|Date of birth||2 September 1973|
|Place of birth||Bijeljina, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina (manager)|
|2002||→ Zaragoza (loan)||16||(6)|
|2002–2003||→ Espanyol (loan)||34||(12)|
|2003–2004||→ Celta (loan)||37||(14)|
|1994–2008||FR Yugoslavia / Serbia||102||(37)|
|2023–||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|*Club domestic league appearances and goals|
Savo Milošević (Serbian Cyrillic: Саво Милошевић, pronounced [sǎːʋo milǒːʃeʋitɕ]; born 2 September 1973) is a Serbian professional football manager and former player who is the manager of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.
A former forward, he signed for English club Aston Villa after making a name for himself at Partizan. He would go on to spend the vast majority of his career in Spain, where he amassed La Liga totals of 91 goals in 241 games for Zaragoza, Espanyol, Celta and Osasuna. Over the course of his 16-year professional career, Milošević played for eight clubs and scored over 220 goals in nearly 600 official appearances.
At the international level, Milošević played for the national team of FR Yugoslavia (later renamed Serbia and Montenegro) and Serbia, making over 100 caps for both teams combined. He appeared in two World Cups and one European Championship, at which he earned the Golden Boot at Euro 2000.
Milošević started playing football at the age of six and spent his youth in the Drina Valley. At the age of 14, he was spotted by Partizan scouts, who convinced the club to secure his transfer for 5,000 Deutsche Mark.
In 1992, Milošević made his senior debut for Partizan, scoring 14 goals in 31 games during his first season at the club. He went on to score an impressive 21 and 30 league goals in his next two seasons respectively – competition-bests in both years – as the Belgrade-based club won back-to-back national championships, including the double in the 1993–94 season.
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.
Milošević signed for La Liga club Real Zaragoza in 1998 for £8.5 million, again recording some impressive goalscoring performances, notably netting 21 in the 1999–2000 season as the team secured fourth place.
After rediscovering his form in Spain, Milošević joined Parma in the summer of 2000 for €25 million. He was a regular starter in his first season in Italy, playing in 21 out of 34 Serie A matches and scoring 8 goals; in the next season, however, he was sparingly used.
Milošević was loaned back to Spain in January 2002, re-joining his former club Zaragoza to replace Blackburn Rovers-bound Yordi. He scored six times during his second spell, finishing as the club's joint top scorer – 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 Espanyol on loan, 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 Ajax.
In mid-July 2004, aged 30, Milošević signed a three-year contract with another Spanish top flight club, Osasuna. 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 appearances in the subsequent UEFA Cup semi-final run, he did provide two assists in a 3–0 away win against Bayer Leverkusen in the first leg of the quarter-final (which Osasuna won 4–0 on aggregate).
In the summer of 2007, Milošević's contract expired and he left Osasuna after three seasons at the club. He took an eight-month break from competitive football, during which – in October 2007 – he had a trial with Major League Soccer's Toronto FC with a view of signing with them for the 2008 season. The deal fell through and, on 8 March 2008, he agreed terms with Rubin Kazan prior to the start of the Russian Premier League campaign.
On 2 November 2008, Milošević scored the decisive goal for Rubin in a game against Saturn Ramenskoye, securing the team their first ever national championship. He retired shortly afterwards, aged 35.
Milošević represented the Yugoslavia under-21 national team at the 1992 Toulon Tournament, reaching the final with the team. He later earned 102 caps for Serbia, making his international debut for the nation (then named Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) on 23 December 1994, in a 2–0 friendly loss to Brazil. Milošević scored 37 goals for his country over the course of a 14-year international career.
Milošević made his 100th international appearance on 16 June 2006 during the FIFA World Cup in Germany, in a 6–0 group stage loss against Argentina, becoming the first Serbian player to reach this milestone. 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.
At the end of his first season in charge, Milošević succeeded in qualifying Partizan for the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League qualifying rounds, and on 23 May 2019, won his first managerial trophy as his side beat Red Star Belgrade 1–0 in the 2018–19 Serbian Cup final, courtesy of a Bojan Ostojić goal.
In July and August 2019, Partizan secured their ninth participation in the group stages of the UEFA Europa League. Under Milošević's leadership, Partizan knocked-out Connah's Quay Nomads, Yeni Malatyaspor and Molde in the qualifiers. On 30 August, Partizan was drawn in to Group L of the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League, alongside Manchester United, Astana and AZ Alkmaar.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
On 29 September 2023, Milošević was appointed as the new head coach of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team. He was victorious in his first game in charge against Liechtenstein in a UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying match on 13 October 2023. Milošević suffered his first defeat against Portugal on 16 October; Bosnia and Herzegovina lost the game 5–0 at Bilino Polje, the biggest defeat in its history on home ground.
Milošević was born into an ethnic Serb family in the Semberija city of Bijeljina and was raised in Johovac, both in present-day Bosnia and Herzegovina, the then-SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia, where he lived with a younger brother Andrija (1975–2013) and younger sister Cvijeta "Mira". He also holds Bosnian citizenship. Milošević's mother died in 2000 from cancer; he has paternal ancestry from the large Milošević brotherhood of the Vasojevići tribe in northeastern Montenegro, and was a relative of Slobodan Milošević.
