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Darko Milani?
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Personal information
Date of birth (1967-12-18) 18 December 1967 (age 51)
Place of birth Izola, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.84 m (6 ft  in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Maribor (Head Coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986-1993 Partizan 94 (2)
1993-2000 Sturm Graz 190 (10)
Total 284 (12)
National team
1991-1992 Yugoslavia 5 (0)
1992-2000 Slovenia 42 (0)
Teams managed
2004-2006 Primorje
2007-2008 Gorica
2008-2013 Maribor
2013-2014 Sturm Graz
2014 Leeds United
2016- Maribor
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Darko Milani? (born 18 December 1967) is a Slovenian former professional football player and current manager of NK Maribor.

As a player, he represented both Yugoslavia and Slovenia at international level. He also captained Slovenia at UEFA Euro 2000.

Playing career

Born in Izola, Milani? began his football career with local side Izola. At the age of 17, he was signed by Partizan. During his time at Partizan, he won the Yugoslav First League and the Yugoslav Cup twice.

After the 1992-93 season he moved to the Austrian side Sturm Graz. He played there successfully for eight years and won eight trophies including two Austrian Bundesliga titles, three Austrian Cups and three Austrian Supercups with the Austrian club.

He retired as a player at the age of 32 due to injury and to pursue a coaching career in football.[1][2]

International career

During his spell at Partizan he earned five caps for Yugoslavia.[3] Even after the independence of Slovenia, he, as being a player of a Serbian club (FK Partizan), was included by Yugoslavia national football team to UEFA Euro 1992 just like D?oni Novak,[4] but the nation would be suspended due to the Yugoslav Wars. Milani? and Novak were the two Slovenian players that earned caps with Yugoslavia after Slovenian independence because they weren't allowed to leave Belgrade during the war.

He later started representing Slovenia, earning 42 caps. He was the captain of the national team, and represented and Captained his country at the Euro 2000 championship, this also included Captaining Slovenia in a 3-3 draw during Euro 2000 Group C clash against the national side he used to play for Yugoslavia.[5]

Coaching career

After his football career, he turned to coaching. He started his coaching career at his hometown club Izola. After that, he was appointed Manager of Primorje and an assistant coach in SK Sturm Graz under Franco Foda during the 2006-07 season.


At the start of the 2007-08 season he was appointed as the head coach of Gorica, where he helped guide them to a third-place finish in the Slovenian PrvaLiga. In the 2007-08 UEFA Cup, the team was knocked out in the first qualifying round after losing over two legs to Rabotni?ki.


On 1 June 2008 he was appointed as the head coach of Maribor by Director of Football Zlatko Zahovi?.[6] He won the Slovenian PrvaLiga during his first year in the 2008-09 season. In May 2010, Maribor won the Slovenian Cup. After winning this trophy, Darko Milani? became the first coach that have won all three domestic trophies in Slovenian club football, having won the Slovenian League and the Slovenian Supercup before that.[7] He has achieved that in only two seasons.

At the beginning of the 2012-13 season, Maribor played in their fourth successive Supercup final. The match was played on 8 July 2012 at the Ljudski vrt stadium. Unlike in the previous two seasons, when the club finished as the runners-up, they managed to win it this time, beating their "eternal rivals" Olimpija 2-1.[8] This was their second Supercup title.

In 2012, he was selected as the Slovenian manager of the year, winning the league, cup and supercup.[9]

Milani? led Maribor to the group stages of the 2012-13 UEFA Europa League as one of the losers in the play-off round of the 2012-13 UEFA Champions League, where they were eliminated by Dinamo Zagreb.[10][11] This was the second season in a row, in which Maribor qualified to the Europa League main stages. They managed to get four points this time,[12] defeating Panathinaikos[13] and drawing with Tottenham Hotspur,[14] both at home. On 9 November 2012, Maribor suffered a 3-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur after a hat-trick by Jermain Defoe.[15] Still with a chance of finishing as Runner Up in the final game of Group J, Maribor suffered a 4-1 defeat to Lazio which saw Maribor eliminated.[16]

Maribor confirmed their 11th league title on 11 May 2013, when they defeated their eternal rivals Olimpija 2-1.[17] They again defeated Celje in the 2013 Cup Final, securing their fourth Double in the history.[18]

Sturm Graz

On 4 June 2013, he became Head Coach of Sturm Graz in the Austrian Bundesliga, with Novica Nik?evi? as his assistant. One of his first signings was Striker Robert Beri? whom he signed from former club NK Maribor. Sturm Graz were knocked out of the Europa League after losing 1-0 on aggregate in the Second Qualifying round to Breiðablik UBK.[19] He led his side to a fifth-place finish during his first season during the 2013-14 season.

