16 October 2017. (in Serbian)

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