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. He took part in the 1996–97 protests and the 5 October overthrow.
Milošević was married to Vesna, with whom he has two sons and a daughter. One of his sons, Nikola, is also a footballer. On 11 June 2011, his father Stevan (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.
|Club||Season||League||National cup||League cup||Continental||Total|
of FR Yugoslavia
|Aston Villa||1995–96||Premier League||37||12||5||1||7||1||—||49||14|
|Zaragoza (loan)||2001–02||La Liga||16||6||—||—||—||16||6|
|Espanyol (loan)||2002–03||La Liga||34||12||1||0||—||—||35||12|
|Celta (loan)||2003–04||La Liga||37||14||5||1||—||9[c]||1||51||16|
|Rubin Kazan||2008||Russian Premier League||16||3||1||0||—||—||17||3|
- Scores and results list FR Yugoslavia, Serbia and Montenegro and Serbia's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Milošević goal.
|1||31 January 1995||Hong Kong Stadium, So Kon Po, Hong Kong||Hong Kong XI||2–1||3–1||1995 Lunar New Year Cup|
|3||31 March 1995||Red Star Stadium, Belgrade, FR Yugoslavia||Uruguay||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|4||29 September 1995||Toumba Stadium, Thessaloniki, Greece||Greece||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|5||24 April 1996||Red Star Stadium, Belgrade, FR Yugoslavia||Faroe Islands||3–0||3–1||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|6||2 June 1996||Red Star Stadium, Belgrade, FR Yugoslavia||Malta||4–0||5–0||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|7||6 October 1996||Svangaskarð, Toftir, Faroe Islands||Faroe Islands||1–0||8–1||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|10||10 February 1997||Hong Kong Stadium, So Kon Po, Hong Kong||Hong Kong XI||1–0||3–1||1997 Lunar New Year Cup|
|11||2 April 1997||Letná Stadium, Prague, Czech Republic||Czech Republic||2–1||2–1||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|12||11 October 1997||National Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta||Malta||1–0||5–0||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|13||29 October 1997||Stadion Albert Flórián, Budapest, Hungary||Hungary||7–0||7–1||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|14||15 November 1997||Red Star Stadium, Belgrade, FR Yugoslavia||Hungary||1–0||5–0||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|15||29 May 1998||Red Star Stadium, Belgrade, FR Yugoslavia||Nigeria||1–0||3–0||Friendly|
|16||23 September 1998||Castelão, São Luís, Brazil||Brazil||1–0||1–1||Friendly|
|17||10 February 1999||National Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta||Malta||3–0||3–0||UEFA Euro 2000 qualification|
|18||8 June 1999||Toumba Stadium, Thessaloniki, Greece||Malta||2–1||4–1||UEFA Euro 2000 qualification|
|20||8 September 1999||Philip II Arena, Skopje, Macedonia||Macedonia||1–0||4–2||UEFA Euro 2000 qualification|
|21||13 June 2000||Stade du Pays de Charleroi, Charleroi, Belgium||Slovenia||1–3||3–3||UEFA Euro 2000|
|23||18 June 2000||Stade Maurice Dufrasne, Liège, Belgium||Norway||1–0||1–0||UEFA Euro 2000|
|24||21 June 2000||Jan Breydel Stadium, Bruges, Belgium||Spain||1–0||3–4||UEFA Euro 2000|
|25||25 June 2000||Feijenoord Stadion, Rotterdam, Netherlands||Netherlands||1–6||1–6||UEFA Euro 2000|
|26||3 September 2000||Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg||Luxembourg||1–0||2–0||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|27||28 March 2001||Bežigrad Stadium, Ljubljana, Slovenia||Slovenia||1–0||1–1||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|28||6 June 2001||Svangaskarð, Toftir, Faroe Islands||Faroe Islands||4–0||6–0||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|29||1 September 2001||St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland||Switzerland||1–1||2–1||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|30||6 October 2001||Partizan Stadium, Belgrade, FR Yugoslavia||Luxembourg||4–2||6–2||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|32||13 February 2002||Chase Field, Phoenix, United States||Mexico||2–0||2–1||Friendly|
|33||11 October 2003||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales||Wales||2–1||3–2||UEFA Euro 2004 qualification|
|34||11 July 2004||Hakata no Mori Stadium, Fukuoka, Japan||Slovakia||1–0||2–0||2004 Kirin Cup|
|35||13 October 2004||Red Star Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro||San Marino||1–0||5–0||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|36||19 November 2008||Partizan Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia||Bulgaria||3–1||6–1||Friendly|
- As of match played 19 November 2023
|Partizan||27 March 2019||1 September 2020||67||43||9||15||64.18|
|Olimpija Ljubljana||16 June 2021||10 October 2021||16||7||2||7||43.75|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||29 September 2023||Present||4||1||0||3||25.00|
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