On 21 September 2014, during a press conference, Sturm Graz revealed that Milani? would be leaving the club to join English side Leeds United after agreeing to buy out his contract at Sturm Graz to make the move.[20][21]

Leeds United

On 23 September 2014, Milani? was appointed as manager of Leeds United on a two-year deal replacing previous manager Dave Hockaday, he was joined at Leeds by his SK Sturm Graz Assistant Novica Nik?evi?.[22] Milani? appointment meant he also became the first non-British or Irish manager to be in charge of Leeds in their entire history.[23] Milani? parted company on 25 October 2014, minutes after a 2-1 loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers,[24] just 32 days after taking over, for failing to win any of his six games in charge.[25]


In March 2016, Milani? returned to the Slovenian PrvaLiga club Maribor.[26] He became the Slovenian champion with the team in the 2016-17 season.[27] Milani? led Maribor to the group stages of the 2017-18 UEFA Champions League after eliminating Zrinjski Mostar, Fimleikafélag Hafnarfjarðar, and Hapoel Be'er-Sheva in the qualifying rounds.[28]



Sturm Graz[31]



See also


  1. ^ "Leeds United: Darko Milanic tipped to become new manager". BBC Sport. 20 September 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ "Leeds United: Milanic to be named United head coach tomorrow". Yorkshire Evening Post. 21 September 2014. Archived from the original on 21 September 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ Players Appearing for Two or More Countries Archived 3 August 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Pancev también renuncia a la Eurocopa". Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 25 May 1992. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ "Milo?evi? stars as Yugoslavia beat the odds". Uefa Official Site. 6 October 2003. Retrieved 2003.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ http://www.ekipa.org/index.php?p=nd&i=10010&cc=1[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Maribor superpokal obdr?al doma" [Maribor kept Supercup trophy at home] (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 2012.
  9. ^ http://www.nkmaribor.com/novice/?id=4739
  10. ^ "Minimalen poraz Maribora, ki napoveduje srhljivko v Ljudskem vrtu" [Minimal defeat for Maribor] (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 2012.
  11. ^ "Maribor si je zobe znova polomil ob slovenskem rablju z Maksimira" (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 2012.
  12. ^ "?tiri to?ke so realnost" (in Slovenian). Nogomania. Retrieved 2012.
  13. ^ "3:0! Maribor osupnil Evropo in prevzel kar vrh lestvice" [3:0! Maribor astonished the Europe and took the top place] (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 2012.
  14. ^ "Maribor naredil te?ak izpit z veliko to?ko" [Maribor passed difficult exam with a big point] (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 2012.
  15. ^ "Tottenham 3 - Maribor 1". BBC Sport. 9 November 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  16. ^ "Four-goal Lazio leave Maribor as Group J winners". UEFA.Com. 6 December 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  17. ^ "Beri? zadel za noro no? v ?tajerski prestolnici" (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. 11 May 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  18. ^ "Maribor na (kratke) po?itnice z dvojno krono" [Maribor on short holidays with the double crown] (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. 29 May 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  19. ^ http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuropaleague/news/newsid=1976241.html
  20. ^ "Leeds United: Milanic to be named United head coach tomorrow". Yorkshire Evening Post. 21 September 2014. Archived from the original on 21 September 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  21. ^ "Leeds United makes move for manager Darko Milanic". NBC. 21 September 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  22. ^ "UNITED CONFIRM DARKO MILANIC". Leeds United Official Website. 23 September 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  23. ^ "Darko Milanic confirmed as Leeds United manager after signing two-year deal". Daily Mail. 23 September 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  24. ^ "Leeds 1 Wolverhampton 2". BBC Sport. 25 October 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  25. ^ "Darko Milanic: Leeds United part company with head coach". www.bbc.co.uk/. BBC Sport. 25 October 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  26. ^ R. K.; M. L. (2 March 2016). "Zahovi?: Na vsaki tekmi "krvaveti", druga?e rezultata ni" (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 2017.
  27. ^ Ale? Vozel (6 May 2017). "?as za "?ago" v ?tajerski prestolnici: Maribor je spet prvak" (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 2017.
  28. ^ Ale? Vozel; Dolores Suboti? (22 August 2017). "?aroben ve?er v Ljudskem vrtu: Maribor ?ampion v Ligi prvakov!" (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 2017.
  29. ^ "Darko Milanic - emotional man". FK Partizan Belgrade official website. Archived from the original on 10 October 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  30. ^ "Trophies". FK Partizan Belgrade official website. Archived from the original on 26 June 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  31. ^ "Nationale Titel" (in German). SK Sturm Graz official website. Archived from the original on 7 October 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  32. ^ "Darko Milanic". footballdatabase.eu. Retrieved 2016.

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