Savo Milošević

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Savo Milošević
Savo Milosevic-mc.rs.jpg
Milošević in 2017
Personal information
Full name Savo Milošević
Date of birth (1973-09-02) 2 September 1973 (age 45)
Place of birth Bijeljina, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Partizan (manager)
Youth career
Proleter Ruhotina-Johovac
Podrinje Janja
1989–1992 Partizan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1995 Partizan 98 (74)
1995–1998 Aston Villa 90 (29)
1998–2000 Zaragoza 72 (38)
2000–2004 Parma 31 (9)
2002Zaragoza (loan) 16 (6)
2002–2003Espanyol (loan) 34 (12)
2003–2004Celta (loan) 37 (14)
2004–2007 Osasuna 82 (21)
2008 Rubin Kazan 16 (3)
Total 476 (206)
National team
1994–2008 Serbia 102 (37)
Teams managed
2011–2012 Montenegro (assistant)
2019– Partizan
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Savo Milošević (Serbian Cyrillic: Саво Милошевић, pronounced [sǎːʋo milǒːʃeʋitɕ]; born 2 September 1973) is a former Serbian professional footballer and current manager of Serbian SuperLiga club FK Partizan.

After making a name for himself at Partizan, he signed for English club Aston Villa, before going on to spend the vast majority of his career in Spain, where he amassed La Liga totals of 91 goals in 241 games for four clubs including CA Osasuna. Over the course of his 16-year professional playing career, Milošević scored nearly 300 official goals in just over 660 appearances.

At the international level, Milošević played for the national team of FR Yugoslavia (later renamed Serbia and Montenegro),[1] and Serbia, winning over 100 caps for both teams combined. Milošević appeared in two World Cups and one European Championship, at which he earned the Golden Boot at Euro 2000.

Club career[edit]

Partizan[edit]

Born in Bijeljina and raised in Johovac, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Milošević started playing football at the age of 6[2] and spent his youth in the Drina Valley, until at 14 he was spotted by FK Partizan scouts, who convinced the club to secure his transfer for 5,000 Deutsche Mark.[3]

In 1992 Milošević made his senior debut for Partizan, scoring 14 goals in 31 games during his first season at the club. Milošević went on to score an impressive 30 league goals in each of his next two seasons – competition-bests in both years – as the Belgrade club won back-to-back national championships, including the double in 1993–94.

Aston Villa[edit]

In the summer of 1995, then Aston Villa manager Brian Little bought Milošević from Partizan for £3.5 million, a club record at the time. His spell in England lasted three seasons, during which time he earned the tabloid nickname "Miss-a-lot-ević" owing to his frequent goalscoring dry spells.[4]

However, Milošević did score 34 goals in 117 games for the Villans (28 in the Premier League), including one in the 1995–96 Football League Cup final, a 3–0 win against Leeds United.[5]

Zaragoza[edit]

Milošević signed for La Liga club Real Zaragoza in 1998, again recording some impressive goalscoring performances, notably netting 21 in the 1999–2000 season as the team secured fourth position.[6]

Parma[edit]

After rediscovering his form in Spain, Milošević joined Parma A.C. in the summer of 2000 for €25 million.[7][8] He was used sparingly during his spell with the Emilia-Romagna side, only scoring once in the first half of his second season in Serie A.

Milošević was loaned back to Spain in January 2002, re-joining his former club Zaragoza to replace Blackburn Rovers-bound Yordi.[9] He scored only six times during his second spell, though still managed to finish as the club's joint top scorer[10] – alongside Yordi and Roberto Acuña. His second spell at Zaragoza ended unsuccessfully, with the club eventually relegated.

In the 2002–03 campaign, Milošević played for RCD Espanyol,[11] again finishing as his team's top scorer but narrowly escaping relegation, a fate that would befall him the following year with Celta de Vigo. Milošević was able to help Celta reach the round-of-16 in their first ever appearance in the UEFA Champions League, with his one goal in seven appearances in the competition coming in a 3–2 group stage home win against AFC Ajax.[12]

Later years[edit]

In mid-July 2004, aged 30, Milošević signed a three-year contract with another Spanish top flight club, CA Osasuna.[13] In his second season with the Navarrese, he scored 11 goals in 32 games to help the team qualify for the Champions League. Though Milošević failed to score in ten appearences in the subsequent UEFA Cup semifinal run, he did provide two assists in a 3–0 away win against Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the first leg of the quarterfinal (which Osasuna won 4–0 on aggregate).[14]

In the summer of 2007, Milošević's contract expired and he left Osasuna after 3 seasons at the club. He took a six-month break from competitive football, during which time he had a trial with Major League Soccer's Toronto FC with a view of signing with them for the 2008 season.[15] The deal fell through and, on 8 March 2008, he agreed terms with FC Rubin Kazan prior to the start of the Russian Premier League campaign.[16]

Milošević in action for Rubin Kazan (2008)

On 2 November 2008, Milošević scored the decisive goal for Rubin in a game against FC Saturn Ramenskoye, securing the team their first ever national championship.[17] He retired shortly afterwards, aged 35.

