|Date of birth||18 December 1967|
|Place of birth||Izola, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft in)|
|Maribor (Head Coach)|
|* 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.
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.
During his spell at Partizan he earned five caps for Yugoslavia. 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, 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.
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?. 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. 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. This was their second Supercup title.
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. 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, defeating Panathinaikos and drawing with Tottenham Hotspur, both at home. On 9 November 2012, Maribor suffered a 3-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur after a hat-trick by Jermain Defoe. 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.
Maribor confirmed their 11th league title on 11 May 2013, when they defeated their eternal rivals Olimpija 2-1. They again defeated Celje in the 2013 Cup Final, securing their fourth Double in the history.
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. 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.
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?. Milani? appointment meant he also became the first non-British or Irish manager to be in charge of Leeds in their entire history. Milani? parted company on 25 October 2014, minutes after a 2-1 loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers, just 32 days after taking over, for failing to win any of his six games in charge.
In March 2016, Milani? returned to the Slovenian PrvaLiga club Maribor. He became the Slovenian champion with the team in the 2016-17 season. 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.