Milinko Pantić

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Milinko Pantić
Personal information
Full name Milinko Pantić
Date of birth (1966-09-05) 5 September 1966 (age 52)
Place of birth Loznica, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1991 Partizan 65 (8)
1991 Olimpija Ljubljana 14 (0)
1991–1995 Panionios 120 (51)
1995–1998 Atlético Madrid 106 (18)
1998–1999 Le Havre 19 (2)
1999–2000 Panionios 23 (4)
National team
1996 FR Yugoslavia 2 (0)
Teams managed
2011–2012 Atlético Madrid B
2013–2014 FC Baku
2016 Dalian Yifang
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Milinko Pantić (Serbian Cyrillic: Милинко Пантић, born 5 September 1966) is a Serbian retired footballer and current manager.

Playing career[edit]

Pantić spent the first six seasons of his professional career with FK Partizan between 1985 and 1991.

He then moved on to Greek Alpha Ethniki league where he played until 1995 for Athens side Panionios.[1]

At almost 29 years of age, he was brought to Atlético Madrid by their new coach Radomir Antić who knew Pantić well from his Partizan days. The move turned out to be a hit as Pantić's creative midfield presence provided the extra edge to Atlético side that won the double (La Liga and Copa del Rey) in the 1995–96 season. Pantić contributed with 10 goals in 41 appearances, including the winner in the 1996 Copa del Rey Final, and countless assists. In the 1996–97 UEFA Champions League he scored 5 goals, finishing as the top-scorer of the tournament (to this date he is the only Atlético Madrid player to achieve this). He spent two more seasons in Madrid with a total of 18 goals in 106 matches in his career there.

He moved to Le Havre AC during summer 1998 for a season. In the summer of 1999, Pantić transferred back to Panionios where he spent the last year of his playing career.

He earned 2 caps for the FR Yugoslavia national football team in 1996.

Coaching career[edit]

Pantić went back to Atlético Madrid as a coach in Atletico's youth system, working with kids 3 to 9 years of age in the club's training facility in Majadahonda.[2] From there he moved up the ranks coaching different youth squads. He became head of the youth and developing squads at the club while managing certain squads at the same time.

During the summer of 2011 Pantić became coach of Atlético Madrid B (Atlético Madrid reserve squad) after his great success with the youth and developing squads at the club and after just about missing out on being coach of the first team.

He also plays for Atlético Madrid's Indoor-Soccer team, competing in the veteran league which comprises nine clubs that have won the La Liga title throughout history.

Pantić was appointed as manager of Azerbaijan Premier League team FC Baku in June 2013, little over a year later, 24 July 2014, Pantić left the club by mutual consent.

On 5 July 2016, Pantić was announce as the head coach of China League One team Dalian Yifang.[3]

Accolades[edit]

Paul Lambert in naming the best one to eleven he played against named Pantic as the direct opponent who gave him his most difficult time during Lambert's playing career.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mastrogiannopoulos, Alexander (11 May 2005). "Foreign Players in Greece since 1959/60". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 10 December 2008. Retrieved 12 October 2009.
  2. ^ Milinko Pantić:Bio sam idol Toresu; sportske.net, 27 November 2010
  3. ^ 大连一方足球俱乐部 调整总经理、主教练及教练团队人选; weibo.cn, 5 July 2016
  4. ^ "Lambert's #One2Eleven" Skysports.com

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