International career[edit]

Milošević earned 102 caps for Serbia, making his international debut for the nation (then named Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) on 23 December 1994, in a 0–2 friendly loss in Brazil. Milošević scored 37 goals[18] for his country over the course of a 14-year international career.

After appearing in two games at the 1998 FIFA World Cup,[19] Milošević scored five goals at UEFA Euro 2000, earning him the Golden Boot, an award he shared with Dutch forward Patrick Kluivert.[20]

Milošević made his 100th international appearence on 16 June 2006 during the FIFA World Cup in Germany, in a 0–6 group stage loss against Argentina, and in doing so became the most capped player in Serbian history.[21] As a formal farewell from international football, he was called up for a friendly with Bulgaria on 19 November 2008, scoring twice and missing two penalties in a 6–1 win before being replaced by Dragan Mrđa.

Managerial career[edit]

Montenegro (assistant)[edit]

From 2011 to 2012, Milošević was an assistant manager to Branko Brnović at the Montenegro national team.

Partizan[edit]

On 27 March 2019, Milošević was named by the board of directors at FK Partizan as the club's new manager,[22] with his first win as Partizan's manager came on 3 April 2019, in a 3–2 home win against FK Čukarički.[23]

In Milošević's first Eternal derby as manager of Partizan, his team suffered a 2–1 away loss to Red Star Belgrade, with Ricardo Gomes's 90th minute strike proving only a consolation.[24]

At the end of his first season in charge, Milošević succeeded in qualifying Partizan for the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League qualifying rounds,[25] and on 23 May 2019, won his first managerial trophy as his Partizan side beat Red Star Belgrade 0–1 in the 2018–19 Serbian cup final, courtesy of a Bojan Ostojić goal.[26]

Personal life[edit]

Milošević with Serbian president Boris Tadić at a campaign stop in Sremski Karlovci on 1 May 2012.

Milošević was born into an ethnic Serb family in the village of Johovac in the Semberija region,[2] where he lived with a younger brother Andrija (1975–2013) and younger sister Cvijeta "Mira"[27]. Milošević's mother died in 2000 from cancer;[3] he has paternal ancestry from the large Milošević brotherhood of the Vasojevići tribe in northeastern Montenegro, and was a relative of Slobodan Milošević.[3]

Milošević was a political supporter of the Democratic Party led by Boris Tadić, having supported it since 1993 after meeting with Zoran Đinđić and officially becoming a member in 2003.[3] He took part in the 1996–97 protests and the 5 October Overthrow.[3]

Milošević is married to Vesna, with whom he had two sons and a daughter.[2] On 11 June 2011, his father Stevan "Stevo" (1953–2011) was shot in the chest and killed in the family house in Glavičice by his grandfather Savo (1928–2012), after a family row; the latter was later detained.[28][29]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

[30]

Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Partizan 1992–93 First League 31 14 N/A 31 14
1993–94 32 30 N/A 32 30
1994–95 35 30 N/A 35 30
Total 98 74 N/A 98 74
Aston Villa 1995–96 Premier League 37 12 5 1 7 1 49 14
1996–97 30 10 3 0 1 0 2[a] 0 36 10
1997–98 23 7 2 1 1 0 6[a] 1 32 9
Total 90 29 10 2 9 1 8 1 117 33
Zaragoza 1998–99 La Liga 35 17 2 1 37 18
1998–2000 37 21 5 1 42 22
Total 72 38 7 2 79 40
Parma 2000–01 Serie A 21 8 2 1 5[a] 2 28 11
2001–02 10 1 2 0 6[b] 1 18 2
Total 31 9 4 1 11 3 46 13
Zaragoza (loan) 2001–02 La Liga 16 6 16 6
Total 16 6 16 6
Espanyol (loan) 2002–03 La Liga 34 12 1 0 35 12
Total 34 12 1 0 35 12
Celta (loan) 2003–04 La Liga 37 14 5 1 9[c] 1 51 16
Total 37 14 5 1 9 1 51 16
Osasuna 2004–05 La Liga 27 6 7 0 34 6
2005–06 32 11 2[a] 1 34 12
2006–07 23 4 1 0 12[d] 0 36 4
Total 82 21 8 0 14 1 104 22
Rubin Kazan 2008 R. Premier League 16 3 1 0 17 3
Total 16 3 1 0 17 3
Career total 476 206 36 6 9 1 42 6 563 219
Notes
  1. ^ a b c d Appearances in UEFA Cup
  2. ^ Four appearances and one goal in UEFA Cup, two appearances in UEFA Champions League
  3. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  4. ^ Ten appearances in UEFA Cup, two appearances in UEFA Champions League

International[edit]

  • Includes caps for FR Yugoslavia (1994–2002), Serbia and Montenegro (2003–2006), and Serbia (2008).[31]
National team Year Apps Goals
FR Yugoslavia 1994 1 0
1995 7 4
1996 7 5
1997 9 5
1998 11 2
1999 7 4
2000 12 6
2001 8 5
2002 9 1
Serbia and Montenegro
2003 10 1
2004 7 2
2005 8 0
2006 5 0
Serbia
2007 0 0
2008 1 2
Total 102 37

International goals[edit]

  • Scores and results list FR Yugoslavia/Serbia and Montenegro/Serbia's goal tally first. Score column indicates score after each Milošević goal.[32]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 23 May 2019
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
P W D L Win %
Partizan March 2019 Present 13 8 1 4 061.54
Total 13 8 1 4 061.54

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Club[edit]

Partizan

Aston Villa

Rubin Kazan

Individual[edit]

Performance

Manager[edit]

Partizan

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c "Savo Milošević" (in Serbian). Puls. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Sloboda i pravda se ne dobijaju na tanjiru" [Freedom and justice are not handed on a plate] (in Serbian). Vreme. 29 May 2014. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  4. ^ The 10 worst foreign signings of all time; The Guardian, 6 August 2000
  5. ^ "Milosevic gives; Villa a touch of magic". The Independent. 25 March 1996. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  6. ^ "EL PERSONAJE – El serbio flemático – El gol número 20 de Savo Milosevic da al Zaragoza opciones al título" [THE CHARACTER – The phlegmatic Serb – Savo Milosevic's goal number 20 gives Zaragoza a shot at the title] (in Spanish). El País. 16 May 2000. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
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  8. ^ Džeko je kralj transfera SFRJ (Džeko is the king of transfers in Yugoslavia); MTS Mondo, 7 January 2010 (in Serbian)
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  10. ^ "La guerra del gol" [The war of goal] (in Spanish). El Periódico de Aragón. 21 February 2002. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  11. ^ "Espanyol move for Milosevic". UEFA.com. 18 July 2002. Retrieved 11 March 2008.
  12. ^ "Celta ride Ajax comeback". UEFA.com. 4 November 2003. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  13. ^ "Milosevic takes Osasuna option". UEFA.com. 17 July 2004. Retrieved 11 March 2008.
  14. ^ "Ruthless Osasuna stun Leverkusen". UEFA.com. 5 April 2007. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
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  17. ^ "Russian minnows hit the big time". BBC Sport. 20 October 2009. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  18. ^ Savo Milosevic – Goals in International Matches; at RSSSF
  19. ^ Savo MiloševićFIFA competition record
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  25. ^ "SUPERLIGA JE ZAVŠRENA: Zvezda je šampion! Bačka i Zemun ispali u drugu ligu, Dimano u poslednjem trenutku izborio baraž! (FOTO)" (in Serbian). Kurir.rs. 19 May 2019. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  26. ^ "PARTIZAN NAPRAVIO ČUDO NA MARAKANI: Pehar četvrtu godinu zaredom ostaje u Humskoj! Crno-beli savladali Zvezdu u finalu Kupa Srbije! Saša Ilić sa trofejom otišao u legendu (KURIR TV)" (in Serbian). Kurir.rs. 23 May 2019. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  27. ^ "Zla kob porodice Milošević". 1 December 2013.
  28. ^ "Premier League – Milosevic's father killed by grandfather". Yahoo! Sports. 11 June 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2011.
  29. ^ "Father of former Aston Villa striker Savo Milosevic killed by the grandfather after argument". The Daily Telegraph. 13 June 2011. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  30. ^ "Savo Milošević". thefinalball.com. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  31. ^ "Savo Milošević". European Football. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  32. ^ "Savo Milosevic - Goals in International Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 10 August 2018.

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